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By: Owen Daugherty of The Hill

President Trump on Monday called on House Republicans to let committee chairs stay in their positions for longer than the allotted six years.

“It forces great people, and real leaders, to leave after serving,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “The Dems have unlimited terms. While that has its own problems, it is a better way to go.”

Trump added that changing the rule will mean that “fewer people, in the end, will leave!”

Trump’s call to end the term limits for committee chairs comes as several Republican lawmakers have announced their retirement in recent weeks.

To date, at least 15 House Republicans have said they will not seek reelection, with Reps. Bill Flores (R-Texas) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) announcing their retirements most recently.

Sensenbrenner previously served as a chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Trump last year railed against the self-imposed term limits in a similar fashion, lamenting his displeasure and calling for them to be removed, according to the Washington Examiner.

“We have a lot of chairmen that left because they’re chairmen for six years, and then they don’t want to stay because they can’t be chairmen,” he said at the time.

The term limits for committee chairs are self-imposed by the GOP in order to bring new members into leadership. They were first imposed by former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) in 1994.

Brookfield, WICongressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) today announced the second round of his town hall meeting schedule, beginning Saturday, September 14 in Brookfield, WI. 

In the 115th Congress, Congressman Sensenbrenner held more town hall meetings than any other member of Congress and has conducted more than 650 in-person meetings since 2011.

Rep. Sensenbrenner“Over the last forty years, I have conducted town hall meetings to hear directly from my constituents. Their feedback is critical for my decision-making in Washington, and this round of meetings is no different. Our nation is facing many challenges, such as a broken immigration system and outdated trade agreements. We, however, have an opportunity to work together to solve these problems, and I look forward to discussing these and other issues with my constituents.” 

Next Meeting Details:

Saturday, September 14th 
Brookfield Town Hall 
645 N. Janacek Road 
Brookfield, WI 53045 
1:00pm 

This event is free and open to all constituents of Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District as well as members of the press.

Constituents who are unable to attend are encouraged to share their feedback HERE.

NOTE: All interview requests must be made to Congressman Sensenbrenner’s press office prior to the start of a meeting. Additionally, if you plan to cover any of these events, please contact our office as soon as possible, so we are able to accommodate your spacing needs. All television cameras must be on-site 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the meeting or will not be guaranteed entry.

Full Schedule:

Monday, September 16th 
Delafield Town Hall
W302N1254 Maple Ave.
Delafield, WI 53018
7:00pm

Saturday, September 21st 
Wauwatosa Public Library
7635 W. North Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
1:00pm

Sunday, September 22nd 
Whitewater Municipal Building
312 W. Whitewater Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
7:00pm

Saturday, October 19th 
Waukesha City Hall
201 Delafield Street
Waukesha, WI 53188
10:00am

Sunday, October 20th 
Hartland Village Hall
210 Cottonwood Avenue
Hartland, WI 53029
7:00pm

Saturday, October 26th 
West Allis Public Library
7421 W. National Avenue
West Allis, WI 53214
10:00am

Sunday, October 27th 
Juneau Community Center
500 Lincoln Drive
Juneau, WI 53029
1:00pm

Saturday, November 16th 
Jefferson Public Library
321 S. Main Street
Jefferson, WI 53549
10:00am

Sunday, November 17th 
Germantown Village Hall
N112W17001 Mequon Road
Germantown, WI 53022
1:00pm

By: The Crime Report

Wisconsin Republican Rep. James Sensenbrenner, one of the most influential members of Congress on criminal justice issues, will not seek re-election next year after four decades on Capitol Hill.

Called a “combative conservative” by the Associated Press, Sensenbrenner, 76, is a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and its Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, Judiciary’s top Republican, called Sensenbrenner “already a legend in the Judiciary Committee and in the House of Representatives.”

He was a leading author of the USA Patriot Act, the anti-terrorism measure enacted in response to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

In recent years, Sensenbrenner was best known in criminal justice circles for advocating the 2006 Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, which includes the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) which established minimum baselines for states to track sex offenders.

Only 18 states have complied with the law’s provisions, the Justice Department reports, although 135 tribes and 4 territories also have adopted them. States that do not follow the law lose some of their federal anticrime funds.

Many states have objected to the relatively high costs of meeting the law’s standards, such as expanding their sex offender registries and adding staff to deal with additional check-ins required of offenders.

For example, Texas at one point estimated its cost of implementing SORNA would exceed $38 million, while the state would lose only $2.2 million in federal funds.

Texas estimated that its cost to implement SORNA would be at least $38 million, while according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the cost of losing the JAG funds would be just $2.2 million.

As of 2017, when the House passed a reauthorization of SORNA, it provided for a registry that included information on more than 900,000 convicted sex offenders around the nation.

The proposed 2017 revisions to the law, which never became law, would have given states more flexibility in classifying sex offenders on their registries, lowered the period that certain juveniles must register to 15 years, and limited public access to information on juvenile sex offenders.

At the time of the vote, Sensenbrenner expressed hope that with its “common sense changes, more states will come into compliance.”

Sensenbrenner also has championed immigration restrictions, including curbing asylum and barring immigrants in the U.S. illegally from obtaining driver’s licenses.

He was a prime sponsor of the Second Chance Act, which supports prisoner reentry programs around the nation, and the reauthorization of that law, which was included in the First Step Act passed by Congress late last year.

Sensenbrenner also was a leading sponsor of the 2004 Justice for All Act, which established the rights of crime victims in federal criminal cases and provided mechanisms to enforce those rights.

By: Charles Benson of TMJ4

MILWAUKEE — Longtime Republican lawmaker Jim Sensenbrenner is reflecting on his 40-plus years in Congress after deciding not to run for re-election next year.

Sensenbrenner talked with TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson about his accomplishments plus an interesting phone call from the White House that his wife interrupted.

The 76-year-old congressman seems ready for the next chapter of his life.

Sensenbrenner: I want to write a book and spend a little more time with my family. Benson: Was there some moment that came to you — was there a process in terms of thinking this through?

Sensenbrenner: I thought it through and prayed a lot.

Sensenbrenner lists the Patriot Act and later modifications to it among his accomplishments. The act gave law enforcement broad powers to deter terrorism after 9-11. Opponents say it infringed on First Amendment rights.

On big issues such as healthcare, Sensenbrenner believes both sides need to be on board but sees little hope of that happening now. "To make changes there's got to be consensus, and literally everybody's idea on what to do to fix healthcare is split into a thousand pieces."

Sensenbrenner also played a leadership role in impeaching President Bill Clinton. Benson: How do you view that? Sensenbrenner: We did the right thing.

House Democrats are now talking about impeaching President Donald Trump. "Only the House can determine if there is an impeachable offense," said Sensenbrenner. "I don't think the president has committed an impeachable offense."

He gives Trump high marks on policy issues.

Sensenbrenner: You look at the fact we have record unemployment, record employment and record-low minority unemployment. Benson: Are you concerned about his personal behavior or the way he leads? Sensenbrenner: Well, what I can say is — he does have a unique personality.

Sensenbrenner's favorite president is Ronald Reagan. They met in the 1960s. He remembers a call one Sunday night from the White House.

"There was a time he called me up about dinnertime and I was talking to him."

Sensenbrenner says he usually talked with his mother before dinnertime, which is why his wife, Chery,l jumped on the call and interrupted NOT knowing Jim was talking with the president.

"The president said, 'Well, Jim, you've got some domestic duties to attend to.' Cheryl said, 'Who is this?' The president responded, 'My name is Reagan. Maybe you've heard of me before.' When I got downstairs, she was on the floor hyperventilating."

Sensenbrenner also remembers a conversation with President George W. Bush on Air Force One after the president threw out the first pitch at the debut of Miller Park in 2001. It did not go as planned and Bush was telling Sensenbrenner why.

"You know I spent all last week practicing throwing the ball," the president told Sensenbrenner. "The Secret Service never told me I had to wear a bulletproof vest, so that's why the ball bounced twice."

Sensenbrenner responded, "Mr. President, you would be remembered even if the ball didn't bounce, but the 41,000 people who were there for the debut of Miller Park will always remember the two bounces."

Sensenbrenner's term will end in January 2021.

By: Molly Beck of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MADISON - A number of familiar names — and two newcomers — are swirling in the wake of U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner's stunning announcement he won't seek another term after more than four decades in Washington.

The departure of "the dean" of the Wisconsin congressional delegation has opened a floodgate of potential Republican candidates in the 5th Congressional District, Wisconsin's most conservative district.

Sensenbrenner's advice to them?

"Don't kill each other, please."

Among the potential Republican contenders are Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, former Republican U.S. Senate candidates Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir, state Sen. Chris Kapenga, and state Rep. Adam Neylon.

Matt Walker, son of former Republican Gov. Scott Walker, and Ben Voelkel, a Waukesha native who works for U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, are also considering running for the seat. 

"It's going to be the charge of the right brigade," said Brandon Scholz, a former executive director of the state Republican Party.

"It's such a valuable seat and it doesn't come open very often," said Brett Healy, president of the conservative MacIver Institute. "And then once you're in, you're in one of the most secure Republican seats in the country. I think everyone's going to kick the tires."

Sensenbrenner, 76, said Wednesday evening he won't run for a 22nd term in 2020 — catching off guard some Republicans living in his district who have been waiting for years to hear those words but had stopped expecting to hear them anytime soon. 

Fitzgerald, the leader of the state Senate from Juneau, suggested Thursday his work with former Gov. Scott Walker to pass landmark legislation in 2011 to eliminate collective bargaining for most public employees gives him an edge in the wide field.

"Everybody knows that D.C. is a mess, and in need of more Wisconsin-style common sense," Fitzgerald said. "President Trump needs strong allies to fix it and in the coming days I’ll be seriously weighing a run for Congress with my family and my team."

Farrow told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he was shocked by the news of Sensenbrenner's retirement and would be talking over the possibility of running with his family in the coming days. 

Vukmir, who served in the state Senate as assistant majority leader to Fitzgerald, said Thursday she is "strongly considering this terrific opportunity."

"Congressman Sensenbrenner has enormous shoes to fill, he’ll be missed," she said. "I look forward to making a decision in the coming days.”

Vukmir challenged Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin unsuccessfully in 2018 after defeating Nicholson, a businessman from Delafield. 

Nicholson also could run. On Wednesday, he wrote on Twitter: "There will be time to make a decision about this race later."

Neylon, a former Sensenbrenner staffer from Pewaukee who was elected to the Assembly in 2013, said he's considering a run but hasn't made a decision yet. Kapenga told the Associated Press he's "definitely" looking at a run.

Voelkel, who works for Johnson and has done campaign work for Johnson, Scott Walker and Tommy Thompson, and Walker are also considering running for what would be their first effort to seek public office. 

One area Republican who likely won't be running for Sensenbrenner's seat: former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Her allies are focused on laying the groundwork for her to run for governor in 2022, according to a source close to Kleefisch.

Democrat Tom Palzewicz, who challenged Sensenbrenner in 2018, also said Wednesday he will run for the seat in 2020. Last time, Sensenbrenner beat Palzewicz 62% to 38%.

By: Craig Gilbert of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Wisconsin Republican Jim Sensenbrenner, the second longest-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives, will not run for a 22nd term, he said Wednesday.

Sensenbrenner made his first public announcement Wednesday on “The Mark Belling Show” on WISN-AM.

In a separate interview with the Journal Sentinel, he said, “I think the time has come to basically turn over the page in the 5th District.”

The 76-year-old congressman has long represented the GOP’s geographic base in Wisconsin – the suburban, exurban and rural communities north and west of Milwaukee County that historically turn out in droves for Republican candidates and provide a large share of the party’s activists and political leaders.

Sensenbrenner’s departure after 2020 is likely to draw huge interest from within a district packed with aspiring GOP politicians.

It also makes him the latest of several big-name Republicans to leave the Wisconsin stage: former House Speaker Paul Ryan (who retired after 2018), former Gov. Scott Walker (who was defeated in 2018) and current Rep. Sean Duffy, who announced he would step down this month to focus on the health problems of the baby he and his wife are expecting.

Sensenbrenner said he is not retiring for health reasons or because he is worried about a re-election challenge. He is at least the 15th GOP member of the House to announce retirement this year, a group that includes Duffy.

Sensenbrenner said his decision was also unrelated to serving in the minority, where he has spent virtually half his congressional career, and unrelated to the turbulence of Donald Trump’s presidency.

He plans to serve out his current term and said he will back “the Republican ticket from top to bottom” in 2020.

“I’ve said all along I’d know when the right time came and I’ve come to the conclusion it has,” he said. “There is nobody running against me. Nobody can say they’ve pushed me out. I am doing this on my terms.”

At 42 years, a Wisconsin milestone

Toward the end of next year, Sensenbrenner will surpass former Democratic Rep. Dave Obey as the longest-serving member of Congress ever from Wisconsin – at 42 .

Sensenbrenner served six years as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, where his best-known accomplishment was the USA Patriot Act that was passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

He had his hand in numerous other issues that came through that committee, including the Voting Rights Act. While compiling a very conservative voting record, he also worked across the aisle with liberal Democrats on some issues, including civil liberties.

Sensenbrenner also served four years as chairman of the science committee.

The Clinton impeachment

The veteran lawmaker also served as one of the House “managers” in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998.

The GOP’s internal rules limiting committee chairs to six-years has kept him from leading any House committees since 2007. But Sensenbrenner said he supported term limits on committee chairs and pointed out that he continued serving in the House long after his chairmanships were over. He said he did that in part to “protect” legislation he wrote or helped to pass, such as the Patriot Act.

Sensenbrenner said he does not plan to take sides in a GOP primary for his current seat.

“The only advice I can give to all them is don’t kill each other,” he said of Republicans interested in seeking his seat.

In a statement, former Speaker Ryan said this:

“Jim Sensenbrenner has been a close friend, a supportive colleague, and a mentor of mine for decades. He has provided an amazing example for generations of Wisconsin Republican legislators to follow and showed us how to be effective advocates and representatives.”

, our Republican Party, and most important, our country, in a better place than when I began my service.”

The partisan make-up of Sensenbrenner’s 5th District makes it likely to remain in GOP hands after the 2020.

The district contains some of the highest-turnout Republican communities in America. As a result of his lopsided margins and the district’s high voting rate, Sensenbrenner has in several elections received more votes than any other GOP House candidate in the country. He won re-election in 2018 with 62% of the vote.

By; Bill Miston of AP

WASHINGTON -- Longtime Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, known for his role in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton and passing the anti-terrorism Patriot Act after 9/11, said Wednesday, Sept. 4 he will not seek re-election.

Sensenbrenner, 76, said he will retire from Congress in January 2021, at the end of his current term.

Sensenbrenner has served in Congress for 40 years, representing southeastern Wisconsin. Before that, he served 10 years in the Wisconsin Legislature.

Sensenbrenner said that when he began public service in 1968, he said he would know when it was time to step back. He says he's determined that after he completes this term — his 21st in Congress — "it will be that time."

"I think I am leaving this district, our Republican Party, and most important, our country, in a better place than when I began my service," Sensenbrenner said in a statement.

Sensenbrenner announced his retirement Wednesday on The Mark Belling Show on WISN-AM.

The veteran GOP lawmaker said he is not retiring because he is worried about a re-election challenge and that his decision is unrelated to his serving in the minority. He said he plans to serve out his current term and that he will back "the Republican ticket from top to bottom" in 2020.

"There is nobody running against me. Nobody can say they've pushed me out. I am doing this on my terms," Sensenbrenner said.

Sensenbrenner served six years as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, where he led passage of the anti-terrorism Patriot Act after the 9/11 attacks, but helped scale back the Nation Security Agency's powers when it was revealed that the agency was secretly collecting Americans' phone and online records.

During President Bill Clinton's impeachment case, Sensenbrenner gave the opening statement for the team of House members that unsuccessfully tried to persuade the Senate to convict Clinton and drive him from office.

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan, a fellow Wisconsin Republican who retired after 2018, called Sensenbrenner "a statesman, a person of remarkable character, and his presence and wisdom will be sorely missed in Congress."

"He has provided an amazing example for generations of Wisconsin Republican legislators to follow and showed us how to be effective advocates and representatives," Ryan said in a statement.

While known for his sometimes biting conservative rhetoric, Sensenbrenner also worked with liberal Democrats on some issues, including civil liberties.

Sensenbrenner's announcement follows the recent decision by Wisconsin GOP Rep. Sean Duffy to resign from Congress. Duffy announced that he plans to resign on Sept. 23 to spend more time with his family after learning his ninth child, due in October, has a heart condition.

Sensenbrenner was among the wealthiest members of Congress thanks to family inheritance. He also won a $250,000 lottery jackpot in 1997.

Sensenbrenner issued the following statement:

“When I began my public service in 1968, I said I would know when it was time to step back. After careful consideration, I have determined at the completion of this term, my 21st term in Congress, it will be that time.

“For 40 years I have held over 100 town hall meetings each year; I have helped countless individuals when they have encountered difficulties with the federal government; I've taken 23,882 votes on the House Floor; been the lead sponsor or co-sponsor of 4299 pieces of legislation; ushered 768 of them through the House for passage, and watched as 217 of them have been signed into law by six different presidents.

"I think I am leaving this district, our Republican Party, and most important, our country, in a better place than when I began my service.

“It has been my privilege to serve the people of Southeast Wisconsin and I have found true fulfillment in all the challenges and many accomplishments that have peppered my long career. It is rare when life presents the perfect opportunity to make an impact in a way that has been so meaningful. I am forever grateful.

“I will have many more things to say as I serve out my final term, but I will start here by sincerely thanking, first, my family, along with my supporters, my colleagues, and my staff. The many people who have supported my career have mostly gone uncelebrated, but I will purposefully set out in the next year to say my thanks and let them know I could not have done it alone. I look forward to finishing strong and beginning my next chapter.”

Reaction to Sensenbrenner announcement

Sen. Ron Johnson

“Jim Sensenbrenner has faithfully served his constituents, Wisconsin, and America for 40 years. His list of accomplishments is long and impressive. As the dean of our congressional delegation, his legislative acumen and leadership will be missed. I wish him and his family all the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

Rep. Glenn Grothman

“Congressman Sensenbrenner has been a staple of Wisconsin politics for decades. From the time I first entered public service, Jim has been a role model for me. He is well-known throughout the state for the number of town hall meetings he holds. When I was a state legislator, I must have attended over 400. I have always admired his unwavering commitment to Wisconsin values and conservative ideas and appreciate his passion to fight for civil liberties. I look forward to spending another 15 months with him.”

Rep. Bryan Steil

“Jim Sensenbrenner is a legend of Wisconsin politics and will be missed. His relentless commitment to both listen to and serve Southeast Wisconsin is what has made him an outstanding legislator for 50 years. From leading efforts to keep America safe after 9/11 to serving as a fiscal watchdog constantly looking out for taxpayers, Jim has been a stalwart public servant. While his presence will be deeply missed in Congress, his reputation for doing the right things for the right reasons will long outlast his tenure. I will miss serving with Jim in the House."

Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Andrew Hitt

“It’s hard to overstate the legacy of Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. For the past forty years, he has been a larger than life figure in Wisconsin’s conservative movement. His service has been virtually unmatched, and his commitment to his constituents and the people of Wisconsin has been tireless. While there is no doubt that Congressman Sensenbrenner’s retirement will leave a void in our party for years to come, we are so incredibly grateful for everything he has given to us, and we hope he will continue to provide guidance to our party for years to come. I, along with everyone at the Republican Party of Wisconsin, wish Rep. Sensenbrenner the absolute best in his retirement.”

Mike Gallagher

“Over his four decades in Congress, Jim Sensenbrenner has demonstrated how to represent the people of Wisconsin with honor and distinction. He has been an instrumental voice in the key policy debates of our time, and his passion, expertise, and wisdom will be greatly missed in the House of Representatives. I am proud to call Jim a friend and am grateful for all that I have learned from serving with him in Congress.”

Kurt Bauer, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

“Congressman Sensenbrenner has been a strong advocate for his district and Wisconsin for more than 40 years. Wisconsin’s business community has enjoyed a productive relationship with him during his time in office, and he has been both a true statesman and protector of free enterprise in Washington. His leadership and knowledge will be missed. WMC thanks him for his years of public service and wishes him all the best in the future.”

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow

“Jim Sensenbrenner is a stalwart conservative and the most dedicated representative of his constituents that our state has ever seen. His passion to serve the people of his district has not waned in his 40 years in Congress. Having had bills signed by six presidents, both Republican and Democrat, that have served during his tenure says so much about his ability to get things done in the best interest of our country.

“Jim is a model public servant that we can all hope to emulate. I continue to value our friendship and wish him the best of luck for a healthy and rewarding retirement.”

State Sen. Scott Fitzgerald

"Jim Sensenbrenner is a conservative icon in Wisconsin. From Reagan to Trump, Jim helped build Southeast Wisconsin into the Republican stronghold that it is today. He advocated passionately on behalf of the unborn and the disabled. He stood up for taxpayers and was always accessible to his constituents."

"The people of the Fifth Congressional District have benefited from Jim’s strong conservative voice for years, and now more than ever they deserve another strong conservative voice fighting on their behalf in Washington."

Brookfield, WI—Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05), the Dean of the Wisconsin Delegation, offered the following statement after Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07) announced that he will step down from the House of Representatives:

“Sean and Rachel Duffy are dear friends and proud patriots. It has been an honor to mentor them and watch them excel, and I thank them for their service and leadership. They and their children are family to me. While it comes as a great loss to the people of Wisconsin, I understand the challenging times ahead for the Duffy family and respect their decision. Sean, Rachel, their unborn child, and the rest of the family are in my prayers. As I have seen them overcome many challenges before, I am confident that they will undertake this one with prayerful and humble hearts.”

By: the Waukesha Freeman

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed the Farmer Family Relief Act into law, a bill on which Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner was the lead Republican co-sponsor.

According to a press release from his office, Sensenbrenner said the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 brings needed help to a critical link in America’s economy and a vital part of American community life.

The law stems from Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code, which Congress permanently enacted in 2005. Chapter 12 is used to help family

farmers reorganize their debts in times of need and keep farms going, the release states.

However, in the years after Chapter 12’s enaction, Sensenbrenner said family farms have become more expensive to operate and the ceiling on how much debt a family can reorganize lagged behind.

“The Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 fixes this problem,” he said. “It raises the ceiling from the old, roughly four-and-one-half million dollar limit to a more reasonable $10 million.”

“This means that more family farmers will be

able successfully to reorganize when they need to — to the benefit of the economy and local communities across this land.”

By: KHGI

A University of Nebraska at Kearney student is working to give a voice to those who need it, starting in Washington D.C.

UNK officials said Ellery Butterfield, a psychology major with a public law minor, is working as an intern for third-district Congressman Adrian Smith through the University of Nebraska’s D.C. Professional Enrichment Academy.

They said the academy is open to any NU student interning in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a good way for Nebraskans to stay connected to other Nebraskans and start climbing the ladder once you’re here,” said Butterfield, who spent eight weeks in the nation’s capital. “It’s been a great experience.”

“If I was going to be in D.C., I wanted to see the politics and I wanted to see government at work,” Butterfield said. “Adrian Smith’s office does a fantastic job integrating interns into the inner-workings of the office.”

Butterfield said she is interested in the challenges facing people with mental disabilities and victims of abuse, as well as the lack of services available to address these issues.

“It’s important that we recognize these people deserve a voice,” said Butterfield, who has assisted at the Royal Family KIDS Camp for abused or neglected foster children and worked at Integrated Life Choices, which serves people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

UNK said through her internship, she was able to present a piece of legislation she believes the congressman should co-sponsor. Butterfield chose HR 1738, a resolution introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin aimed at reducing child marriages, sex trafficking and sexual abuse by eliminating visa loopholes that allow minors to be brought to the country as spouses or fiancées of U.S. citizens.

“I marketed it as a bill that would create bipartisan discussion about immigration reform,” said Butterfield.

Butterfield said she believes other UNK students should strongly consider participating in the D.C. Professional Enrichment Academy, which offers academic credit and financial assistance.

“I think every college student should be looking for opportunities to improve themselves and grow professionally and personally, and this is an excellent opportunity for that,” she said. “Specifically, I think Nebraska college students need to realize their potential and their ability to impact the world around them, not just Nebraska. The Nebraska spirit is something D.C. could use a lot of and the country could use a lot of right now.”