Jim Jordan: The Fast Facts That May Surprise You

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Here’s the thing Washington always misses. Washington always wants a deal. America wants a solution. Americans sent us here to solve problems.– Jim Jordan

James Daniel Jordan (Jim Jordan) is the U.S. representative for Ohio’s 4th congressional district since 2007 and a close ally of former president Donald Trump. 

Here are some more facts about Jim Jordan that may surprise you:

1. He Is A Wrestling Legend

Jim Jordan has a background deeply rooted in wrestling, which has influenced his ideologies and approach to governance. Raised in Champaign County, Ohio, Jordan emerged from a family of successful wrestlers, particularly known for their achievements in the sport.

Jim Jordan’s wrestling career began in high school, where he achieved significant success. He secured multiple state titles in Ohio and went on to win NCAA titles in 1985 and 1986 while wrestling at the college level. He was also named as an All-American three times. 

One of the highlights of his NCAA wrestling career was when he defeated the two-time Olympic gold medalist John Smith, a remarkable feat in the wrestling world. 

Jim Jordan College Wrestling NCAA Championship 1985.

2. He Wrestled With His Wife’s Brothers (But Likes Wrestling With Her More!)

Jim Jordan is married to Polly Ann Jordan. Their journey began in their hometown of Champaign County, Ohio, where they were introduced to each other by Polly’s brothers, with whom Jordan had competed in wrestling, during their junior high years.

They started dating when Jim was 13 and Polly was 14, and their bond continued to deepen over the years.

“I decided it would be a lot more fun wrestling with Polly than her brothers,” Jordan joked to the Washington Examiner

Polly pursued a career as an art teacher, dedicating herself to education while maintaining a low public profile. Meanwhile, Jim pursued a successful career in politics, becoming a founding member of the conservative Freedom Caucus and holding influential positions within Congress.

In 1985, while they were still in college, Jim and Polly tied the knot, marking the beginning of their lifelong commitment to each other. 

They went on to raise four children together: Rachel, Ben, Jessie, and Isaac. Rachel married a member of the Army and has two daughters, and Jessie married Jarrod Uthoff in 2016.

3. His Sons are Chip’s off the Old Block

Jordan’s elder son, Ben, achieved significant success in high school, securing the title of a two-time state champion. His wrestling journey continued at the University of Wisconsin, commencing in 2008. Ben attained an All-American position during his senior year. Following his senior year, Ben stayed engaged with Badger wrestling, taking on the role of a student assistant coach.

Isaac Jordan, the youngest in the Jordan family, chose to pursue a wrestling career, just like his father. Isaac is one of only five athletes in Wisconsin’s history to attain All-American status four times. Following his successful college wrestling journey, he has transitioned into a role as an assistant wrestling coach at Indiana University in Bloomington, showcasing a passion for the sport that runs in the family.

4. He Was The First Chair Of The Freedom Caucus

IN 2015, Jordan was officially named the first chair of the House Freedom Caucus for conservative Republicans — an organization designed to be a more compact, cohesive, and active conservative group compared to existing organizations. 

Jordan’s appointment was confirmed during a Capitol Hill meeting where he was unopposed for the position. The caucus’s immediate goals included lobbying the U.S. Senate to support a House-passed bill to defund President Obama’s actions related to immigration and proposing legislation to replace Obamacare in anticipation of an upcoming Supreme Court case.

5. He Was Awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom By Donald Trump

President Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian recognition, to Jim Jordan in a closed-door ceremony during the final days of the Trump presidency. 

Jordan was awarded for, among other things, his work to “unmask the Russia hoax and take on Deep State corruption” and for his efforts to “confront the impeachment witch hunt.”

Rachel Emmanuel

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