Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, will be the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on crime, terrorism, and homeland security. Sensenbrenner, 67, is a former chairman of the full Judiciary Committee. On the subcommittee, he succeeds Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) Sensenbrenner will bring a much more conservative perspective to criminal justice issues. He supports the death penalty and was the prime sponsor of the federal Adam Walsh Act, which requires states to take stronger actions tracking sex offenders or risk losing federal funds.
Sensenbrenner also introduced the federal Justice For All Act, which authorizes federal aid to provide more post-conviction DNA testing and to train law enforcement, correctional, court, and medical personnel on the use of DNA evidence. In 2006, Sensenbrenner was given the Congressional Crime Fighter Awardby RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) in recognition of his efforts “to bring the nation's sex offenders to justice, enhance services for victims of sexual assault, and reduce the incidence of rape.”