Three things in a two-week span this month tell you plenty about the way U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan approaches his job in Congress.
The first involved the House Oversight Committee hearings on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Jordanís pointed questioning of whistleblower Gregory Hicks made it clear that more hearings need to occur and that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice should be required to appear before the panel so she can explain, under oath, why she deliberately misled Americans about the attack that led to the deaths of a U.S. ambassador and three others.
Next, we learned about Jordanís behind-the-sceneís role in the uncovering the Internal Revenue Scandal. It was Jordan who requested the audit that led to the admission by the IRS that it targeted tea party-related groups for close scrutiny. He pressed forward for the audit even after being assured ďthere was nothing to be suspicious ofĒ by Lois Lerner, a top level IRS director.
Thatís two big national stories where our 4th District congressman played a major role. Heís making his name known in Washington. So, in a city where politicians crave power, whatís next on this conservative Republicanís agenda?
Heíll be at Casa Lu Al restaurant Monday in Lima where he will meet with about 30 area small-business owners to update them on federal legislation that could impact their operations. The session wonít be all about Jim Jordan talking; much of it will be Jim Jordan listening.
Thatís where Jordan earns the respect of so many. Heís a tireless politician who not only works hard inside the Beltway, but makes it a point to travel his district and listen to the concerns of his constituents ó even during the month of May, far removed from an election year. Jordan has done that since being elected into office in 2006.
It is not an accident that Jordan has emerged as a prominent defender of the taxpayerís pocketbook; one who is known for seeking waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government.