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Gym Jordan Biography, Wiki

James Daniel Jordan is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 4th congressional district since 2007. A member of the Republican Party, he has been the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee since 2019. Jordan is a founding member of the Freedom Caucus, which he chaired from its establishment in 2015 until 2017. His district stretches from Lake Erie to just below Urbana in the north-central and western portions of the state and includes Lima, Marion, Tiffin, Urbana, and Elyria.

In 2019, Jordan’s plan to run for house speaker, a position that would become vacant upon Paul Ryan’s retirement, came to an end when Democrats took the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. After the election, Jordan campaigned for house minority leader but lost his bid to California Republican Kevin McCarthy in a 159–43 vote. Jordan is often identified as a particularly ardent supporter and close ally of President Donald Trump.

Gym Jordan Age

He is 55 years old.

Gym Jordan Quick Bio

Born
James Daniel Jordan

February 17, 1964
Urbana, Ohio, U.S.

Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Polly Jordan
Children 4
Education University of Wisconsin–Madison (BS)
Ohio State University (MA)
Capital University (JD)

Gym Jordan Personal life

Jordan and his wife Polly live near Urbana in central Champaign County. He was introduced to his future wife by Polly’s brothers. Jim Jordan explained in an interview with the Washington Examiner in 2014 that he competed in wrestling with Polly’s brothers. He told the newspaper, “I decided it would be a lot more fun wrestling with Polly than her brothers.” They started dating when he was 13 and she was 14. They have four children and two grandchildren.

Gym Jordan Early life

Jordan was born and raised in Champaign County, Ohio and attended Graham High School. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1986.

Gym Jordan Early Career

A two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion, Jordan won the 1985 and 1986 NCAA championship matches in the 134-pound weight class.

Gym Jordan Education

Jordan earned a master’s degree in education from Ohio State University in Columbus and obtained a J.D. degree from Ohio’s Capital University Law School in 2001. He never took the bar examination.

Gym Jordan Political career

Gym Jordan Ohio General Assembly

Jordan was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in November 1994 and represented the 85th Ohio House district for three terms.

In 2000, Jordan defeated independent candidate Jack Kaffenberger to win a seat in the Ohio Senate with 88% of the vote. In 2004, Jordan defeated Kaffenberger again, this time with 79% of the vote.

Gym Jordan U.S. House of Representatives

Jordan won the Republican primary for the 4th district in 2006 after 26-year incumbent Mike Oxley announced his retirement. Jordan defeated Democrat Rick Siferd in the general election with 60 percent of the votes. After his election, Ohio’s 4th congressional boundaries were re-drawn to resemble a giant letter “J”.

Jordan was reelected in 2008, defeating Democrat Mike Carroll with 65 percent of the votes.

Jordan chaired the Republican Study Committee during the 112th Congress while turning down a position on the Appropriations Committee. Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer wrote that during Obama’s presidency, “Jordan proved to be a master of the technical side of public policy and understood how to play the legislative game.”

During the 114th Congress, Jordan helped found the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservatives working to “to advance an agenda of limited constitutional government” in Congress. He served as the group’s first chairman.

Jordan received a vote for speaker of the 113th Congress from a fellow conservative, Tea Party Caucus chairman Tim Huelskamp of Kansas. Jordan received two votes for the speaker during the 114th Congress.

On July 26, 2018, Jordan announced his bid for house speaker following the resignation of Paul Ryan but lost to Kevin McCarthy.

Gym Jordan Latest Updates

Jordan, a longtime Trump defender, was recently transferred to the House Intelligence Committee by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) because Republicans believe his signature technique of shouting rapid-fire partisan nonsense at congressional witnesses makes him a useful ally to throw off the impeachment hearings.

Wilson’s moniker “Gym Jordan” is a reference to the Ohio State wrestling scandal, in which a school physician allegedly molested 177 athletes. Some of these students allege that Jordan, then a wrestling coach, was approached about the abuse and ignored it, an accusation he denies.

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