2019 was a busy year! As we head into the new year, below are highlights from Bryan Steil’s first year in office. For more photos and updates on Steil’s work, be sure to follow @RepBryanSteil on Twitter and Instagram and like @RepBryanSteil on Facebook.
January: Swearing In Day
On January 3, Steil was sworn in as the representative for Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. Pictured with his family and Speaker Pelosi, Steil used his grandma’s bible for the swearing-in.
February: Available and Accessible
In February, Steil held six town halls, one in each county in the First District. Steil heard from residents about the issues important to them: securing the border, lowering the costs of health care, and avoiding future government shutdowns. In all, Steil has held nine town halls, at least one in every WI-01 county, including one in Mount Pleasant (pictured below).
March: Supporting Law Enforcement
Steil joined the Janesville Police Department for a ride along. Throughout his first year in office, Steil has met with all county Sheriffs in the First District, local law enforcement, and first responders.
April: Middle Class Jobs Caucus
In April, Steil became the co-chair of the Middle Class Jobs Caucus in the House. Steil and fellow co-chair, Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), work on issues impacting families and workers across the nation. This year, Steil invited Dr. Chalasani and Dr. James from UW-Parkside to brief the Caucus in D.C. on dual enrollment and efforts to make higher education affordable. A photo from the Caucus event is below.
May: National Burger Month
Who doesn’t love a Culver’s ButterBurger?
June: Kenosha High School Student’s drawing showcased in U.S. Capitol
This spring, Steil held his first annual First District Artistic Discovery Contest. Kylee Kappers of Kenosha won for her drawing, “Brave”, which is now displayed in the U.S. Capitol.
July: First bill passes House
Steil’s bill, the Expanding Investment in Small Businesses Act, passed the House by a vote of 417-2. This bill eliminates barriers so entrepreneurs can obtain capital, hire workers, and create good paying jobs.
August: Lou Perrine’s
Photo Courtesy of Kenosha News
You may have seen a familiar face behind the Lou Perrine’s counter this summer…
September: Commitment to Ending Alzheimer’s
Steil attended numerous Alzheimer’s walks throughout the district—including the Racine-Kenosha Walk to End Alzheimer’s, pictured below. Alzheimer’s can’t be slowed yet, stopped yet, or cured yet. As a member of the Congressional Alzheimer’s Caucus and supporter of research and funding to find a cure, Steil is working on the YET.
October: Sugar Creek Dairy Farm Visit
Steil toured the Sugar Creek Dairy Farm in Elkhorn this fall and discussed issues impacting our dairy industry. Farmers at Sugar Creek urged Steil to pass USMCA—which happened in December.
November: 2019 Veteran of the Year
Steil honored Retired United States Navy Commander Dick Vallin as Wisconsin’s First Congressional District’s Veteran of the Year. Dick served in the Navy for 24 years, completing three combat tours in Vietnam. Now, Dick assists the Racine community, chairing festivals for Racine St. Catherine’s High School, serving as the chairman of the Roma Lodge Veterans Day celebration, and serving as the Director of the Racine County Harbor/Marina project.
December: Helping Working Families
Steil co-introduced the Advancing Support for Working Families Act. Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate have come together to find a real solution to address paid parental leave issues. Steil is pictured with Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) at the bill’s press conference.