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Jim Jordan

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JOHN DICKERSON: You call some of these members 'political terrorists.'
JOHN BOEHNER: Oh, yeah, Jim Jordan especially, my colleague from Ohio. I just never saw a guy who spent more time tearing things apart – never building anything, never putting anything together.
—Excerpt from an interview on CBS Monday Morning. And if John Boehner says this about you, you must be a pretty bad dude.

James Daniel "Gym"[1] Jordan (1964–) is an American politician. A member of the Republican Party, he was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2006 to represent Ohio's 4th Congressional district. He has been re-elected to that position six times since.

The back of the Constitution hurt President Trump's knife!!![edit]

The most dangerous aspect of Jordan is his unrelenting Trump sycophancy. A loyal Trump zealot, Jordan has made it his personal mission to undermine any public official who defends the rule of law, including Rod Rosenstein, Jeff Sessions and Robert Mueller. He is hell-bent on shutting down the Trump-Russia investigation (and likely its aftermath) at Trump's behest because, really, isn't it true that someone who's innocent of a crime will do their damndest to shut down the investigation and denigrate those conducting the investigation?

Unsurprisingly, Jordan is a gigantic hypocrite, throwing a hissy fit back in 2014 and demanding that then-Attorney General Eric Holder investigate the IRS's alleged targeting of conservative not-for-profit groups: "We need this special counsel to help us get to the truth because the so-called investigation by the Justice Department has been a joke. The current investigation has no credibility because it is being headed by a maxed-out donor who is financially invested in the president's success."[2] But hey, don’t say he wanted to start a “witch hunt” investigation, or he’ll give you that cringeworthy grin of contempt that he’s so known for.

Even former House Speaker and Republican John Boehner sees Jordan as the malignancy that he really is: "Jordan was a terrorist as a legislator going back to his days in the Ohio House and Senate … A terrorist. A legislative terrorist." When it comes to Jordan and Jason Chaffetz, Boehner is right on the money again: "Fuck Jordan. Fuck Chaffetz. They're both assholes.”[3]

Ohio State University[edit]

Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University from 1986 to 1994.[4] From 1979 to 1996, the official athletics doctor, Richard Strauss (–2005), sexually abused 177 male athletes.[4] Strauss' behavior was openly discussed by athletes in front of coaching staff, but it was not reported to officials until well after Strauss's tenure at OSU.[4] A report from the investigation into the abuse "did not identify any contemporaneous documentary evidence that members of the OSU coaching staff, including head coaches or assistant coaches, received or were aware of complaints regarding Strauss sexual misconduct."[4] But the report also stated that 22 coaches "confirmed to the Investigative Team they were aware of rumors and/or complaints about Strauss, dating back to the late 1970s and extending into the mid-1990s."[4] Despite this and despite being also named in lawsuits against OSU, Jordan has claimed vindication.[4]

Assorted wingnuttery[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Wingnut

When the Koch-funded political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity drafted the "No Climate Tax" pledge to obstruct climate change-related legislation, Jordan was the first to sign the pledge.[5] He has voted to open the Outer Continental Shelf to offshore oil drilling, opposed the Clean Air Act's regulation of greenhouse gases, and claimed that cap-and-trade policy would have no effect on average global temperatures.[6]

When pharmaceutical drug manufacturer Gilead testified to the House Oversight Committee on overpriced HIV drugs, Jordan was one of the lead Republicans defending the high prices saying, "Rather than applaud Gilead for manufacturing this miracle drug, they wish to demonize the company for making a profit. I fear that my colleagues are using today's hearing as a platform to strong-arm private companies making breakthrough discoveries, all because they are upset at how markets work. The reality is that while Gilead has made money on this drug there doesn’t seem to be genuine issues with access."[7]

Jordan's wingnuttery also extends to social issues. He staunchly opposes access to abortion, stem cell research, gay marriage and anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people, and has voted against both the 2013 and 2019 reauthorizations of the Violence Against Women Act.[6][8][9] When Trump first introduced his travel ban on seven predominantly-Muslim countries, Jordan responded, "President Trump's actions today are the first step toward securing our country from illegal immigration."[10]

He also supports declaring English as the United States' official language.[6]

Sedition caucus[edit]

Despite being under direct threat from rioters during the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot, Jordan joined the so-called sedition caucus in voting against certification of the election immediately following the riot.[11] The Congressional January 6 Committee that investigated the riot has also requested information from Jordan regarding the content of his communications with Trump on the day of the riot.[12] Jordan refused to comply, asserting the privilege of being a Congressional representative, but in the process putting forth a consciousness of guilt.[13]

Speaker of the House?[edit]

After Kevin McCarthy became the first Speaker of the House to be removed via motion to vacate, Jordan, who by now had been rewarded for his misdeeds with the chairmanship of the House Judiciary Committee, and had long been considered an alternative candidate for Speaker by the ultra-right members of the House GOP, announced his intention to run for the position, becoming the first GOP member to do so.[14] He lost the nomination to Majority Leader Steve Scalise, who'd once called himself "David Duke without the baggage."[15] Unsurprisingly, Jordan was a sore loser and wouldn't commit to back Scalise, allegedly telling Scalise he'd run again if Scalise lost on the first ballot, which he was widely expected to do.[16] Facing rising internal opposition, Scalise announced a day later that he'd no longer run for Speaker.

With his path clear, Jordan unexpectedly faced a last-minute challenge on behalf of Republicans in swing districts who did not want their fates to be tied to a potential Speaker Jordan. Jordan won the party's nomination in a closer than expected vote.[17] He then proceeded to lose two ballots on the House floor, with 20, then 22 Republicans, mostly from swing districts, though a handful of them came from solidly red districts such as Appropriations Chair Kay Granger, voting for someone else. He is expected to lose the third ballot as well, as all 22 no votes from the second ballot have informed him of their intention to vote no again, while other opponents are reportedly planning to vote against him on subsequent votes.[18][19]


On October 20, 2023, Jordan lost a third consecutive speaker vote after three more Republicans defected to vote for another candidate. Following this, Republicans voted him out as their speaker nominee in a vote that was supposed to show support for him staying on as party leader.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. Why Is 'Gym Jordan' Trending on Twitter? heavy.
  2. Paul Bedard, Demand for special counsel to probe IRS scandal, Lois Lerner. The Washington Examiner, 2 May 2014.
  3. Tina Nguyen, "Idiots," "Anarchists," and "Assholes": John Boehner unloads on Republicans in port-retirement interview. Vanity Fair, 30 October 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Jim Jordan claims vindication after Ohio State sex abuse report released by John Bresnahan & Andrew Desiderio (05/17/2019 02:02 PM EDT) Politico.
  5. How G.O.P. Leaders Came to View Climate Change as Fake Science The New York Times. June 3, 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Jim Jordan on the Issues On the Issues.
  7. Republicans defend drug company in spotlight over HIV medication prices The Hill. 05/16/19.
  8. H.R. 1585: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 GovTrack. Apr 4, 2019.
  9. H.R. 5: Equality Act ‘’GovTrack’’. May 17, 2019.
  10. Whip Count: Here’s where Republicans stand on Trump’s controversial travel ban The Washington Post. January 31, 2017]
  11. The Sedition Caucus
  12. House Jan. 6 committee requests information from and meeting with GOP Rep. Jim Jordan about his contact with Trump by Felicia Sonmez (December 22, 2021) The Washington Post.
  13. January 6 hearings: if Republicans did nothing wrong, why were pardons sought? by Hugo Lowell (26 Jun 2022 13.45 EDT) The Washington Post.