Jordan jokes that sport coats inhibit him during heated hearings
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Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHillicon Valley: Lawmakers seek 'time out' on facial recognition tech | DHS asks cybersecurity staff to volunteer for border help | Judge rules Qualcomm broke antitrust law | Bill calls for 5G national security strategy Lawmakers call for 'time out' on facial recognition tech Amazon shareholders vote down limits on facial recognition software MORE (R-Ohio) on Thursday jokingly attributed his proclivity for forgoing wearing his suit jacket to it inhibiting him from going after unruly witnesses during committee hearings.

Jordan, a leading conservative voice in the lower chamber and top defender of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE, spoke about his sartorial choices during the House Freedom Caucus podcast on Thursday.

"You get in these hearings and if I think the witness isn't being square with me and it's going to get kind of heated, I mean maybe it's just me, I just don't feel right with the jacket on," he said with a laugh. "You've got to get after it and it's inhibiting, right?"


Jordan is the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, a panel that has already seen its fair share of fiery moments since the start of the 116th Congress. Still, the Ohio Republican said there are occasions he does embrace wearing the garment.

"I wear a jacket on the House floor because you're required. I wear it around the president — anytime we're in the White House I wear a jacket. I wore a jacket the day I got married and for our kids' weddings — other than that, I don't really like it," he said, noting Rep. Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceDHS official: Florida one of the 'best' states on election security, despite 2016 Russian hack Overnight Energy — Presented by Job Creators Network — House Republican tries to force Green New Deal vote | 'Awkward' hearing to vet Interior nominee and watchdog | House panel approves bill to stop drilling in Arctic refuge House Republican moves to force vote on Green New Deal MORE (R-Ga.), who was hosting the program, also wasn't wearing his jacket. 

Jordan's reputation for opting to go sans sport coat even spurred the creation of a parody Twitter account in 2017, "Jim Jordan's Jacket," documenting his signature style. 

"I've been told that, I don't really follow it but some of the people in the office do," he said of the account.