The office of Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner — chairman of the House Judiciary subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security – said he is recovering from hip surgery after he took a fall over the weekend.
The Wisconsin Republican tripped while at an event in Butler, Wis., and fell, breaking a bone in his hip and one near his elbow. As of Sunday, the lawmaker was recovering well in a Wisconsin hospital, according to the annoucement. But his injuries mean that Sensenbrenner, a former House Judiciary Committee chairman, will not be attending the Republican National Convention this week in Tampa, Fla.
There is speculation Sensenbrenner could retake the key House chairmanship in the Judiciary Committee if Republicans maintain control of the chamber. A veteran lawmaker, he has maintained a seat in the House since 1980. In the last year, Sensenbrenner has been critical of the Justice Department’s actions on voter ID laws and Operation Fast and Furious.