First elected in 2018, Congressman Bryan Steil represents Wisconsin’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Bryan has built a reputation of working hard for Southeast Wisconsin during his first term in Congress. He’s made it a priority to be available and accessible to residents and listen to their concerns. To hear directly from residents, Bryan has held numerous in-person town halls across the First District and when in person events were not possible, held numerous telephone town halls. His office is also here to help. In 2019 alone, he helped more than 1,200 constituents receive assistance with federal agencies such as the Social Security Administration, VA, and Medicare. In addition, Bryan has held numerous public forums for our community regarding children’s mental health, robocalls and scams prevention, and the impact of trade deals on Wisconsin dairy and agriculture.
Bryan is a problem solver with extensive private sector experience who puts politics aside and focuses on issues impacting Wisconsin. As the co-chair of the Middle Class Jobs Caucus, Bryan works to fill the skills gap, improve access to education, and ensure families reach their full potential. Bryan is also the co-chair of the Future of Work Caucus to ensure workers have the skills and education to fill tomorrow’s jobs. In this role, Bryan brought together industry leaders from our community including UW-Parkside in Kenosha County and S.C. Johnson in Racine, to meet with caucus members in Washington, D.C. and work on real world solutions to the problems facing America.
As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Bryan is focused on making the American dream achievable for everyone. He is focused on bringing family sustaining jobs to our communities by increasing investments in Southeast Wisconsin. For example, he authored the Expanding Investment in Small Businesses Act of 2019, which passed the House in July of 2019 by a vote of 417-2. This bill allows entrepreneurs to obtain capital, hire workers, and create jobs right here in Wisconsin. Bryan is working to grow job opportunities and provide entrepreneurs with the tools to hire and expand. Steil is also a member of the Committee on House Administration and is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Elections.
Bryan is focused on keeping our communities safe. Bryan has built a coalition of 50 Members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, and local law enforcement in Southeast Wisconsin to shine a light on the problem of human trafficking. Bryan’s bill, the Exposing the Financing of Human Trafficking Act, holds countries accountable and gets them to investigate, prevent, and prosecute financial criminal acts associated with human trafficking. In addition, Bryan is leading an effort to ensure Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon and enforce U.S. sanctions on European countries that trade with Iran.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Bryan spent a decade working in Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry - first with an industrial motion control manufacturer and later as an executive at a plastics manufacturer. There, he saw firsthand how burdensome federal regulations and red tape can hinder economic growth and job creation in Wisconsin. He also learned the importance of fighting for common sense solutions to even the toughest problems.
In 2016, Bryan was appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin and unanimously confirmed in the Wisconsin Senate to serve on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. As a Regent, he oversaw the 26 UW system campuses, their 170,000 students, and a six billion dollar budget. He was known as a fiscal hawk who was focused on fighting for students. For example, Bryan supported initiatives that froze tuition to ensure all students had the opportunity to obtain an affordable high quality education.
Born and raised in Janesville, Bryan graduated from Janesville Craig High School, Georgetown University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of St. John Vianney Parish in Janesville.
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