Bryan Steil

Bryan Steil
Bryan Steil.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byPaul Ryan
Personal details
Bryan George Steil

(1981-03-03) March 3, 1981 (age 39)
Janesville, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationGeorgetown University (B.S.)
University of Wisconsin–Madison (J.D.)
WebsiteHouse website
Campaign website

Bryan George Steil (born March 3, 1981)[1] is an American businessman, former University of Wisconsin Regent, attorney, and politician, serving as the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Steil is a native of Janesville, Wisconsin, and attended Joseph A. Craig High School. Steil is a member of the St. John Vianney Catholic Church.[2]

Steil earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Georgetown University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin School of Law.[1]

Steil is an avid University of Wisconsin–Madison Badgers football fan and cross-country skier.

Earlier career[edit]

In 2003, Steil spent one year working as an aide to U.S. Representative Paul Ryan.[3] Prior to being elected to Congress, Steil spent a decade in the manufacturing industry in Southeast Wisconsin. Prior to running for Congress, Steil was an executive for Milton, Wisconsin-based plastics manufacturer Charter NEX Film.[3] In this role, Steil focused on business development issues throughout Wisconsin. Steil previously worked as a legal counsel at Regal Beloit Corporation (NYSE: RBC), a manufacturer of electric motors and as an attorney at McDermott Will & Emery.

In 2016, Steil was nominated by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents,[4] and unanimously approved by the Wisconsin Senate.[5] As a Regent, Steil addressed the needs of students while overseeing the 26 UW system campuses, their 170,000 students, and a six-billion-dollar budget. Steil supported initiatives that froze tuition and increased access to quality, affordable education.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


2018 general election[edit]

Steil won the 2018 Republican primary in the race to succeed retiring incumbent Paul Ryan in Wisconsin's 1st congressional district. On August 14, 2018, Steil defeated former Green Beret Nick Polce and white nationalist Paul Nehlen, receiving 51.6% of the vote and winning all counties in the district.[7][8]

Steil went on to face union worker Randy Bryce, and chiropractor and independent candidate Ken Yorgan.[9] Steil was endorsed in the 2018 election by Donald Trump, Mike Pence, nine Wisconsin State Representatives, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, former governor Tommy Thompson, and several other local and state lawmakers.[10] On November 6, Steil defeated Bryce, receiving 54.6% of the vote and winning all but two counties in the district.[11]


Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Steil has stated his top issues are workforce development, trade, and addressing the student loan debt crisis. Steil is a supporter of the Second Amendment and is pro-life.


Steil supports the United States–Mexico–Canada Trade Agreement, Steil has stated that bringing countries to the negotiating table will create better trade deals and lower barriers to trade.[13]


Steil is a supporter of border security and funding for a border at our southern border. Steil voted to allow President Trump to use his executive power to declare a national emergency at the border.

Foreign affairs[edit]

Steil voted to increase sanctions on companies tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.[14] Steil has also stated that maintaining and increasing sanctions on Iran is the right decision.


Steil introduced H.R. 2149, the Expanding the Financing of Human Trafficking Act, to amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to include financial criminal activities associated with the facilitation or severe forms of trafficking in persons within the factors considered as indicia of serious and sustained efforts to eliminate severe forms of trafficking in persons, and for other purposes. H.R. 2149 current has 43 bipartisan cosponsors.

Steil's first bill, H.R. 3050, the Expanding Investment in Small Businesses Act, passed through the House of Representatives on July 9, 2019 by a vote of 417–2. This bill directs the Securities and Exchange Commission to report on (1) the limitation on shares of an individual company that a diversified investment company may own, and (2) the limitation's impact on capital formation.

Electoral history[edit]

Republican primary results[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bryan Steil 30,883 51.6
Republican Nick Polce 8,945 14.9
Republican Paul Nehlen 6,635 11.1
Republican Kevin Adam Steen 6,262 10.5
Republican Jeremy Ryan 6,221 10.4
Republican Brad Boivin 924 1.5
Total votes 59,870 100.0
Wisconsin's 1st congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bryan Steil 177,492 54.6
Democratic Randy Bryce 137,508 42.2
Independent Ken Yorgan 10,006 3.1
Independent Joseph Kexel (write-in) 7 0.0
n/a Write-ins 304 0.1
Total votes 325,317 100.0
Republican hold


  1. ^ a b "Wisconsin New Members 2019". The Hill. November 15, 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  2. ^ "About". Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  3. ^ a b Richmond, Todd (October 14, 2018). "GOP pins hopes for keeping Ryan's Wisconsin seat on Ryan 2.0". Associated Press. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  4. ^ Meyerhofer, Kelly (November 12, 2018). "Some seats have opened up on the UW System Board of Regents. Who will fill them?". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
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  7. ^ "Wisconsin Primary Election Results: First House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  8. ^ "Wisconsin Elections Commission Official Results 2018 Partisan Primary" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Randy Bryce, Bryan Steil To Face Off In Race To Replace US Rep. Paul Ryan". Wisconsin Public Radio. 2018-08-14. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  10. ^ "Endorsements". Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  11. ^ "Wisconsin Election Results: First House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
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  15. ^ "Wisconsin Primary Election Results". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2018.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Paul Ryan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 1st congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Pete Stauber
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Greg Steube