Jim Jordan (American politician)
James Daniel Jordan is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Ohio’s 4th congressional district since 2007. Jordan is a former collegiate wrestler and college wrestling coach. He won the 1985 and 1986 NCAA championship matches in the 134-pound weight class. He is a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
About Jim Jordan (American politician) in brief
James Daniel Jordan is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Ohio’s 4th congressional district since 2007. Jordan is a former collegiate wrestler and college wrestling coach. He won the 1985 and 1986 NCAA championship matches in the 134-pound weight class. Jordan was an assistant wrestling coach with the Ohio State University’s wrestling program from 1987 to 1995. He is a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, serving as its first chair from 2015 to 2017. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2021. Jordan has refused to cooperate with investigations into alleged sexual misconduct by former Ohio State team physician Richard Strauss. No wrestlers have accused Jordan of sexual misconduct; however, Jordan was named as a defendant in a lawsuit against the university by four former wrestlers. In July 2018, Jordan’s congressional spokesman Ian Fury released a statement in which Ohio State wrestling coach Russ Hellickson reportedly said: \”At no time while Jim Jordan was a coach with me at Ohio State did either of us ignore abuse of our wrestlers. This is not the kind of man Jim is, and it is not a kind of coach that I was.’’ In November 2019, a retired wrestling referee filed a lawsuit alleging that he had warned Jordan and Hellickson about Strauss’ misconduct. In February 2020, Jordan dismissed the referee as making a false statement, making him a person making false accusations against Jordan. In May 2019, DiSabato filed a Title IX lawsuit against OSU, claiming that a second of Jordan’s attempted to retaliate against him.
In one of the court papers, Di Sabato claimed that Jordan’s cousin and high school wrestling coach Jeff Jordan conspired to engage in intimidation and witness tampering when they called Coleman and Coleman’s parents to pressure them to recant his earlier accusation that Jordan was aware of his earlier accuser’s abuse. Jordan described his accusers as \”pawns in a political plot\” and stated that he did not even hear any locker room talk about Strauss or sexual abuse at OSU. Jordan won state championships all four years he was in high school and compiled a 156–1 win-loss record. He then enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he became a two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion. He lost the 57–62 kg featherweight semi-final match at the 1988 US Olympic wrestling trials and did not make the Olympic team. Jordan earned a master’s degree in education from the Ohio state University in Columbus and obtained a J. D. degree from Ohio’s Capital University Law School in 2001. In a 2018 interview, Jordan stated that he had never taken the bar examination. He vacated that position to become the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee. Jordan was elected to the House of Representatives in 2007 and served as chairman of the House Oversight Committee from 2009 to 2013. His district stretches from Lake Erie to just below Urbana in the north-central and western portions of the state and includes Lima, Marion, Tiffin and Elyria.