Profile: Glenn Grothman (R), 6th Congressional District


Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District election is a race among three candidates.

Republican Glenn Grothman, who’s been serving in the House for the past two years, is up against Democrat Sarah Lloyd and independent Jeff Dahlke.

Sheboygan County’s Glenn Grothman says he’s spent the last two years in Washington getting to know as many other members of the House of Representatives as he can.

“And earning their respect,” he says, “and I think by doing that it will help me pursue these goals in the next two years.”

When the Wisconsin native and UW Madison graduate isn’t in Washington, he enjoys reading books.

Before he made his way to the nation’s Capitol two years ago, Grothman served as the assistant majority leader for the Wisconsin State Senate, also practicing as an attorney and tax preparer.

In Congress he replaced longtime Representative Republican Tom Petri, who’d been serving in the House since 1979.

In his first two years in the nation’s Capitol, Grothman served on four committees.

“I’m on the Education and Workforce Committee, which is good for improving the economy and making sure people are going through the education system, going to get a job.”

“I’m on the Budget Committee, which gives me knowledge as far as balancing the budget.”

“I’m on the Government Oversight Committee, which deals with scandals in the government.”

“I’m on the Joint Economic Committee, which deals with how government policy affects the growth of the economy. Of course, right now the economy is not growing the way it should.”

Grothman says he showed he’s willing to work across the aisle with Democrats in Madison. Now, he says, he’s doing the same in Washington.

“We were very successful on the Student Success Act, which was a big pushing of control back to local school districts. I was on the Education Committee, even on the conference committee that pulled that together, and that was a very bipartisan effort.”

Grothman says he feels passionately about five areas in particular, the first being welfare, which he says is “out of control.”

“We’re paying people not to work, and we’re paying people not to get married, and I don’t think either of those is a good decision,” Grothman said.

His solutions, “Work requirements, that sort of thing. Maybe drug testing to make sure the system isn’t abused.”

Next on his list is immigration.

“We need immigrants in this country, but immigrants should be law abiding, and our immigrants should all be working, and right now some of our immigrants are and some aren’t. We should be picking all of our immigrants, not just taking some good, some bad as they come across the border.”

Then comes local control of schools.

“I had some progress in my first two years being a part of the Student Success Act, a bipartisan effort, to push some of that control back to local schools, but I want to do more of that.”

And over-regulation by government.

“If you know anybody in business, ask them the amount of regulation they have today compared to 20 years ago. No comparison. And we have to get back to where we were 10 or 20 years ago. Otherwise we’re pushing business out of this country.”

And drug problems.

“I think the federal government hasn’t been aggressive enough with the heroin problem. Everybody talks about it, but to be honest our borders are still too porous south of here. I think we have to crack down a little bit on excessive selling of opiates to people who go into medical facilities.”

Grothman says he’s also earned a reputation of being frugal with taxpayers’ dollars.

“I don’t care where you look, you’re going to find politicians on the county board, on the state Legislature, in U.S. Congress spending other people’s money. I’m not afraid to look and say no.”

When asked about his support of Donald Trump, Grothman responded he doesn’t like Hillary Clinton.

“I’m very concerned about what appears to be a connection between policy and the Clinton Foundation. I’m very concerned about her offering free college. I mean, you’re $19 trillion in debt. I’m scared to death we’re going to have a candidate come in and say we’re going to give everybody free college.”

He says the same reason people have supported candidates like Trump and Bernie Sanders during the primary election are the reason he should get your vote next week.

“People want to look outside the system and I am somebody who is not afraid to buck leadership in Washington or Madison, so I think I’m the type of candidate people are going to want.”