Ohio Congressional Districts

Ohio Congressional Districts

Virginia is currently divided into 11 congressional districts, each represented by a member of the United States House of Representatives.

The 2018 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Virginia will take place on November 6, 2018. Voters will elect 11 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 11 congressional districts.

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Steve Chabot

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

Congressman Steve Chabot has proudly served Ohio’s First Congressional District for 20 years. A lifelong Cincinnatian, Steve previously served as a Cincinnati City Councilman and Hamilton County Commissioner for five years each prior to being elected to Congress in 1994.

While in Congress, Steve has also helped lead efforts to reduce the regulatory burden on America’s small businesses, and to combat the opioid epidemic. He is an outspoken defender of the rights of the unborn, most importantly having authored the ban on the practice of partial-birth abortions.

Brad Wenstrup

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Dr. Brad Wenstrup’s life has centered on hard work, service, and sacrifice. As a doctor, combat surgeon and small business owner, Brad has a deep understanding of the issues facing America.

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati and going on to earn a medical degree in podiatric medicine and surgery, Brad established a private practice in Cincinnati and has treated patients in Southwest Ohio for over 26 years. In 1998, seeing signs of freedom being threatened, Brad accepted an officer’s commission with the U.S. Army Reserve, serving in the Medical Service Corps.

Joyce Beatty

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty is a native Ohioan with a strong history of connecting people, policy and politics to make a difference. Since 2013, Beatty has proudly represented Ohio’s Third Congressional District.

Prior to her service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Beatty was Senior Vice President of Outreach and Engagement at The Ohio State University and a member in the Ohio House of Representatives for five terms. During her tenure in the Ohio House, she rose to become the first female Democratic House Leader in Ohio’s history and was instrumental in spearheading and enacting pieces of legislation to require financial literacy in Ohio’s public school curriculum, to expand STEM education, and to secure funds to help under- and uninsured women access breast and cervical cancer treatment.

Jim Jordan

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Jordan is a fiscal conservative who believes that families and taxpayers, rather than government, know best how to make decisions with their money. Throughout his career, Jim Jordan has led the fight against tax hikes, including those proposed by his own political party. He believes that cutting taxes and letting families keep more of what they earn helps build strong communities and a vibrant economy.

Bob Latta

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congressman Bob Latta represents Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District and is currently serving his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives.

As Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, and as a member of the Committee’s Subcommittees on Energy, Communications and Technology, and Health, Bob oversees a variety of issues, including energy, telecommunications, food and drug safety, health care, and interstate and foreign commerce. He also serves as Deputy Whip, Co-Chairman of the Rural Broadband Caucus, and is a past Co-Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.

Bill Johnson

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

Congressman Bill Johnson’s life and career have always centered around a commitment to hard work and making a difference in the community.

Born and raised on family farms, he learned early the values of hard work, honesty, and sacrifice. Those values have stayed with Johnson throughout his life and have made him the leader he is today.

Bob Gibbs

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

Congressman Gibbs sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Gibbs was chosen to chair the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, a subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that conducts oversight of the federal regulation of clean water, from 2011 until 2017. He is currently Ranking Member of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.

Warren Davidson

Current Position: US Senator
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

Warren Davidson is a leader. Warren leads with genuine love for others, a keen intellect, and a soldier’s passion for preserving freedom. With Congress failing and characterized by broken promises, Warren Davidson is ready to use his education, military experience, business success and passion for justice to work for the people of the 8th District.

Marcy Kaptur

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur proudly represents the working people of Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District. She is currently the longest serving woman in the history of the U.S. House of Representitives and ranks among the most senior Members of the 116th Congress.

Michael Turner

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congressman Mike Turner is a lifelong resident of Southwest Ohio.

Congressman Turner currently serves as the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, where he has jurisdiction over the nation’s nuclear arsenal, the Department of Defense’s intelligence programs, and also over missile defense systems.

Marcia Fudge

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, protecting safety net programs, and improving access to quality public education, health care and healthy foods.  First elected in 2008, she represents the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio.

Congresswoman Fudge serves on the Committee on House Administration, House Committee on Agriculture and House Committee on Education and Labor.  She is the Chair of the Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Elections and Chair of the Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations.  She serves on the Subcommittees on Conservation and Forestry (Agriculture), Civil Rights and Human Services (Education & Labor) and Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (Education & Labor).

Troy Balderson

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congressman Troy Balderson was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives on September 5, 2018 and represents Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. Troy currently serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; House Science, Space, and Technology Committee; as well as the House Small Business Committee and its Innovation and Workforce Subcommittee, for which he serves as Ranking Member.

Tim Ryan

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Tim Ryan is a relentless advocate for working families in Ohio’s 13th District. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and was sworn in on January 3, 2003. Successfully reelected eight times, he is now serving in his ninth term. Congressman Ryan currently serves as a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee which controls the expenditure of money by the federal government.

David Joyce

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

A lifelong Ohioan, Dave has dedicated his life to family and community. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1957, Dave’s father, a WWII veteran, was a salesman and mother a proud housewife. Dave had three siblings and grew up playing all sports. Dave graduated from West Geauga High School and went on to receive his BA in Accounting, and Juris Doctorate, from The University of Dayton. Upon graduation, he moved back to Cuyahoga County and worked as a public defender.

In November 2012, Dave was elected to represent the 14th District of Ohio for the 113th Congress. This Congress, the 116th, is his fourth term in office. Dave serves on the influential House Committee on Appropriations, which is responsible for scrutinizing federal spending and determining how your tax dollars are spent.

Steve Stivers

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Steve Stivers is currently serving his fifth term as a Member of Congress and represents Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, which is made up of 12 counties including, all of Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Madison, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, and Vinton counties, and parts of Athens, Fayette, Franklin, and Ross counties.

Stivers has served on the Financial Services Committee throughout his time in Congress, which oversees the banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities industries. The Committee also reviews housing and consumer protection legislation and has jurisdiction over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Anthony Gonzalez

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Anthony is currently serving his first term in Congress and has pledged to be a conservative problem solver and seek bipartisan solutions to America’s biggest problems. Anthony is fighting to empower Northeast Ohio’s economy, rebalance the trade scales back in the favor of the U.S. and fight for America’s veterans.

Anthony is proud to serve Northeast Ohio on the House Committees on Financial Services and Science, Space and Technology. Anthony resides in Rocky River with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Alexander.

Ohio Congressional Districts

Virginia is currently divided into 11 congressional districts, each represented by a member of the United States House of Representatives.

The 2018 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Virginia will take place on November 6, 2018. Voters will elect 11 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 11 congressional districts.

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The 2018 U.S. House of Representatives elections in Virginia will take place on November 6, 2018. Voters will elect 11 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts.

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2016 redistricting

The redistricting of congressional districts prepared by the Virginia legislature, the Virginia General Assembly, in 2012 was used in the 2014 elections. The redistricting was found unconstitutional and replaced with a court-ordered redistricting on January 16, 2016, before the 2016 elections. Gloria Personhuballah and James Farkas claimed that Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District violated the Voting Rights Actby packing black voters into the district for the political purpose of making surrounding areas better for Republican candidates. Following Supreme Court precedent, the Eastern Virginia Circuit Court found that U.S. Congressional Districts cannot be gerrymandered by race for partisan gain. In this case, the twisting non-contiguous 3rd District hopped the James River in several places and divided multiple locality boundaries, resulting in 89% majorities for black Representative Bobby Scott (D) while surrounding Republican incumbents enjoyed majorities of 16-24%. Subsequent appeals by Republican lawmakers to the Supreme Court were unsuccessful.

Bipartisan gerrymandering

Virginia is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country, both on the congressional and state levels, based on lack of compactness and contiguity of its districts. Virginia congressional districts are ranked the 5th worst in the country because counties and cities are broken into multiple pieces to create heavily partisan districts.

Virginia’s congressional districts do not meet the “competitive” mark of a 5% margin of victory, but they average a margin of 35%, comparable to the national district statistical average of all 435 districts. Districts 10 and 11 in northern Virginia and the 2nd in the Hampton Roads ranged between 16-18%. Virginia, like the nation as a whole, has about 73% of its delegation winning by a margin of 20% or more. Districts 4, 7, 5, 1 and 8 ranged from 22-32%, and three outliers had a margin of victory of more than 50%: the 9th at 48%, the 6th at 62%, and the 3rd at 89%.

Reform efforts

The Redistricting Coalition of Virginia has recommended reforms, including either an independent commission or a bipartisan commission that is not polarized. Member organizations include the League of Women Voters of Virginia, AARP of Virginia, OneVirginia2021, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Organizing Project.

The Independent Bipartisan Advisory Commission on Redistricting for the Commonwealth of Virginia made its report on April 1, 2011. It made recommendations for both state legislative and congressional district redistricting, detailing three options for congressional districts, all improving on the 2001 Congressional map by reducing the number of split jurisdictions, defining three districts in the DC metro northern Virginia area, and increasing compactness in each district. In accordance with the Voting Rights Act, it maintained one majority African-American district without packing to dilute community influence in other districts.

In 2011, the Virginia College and University Redistricting Competition was organized by professors Michael McDonald of George Mason University and Quentin Kidd of Christopher Newport University. About 150 students on sixteen teams from thirteen schools submitted plans for legislative and U.S. Congressional districts. The winning submissions for the congressional redistricting were from the University of Virginia and from the College of William and Mary. The “Division 1” maps conformed to the Governor’s Executive Order, and did not address electoral competition or representational fairness. In addition to the criteria of contiguity, equi-population, the federal Voting Rights Act, and communities of interest in the existing city and county boundaries, “Division 2” maps in the competition did incorporate considerations of electoral competition and representational fairness. Judges for the cash award prizes were Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute. They also created districts more compact than the General Assembly’s earlier efforts.

In January 2015, Republican State Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel of Winchester and Democratic State Senator Louise Lucas of Portsmouth sponsored a Senate Joint Resolution to establish additional criteria for the Virginia Redistricting Commission of four identified members of political parties, and three other independent public officials. The criteria began with respecting existing political boundaries, such as cities and towns, counties and magisterial districts, election districts and voting precincts. Districts are to be established on the basis of population, in conformance with federal and state laws and court cases, including those addressing racial fairness. The territory is to be contiguous and compact, without oddly shaped boundaries. The commission is prohibited from using political data or election results to favor either political party or incumbent. It passed with a two-thirds majority of 27 to 12 in the Senate, and was referred to committee in the House of Delegates.

Current House Representatives

Virginia Congressional Districts

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Steve ChabotSteve Chabot

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

Congressman Steve Chabot has proudly served Ohio’s First Congressional District for 20 years. A lifelong Cincinnatian, Steve previously served as a Cincinnati City Councilman and Hamilton County Commissioner for five years each prior to being elected to Congress in 1994.

While in Congress, Steve has also helped lead efforts to reduce the regulatory burden on America’s small businesses, and to combat the opioid epidemic. He is an outspoken defender of the rights of the unborn, most importantly having authored the ban on the practice of partial-birth abortions.

Summary

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

Congressman Steve Chabot has proudly served Ohio’s First Congressional District for 20 years. A lifelong Cincinnatian, Steve previously served as a Cincinnati City Councilman and Hamilton County Commissioner for five years each prior to being elected to Congress in 1994.

While in Congress, Steve has also helped lead efforts to reduce the regulatory burden on America’s small businesses, and to combat the opioid epidemic. He is an outspoken defender of the rights of the unborn, most importantly having authored the ban on the practice of partial-birth abortions.

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Steve Chabot 1

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Congressman Steve Chabot has proudly served Ohio’s First Congressional District for 24 years. A lifelong Cincinnatian, Steve previously served as a Cincinnati City Councilman and Hamilton County Commissioner for five years each prior to being elected to Congress in 1994.

Since becoming a Member of Congress, Congressman Chabot has served on the Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Congressman Chabot currently serves as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Small Business. He has also served as: Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business from 2015-2018;  Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution from 2001-2006; Ranking Member on the Small Business Committee from 2007-2008; Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia from 2011-2012; and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific from 2013-2014.

Steve continues to fight wasteful government spending in Congress, where he is one of the leading advocates for fiscal responsibility. He has consistently voted to eliminate wasteful spending and reduce the excessive tax burden on hard-working Americans. Nonpartisan taxpayer advocacy groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste, the Concord Coalition and the National Taxpayers Union have time and again rated him as one of the most taxpayer friendly members of Congress.

While in Congress, Steve has also helped lead efforts to reduce the regulatory burden on America’s small businesses, and to combat the opioid epidemic. He is an outspoken defender of the rights of the unborn, most importantly having authored the ban on the practice of partial-birth abortions.

In January 1999, Congressman Chabot served as one of 13 House Managers during the Senate impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton, where he received praise for his even-handed and thoughtful approach to the trial.

Steve graduated from LaSalle High School in 1971, and earned his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary four years later. After college, he returned to Cincinnati to teach at St. Joseph’s School in the West End, while studying at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law in the evening.

Steve and his wife, Donna, live in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Westwood. They have two children, Erica and Randy, and are the proud grandparents of Reed and Keira Noelle.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Served as a U.S. Representative from Ohio
    1995 to 2009
  • Commisioner
    Hamilton County, Ohio
    1990 to 1994

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1953
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, OH
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
Spouse: Donna Chabot
Children: Erica Chabot, Randy Chabot

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2408 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2216
Fax: (202) 225-3012

Warren County Office
11 South Broadway
Lebanon, OH 45036
Phone: (513) 421-8704
Fax: (513) 421-8722

Cincinnati Office
441 Vine Street, Rm. 3003
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 684-2723
Fax: (513) 421-8722

Web

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Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Representative

Steve Chabot (R)154,40951.3%
Aftab Purevel (D)141,11846.9%
Dirk Kubala (L)5,3391.8%
TOTAL300,866

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

CHABOT, STEVEN J has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $8,259,812.

 

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Small Business
House Committee on Foreign Affairs
House Committee on the Judiciary

Subcommittees

Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism
Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Governance

BUDGET, DEBT, AND SPENDING

Spending is out-of-control in Washington, and has been for quite some time.  Each day, we add to our national debt by spending a lot more than the IRS collects in taxes.  As this debt burden continues to grow – it’s now about $20 trillion – we must remember that it will be handed down to our children and grandchildren.  Just as families and businesses balance their own checkbooks, the federal government should be expected to do the same.

I believe that it is critical that lawmakers do everything possible to root out wasteful spending from the federal budget, reduce spending overall, and promote policies that will grow our economy.  In my opinion, one way to help tackle this problem is a constitutional amendment to ensure that future Congresses cannot spend money they do not have.

Economy

Economy, Jobs & Regulation

Revitalizing our economy and putting Americans back to work is my top priority in Washington. Unfortunately, families and small businesses are struggling.  We need to get Americans back to work, and in order to do that, the federal government must not stifle job growth.

With this in mind, it is imperative that Congress pursue pro-growth policies that empower the private sector and limit the size and scope of the federal government.  And we need to support policies that remove obstacles to job creation, including simplifying our complex tax code, ensuring better access to capital, reducing our debt and deficit, and stopping unnecessary federal regulations that are likely to do more harm than good.

Throughout my time in Congress, I have served on the House Committee on Small Business and currently serve as its Chairman.  To see the work I have done to support America’s small businesses, please visit the Committee’s website.

Small Business

Small businesses are the backbone of American’s economy.  Our nation’s 29 million small businesses create six out of every ten new jobs, make up the vast majority of exporters and employ about half of all private-sector employees.

Throughout my time in Congress, I have served on the House Committee on Small Business, where I have had the privilege to champion America’s entrepreneurs.  Currently, I serve as the Chairman of the Committee.  To find out more about the numerous efforts I am leading to strengthen the small business community and the American economy, please visit the Committee’s website.

Education

Education

As a former teacher, I understand that every child in America deserves access to a quality education.  During my time in Congress, I have made it a priority to see that states and localities are given the flexibility and tools needed to prepare students for success in the global economy.

I believe strongly that decisions on how to best educate our children should be made by parents, teachers, and local communities.  That way, our education resources can be focused on helping children get the support they need, instead of being consumed complying with costly mandates from Washington.

Health Care

Health Care

It is critical that Americans have access to quality, affordable health care.  Among the important issues before Congress, Americans consistently consider access to reliable health care for themselves and their loved ones at, or near, the top.  Sadly, although many Americans received coverage through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), often called Obamacare, this law has also made premiums unaffordable and reduced health care options for millions of others. We can do better.

I believe Congress has been given a clear mandate to repeal and replace the ACA, and I have consistently supported doing so.  As the health care debate unfolds, I will continue to work to make health care affordable and accessible to all Americans.

Social Security & Medicare

Social Security and Medicare provide critical benefits to more than 50 million Americans.  Our seniors deserve our respect and our gratitude, and we must protect the benefits they earned by paying into both systems.

My mother and my mother-in-law are now receiving the benefits they earned, just like millions of other hardworking Americans.  As such, I understand firsthand that seniors rely on both of these programs to meet their daily living and health care expenses.  Seniors should have the peace of mind that they will see a return on the investments made throughout their lifetime, and so, I have serious concerns about any reform proposals for either program that would reduce benefits for current beneficiaries.

Infrastructure

Energy

America has been blessed with abundant energy resources.  Our prosperity depends on reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy and tapping our resources here at home.  In order to move to true energy independence, we must explore the many available domestic energy resources in an environmentally-friendly manner.

I am a supporter of an “all of the above” approach to energy production, including fully developing our own sources of energy and making sure that we don’t slow down the development of new energy production with needless regulation

Social Security

Veterans

Veterans

We owe our veterans a tremendous debt of gratitude, because it is through their dedication and sacrifices that America remains safe and free.  There is not enough we can do to repay the brave men and women in our country’s armed forces for the sacrifices they have made.  I am humbled to be their representative and advocate in Washington.

Our priorities in Washington must reflect our dedication to supporting those who have served our country.  That is why I am a strong supporter of legislation and funding efforts that ensure veterans have access to medical care, education, and financial services.  And throughout my time in Congress, I have also supported numerous measures to give our veterans more choices, improve accountability at the VA, and cut down on its backlog.

In keeping with his support for Veterans, Congressman Steve Chabot is a sponsor of the following:

H.R. 499, the Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act (116th Congress)

Congressman Steve Chabot also supported the following major pieces of legislation passed by the House:

S. 2372, the VA MISSION Act (signed into law in the 115th Congress)

H.R. 1381, the Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act (116th Congress)

Congressman Steve Chabot is also a co-sponsor of the following legislation:

H.R. 203, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act (116th Congress)

H.R. 553, the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act (116th Congress)

H.R. 628, the WINGMAN Act (116th Congress)

H.R. 1424, the Fallen Warrior Battlefield Cross Memorial Act (116th Congress)

H.R. 1615, the VA-SBA Act (116th Congress)

Foreign Policy & Trade

Since I was first elected to Congress, I have had the opportunity to serve on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  And I have long served on its Asia-Pacific and Middle East and North Africa Subcommittees.

An engaged American foreign policy is a vital part of our success on the world stage.  International cooperation helps achieve our national security objectives through our military alliances and through less formal channels.  Defeating the Islamic State (ISIS), preventing Iran or North Korea from threatening the world with nuclear weapons, and ensuring that countries like Russia and China do not infringe on the territorial sovereignty of their neighbors requires continued communication with our allies abroad.

Trade is also a vital part of foreign policy.  Fairly negotiated trade deals open new markets for American exports and give our small businesses new customers.  These agreements also bring down prices for American consumers.  They must also be properly negotiated to ensure that they put American workers and exporters on a level playing field with foreign competitors.

Protecting the Unborn

Government has an obligation to protect the safety of the most vulnerable among us.  I believe that life begins at conception, and I will continue to support the rights of the unborn.

I have cosponsored numerous bills aimed at protecting and furthering the right to life throughout my time in Congress.  One of my proudest moments was the passage of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.  That important legislation, which I authored, put an end to the heinous practice of partially delivering an infant only as a means to kill him or her.  I am also committed to supporting and expanding important legal protections for doctors and other health care providers who refuse to perform abortion procedures to which they are morally opposed.

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Brad WenstrupBrad Wenstrup

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Dr. Brad Wenstrup’s life has centered on hard work, service, and sacrifice. As a doctor, combat surgeon and small business owner, Brad has a deep understanding of the issues facing America.

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati and going on to earn a medical degree in podiatric medicine and surgery, Brad established a private practice in Cincinnati and has treated patients in Southwest Ohio for over 26 years. In 1998, seeing signs of freedom being threatened, Brad accepted an officer’s commission with the U.S. Army Reserve, serving in the Medical Service Corps.

Summary

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Dr. Brad Wenstrup’s life has centered on hard work, service, and sacrifice. As a doctor, combat surgeon and small business owner, Brad has a deep understanding of the issues facing America.

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati and going on to earn a medical degree in podiatric medicine and surgery, Brad established a private practice in Cincinnati and has treated patients in Southwest Ohio for over 26 years. In 1998, seeing signs of freedom being threatened, Brad accepted an officer’s commission with the U.S. Army Reserve, serving in the Medical Service Corps.

About

Brad Wenstrup 1

Source: Government page

Brad Wenstrup was elected in 2012 to represent the people of Ohio’s Second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.  He brings experience as a doctor, Army Reserve officer, Iraq War veteran, and small business owner to help Congress tackle the economic and security challenges facing the nation.

In the 116th Congress, Brad serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He previously spent six years on the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. As a member on the Ways and Means and Intelligence Committees, Brad is working to address the national health and systemic poverty issues, while strengthening our national security. He has long been a voice of support for southern Ohio’s veteran community.

A Cincinnati native, Brad graduated from Saint Xavier High School and the University of Cincinnati.  He went on to earn a medical degree in Chicago as a podiatric physician and after completing his surgical residency he established private practice in Cincinnati, treating patients for 26 years.

Brad has served in the U.S. Army Reserve since 1998, currently holding the rank of colonel.  In 2005-06, he served a tour in Iraq as a combat surgeon, and was awarded a Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge for his service.   In 2018, Colonel Wenstrup was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for heroism.

During his time in Congress, Brad is fulfilling his Reserve duties by serving as the Medical Policy Advisor for the Chief of the Army Reserve as well as seeing patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.

Brad and his wife, Monica, reside in Cincinnati with their two children.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Physician,
    Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine
    1999 to present
  • Combat surgeon
    2005 to 2006

    Iraq

  • Private practice doctor
    1986 to 1999

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1958
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, OH
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
Spouse: Monica Wenstrup

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2419 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3164
Fax: (202) 225-1992

Peebles Office
170 North Main St.
Peebles, OH, 45660
Phone: (513) 605-1380
Fax: (937) 798-4024

Anderson Township Office
7954 Beechmont Ave, Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45255
Phone: (513) 474-7777
Fax: (513) 605-1377

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Wikipedia

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Representative

Brad Wenstrup (R)166,71457.6%
Jen Schiller (D)119,33341.2%
James Condit Jr. (G)3,6061.2%
TOTAL289,653

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

WENSTRUP, BRAD R has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $5,772,048.

 

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
House Committee on Ways and Means

Subcommittees

Defense Intelligence and Warfighter Support
Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation
Oversight, Worker and Family Support

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Governance

Budget & Spending

Irresponsible spending and borrowing has been a fact of Congress for the last generation. Now, America faces a debt crisis that threatens our security and prosperity, driven by mandatory spending that is on autopilot towards steeper deficits. Because of this growing debt, we are spending hundreds of billions on interest payments every year – dollars that could and should be going toward actual functions of government rather than our creditors.

We must make spending reforms now to ensure a stronger, better America for tomorrow’s generations. Modernizing our mandatory spending programs will adapt them to better serve Americans in the 21st Century and minimize the debt burden we hand to our children. When it comes to the spending that Congress does vote on every year, we must ensure that balancing our budget is as important a priority as the programs that ask for more funding year after year.

Civil Rights

2nd Amendment Rights

As a gun owner and active member of the U.S. Army Reserve, I approach our Second Amendment rights with a deep respect for firearms. Millions of Americans safely and routinely own and use firearms for hunting, sport, and self-protection. This includes many residents of southern and southwest Ohio, and many of our friends and neighbors. Our founders enumerated firearm ownership as a right alongside the right to free speech and the right to a fair trial in the original Bill of Rights.

As witness to a mass shooting, I know there are legislative steps we can take to make mass-casualty shootings even rarer, including examining how we identify, diagnose, and treat mental illness; promoting strong family structures; and addressing the root causes of violence. I believe that these efforts, especially in regard to gun ownership, will have a more positive and dramatic effect and will lead to increased safety for all Americans.

I have serious concerns that broad attempts to limit the use and sale of firearms for legitimate purposes, such as hunting and self-defense, would not only limit the rights of law-abiding Americans, but would also not solve the problem of gun violence in our nation. As we explore potential policy solutions, we must not forget nor minimize the Second Amendment, which states, “…the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Democracy

The Legislative Process

Laws begin as ideas. First, a representative sponsors a bill. The bill is then assigned to a committee for study. If released by the committee, the bill is put on a calendar to be voted on, debated or amended. If the bill passes by simple majority (218 of 435), the bill moves to the Senate. In the Senate, the bill is assigned to another committee and, if released, debated and voted on. Again, a simple majority (51 of 100) passes the bill. Finally, a conference committee made of House and Senate members works out any differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The resulting bill returns to the House and Senate for final approval. The Government Printing Office prints the revised bill in a process called enrolling. The President has 10 days to sign or veto the enrolled bill.

Economy

Agriculture

No one knows agriculture issues better than the farmers who are working their fields every day, and I always enjoy visiting and learning from southern and southwest Ohio’s agricultural leaders. Farmers are America’s original small business owners, and their legacy of hard work remains fundamental to the strength of our nation.

Our district is rich in natural resources and agriculture is an important part of Ohio’s economy.  Corn, soybeans, wheat, and cattle are just a few of our agricultural assets. We need to level the playing field for agriculture so our farmers can better compete and prosper in the global marketplace.  We must also get the government out of the way by keeping taxes and regulations low, allowing farmers to do what they do best without interference from Washington.

Jobs & Economy

The key to a strong economy is a free market system that values the contributions of every American worker. We unlock this growth with lower taxes, innovation, reduced red tape, and empowered consumers. A light regulatory structure – one where businesses and consumers have the freedom and flexibility to operate, innovate, and make real decisions –  is essential to reaching this goal and moving our economy forward. We must ensure the regulations we have are necessary, efficient, and enable growth.

We must also take steps to empower Ohioans to work. Addressing the “skills gap” facing our country is essential to unlocking continued economic advancements. This includes giving our states and local agencies the flexibility to address their region’s unique employment needs, and the resources to equip those currently on the sidelines for entry into the workforce. Ohioans want to work, and America needs a 21st century workforce equipped to build and grow our 21st economy.

Taxes

Every year Americans dread the annual exercise of paying taxes, and it can be a major headache for businesses of all sizes as well. I believe our tax code should be focused on simplicity, fairness, and competitiveness. Over the last few decades, our tax code had lagged in all these areas, dragging our economy and making it harder for families to make ends meet.

In 2017 I was proud to support the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, which is the most sweeping tax reform law in the last three decades. It provided tax relief to all Americans through lower personal tax rates, a doubled standard deduction (which over two-thirds of taxpayers take), and an expanded child tax credit. It also provides needed tax relief for businesses to energize our economy and make American companies competitive in the global marketplace.

Like a doctor regularly checks in on his or her patients, Congress must routinely examine our tax code for strengths to reinforce and deficiencies to correct. For something so deeply connected to the health of the economy, it is irresponsible to update our tax code only once in a generation. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, I will continue to push for updates to the code on a more regular and routine basis, and your feedback on the tax issues that matter most to you is crucial to that goal.

Education

Education

Providing a first-rate education for America’s children is one of our greatest responsibilities and is essential to creating the educated, productive, and innovative workforce that will shape our economy. Students, parents, local school boards, states, and the federal government must work together in order to ensure our children receive the best education possible. To achieve this end, I support efforts to ensure states and local school districts have greater flexibility to pursue the programs and initiatives that best suit their unique needs.

Health Care

Health Care

Health care is a personal issue to each and every Ohioan. When the government gets involved, it’s hard to maintain the decision-making between patients and their doctor. By handing power over health care decisions to federal bureaucrats, we stifle innovation, undermine our individual liberty, and introduce perverse incentives into the health care system.  As a doctor who served patients for over 26 years, I know that America’s health care system is broken, where people are facing higher premiums and higher deductibles.

We need a health care system that keeps the government out of the doctor’s office, protects the doctor-patient relationship, fosters competition and transparency, and increases health care choices.

Infrastructure

Energy

Our nation should be guided by an “all-of-the-above” energy policy that maximizes our resources and promises safe, secure, and affordable American energy. Our energy policy should meet the twin goals of reducing pollution and promoting a healthy environment, while also enabling our economy to thrive and keeping costs low for American consumers. These priorities are not mutually exclusive, and I believe we should strive to meet them together.

I support policies that avoid artificial government restrictions and expand access to all forms of American-made energy, which will create jobs and reduce energy costs. This must be a primary goal as we work to improve our nation’s energy infrastructure. Reducing regulation and encouraging innovation will lead our nation toward a brighter energy future. Ohio has a leading role to play in this future, and I will continue working to ensure we bring down costs for consumers, create good paying jobs, and safeguard access to American energy.

Social Security

Social Security & Medicare

Social Security and Medicare are known as entitlement programs because our seniors have earned the benefits after a lifetime of work and contribution.

We need to maintain a strong and viable Social Security and Medicare program for our seniors. I know that our nation’s seniors rely on the promises that were made to them for their future health care and retirement security. For far too long, politicians have failed to be honest about the fiscal state of Medicare and Social Security, and this false sense of security is putting the health and retirement of all Americans at risk. In the next two decades alone, nearly 80 million Americans will become eligible for Social Security benefits – putting the financial health of the program in jeopardy.

Rising health care costs and a growing older population that is living longer are threatening to bankrupt these vital programs.  Doing nothing is not an option – it would necessarily mean reduced future benefits.  In order to ensure that Medicare and Social Security remain viable for both today’s and tomorrow’s seniors, we need to preserve these programs for those in or near retirement and modernize them for younger generations by increasing competition, modernizing how benefits are calculated, encouraging additional ways to save for retirement, and empowering individuals to have more control over their care. My goal is to ensure that Social Security and Medicare meet the needs of seniors and taxpayers, now and into the future.

If you ever have a problem with your Social Security or Medicare benefits, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office for assistance. Call my office at (513) 474-7777 and let my staff know what problems you are having.

Veterans

Veterans

As a veteran of the Iraq War, I have seen the heroism and sacrifice of members of our military firsthand.  Our district is rich in military families and veterans, and I believe that our country owes them an enormous debt of gratitude. I will continue to work to ensure our troops and their loved ones receive the first class benefits they have earned. Ever since I came to Congress, I have worked tirelessly toward this goal. I served for more than five years on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where I worked closely on crucial legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). While I was chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, I worked to ensure that our veterans receive the quality healthcare they have earned. I will continue to work toward that goal going forward.

These are just a few of the issues facing veterans today. Rest assured that I will continue to conduct rigorous oversight of the VA, reform the management and administration of the VA, and ensure veterans can obtain the benefits they earned through their service.

If you ever have a problem dealing with the VA, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office for assistance. Call my office at (513) 474-7777 and let my staff know what problems you are having. Veterans deserve the best, and I won’t stop working to ensure our government lives up to that standard.

Foreign Policy

As Ronald Reagan often cited, the United States of America is a shining city upon a hill in the world.

After defeating fascism in WWII, America led the way in establishing rules and norms that have created 70 years of growth and protected against another world war. It is up to American leadership to continue to lead on the values we know are important for human flourishing like free markets and freedom of expression.

As the world grows closer together through technology and trade, new threats are emerging. Countries like Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, along with non-state actors, all threaten to destabilize the post-Cold War order. We, in collaboration with our allies, must not shrink away from answering the new threats we face in the 21st Century. The alternative is to cede global leadership to causes that are antithetical to our American values, and that is unacceptable.

Pro-Life & Family Issues

Families are the building block of our society, and where our next generation grows into the world. A stable and healthy home life is critical to children going on to lead successful and productive lives. That home life starts with parents, and we must empower families, the support systems provided to them, and the communities in which they live to raise their children.

I firmly believe that all human life is sacred and should be protected at every stage, and I am working to advance the cause for life in Congress. I agree with the Founding Fathers, who correctly placed life first among the list of rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, and I will continue to serve as a strong and active advocate to protect the rights of the unborn and the most vulnerable in our society.

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Joyce BeattyJoyce Beatty

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty is a native Ohioan with a strong history of connecting people, policy and politics to make a difference. Since 2013, Beatty has proudly represented Ohio’s Third Congressional District.

Prior to her service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Beatty was Senior Vice President of Outreach and Engagement at The Ohio State University and a member in the Ohio House of Representatives for five terms. During her tenure in the Ohio House, she rose to become the first female Democratic House Leader in Ohio’s history and was instrumental in spearheading and enacting pieces of legislation to require financial literacy in Ohio’s public school curriculum, to expand STEM education, and to secure funds to help under- and uninsured women access breast and cervical cancer treatment.

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Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty is a native Ohioan with a strong history of connecting people, policy and politics to make a difference. Since 2013, Beatty has proudly represented Ohio’s Third Congressional District.

Prior to her service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Beatty was Senior Vice President of Outreach and Engagement at The Ohio State University and a member in the Ohio House of Representatives for five terms. During her tenure in the Ohio House, she rose to become the first female Democratic House Leader in Ohio’s history and was instrumental in spearheading and enacting pieces of legislation to require financial literacy in Ohio’s public school curriculum, to expand STEM education, and to secure funds to help under- and uninsured women access breast and cervical cancer treatment.

About

Joyce Beatty 1

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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty is a native Ohioan with a strong history of connecting people, policy and politics to make a difference. Since 2013, Beatty has proudly represented Ohio’s Third Congressional District.

Beatty serves on the exclusive House Committee on Financial Services and is a member of two Subcommittees: Housing and Insurance and Oversight and Investigations. The Financial Services Committee oversees the entire financial services industry, including the nation’s banking, securities, insurance, and housing industries, as well as the work of the Federal Reserve, the United States Department of the Treasury and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Prior to her service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Beatty was Senior Vice President of Outreach and Engagement at The Ohio State University and a member in the Ohio House of Representatives for five terms. During her tenure in the Ohio House, she rose to become the first female Democratic House Leader in Ohio’s history and was instrumental in spearheading and enacting legislation to require financial literacy in Ohio’s public school curriculum, to expand STEM education, and to secure funds to help under- and uninsured women access breast and cervical cancer treatment.

In 2014, Congresswoman Beatty’s efforts proved pivotal in securing nearly $4 million in federal funds to address Columbus’ infant mortality rate, which is one of the highest in the country. In the same year, she also brought then-Department of House and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan to the Third Congressional District to announce a $225 million project to revitalize the Near East Side, led by nearly $30 million in federal funds.

A longtime advocate and champion to end human trafficking, during the 114th Congress, Congresswoman Beatty’s bipartisan legislation to combat child sex trafficking unanimously passed the House of Representatives in 2015 and was signed into law as part of a larger measure, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, by President Obama. That same year, Congresswoman Beatty introduced legislation that made the tax deduction for out-of-pocket expenses paid by elementary and secondary teachers for supplies and expenses permanent. Her bill, the Reimburse Educators who Pay for Academic Year (REPAY) Supplies Act of 2015, was later included in the bipartisan tax package, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, and was signed into law on December 18, 2015.

In 2015, Beatty also introduced the Housing Financial Literacy Act of 2015 to improve first-time homebuyers’ financial knowledge by providing a discount on Federal Housing Administration (FHA) backed mortgage insurance premiums upon successful completion of a HUD certified housing counseling course.

Recently, she introduced the Free Credit Score Act, legislation to require consumer reporting agencies to include a credit score when providing consumers with a free annual credit report. In addition, Beatty authored the Jumpstart Housing Opportunities Utilizing Small Enterprises (HOUSE) Act, or Jumpstart HOUSE Act, which would reauthorize the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) for eight years and require state business development agencies to set aside the lesser of $2.5 million or 10 percent of unobligated SSBCI funds for small businesses to purchase, rehabilitate, or operate affordable housing units. She also played a major role, alongside other federal and local officials, in helping the City of Columbus win the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Smart City Challenge, a nationwide competition powered by a pledge of up to $40 million in federal funds to transform one mid-size city’s transportation network and make it safer, easier to use and more reliable.

Congresswoman Beatty is a committed and vocal supporter of the Congressional Black Caucus, concussion awareness and education legislation, and the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI), which seeks to increase the participation of women and minorities in all facets of the financial marketplace.

A sought after public speaker and the recipient of numerous awards, she was previously named one of Ebony Magazine’s 150 most powerful African-Americans in the United States.

Congresswoman Beatty is active in The Links, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Columbus Urban League, The American Heart Association—where she previously served on the board—and numerous other organizations.

Beatty received her Bachelor of Arts from Central State University, her Master of Science from Wright State University, and completed all requirements but her dissertation for a doctorate at the University of Cincinnati. In addition, she has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Ohio Dominican University and Central State University.

Congresswoman Beatty is married to attorney Otto Beatty, Jr. and a proud grandmother of two toddlers who lovingly call her “Grammy.”

Experience

Work Experience

  • Senior vice president of outreach and engagement
    Ohio State University
    2008 to 2012
  • President
    Joyce Beatty & Associates
    1992 to present
  • Ohio State Representative
    1999 to 2008

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1950
Place of Birth: Dayton, OH
Gender: Female
Religion: Christian: Baptist
Spouse: Otto Beatty Jr.
Children: Laurel Beatty, Otto Beatty III

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2303 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4324
Fax: 202-225-1984

Columbus Office
471 East Broad Street, Suite 1100
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-220-0003
Fax: 614-220-5640

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Wikipedia

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Representative

Joyce Beatty (D)181,57573.6%
Jim Burgess (R)65,04026.4%
TOTAL246,615

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Finances

BEATTY, JOYCE has run in 9 races for public office, winning 8 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $6,254,675.

 

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Committees

Committees

House Committee on Financial Services
Housing, Community Development, and Insurance

Subcommittees

Diversity and Inclusion
Oversight and Investigations

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Governance

Budget

The federal budget is a statement of our nation’s priorities and should be a blueprint that reflects our shared values. That is why I believe we should make responsible investments in all levels of education, expand access to high-quality, affordable healthcare, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, protect Social Security, Medicare, and Veterans, and create innovative programs that will contribute to the success of Central Ohioans and all Americans.

Civil Rights

Civil Rights

I have worked my entire life to advance equal rights for all Americans and to create an America where each and every one of us has equal opportunity, regardless of how we look, who we love, or what we believe. Everyone should be able to live their lives free from discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender-identity, political affiliation, national origin, and disability status.

Highlights of Beatty Work on Civil Rights

Elected Vice Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, which is committed to ensuring that African Americans and other marginalized communities have full access to the American Dream.
Supports the Equality Act, to extend civil rights protections to LBGTQ individuals.
Sponsor of an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution.

Elections and Voting Rights

The right to vote is among the most fundamental rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, and any attempt to infringe upon that right poses a serious threat to our democracy. I am committed to making it easier for Americans to vote, not harder. In addition, I am leading the charge against voter purge initiatives in Ohio and across the nation.

Highlights of Beatty Work to Protect Voting Rights

Introduced the Save Voters Act to prohibit states from using the same type of questionable voter purge tactics that Ohio has used to take thousands of eligible voters off the voting rolls.
Sponsor of a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United case and reduce the influence of money in our elections.
Supports legislation to update the Voting Rights Act to protect every Americans’ right to vote.
Deputy Vice Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus

Economy

Diversity & Inclusion

I am proud to serve as the first-ever Chair of the Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion. As Chair, my goal is to bring diversity and inclusion to the forefront of the conversation on how to make the financial services industry and all industries work for every American. Diversity and inclusion must become part of the overall fabric of the companies and industries that are the engines of our economy. The evidence is irrefutable that diversity and inclusion are good for the bottom line.

Women and minorities have made great strides throughout our country’s history, yet much more needs to be done to address the social, economic, and political disparities that still exist today. These disparities are institutional, and only by naming them and addressing them systematically will we be able to eliminate them.

Highlights of Beatty Work on Diversity and Inclusion

Chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion.
Author of the Ensuring Diverse Leadership Act to provide more opportunities for woman and minorities at the highest levels of the Federal Reserve.
Original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act to close the wage gap.
Supports reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and funding for VAWA programs.

Financial Services and Consumer Protection

As a senior Member of the Financial Services Committee and Member of the Joint Economic Committee, I am fighting to ensure an economy and financial services system that works for ALL Americans.

Highlights of Beatty Work on Financial Services and Consumer Protection

Co-Chair of the House Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus.
Authored the Financial Literacy College Education Act to establish best practices to teach financial literacy at institutions of higher education. The bill was signed into law in the 115th Congress.
Passed the Free Credit Scores for Consumers Act out of the Financial Services Committee to provide consumers with free access to their credit scores.
One of the lead Democrats on the Consumers First Act, a bill to make sure consumers’ interests are placed before the interests of corporations.
Leader on efforts to ensure the Treasury Department places Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

Jobs and the Economy

America is strongest when we have a robust and thriving economy coupled with access to good-paying jobs. While the economy has mostly recovered from the Great Recession, we know that far too many families have not seen a pay raise in decades and the racial wealth gap continues to widen. A strong economy is only valuable when it lifts the prospects of all Americans, not merely those wealthy enough to invest in the stock market. That is why I will continue to advocate for legislation that stimulates economic growth while ensuring that all workers’ rights, including the right to unionize, are protected and celebrated.

Highlights of Beatty Work on Jobs and the Economy

Supports the Raise the Wage Act to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Sponsor of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act to strengthen collective bargaining rights.

Small Business

As a former small business owner, I understand the unique challenges small business owners face. Supporting entrepreneurship creates millions of American jobs and is the best way to spur innovation, preserve community character, and ensure economic prosperity for generations to come.

Trade & Manufacturing

U.S. trade agreements need to benefit American workers, manufacturers, consumers, and the environment. That is why I will only support trade agreements that are fair to American workers and manufacturers. If given a level playing field, I know that American workers can compete and win in the global economy.

Education

Education

As a former college administrator, I wholeheartedly support programs that ensure access to high-quality education, from childhood to adulthood. Our nation’s elementary, secondary, and higher education institutions provide the next generation with the much-needed skills and opportunities to compete in the 21st century economy. Making a better system for them also means looking for avenues to address the racial and gender disparities in our education system from pre-K through college.

Highlights of Beatty Work on Education

Author of the 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act to provide science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) school programs for girls and other groups underrepresented in STEM fields.
Leads the effort in Congress to provide funding for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Excellence in Research Program within the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Secured tens of millions of dollars in funding for Head Start programs in the Columbus area.

Environment

Climate Change and the Environment

The consensus view of scientists about the impact that climate change poses to our planet is alarming. Rising temperatures are projected to devastate many of our planet’s precious ecosystems, increase coastal flooding to dangerous levels, disrupt our food systems, and increase extreme weather occurrences.

These science-backed facts are why I support taking bold steps to invest in federal programs to address climate change, prevent spending cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fully enforce the Clean Air Act, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize our reliance on fossil fuels, and promote energy efficiency and conservation. I also support the Paris Climate Agreement and believe the United States should remain a full partner in the international effort to address climate change.

Health Care

Health Care

All Americans should have access to affordable, high-quality healthcare, including those with pre-existing conditions. I will continue to work to protect and strengthen the Affordable Care Act, while moving toward a “Medicare-For-All-Who-Want-It” program which would give Americans the option to access a Medicare-type system in lieu of private insurance. I also will continue supporting federal investment in groundbreaking medical research, life-saving therapies, and innovative technologies to ensure the health and well-being of generations of Americans.

In addition, I strongly believe that women’s reproductive decisions should be made between them and their doctor.

Highlights of Beatty Work on Healthcare

Member of the Medicare for All Caucus.
Co-Chair of the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition.
Leads the effort to fund the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Author of the Concussion Awareness and Education Act to require the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to coordinate research on youth and sports-related concussions.
Author of the Return to Work Awareness Act, to provide resources for survivors of stroke and other serious illnesses to return to the workforce.

Immigration

Foreign Affairs & Immigration

I understand the important role that the United States plays in providing aid to those who need it around the world. Foreign assistance is a modest investment in a healthier and more stable world, and I am proud to live in a nation that routinely delivers international humanitarian aid. That is why I have consistently supported funding for global health and nutrition programs, refugee and disaster assistance, and the Peace Corps, to name just a few examples. Additionally, I believe we need an immigration system grounded in common sense and accountability that also addresses the issue of citizenship for undocumented immigrants who have been here for years.

Immigration

We are a nation of immigrants. As such, we need an immigration system that reflects those values, one that is humane and grounded in common sense and accountability. We cannot separate families, lock refugees in cages, or deny children access to food, water, or necessities.

Highlights of Beatty Work on Immigration

Supports the American Dream and Promise Act to provide Dreamers, who have known no other home besides the United States, and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients a pathway to citizenship.
Sponsor of the Keep Families Together Act to end the policy of family separation at the border and other bills to address the humanitarian crisis at our southern border

Infrastructure

Transportation and Infrastructure

I believe that sustained investments in our infrastructure—including roads, bridges, railways, airports, and mass transit systems—are a commonsense approach to strengthening our economy, creating jobs, and building opportunities for long-term economic growth. That means working to increase the reach and accessibility of public transportation while investing in a robust, multimodal transportation system with an eye towards the future.

Highlights of Beatty Work on Transportation and Infrastructure

Helped Columbus secure the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge that brought tens of millions of dollars to transform Central Ohio’s transportation network.

Safety

Gun Violence

36,000 Americans are killed by guns every year: equivalent to the population of many Ohio cities. We as a nation have become numb to that statistic. We must do more to close loopholes and advance sensible gun reform legislation.

Highlights of Beatty Work to Address Gun Violence

Author of the Safer America for Everyone Right Now Act, or SAFER Now Act, which takes a comprehensive approach to the multifaceted problem of gun violence by incorporating a number of widely supported proposals that will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people and take the most dangerous weapons out of circulation.
Supports the Bipartisan Background Checks Act to close background check loopholes. The bill represents the first meaningful gun violence prevention legislation to pass the House in a generation.

Social Security

Seniors

I am fighting to protect the benefits that seniors worked hard to earn. That is why I support strengthening and expanding Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, as well as upholding the promises made to America’s seniors by improving these programs and by ensuring their long-term solvency. Our seniors worked a lifetime to live their golden years with dignity, and I will make sure that promise is kept.

Highlights of Beatty Work for Seniors

Sponsor of the Social Security 2100 Act to expand Social Security benefits and ensure the solvency of the program for the long-term.
Sponsor of the Social Security Fairness Act to end the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provision in Social Security.
Supports the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act to shore up the multi-employer pension system.

Veterans

Veterans

We have an obligation to our country’s servicemembers and veterans. These brave Americans and their families make enormous sacrifices for our country every day. That is why I remain strongly committed to our current and former members of the Armed Forces and to making sure we keep our promises to them when they return from service.

Highlights of Beatty Work for Veterans

Author of the Homeless Veterans Legal Services to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to partner with nonprofits to provide legal services to homeless veterans.
Spearheaded designation of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus.

Affordable Housing

Owning a home has long been at the cornerstone of the American Dream.

That is why I will continue to support and develop programs that make home ownership more accessible to the average American. This is especially important as Central Ohio remains one of the fastest growing areas of the country. At the same time, we must ensure that renters’ rights are protected and expanded to protect against abusive and discriminatory housing practices.

Highlights of Beatty Work on Housing and Affordability

Author of the Housing Financial Literacy Act to provide first-time homebuyers a discount on their mortgage insurance premium if they complete a financial counseling program.
Secured $25 million to revitalize Columbus’ Near East side.
Supports funding for housing assistance programs.
Supports funding for McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance grants.

Local Issues

Ohio’s Third Congressional District reflects the rich diversity, vibrance, and tenacity of America. I am proud to call the Third District my home, and will continue to work tirelessly to keep it growing and prospering.

Science and Technology

Groundbreaking scientific and technological advances have propelled our country forward and vastly improved the world in which we live. We need to continue investing in programs that have made us the global leader in innovation, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as research and development funding at the Department of Defense.

Working Families and Children

We have a responsibility to support the most vulnerable among us, which is why I’ve spent my time in Congress fighting for families. This includes supporting bills to institute paid family leave, expand the child tax credit, and provide child care for working families, because these kinds of programs are investments in the future stability of our country.

One child living in poverty is one too many. That is why I strongly support food security programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). These programs ensure the overall health and well-being of countless Americans, including more than 50,000 households in Ohio’s Third Congressional District.

I am also leading the charge in Congress on the issue of human trafficking. Children, women, and men are being preyed upon and—while progress has been made to expose, raise awareness, and provide support to victims—we must continue to do more.

Highlights of Beatty Work for Youth and Families

Secured over $40 million for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Family Unification Program (FUP), a national initiative to prevent family separation due to homelessness among foster care aging-out youth.
Had two anti-human trafficking bills signed into law:The Human Trafficking Accountability Act (P.L. 115-392) improved coordination on human trafficking within the Department of Justice.
Provision in the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (P.L. 114-22) made it easier to report potential trafficking to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline.

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Jim JordanJim Jordan

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Jordan is a fiscal conservative who believes that families and taxpayers, rather than government, know best how to make decisions with their money. Throughout his career, Jim Jordan has led the fight against tax hikes, including those proposed by his own political party. He believes that cutting taxes and letting families keep more of what they earn helps build strong communities and a vibrant economy.

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Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Jordan is a fiscal conservative who believes that families and taxpayers, rather than government, know best how to make decisions with their money. Throughout his career, Jim Jordan has led the fight against tax hikes, including those proposed by his own political party. He believes that cutting taxes and letting families keep more of what they earn helps build strong communities and a vibrant economy.

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Jim Jordan was raised in Champaign County, Ohio, graduating from Graham High School in 1982, where he was a four-time state champion in wrestling with a career record of 150-1. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a two-time NCAA wrestling champion. He later earned a Master’s degree in Education from the Ohio State University and a Law Degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Jordan is a fiscal conservative who believes that families and taxpayers, rather than government, know best how to make decisions with their money. Throughout his career, Jim Jordan has led the fight against tax hikes, including those proposed by his own political party. He believes that cutting taxes and letting families keep more of what they earn helps build strong communities and a vibrant economy.

In Congress, Jordan has also emerged as a prominent defender of the taxpayer’s pocketbook through his work on spending issues. In 2009, he introduced the only balanced budget alternative to President Obama’s budget. In the 112th Congress, Jordan served as Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus of conservatives, advancing conservative ideas and solutions on Capitol Hill. In the 114th Congress, Jordan helped found the House Freedom Caucus, and served as its first Chairman.

Jordan has been an advocate of the taxpayer, looking for waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government. He serves as the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee and on the House Oversight Committee.

As one of the most conservative members of Congress, his efforts have earned him recognition from Citizens against Government Waste, Family Research Council, Americans for Tax Reform’s Friend of the Taxpayer Award and the 2012 Weyrich Award for “National Legislator of the Year.”

Experience

Work Experience

  • Member/ Representative
    Ohio House of Representatives
    1995 to 2000
  • Member/ Senator
    Ohio State Senate
    2001 to 2007

Education

Awards

Source

The American Conservative Union

– 100% Conservative Score on annual ACU Ratings of Congress: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (longest running perfect record of any current Member of Congress)

– 2007 Best & Brightest Award

– 2008 Defender of Liberty Award

American Family Business Institute

– 2012 Champion of American Family Businesses Award

Americans for Tax Reform

– 2007 Hero of the Taxpayer Award

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.

– Champion of the Merit Shop: 110th & 111th Congress

Christian Coalition of Ohio

– 2004 Defender of Christian Values Award

Citizens for Community Values

– 2011 Ronald Reagan National Leadership Award

The Club For Growth

– Defender of Economic Freedom Award: 2008-2015 (Lifetime Rating of 98%)

Coalitions for America

– 2012 National Legislator of the Year

– Weyrich Award Dinner Keynote Speaker

The Coalition for Medicare Choices

– The Medicare Choices Leadership Award

Competitive Enterprise Institute & WorkplaceChoice.org

– 100% Pro-Worker voting score on the Workplace Choice Congressional Labor Scorecard: 2013, 2014

Family Research Council Action

– True Blue Award, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014

Farm Bureau

– Friend of Farm Bureau: 112th, 113th Congress

Freedom Works

– Freedom Fighter Award: 2012, 2013

Healthcare Leadership Council

– 2012 Champion of Healthcare Innovation Award

International Foodservice Distributors Association

– Thomas Jefferson Award: 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014

Jewish Vocational Service and Community Workshop

– Outstanding Service Award

National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

– Benjamin Franklin Public Policy Award: 111th Congress

National Clergy Office

– 2008 Ten Commandments Project

National Federation of Independent Business

– Guardian of Small Business: 2005, 110th, 111th, 112th, 113th Congress

National Taxpayers Union

– Taxpayers’ Friend “A” Rating: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

National Tax Limitation Committee

– Tax Fighter Award: 110th, 111th, 112th

National Write Your Congressman

– 2008 Constituent Communication Award

Ohio Right to Life Society

– 1998 Defender of Life Award

Ohio State Senate

– 2006 Resolution for Outstanding Service

United Conservatives of Ohio

– Watch Dog of the Treasury: 1996, 2000, 2004, 2006

– 2004 Outstanding Legislator Award

– 1996 Outstanding Freshman Legislator Award

– 1998 Pro Life Award

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

– Spirit of Enterprise Award: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

U.S. English

– ‘A’ In English Award: 110th Congress & 111th Congress

60 Plus Association

– Guardian of Seniors’ Rights Award

TheTeaParty.net

– Paul Revere Patriot Award

Personal

Birth Year: 1964
Place of Birth: Troy, OH
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian
Spouse: Polly Jordan
Children: Jessie Jordan, Isaac Jordan, Benjamin Jordan, Rachel Jordan

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2056 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2676
Fax: (202) 226-0577

Lima Office
3121 West Elm Plaza
Lima, OH 45805
Phone: (419) 999-6455
Fax: (419) 999-4238

Norwalk Office
13 B East Main Street
Norwalk, OH 44857
Phone: (419) 663-1426
Fax: (419) 668-3015

Bucyrus Office
500 South Sandusky Ave
Bucyrus, OH 44820
Phone: (419) 663-1426

Web

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Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Representative

Jim Jordan (R)167,99365.3%
Janet Garrett (D)89,41234.7%
TOTAL257,405

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

Campaign Committee Fundraising, 2019 – 2020: LAST REPORT: 04/08/2020

Raised: $5,658,952

Spent: $3,812,950

Cash on Hand:  $2,579,747

Source: Open Secrets

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Oversight and Reform
House Committee on the Judiciary

Subcommittees

Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Governance

Budget And Fiscal Issues

The federal government spends six million dollars a minute, each minute, every day of the year. This unfettered spending costs each American family over $23,000 a year. Federal government spending is out of control, and it is the responsibility of Congress to fix the problem. If federal spending is not reigned in, we will find it more and more difficult to avoid the looming financial crisis posed by the retirement of the Baby Boomers and the tens of trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities their future government benefits represent.

That’s why during the FY2008 appropriations process, and in my first year in Congress, I stood on the House floor to offer a series of “fiscal discipline amendments” to hold the line on runaway federal spending.

I will continue seeking to instill fiscal sanity in government, so that we will be able to keep our promises to retirees while providing a sound future for our children and grandchildren.

Government Reform

I agree with most Ohioans that our Federal Government spends far too much and is overly large, cumbersome and bureaucratic. Many of the roles currently filled by government agencies would be better left to individuals, private businesses and non-profit organizations. I take my government oversight responsibilities very seriously, and am well-positioned to work on this issue from my seat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. During the 114th Congress I will continue to consider and propose ways to reduce government spending and eliminate redundancy in government agencies.

Economy

Agriculture

Coming from a family that is heavily involved in farming, sound agricultural policy is very important to me. We need policies that open up the playing field, so that our farmers can better compete in the national and international markets. It is unfair that American farmers face high tariffs when exporting their products to other countries while those same countries can import their goods to the United States tariff-free. I will continue working in Congress to enact policies that strengthen Ohio’s farming base and keep it strong.

 

Taxes

I am committed to the idea that the hardworking families of Ohio know best how to spend their own money and that more of it should remain in their own pockets. Low taxes foster a healthier economy across the board—encouraging entrepreneurship, job creation and improving the international competitiveness of our nation’s businesses. I will continue to support the extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and will stand adamantly against the return of the marriage penalty, the halving of the child tax credit or the continuation of the death tax. I also support phasing out the oppressive Alternative Minimum Tax and reforming our tax code to make it more manageable and understandable to Americans.

Education

Education

Educating our children is vital to our nation’s continued prosperity and economic strength during this time of increasing competition in business and trade from abroad. Successful education policy almost always starts at the local and state level rather than the federal level, and I support policies that give parents the freedom to guide their children’s education.

Environment

Energy & Natural Resources

America is far too dependent on Middle Eastern oil. Having suffered years of record high gas prices, the American people deserve greater freedom from Middle Eastern manipulation of the oil markets. We need to increase domestic oil and gas supply by exploring and utilizing more of the energy resources we have at home. We must also help keep our nation on the cutting edge by exploring alternative sources of energy and better ways to make use of them. At the same time, we must be careful stewards of precious natural resources—taking care to avoid strategies that damage our landscape, environment and pose health risks to our citizens.

Health Care

Health Care

First and foremost, we need to get health care reform done right, not done fast. Passing another thousand-page bill without amendments or debate will do nothing to help the economy, create jobs, or reform health care.

Right now, the thousand-page health care bill will cost taxpayers about a billion dollars per page and will impose new taxes on individuals and businesses. It will force Americans from private healthcare into a government-run system that will put Washington bureaucrats in charge of rationing care. This government takeover would add $239 billion of deficit over ten years, pushing our already unstable finances further toward bankruptcy.

We need health care reform that puts medical decisions in the hands of doctors, families and patients, not government bureaucrats or insurance companies. We need to make our high quality care more affordable, and I believe we can do so through a number of reforms, like offering financial assistance to those who cannot afford coverage, expanding options to include health savings accounts and allowing families and individuals to buy coverage with the same advantage given to businesses.

Immigration

Immigration

I am steadfastly against illegal immigration and amnesty for illegal immigrants. My strategy for dealing with the many problems posted by illegal immigration is threefold: secure the border, robustly enforce our immigration laws and fix the system so that it works for those who want to come to our country legally—by working hard, learning the language and becoming Americans. Our country has always been a nation of immigrants. In large part, this is what has made us great, but illegal immigration is unfair to the many people from around the world who want to come to the United States legally, as well as being a serious threat to our homeland security.

 

Veterans

Veterans

Though it is important to fully support our troops in the field, it is no less important to support them when they return and in their times of need. These brave men and women have risked everything to serve and defend us, and we owe them our very best. Our veterans deserve excellent benefits and the best medical care that we can give them—particularly when they return home wounded. For this reason, I and my staff are available to help our Ohio veterans from the 4th District when they need assistance in dealing with the Veterans’ Administration or Department of Defense.

Pro Life & Family Issues

Throughout my years serving in the Ohio General Assembly and now in the U.S. Congress, I am proud to stand and defend the lives of the unborn. I am committed to the view that life is sacred, that it begins at conception and that the Founding Fathers were correct in placing life first among the list of rights the Constitution was written to defend. This conviction informs all that I do in Congress, including the bills I sponsor and the speeches I give from the House floor. H.R. 618, the Right to Life Act, was the first bill I co-sponsored after taking office in January 2007. Currently, I am working on a bill called the Ultrasound Informed Consent Act, which employs ultrasound technology to save lives by offering women the opportunity to see their babies and encouraging them to pursue adoption and other abortion alternatives.

Additionally, I am committed to defending the sanctity of marriage and the family. Our families are the foundation of our country, and America is strongest when our nation’s families are sound. I oppose all attempts to redefine marriage, and I support the right of parents to supervise what their children learn and how they are educated.

Social Security

Social Security was conceived so that FICA revenues from the current workforce would pay benefits for current retirees. This system has worked because the ratio of workers to retirees allowed it to do so. However, the numbers are now trending the other way. For example, in 1950, 16 workers paid into Social Security for every beneficiary. Today, there are only 3.3 workers for every beneficiary, and the ratio is shrinking. Current estimates indicate that Social Security will begin to pay out more than it takes in by 2017. This poses a major challenge to the future of the Social Security system.

I am fully committed to preserving Social Security benefits for current retirees, as well as those who are approaching retirement age. Social Security is a sacred promise to Americans, and Congress can protect it if we act in a fiscally responsible way. Also, in seeking solutions to ensure benefits for future generations, I would oppose risky “quick-fix” financial moves some favor that I believe would further undermine Social Security. Instead, I want to instill greater fiscal accountability for all federal spending while examining practical means of giving younger individuals more control over how the money they contribute to Social Security is spent.

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Robert LattaBob Latta

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congressman Bob Latta represents Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District and is currently serving his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives.

As Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, and as a member of the Committee’s Subcommittees on Energy, Communications and Technology, and Health, Bob oversees a variety of issues, including energy, telecommunications, food and drug safety, health care, and interstate and foreign commerce. He also serves as Deputy Whip, Co-Chairman of the Rural Broadband Caucus, and is a past Co-Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.

Summary

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congressman Bob Latta represents Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District and is currently serving his sixth term in the United States House of Representatives.

As Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, and as a member of the Committee’s Subcommittees on Energy, Communications and Technology, and Health, Bob oversees a variety of issues, including energy, telecommunications, food and drug safety, health care, and interstate and foreign commerce. He also serves as Deputy Whip, Co-Chairman of the Rural Broadband Caucus, and is a past Co-Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.

About

Bob Latta

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Since 2007, Congressman Bob Latta has served the people of Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Congressman Latta is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee where he plays an intricate role in crafting the nation’s energy, telecommunications, environment, health care, and interstate commerce policy. Latta is Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, where he advocates for policies that help consumers, grow our economy, and spur innovation.

Latta is also a member of the Subcommittee on Energy and the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, which he chaired last Congress. Along with his committee positions, Congressman Latta is a Deputy Whip and Co-Chairs the Rural Broadband Caucus and the Congressional Propane Caucus.

Throughout his tenure, Congressman Latta has advocated for the interests of the people of Northwest and West Central Ohio through policies that further economic prosperity and job creation. His top priorities include balancing the budget, maintaining a strong national defense, and implementing commonsense government reforms.

Latta believes that hearing from constituents is essential to representing them in Congress and has held more than 1,000 meetings in Ohio’s 5th Congressional District since 2012. He also has held more than 130 Courthouse Conference one-on-ones with constituents where he is available to answer questions, discuss issues, and help solve problems with Federal agencies.

Congressman Latta has had more than a dozen bills signed into law during his Congressional tenure.

As a Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Latta worked with his colleagues to pass landmark legislation to combat the opioid crisis. Included in that bill was legislation he authored, the INFO Act, which helps provide needed data and information to those on the front lines of this crisis.

Latta has championed efforts in Congress to protect Lake Erie and improve water infrastructure in Ohio. Latta-authored legislation that was signed into law, the Drinking Water Protection Act, assesses and manages the risk of algal toxins in drinking water. In addition, provisions he authored to provide communities more flexibility to fund water projects were signed into law by President Trump in the 115th Congress.

Latta also wrote the Safeguarding America’s Pharmaceuticals Act, a law that established a tracking system for pharmaceutical drugs through the supply chain to prevent adulterated and counterfeit drugs from endangering Americans.

Other laws that Congressman Latta has authored have ensured Ohioans have access to propane during the coldest parts of the winter, helped farmers use cutting-edge technology, and provided the Department of Homeland Security with needed tools to prevent terrorist attacks.

Latta is a steadfast advocate for our nation’s veterans, authoring legislation passed by the House to expedite the processing of VA appeals claims and taking action to ensure Ohio veterans that are suffering from cancer can receive health care closer to home. Latta also wrote legislation to expand access to Tri-Care for national guard members.

Congressman Latta is an avid sportsman and lifelong resident of Northwest Ohio. He and his wife Marcia live in Bowling Green and they have two daughters, Elizabeth and Maria.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Member/ Representative
    Ohio House of Representatives
    2001 to 2007
  • Member/ Senator
    Ohio State Senate
    1997 to 2000

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1956
Place of Birth: Bluffton, OH
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Catholic
Spouse: Marcia Latta
Children: Elizabeth Latta, Maria Latta

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2467 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6405

Bowling Green Office
1045 North Main St, Ste 6
Bowling Green, OH 43402
Phone: (419) 354-8700

Defiance Office
101 Clinton St, Ste 1200
Defiance, OH 43512
Phone: (419) 782-1996

Findlay Office
318 Dorney Plaza, Rm 302
Findlay, OH 45840
Phone: (419) 422-7791

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Wikipedia

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Representative

Bob Latta (R)176,56962.3%
John Michael Galbraith (D)99,65535.1%
Don Kissick (L)7,3932.6%
TOTAL283,617

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

LATTA, ROBERT E (BOB) has run in 11 races for public office, winning 10 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $7,185,657.

 

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Subcommittees

Communications and Technology
Consumer Protection and Commerce
Energy

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Governance

Fiscal Responsibility

Government Bailouts

Government Spending

Economy

Agriculture

Budget

Economy

Job Creation

Tax Relief

Education

Education

Environment

Environment

Health Care

Health Care

Immigration

Border Security/ Immigration

Infrastructure

Communications & Technology

Energy

Veterans

Veterans

Family Values

Social Security

War on Terror

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Bill JohnsonBill Johnson

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

Congressman Bill Johnson’s life and career have always centered around a commitment to hard work and making a difference in the community.

Born and raised on family farms, he learned early the values of hard work, honesty, and sacrifice. Those values have stayed with Johnson throughout his life and have made him the leader he is today.

Summary

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

Congressman Bill Johnson’s life and career have always centered around a commitment to hard work and making a difference in the community.

Born and raised on family farms, he learned early the values of hard work, honesty, and sacrifice. Those values have stayed with Johnson throughout his life and have made him the leader he is today.

About

Bill Johnson 1

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Bill Johnson was born and raised on family farms, where he learned early the values of hard work, honesty, and sacrifice. Those values have stayed with Johnson throughout his life and have made him the leader he is today.

Johnson entered the U.S. Air Force in 1973, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after a distinguished military career of more than 26 years. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University in Troy, Alabama in 1979, and he earned his Master’s Degree from Georgia Tech in 1984. During his tenure in the U.S. Air Force, Johnson was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Squadron Officers School, and Air Command & Staff College. Bill is also a proud recipient of the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. As Director of the Air Force’s Chief Information Officer Staff at U.S. Special Operations Command, Johnson worked directly with senior congressional and Secretary of Defense representatives, as well as top leaders within the various U.S. intelligence communities, to ensure America’s Special Operations forces were adequately equipped to carry out critical national security missions.

Following his retirement from military service, Johnson turned to creating and building high technology businesses. He cofounded Johnson-Schley Management Group, Inc., an information technology (IT) consulting company that increased revenues by more than 200% in just three years under his leadership. In 2003 he left Johnson-Schley to form J2 Business Solutions, Inc., where he focused on providing executive level IT support as a defense contractor to the U.S. military.

From 2006 through 2010, Johnson served as Chief Information Officer of a global manufacturer of highly engineered electronic components for the transportation industry headquartered in Northeast Ohio. As a member of the executive leadership team, he managed a multi-million dollar departmental budget.

Since first being elected in 2010, Johnson has been fighting to create jobs in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, improve services to our nation’s heroes – our veterans, and to make our federal government more effective, efficient, and accountable to the American people. He’s working hard to ensure that our children and grandchildren are blessed with the same opportunities of previous generations. Johnson has led the effort in the House of Representatives to defend the coal industry from executive and bureaucratic overreach, and to secure American energy independence. Nine bills authored by Johnson have been signed into law.

In November of 2018, Johnson was elected to a fifth term to serve the people of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio. Johnson retained his seat on the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee that is charged with providing a key role in developing America’s energy, healthcare, and telecommunications policies (among others), while providing oversight on the Administration’s implementation of these laws. Johnson also serves on the House Budget Committee. Additionally, he is the Co-Chairman of the House Natural Gas Caucus and a member of the House Shale Caucus.

Johnson is the author of the book entitled “Raising Fathers”, in which he addresses the importance of fatherhood, and begins confronting the destructive social and cultural impacts caused by the staggering number of America’s children that are being raised in fatherless homes.

Congressman Johnson, and his wife LeeAnn, currently reside in Marietta, Ohio with a son, Nathan. Johnson is also the proud parent of three grown children: Joshua, Julie, and Jessica, and is a grandfather of six.

Experience

Work Experience

  • United States Air Force
    1973 to 1999

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1954
Place of Birth: Roseboro, NC
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Protestant
Spouse: LeeAnn Johnson
Children: Jessica Johnson, Nathan Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Julie Johnson

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2336 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5705
Fax: (202) 225-5907

Marietta Office
246 Front St.
Marietta, OH 45750
Phone: (740) 376-0868
Fax: (740) 376-0886

Salem Office
192 East State St.
Salem, OH 44460
Phone: (330) 337-6951
Fax: (330) 337-7125

Cambridge Office
116 Southgate Pkwy.
Cambridge, OH 43725
Phone: (740) 432-2366
Fax: (740) 432-2587

Ironton Office
202 Park Ave. Suite C
Ironton, OH 45638
Phone: (740) 534-9431
Fax: (740) 534-9482

Web

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Politics

Recent Elections

2020 Republican Primary Election

Bill Johnson (R)56,25787%
Kenneth Morgan (R)8,42213%
TOTAL64,679

2018 US Representative

Bill Johnson (R)172,77469.3%
Shawna Roberts (D)76,71630.7%
TOTAL249,490

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

JOHNSON, BILL has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $9,728,165.

 

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on the Budget
House Committee on Energy and Commerce

Subcommittees

Communications and Technology
Energy
Environment and Climate Change

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Governance

Budget

One of the biggest threats to our nation’s economic security is our ballooning national debt – a figure that will only climb higher as a result of the necessary, but expensive, legislative responses to the coronavirus.

As a former small business owner, and the Vice-Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, I understand the importance of having a budget.  Families have them.  Businesses have them.  Washington should have one too.   But Congress hasn’t approved a budget in years, and the appropriations process is broken, largely relying on “continuing resolutions” to fund another year of spending.  This is no way to govern, and it must change.

I strongly support legislation that would force Congress to balance the budget within a reasonable time frame.  Many states are required by law to balance their budgets.  Washington should be no different.  I also support a thorough review of the budgeting and appropriating processes, and enacting reforms that will make Washington more fiscally responsible and accountable.  One potential reform is moving toward biennial budgeting as a means to get the budgeting and appropriations process back on track.

For more information concerning my work on the House Budget Committee, please contact my Washington, DC office.

Civil Rights

2nd Amendment

As a 26-year veteran of the Air Force, gun owner, concealed carry permit holder, and lifetime member of the NRA, I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. I am opposed to any measure that would restrict the rights of law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms – including any efforts to place limitations on the right to bear arms.

I firmly believe that Americans should feel safe in their homes and communities – and we have a Constitutional right to protect ourselves and our families. Upholding the Second Amendment and keeping the American people safe are not mutually exclusive.

I am a cosponsor of several pieces of legislation intended to protect the Second Amendment, including:

H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2019, would allow law-abiding citizens with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit to conceal a handgun in any other state that allows concealed carry.

H.R. 155 would fix the flawed federal over-regulation of suppressors, making it easier for hunters and sportsmen to protect their hearing in the 42 states where private suppressor ownership is currently legal, and the 40 states where hunting with a suppressor is legal. Specifically, this legislation would remove suppressors from the onerous requirements of the National Firearms Act, and instead require purchasers to pass an instant National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check, the same background check that is used to purchase a firearm.

For more information concerning my work and views on Second Amendment issues, please contact my Washington, DC office.

Economy

Agriculture

Having grown up on a two-wheel, wagon-rut mule farm, I know firsthand how vital agriculture is to Ohio and our nation, which is why I am committed to strengthening and supporting the agriculture industry.  The federal government should be a partner in progress with America’s farmers rather than a high tax and red tape obstacle.

This is done first by building strong relationships with our trading partners that put American farmers on a level playing field, while opening up vast world markets for America’s agricultural products – creating hundreds of thousands of jobs here at home. Agricultural exports to Mexico and Canada have quadrupled over the last two decades, accounting for nearly one third of agricultural exports. That is why I am proud to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), which improves and updates the U.S. trading relationship with both nations, increasing our agricultural exports and helping farmers and ranchers nationwide.

I believe there is a role for the federal government in areas such as sustaining the farm safety net.  But, there are some market distorting farm programs that push the limit.  It is so important for these programs to work in tandem with the free market and move away from crop planting decisions influenced by the government.

America’s family farmers and ranchers are crucial to feeding not only America, but the world.  I will always support them, and will always work hard to keep the federal government from standing in the way of their success.

Jobs & The Economy

As the US Representative for Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, I support policies that create jobs, increase wages, and expand opportunities for all Americans.  I support lowering taxes on both our job creators and hardworking Americans, as well as reducing Washington regulatory burden and red tape.  Having lived in poverty as a child, I am so grateful that we live in a country where Americans from all walks of life have the freedom to make choices to improve their economic situation.

Before the Coronavirus hit, our economy was experiencing its longest economic expansion in American history. The unemployment rate was at a 50-year low, 6.4 million new jobs had been created since November 2016, and under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, American families are keeping more of their hard-earned money.  It’s one of the few times in America’s journey that we’ve had more jobs than workers to fill them.

And, while the coronavirus has dealt a short-term blow to our economy, I’m confident we’ll reemerge stronger because of it.  But, extraordinary times often dictate the need for extraordinary action.  That’s why I’ve supported the bipartisan economic stimulus bills (now laws) that will help our workers who’ve been let go, and that will: 1) help ensure our healthcare workers who are on the front lines of fighting the coronavirus get the equipment and support they need to win the fight; 2) give a life-line to the millions of small businesses across America that create over 60% of all jobs…so their employees have a job to come back to; 3) provide access to credit in order to help stabilize our major industry employers and job creators that provide products and services across the nation; and, 4) provide immediate relief to hardworking families, with most joint filers receiving $2,400 + an additional $500 per child.

Once we defeat the coronavirus, Congress must continue to build upon pro-growth successes, such as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, to ensure upward economic mobility is within reach for all hard-working American families.

For more information concerning my work and views on Taxes and Economic issues, please contact my Washington, DC office.

Education

Education

As a father and grandfather whose children predominantly attended public schools, with a son in public high school, and a product of America’s public school system myself, I know the critical role that education plays in America today.  For generations, America has led the way in educating our young people in critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math.  And, our nation was founded upon the principle of being able to pursue one’s dreams and ambitions on our own terms.  Whether those dreams are to be a small business owner, musician, scientist, farmer, or doctor, I firmly believe that education starts in the home, and that parents know what’s best for their children – NOT Washington bureaucrats.  State officials, school boards, school administrations, local teachers in Ohio, and parents know the needs of their students much better than unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.  I support decisions of parents on how and where to educate their children, and I want to empower parents to make these decisions.  Each student has different needs, and every student deserves the opportunity to advance their education at a pace that is right for them.

In the 21st century economy, education is key to providing the next generation of students with the skills necessary to succeed and support a family.  There are more jobs than workers with the right skills to fill them for the first time in nearly five decades. I am supportive of programs that align educational opportunities with in-demand careers and provide students with opportunities to gain the skills they need to succeed in the workforce, whether through career and technical education or traditional 4-year college.

Environment

Energy

I am humbled and honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee — the oldest, and one of the most influential, legislative committees in Congress. The Energy and Commerce Committee oversees America’s energy industries and infrastructure (among many other industries) that are so vital to the economic growth of Eastern and Southeastern Ohio. I consider this is a great responsibility, because it provides Eastern and Southeastern Ohio with a prominent voice in Washington on important policy issues that affect our daily lives.

Ohio’s Sixth Congressional District sits on top of the Utica and Marcellus shale plays, where oil and gas activity has spurred new economic opportunities for the region, and has helped propel the United States to the status of the world’s leading producer of oil and natural gas.  This “Shale Revolution,” has yielded not only new economic opportunities here at home, but also provides America with new and beneficial geopolitical advantages on the world stage.  We must do all we can to take advantage of this abundance.

Energy Dominance (dominance = independence and security) is the next great frontier for America, and domestic energy production is poised to be the catalyst that launches the next great era of American exceptionalism.  In order to lower energy prices, create much-needed jobs, and make America more energy independent, I support a true “all of the above” approach to energy development. This approach starts with going after America’s own natural resources, including the vast oil and natural gas reserves in America – onshore, offshore, and in shale plays across America like the Marcellus and Utica.  Coal is fundamental to America’s energy dominance as it remains an abundant and affordable energy source, and we can use it environmentally cleanly and responsibly to generate energy for generations to come. Expansion of our nuclear power capabilities should also be included in this “all of the above” approach to energy, as would finding a place in our energy portfolio for alternative sources of energy like wind and solar as long as they are based on market driven innovations that can survive in the free market without government assistance. Every source of energy, including oil, gas, coal, nuclear, wind, solar, hydro, bio-fuels, and other alternative energy sources all have a place in America’s energy portfolio.

Such an energy vision that harnesses America’s exceptionalism will lead to new innovations and technologies around domestic energy production, storage, distribution, and usage, and will lead us to economic prosperity, job growth, and energy dominance. Americans deserve real leadership on energy development, which is why I have voted for legislation that invests in energy research, develops new energy technology, and stops onerous regulations from the EPA, Department of the Interior, and other federal government agencies.

The Trump Administration has helped turn the federal government into more of a partner in progress, rather than the barrier to energy development it had been for so long. With common sense regulations that protect our national security, public health, and public safety Americans are enjoying a positively advancing, vibrant, and growing private sector economy that makes us the envy of the world.

Health Care

Health Care

Since I was first elected in 2010, I’ve opposed President Obama’s federal takeover of America’s healthcare system (Obamacare), and fought for its repeal and replacement.  And while significant progress has been made in repealing parts of this disastrous law, some of the most damaging parts of the law still stands.

Obamacare should be completely replaced with common sense, patient-centered solutions like: insurance companies having to compete for your business by making health insurance portable from state to state and job to job; increasing incentives for Americans to contribute pre-tax dollars to health savings accounts that can be used to pay for routine healthcare at a much lower cost than purchasing a massive healthcare policy; and, enacting tort reform to eliminate frivolous lawsuits and keep doctors in treatment rooms rather than in court rooms.

I believe that parents should have the option of keeping children on their insurance until the age of 26, and that insurance companies should not be able to deny coverage for anyone based on pre-existing conditions. Furthermore, we must guarantee the promise of Medicare so America’s seniors and those already in the retirement window (those 55 years of age and older) continue to receive their fully funded Medicare benefits; and, we must strengthen and preserve Medicare so that future generations have access to this vital safety-net program.

On the issue of surprise billing, I am proud to have recently supported legislation that would help protect Americans who, through no fault of their own, have received unaffordable surprise medical bills. Patients should be held harmless when they experience a medical emergency or simply have no ability to determine if they are receiving care from an in-network or out-of-network provider.  We must ensure a fair and transparent process when there is a payment dispute between a patient’s insurer and healthcare provider.  It’s not fair for Americans to be caught in the middle.

Additionally, for many Americans, the cost of prescription drugs at the pharmacy counter keeps going up and up.  I’m fighting hard to lower drug prices for Americans, especially for our seniors.  I’ve worked with my colleagues in Congress and the Trump administration to implement policies that foster innovation and quality in programs like Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage, that will generate real savings without the federal government fixing prices on treatments that would compromise the market-based structure that ignites innovations that lead to new and better cures.

Medicare

Medicare is a sacred contract between the federal government and the American people who have paid into this critical safety-net program throughout their lives, and it must be strengthened and preserved.  I have supported solutions that guarantee that America’s current seniors – and those already in the retirement window – continue receiving their fully-funded Medicare benefits, with no changes. The Medicare Trust Fund belongs to you, the American people who have paid into it, and you have earned these benefits.

However, the Medicare Trustees estimate that the program will be bankrupt by 2026.  Why?  Primarily because people are living longer than expected when Medicare first began…and, that’s a good thing.  But, Americans are drawing on Medicare much longer than initially anticipated.  Secondly, there are fewer and fewer Americans paying into Medicare, as roughly 10,000 Americans retire each day and begin drawing their Medicare benefits.  So, the Medicare Trust Fund can’t keep up with the demand and the lack of revenue – and, we MUST do something.  I, along with my Republican colleagues, have consistently supported real solutions and reforms that guarantee the promise of Medicare for future generations, while ensuring that those currently on Medicare and within the retirement window continue receiving their fully funded benefits.

For America’s future generations we need real solutions that strengthen and preserve Medicare, by giving younger workers the opportunity to receive the same health care that every member of Congress receives.  They will have clear choices of Medicare certified options with premium support equal to or greater than current Medicare benefits, with the low income and high health risk Americans receiving more support than wealthy Americans.  These commonsense solutions preserve and strengthen this vital safety net program.

I will always fight to honor the commitments that were made to America’s seniors.

Immigration

Immigration

America was built on a system of strong immigration.  We have always benefited from legal immigrants, and we will continue to do so. In fact, we must.  However, we need a merit-based immigration system that, first and foremost, strengthens our national security and protects the jobs of American citizens. In other words, we need to be able to pick and choose the people we allow to come into out country and seek citizenship.  We need workers in virtually all sectors, including scientists, physicians, technologists, agricultural, seasonal, etc.  But, we need to be able to choose the ones we want, and we need them to come here legally.

In 2019, I traveled to the El Paso Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol, where I had the pleasure of meeting with the men and women of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This eye-opening trip confirmed two things that I already believed: first, America is facing an unprecedented immigration and humanitarian crisis at our southern border; and, second, we need a wall to help stop it.

As the representative for Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, I believe illegal immigration threatens our national security and the safety of the American people, which is why I wholeheartedly support strengthening our border security and closing dangerous immigration loopholes. I also support President Trump’s proclamation of a national emergency on the Mexican border as well as the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that allows the Trump Administration to redirect $2.5 billion in money approved by Congress for the Pentagon to help build the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Without control of our borders, our sovereignty is weakened.  Without secure borders criminals, terrorists, drug dealers, and human traffickers flow into communities all across America.  At a very basic level:  as Americans, we need to know who’s here.  If there are bad actors exploiting and overwhelming our border, it puts the safety of the American people at risk.  I will continue supporting efforts, whether Republican ideas or Democratic ideas, to strengthen our border security.  I will also continue advocating and supporting a legal immigration system that works for us, one that has defined our American success story for generations.

For more information concerning my work and views on Immigration issues, please contact my Washington, DC office.

Infrastructure

Broadband

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As America competes in an ever-increasing digitized economy and prepares to continue leading in the economy of the future, rural broadband must be an integral component. It’s time we work together — at the federal, state, and local levels — to ensure: our children have the technology and tools they need at home to further their education; businesses have the high-speed internet connectivity they need to effectively compete, succeed, create jobs, and provide opportunities for the hardworking people that live here; patients have access to telemedicine; and, we all have the ability to take advantage of “being connected.”

As a member of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, I am leading the charge for a further rollout of broadband internet access in rural areas. Far too many rural communities have been left behind – we must bridge the urban-rural digital divide now. The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) will provide $20.4 billion for rural broadband deployment. If implemented correctly, this fund could drastically reduce the digital divide and provide businesses and homes in rural America the connectivity necessary for today’s highly technical, information-driven, digital world, both at home and at work.

I’ve held broadband internet access roundtables across Eastern and Southeastern Ohio focused specifically on this issue, and it’s an issue I’ve been pushing for some time. I’m also pleased to have recently hosted events with Federal Communications Committee (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai in Marietta, Ohio and Commissioner Mike O’Rielly in Rayland, Ohio to give local community stakeholders an opportunity to share with them the challenges we here in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio face in broadband deployment. We will not be left behind anymore. There’s a wealth of intellectual capital here in rural Appalachia…and, America needs to start tapping into it.

Veterans

Veterans Office

As a 26-year veteran of the United States Air Force, I am grateful to all of America’s heroes – the men and women in uniform who willingly risk their lives to protect our freedoms. One of my top priorities as your representative is ensuring that our veterans and their families receive the benefits, care, and services they have earned through their sacrifices.

Last Congress, my colleagues and I worked to pass the VA MISSION Act to streamline duplicative VA community care programs and give veterans greater access to health care in both VA facilities and in their communities. Particularly in rural areas, it’s important that veterans have the option to seek care locally for basic health needs, rather than travel longer distances or experience greater wait times for appointments at VA facilities. However, we must also ensure that health care providers are being reimbursed by the VA in a timely manner for the services they are providing. Be assured, I will continue working with my colleagues to reduce bureaucratic and administrative inefficiencies.

In the 112th Congress, I had the honor of serving as the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committees. My subcommittee worked diligently to uncover several of the VA scandals that surfaced during the Obama administration. I have continued to work to ensure the VA is operating through greater transparency and accountability. For as long as I serve in Congress, I will fight to make sure all our nation’s veterans receive the treatment and benefits they have earned.

While serving in Congress, I have authored and supported numerous important pieces of legislation to ensure these men and women, their families, and survivors are receiving the health care, educational and job training opportunities, and other benefits they have earned and to which they are entitled.  During this session of Congress, I am pleased to support H.R. 95, the Homeless Veteran Families Act, which would give the VA the authority to pay a partial per diem to certain providers to support homeless veterans with children. Additionally, I am a cosponsor of H.R. 303, the Retired Pay Restoration Act, which would make individuals who were retired or separated from the military due to a service-connected disability eligible for the full concurrent receipt of both veterans’ disability compensation and military retired pay.

I am also proud to have co-sponsored and advocated for H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, which has been signed into law by President Trump. This legislation provides a long overdue correction by extending the presumption of exposure to Agent Orange to veterans who served in the Blue Water Navy during the Vietnam War, ensuring that these heroes are provided the disability benefits that they have earned for their service.

Pro-Life

As a father of four, and grandfather of six, there is no doubt in my mind that life begins at conception. As a member of the House Pro Life Caucus in Congress, I will always fight for the rights of the unborn.

I strongly oppose taxpayer dollars funding abortions, which is why I have voted for and co-sponsored legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and other entities that perform and support abortions. In addition, I have supported many pro-life bills including the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit the abortion of an unborn child that has surpassed 20 weeks gestation to ensure that a pain-capable child is not aborted.

I am proud to have a 100 percent pro-life voting record, and I will never relent in my commitment to protecting the rights of all Americans – both born and unborn.

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Bob GibbsBob Gibbs

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

Congressman Gibbs sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Gibbs was chosen to chair the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, a subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that conducts oversight of the federal regulation of clean water, from 2011 until 2017. He is currently Ranking Member of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.

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Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

Congressman Gibbs sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Gibbs was chosen to chair the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, a subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that conducts oversight of the federal regulation of clean water, from 2011 until 2017. He is currently Ranking Member of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.

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Over thirty years ago, Bob Gibbs began his version of the American Dream. As a graduate of Bay Village High School, Bob went on to earn his degree from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in 1974. From OSU, Bob founded Hidden Hollow Farms, a livestock production farm located in Holmes County, mostly producing market hogs.

As the owner/operator of Hidden Hollow, Bob began to take an active role in promoting agriculture throughout Ohio, leading him to serve as President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation for two terms starting in 1999. Since 1985 Bob has served on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Farm Bureau, making him one of the more well-known and informed advocates of agriculture in Ohio.

In 2002, Bob used his small business and farming background to earn a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. After being reelected by his constituents twice, he went on to win election to the Ohio Senate in 2008. In the Ohio Legislature Bob served as Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

In 2010, like many Ohioans, Bob was fed up with Washington. Bad policies like Cap-and-Trade, Obamacare, and many more examples of over-regulation by out-of-control federal agencies were instrumental in Bob’s decision to run for Congress. Bob went on to defeat a two-term incumbent by 14 points and was sworn in as a member of the historic class of 86 freshmen.

Once in Congress, Bob was named to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Agriculture Committee, earning the highly sought-after position of Chairman of the Water Resources and the Environment Subcommittee. As a Subcommittee on Transportation, Bob’s Committee has sole jurisdiction over the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA as it relates to the Clean Water Act.

Bob Gibbs has been fighting the status quo of Washington and trying to give the American people a voice in their own government once again. He has introduced three pieces of legislation. Two of these bills have since passed the House with bipartisan support and are aimed at reducing the government’s intrusion and regulatory burden that hurts our families, job creators, and our communities.

Bob is a member of the Farm Bureau, a life-member of the National Rifle Association, various Chambers of Commerce throughout Ohio, Pheasants forever, and the United Methodist Church.

Bob is a former board member of the Farm Bureau Bank and has held positions on the Ohio Cooperative Council, the Ohio Farm Bureau, and the Ohio Livestock Coalition. Bob served as President of the Loudonville Farmers Equity where he served on the board for over a decade. He also served as President of the Holmes County Extension Advisory Committee, the Holmes County Farm Bureau and is past supervisor of the Holmes County Soil and Water Conservation Service.

Bob is a recipient of the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Independent Federation of Small Businesses, the “Watchdog of the Treasury” from the United Conservatives of Ohio, and was named the Legislator of the Year (2012) by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force.

Bob and his wife, Jody, have been married for 36 years and have three grown children: Adam, Amy, and Andrew.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Ohio House of Representatives
    2003 to 2009
  • Ohio State Senate
    2009 to 2010
  • U.S. Representative from Ohio’s 18th Congressional District
    2011 to 2013

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1954
Place of Birth: Peru, IN
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Methodist
Spouse: Jody Gibbs
Children: Adam Gibbs, Amy Gibbs, Andrew Gibbs

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2446 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6265
Fax: (202) 225-3394

Ashland Office
110 Cottage St.
Ashland, OH 44805
Phone: (419) 207-0650
Fax: (419) 207-0655

Canton Office
110 Central Plaza South
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 737-1631

Web

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Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Representative

Bob Gibbs (R)153,11758.7%
Ken Harbaugh (D)107,53641.3%
TOTAL260,653

2020 Republican Primary

Bob Gibbs (R)52,204100%
TOTAL52,204

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

GIBBS, ROBERT BRIAN has run in 10 races for public office, winning 9 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $6,893,163.

 

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Committees

Committees

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
House Committee on Oversight and Reform

Subcommittees

Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
Highways and Transit
Environment

Voting Record

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New Legislation

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Issues

Governance

Congressional Issues

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Constituent Services

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Financial Services

America is built on the backs of our small businesses.  We need common-sense regulations that ensure the viability of our private sector while also maintaining necessary consumer protections.  As your Congressman I will work to repeal over-burdensome laws and implements rules that will provide stability and confidence to our business sector.

Tax Reform

Before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the federal tax code was broken.  Filing your taxes was too complicated, too time-consuming, and too costly.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowered rates, increased the Child Tax Credit to help families with the costs of raising children, doubled the standard deduction so middle-class Americans can keep more of their paycheck, and reduced the tax burden on small businesses to help spur job growth.

The typical family of 4 earning $73,000 were estimated to see a 58% tax cut, paying $2,059 LESS in taxes for 2018. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act also repealed Obamacare’s unpopular and harmful individual mandate, which taxed you for not having health insurance.

The Republican-passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act also expanded 529 education savings accounts to you have more opportunities to prepare for your child’s education.

Important retirement tools like 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts were preserved, giving you peace of mind when planning for retirement.

Democracy

Spending Cuts & Debt

Washington has a serious spending problem.  For too long, Americans have been overtaxed and the government has overspent, resulting in a massive national debt of more than $16 trillion.   The problem is not a lack of taxation.  According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), since 1962, per-capita taxation has increased by 87% when accounting for inflation and population growth.  As for spending, over the same time period, per-capita spending out of Washington has increased by nearly three-fold.  In other words, even though the federal government has 87% more revenue, under President Obama, Washington has spent $1.56 for every $1.00 available.  This massive growth of government is unsustainable, and frankly, irresponsible.  For the future of our children and grandchildren, the spending must be reduced and the debt must be paid off.  That is why I have consistently voted to reduce wasteful and unnecessary government spending, as well as supported common sense legislation like the Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Economy

Jobs & Economic Growth

Getting America back to work is my top priority.  There are four key issues that Congress must address to improve the business climate and create jobs.

First, we must to stop the wasteful spending coming out of Washington.  Government needs to live within its means and balance its budget just as hardworking American families do every day.

Second, we must enact common sense regulatory reforms.  The amount of red tape involved in creating and running a business is staggering.  The most important reform must be the repeal of ObamaCare, but there are hundreds of other rules and regulations created by Washington bureaucrats with little to no oversight.  This needs to stop.

Third, we must fix the tax code.  Americans need a smarter, simpler tax code that encourages job creation and incentivizes businesses to hire American workers.

And fourth, we must encourage the responsible development of American energy.  The shale formations in Ohio and throughout the country can make our nation energy independent.  Congress should ensure that energy development is done safely and responsibly.

Education

Education

I believe that a good education system is imperative to the future of our country.  Students should be given every opportunity to attend the best possible school systems.  Instead of creating a “one size fits all” education policy, we need to provide school districts the ability to make decisions that are best for them at the local level.

Environment

Energy

Maintaining access to reliable and affordable energy must remain a top priority for our nation.  Rising energy costs are a burden to both families and seniors, making American businesses less competitive in the global marketplace, leading to reduced job.  Fortunately, recent technological developments within the energy exploration industry have allowed safe and efficient drilling of shale formations, including the Utica and Marcellus.  These shale formations have the potential to provide Americans with more than a century of energy and will help lead the way toward North American energy independence.  Congress must ensure that drilling is conducted in a safe and responsible manner and that landowners are treated fairly.

Health Care

Health

I understand the need to make medical care more affordable for families and increase the access to quality coverage in this county.  However, Obamacare does not accomplish that goal; in fact it makes it worse. Once fully implemented it will cost more than $2 trillion, raise taxes by $800 billion and add over $700 billion to the deficit.  Additionally, it does nothing to address the core issues behind rising health care costs.  We need to work together in a bipartisan and open manner to increase Ohioans access to health insurance while removing the burden on taxpayers and small business.

Here are some of my ideas for things I would like to see included in any new healthcare reform:

  • If you like your current health care plan, you should be able to keep it.
  • Make healthcare coverage patient-owned and portable across state lines, job to job.
  • Doctors and their patients should be the only ones making critical and sensitive health care decisions, not government bureaucrats.
  • Coverage of pre-existing conditions.
  • Protect and expand health saving accounts.
  • Decrease frivolous lawsuits that cause doctors to practice defensive medicine which increase costs.
  • Patients should be able to keep their current doctors and not forced to choose new medical providers.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Our nation’s economy is dependent upon a safe, efficient, and reliable transportation system for not only moving people, but also goods and services.  In many ways, our transportation infrastructure serves as the backbone of the economy, increasing our competitiveness and leading to greater opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.  Congress must provide appropriate investment in our infrastructure, whether it is for roads, bridges, highways, waterways, ports or rail.  Our current system is aging and deteriorating, and without proper investment, the nation’s economic competitiveness will suffer and fewer jobs will be created.

Veterans

Veterans

One of the greatest responsibilities this country has is to ensure our members of the military are cared for while on active duty but also during their retirement.  Our military retirees gave a career of service to their country, risked their lives in combat and separation from their families.  Because of their great sacrifice for our country, we should not go back on our promises for their honorable service nor balance fiscal irresponsibility on their backs. As your Member of Congress I will always work to make certain our veterans receive the greatest possible care.

Foreign Affairs

President Reagan once said, “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere”.  As the world’s only superpower, we are in a unique position to promote democracy and convey to the world the values our country was founded on.

I also strongly believe Israel’s right to protect itself.  The U.S. and Israel have always maintained a special relationship since its creation in 1948 and our economic and military aid has been a major component in cementing and reinforcing those ties. Many of the same forces that threaten us are direct threats to Israel. As a stable democracy in a sea of uncertainty, it is a tremendous importance that relationship must continue.

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Warren DavidsonWarren Davidson

Current Position: US Senator
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

Warren Davidson is a leader. Warren leads with genuine love for others, a keen intellect, and a soldier’s passion for preserving freedom. With Congress failing and characterized by broken promises, Warren Davidson is ready to use his education, military experience, business success and passion for justice to work for the people of the 8th District.

Summary

Current Position: US Senator
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Senator

Warren Davidson is a leader. Warren leads with genuine love for others, a keen intellect, and a soldier’s passion for preserving freedom. With Congress failing and characterized by broken promises, Warren Davidson is ready to use his education, military experience, business success and passion for justice to work for the people of the 8th District.

About

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Warren Davidson represents Ohio’s 8th Congressional District. He is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, where he is focused on policies that help grow our economy, instill fiscal discipline, advance innovation, and limit runaway government expansion that threatens to bankrupt America.

After high school, Congressman Davidson enlisted in the Army as an infantryman. As part of the 3rd Infantry Division, he was stationed in Germany and witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall. Warren’s commanding officers recognized his potential and helped him earn an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated near the top of his class as a student of American history and mechanical engineering. As an officer, he led in The Old Guard, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and the 101st Airborne Division.

After the Army, Congressman Davidson returned home, worked with his father, earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and spent fifteen years owning and operating manufacturing companies in Ohio. In 2016, he again responded to the call of service, and came to work in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Warren and his wife Lisa have been married for 24 years and have two adult children.

Experience

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1970
Place of Birth: Ohio
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
1107 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6205

Troy Office
20 Dotcom Drive
Troy, OH 45373
Phone: (937)-339-1524

West Chester Office
8857 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd.
Suite #102
West Chester, OH 45069
Phone: (513) 779-5400

Springfield Office
76 E. High Street
3rd Floor
Springfield, OH 45502
Phone: (937)322-1120

Web

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Politics

Recent Elections

2020 Republican Primary

Warren Davidson (R)51,68991.4%
Edward Meer (R)4,8858.6%
TOTAL56,574

2020 US Representative

Warren Davidson (R)173,85266.6%
Vanessa Enoch (D)87,28133.4%
TOTAL261,133

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

DAVIDSON, WARREN G has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,246,558.

 

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Committees

Committees

House Committee on Financial Services

Subcommittees

Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets
Oversight and Investigations

Voting Record

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New Legislation

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Issues

Governance

National Debt

Every dollar the United States government spends in debt is a dollar stolen from the next generation. Our current national debt stands at nearly $20 trillion. That’s over $60,000 per citizen and over $165,000 per taxpayer.

While liberals in Washington only want to raise taxes, the fact is we have a spending problem, not a revenue problem. The United States Government took in a record $3.2 trillion in FY 2015. That is more than enough money to accomplish everything the government is charged with under the Constitution. Unfortunately, spending continues to grow and grow, blowing away historical norms and only accelerating faster in the years to come.

This is simple math, and it is unsustainable. Unfortunately, there are too many “math deniers” in Washington. This has to change.​

Democracy

Protecting the Constitution

I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution when I enlisted in the Army and again when I was sworn into Congress. I take this oath very seriously.  I am concerned with recent infringements on the Constitution, especially the First, Second, and Fourth Amendments. And the Constitution is more than just the Bill of Rights — it also lays out the enumerated powers of the federal government, and particularly Article I, Section 8, which lays out the powers of Congress. Too often Congress passes laws that go well beyond the authorities listed in the Constitution. Finally, the Constitution lays all legislative powers in the Congress, yet too often the president has violated this fundamental concept though lawless, unilateral executive actions. That must end.

America is exceptional in that it is the only nation founded on principles, not a territorial or ethnic identity. So long as we stand by the principles enshrined in our Constitution, we will continue to thrive as a nation.

I will not vote for any law that is not constitutionally justified. Protecting the Constitution is not something that can be just left to the Supreme Court to decide. Every branch of government has an equal responsibility to uphold the Constitution. If the Supreme Court or president ever veer off this course, it is the job of Congress to counterbalance them.

Economy

Tax Reform

There is no way to tax the economy to growth.

Our tax system is burdensome, complex, and administered by an out-of-control IRS. Big businesses and the well connected hire high-priced lawyers, accountants, and lobbyists to game the system, while everyday Americans and small businesses are left footing the bill. Meanwhile, we live in an increasingly competitive global environment, where our competitors are gaining an ever-increasing market share.

We need fundamental tax reform that lowers rates, simplifies the system, and eliminates special interest breaks and loopholes.

Since the great recession, the economy produced only anemic economic growth. This isn’t the fault of Americans, who are the hardest working people in the world. It’s the fault of our tax system which encourages companies to move overseas to remain competitive.

Our tax code should be a competitive advantage to business based in the United States. The American economy is being held back by our antiquated tax code. Once it is reformed, our economy will flourish again.

Health Care

Health Care

Our healthcare system is broken and Obamacare has only made it worse. We were promised lower costs, increased access, and the ability to keep our doctor. None of these proved true. Instead, we received the opposite, along with increased taxes. I have opposed this massive takeover of our healthcare since day one.

Ohio and our district have been hit especially hard by the bad effects of Obamacare. Our state exchanges no longer offer preferred provider organization (PPO) plans due to prohibitive costs. Nationally, private insurance providers are fleeing the marketplace because they cannot afford to comply with regulations and keep prices down.

For our healthcare crisis, we have to first stop the bleeding. We must repeal Obamacare.

Next, we must replace it with a patient-focused healthcare system. We must do this in a responsible and open process. We cannot afford to pass thousand page bills with the mentality that “we have to pass it to find out what is in it.”

Republicans have proposed three replacements so far. You can read more about them at these links:

Republican Study Committee Plan
Paul Ryan’s “Better Way” Plan
HHS Secretary Tom Price Plan

Creating a patient-focused healthcare system can be done by allowing the free-market to compete. Americans should be allowed to purchase insurance across state lines. Businesses should be permitted to pool together to increase their bargaining power on behalf of their employees. Innovation should be encouraged so that the United States remains the world’s leader in medical breakthroughs. Reforms like these will make insurers and providers compete with one another to provide Americans with the highest quality services at the lowest possible prices.

Perhaps most of all, we must protect the weakest among us, the unborn. No healthcare plan worthy of the name kills unborn babies. No federal funds should go to any medical procedure that intentionally ends the life of a person.

Immigration

Immigration

I wholeheartedly oppose amnesty and illegal immigration. America is a nation built on the  rule of law. Rewarding those who break our laws undermines what makes America great — and indeed undermines the very reason so many want to come to our country in the first place. Amnesty serves as a magnet for those wanting to enter our country illegally and an affront to those who have followed our nation’s immigration laws.

First, we must secure our border and stop the flow of illegal immigrants. This is non-negotiable. We must prioritize resources for strengthening security at our borders, including funding for increased land, sea, and air surveillance and beefing up Customs and Border Patrol. Without secure borders, we risk new waves of illegal immigration, an influx of drugs and crime, and most dangerously, potential terrorists who seek to take advantage of our lax border enforcement.

Next, we must end perverse incentives that make the illegal immigration problems worse. Birthright citizenship and funding for sanctuary cities must be ended.

America is the land of opportunity. We must keep it that way.

Veterans

Veterans

Our veterans put their lives on the line to protect America. As a former Army Ranger, I believe our country has a solemn obligation to our veterans. Unfortunately, right now we are failing them.

The current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is an insult to our veterans. While many do receive care in an honorable fashion. Others are neglected or receive subpar care. The congressional response to the scandals in VA care has been more money. This has only treated the symptoms, not the cause of the problems.

My first bill, the Lead by Example Act, would put members of Congress and their staff on VA provided healthcare. This will spurn the solution to the VA crisis – prolonged and intense Congressional scrutiny. When healthcare for our veterans is good enough for members of Congress, we know we have made right on our commitment as a nation to care for our veterans.

Pro-Life and Family Issues

Life begins at conception, and we must do all we can to protect it from that moment on.

A majority of Americans are pro-life, yet the Supreme Court has declared abortion a fundamental right, and our government subsidizes abortion providers like Planned Parenthood to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars a year. I will do all I can in Congress to make the case for life, roll back Roe v. Wade, and stop taxpayer funding of abortions.

I oppose any attempt to redefine marriage as something else other than one man and one woman. Following the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, we need federal legislation protecting religious liberty and conscience rights. It is wrong that businesses and charities are being shut down because they do not subscribe to an incorrect view of marriage.

We must stand up for civil society in all its forms. Strong families, churches, civic organizations, and other voluntary associations are the keys to a thriving society and a bulwark against ever-encroaching government. They must be supported.

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Marcy KapturMarcy Kaptur

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur proudly represents the working people of Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District. She is currently the longest serving woman in the history of the U.S. House of Representitives and ranks among the most senior Members of the 116th Congress.

Summary

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur proudly represents the working people of Ohio’s Ninth Congressional District. She is currently the longest serving woman in the history of the U.S. House of Representitives and ranks among the most senior Members of the 116th Congress.

About

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Source: Government page

Background
Congresswoman Kaptur, a native Toledoan, lives in the same modest house where she grew up.

She is a Polish-American with humble, working class roots. Her family operated a small grocery store and her mother later served on the original organizing committee of a trade union at the Champion Spark Plug factory in Toledo.

After graduating from St. Ursula Academy, she became the first member of her family to attend college, earning a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin (1968) and later a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan.

After working for 15 years as a city and regional planner, primarily in Toledo and Chicago, she accepted an appointment as a domestic policy advisor to President Jimmy Carter. During his Administration, she helped maneuver 17 housing and neighborhood revitalization bills through Congress.

In Congress
In 1981, while pursuing a doctorate in urban planning and development finance at MIT, she was recruited by the Lucas County Democratic Party to run for Congress against a first-term Republican. Although she was outspent by a 3-to-1 margin, Kaptur parlayed a strong economic message during the 1982 recession to stage a nationally-recognized upset.

In Washington, Kaptur fought vigorously to win a seat on the House Appropriations Committee. Today she serves as the first woman to Chair the influential House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, which she considers an honor given the Ninth District stretches much of the southern Lake Erie coastline.

Kaptur also serves as a senior member of the powerful House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. She uses this assignment to advocate for a number of military assets throughout northern Ohio, such as the Toledo Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing unit in Toledo, and Camp Perry, a National Guard training facility located near Port Clinton, which also hosts the Ohio Air National Guard’s 200th Red Horse Squadron, and the significant number of defense industrial base manufacturers throughout the district.

Congresswoman also serves on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation.

 

Experience

Work Experience

  • Director of planning, National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs
    1975 to 1977
  • erved as assistant director for urban affairs, domestic policy staff
    Executive Office of the President
    1977 to 1979

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1946
Place of Birth: Toledo, OH
Gender: Female
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Catholic

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C Office
2186 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4146
Fax: (202) 225-7711

Cleveland Office
17021 Lorain
Cleveland, OH 44111
Phone: (216) 767-5933
Fax: (419) 255-9623

Lorain Office
200 West Erie
Room 310
Lorain, OH 44052
Phone: (440) 288-1500
Fax: (419) 255-9623

Toledo Office
One Maritime Plaza
Room 600
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: (419) 259-7500
Fax: (419) 255-9623

Web

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Politics

Recent Elections

2020 Democratic Primary

Marcy Kaptur (D)50,68390.8%
Peter Rosewicz (D)5,1459.2%
TOTAL55,828

2018 US Representative

Marcy Kaptur (D)157,21967.8%
Steven Kraus (R)74,67032.2%
TOTAL231,889

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

KAPTUR, MARCY has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $4,982,185.

 

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Appropriations

Subcommittees

Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Defense

Voting Record

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New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Democracy

Campaign Finance Reform

Out-of-control campaign spending has reached a truly dangerous level in our country. Our country’s very future is at risk unless we achieve significant campaign finance reform. Special interests exert far too much power in Washington.

According to political scientist Lee Drutman, corporations spend about $2.6 billion a year on reported lobbying expenditures, measurably more than the approximately $2.2 billion available to Congress for everything from staff salaries to policy, budget, and legal research.

The opportunity for ordinary Americans with talent and dedication to win elections in our country is steadily disappearing. In 1982, the average race for the U.S. House seat cost $265,000, according to the Federal Elections Commission. Now a contested race will cost well over a million dollars, depending on the media market.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United represented a major step backward—allowing corporations and rich individuals to contribute unlimited sums of money without any accountability. Congress must enact strong campaign finance reform and end once and for all the current practice of allowing elections to be bought by the highest bidder.

Economy

Agriculture

Congresswoman Kaptur’s passion for agriculture goes back to her childhood. Her father owned a small grocery that prided itself on offering healthy fresh foods, often purchased directly from local farmers. The Kaptur grocery sold locally-grown food long before it became popular.

That experience underlies Congresswoman Kaptur’s belief in forward-thinking farm legislation that eliminates wasteful subsidies, provides resources to strengthen local and regional food systems, and makes the necessary investments in agricultural research.

Congresswoman Kaptur’s legislative efforts have focused on creating economic opportunities at the local level by supporting a sustainable model of agriculture.

Energy

Dependence on importing foreign oil cost America over $321 billion last year. Petroleum and energy alone added $140 billion to our trade deficit. That lost income translates into thousands of lost jobs. By developing domestic energy sources rather than defending exploitation and extraction abroad, we could create jobs at home instead of sending our dollars overseas.

Previously, Congresswoman Kaptur introduced the Rural Energy Investment Act of 2013. This bill would invest in renewable energy programs with proven track records, such as biofuels, creating thousands of jobs that cannot be outsourced.

From her status as the senior Democrat on the Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, Kaptur is ocmmitted to fighting for job creating, energy investment across the Great Lakes Heartland. From offshore wind power to fuel-efficient vehicles to sensor technology to solar research and development, Northern Ohio is emerging as a hotbed for energy innovation.

Jobs and the Economy

Strengthening the economy and creating jobs has been Congresswoman Kaptur’s top priority since she was first elected.

Northern Ohio’s economy has been hit particularly hard as a result of unfair trade agreements, recklessness on Wall Street, and federal policies that benefit large corporations and the wealthy instead of the middle class.

While the numbers may show that we are no longer in a recession, the reality on the ground is quite different. There are still far too many individuals seeking work or are underemployed. Democrats and Republicans need to come together to focus on the American people’s number one priority – creating jobs.
CREATING AMERICAN JOBS
In addition, Congresswoman Kaptur believes in leading example. Kaptur is a champion of eliminating eliminate loopholes in the Buy America Act to ensure that Congress buys American made products when it procures products from the private sector. The bill also ends Buy America waivers for products that utilize an official insignia of the House, Senate, or Congress. If Congress is going to spend taxpayer dollars then it should support American workers.
STOPPING THE OUTSOURCING OF AMERICAN JOBS
Unbalanced trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) send American jobs overseas. Congresswoman Kaptur has consistently fought against these unfair agreements and will continue to fight against them in the future.

Beyond that, the U.S. should renegotiate trade agreements that do not give the American worker a fair chance in the global marketplace.
STRENGTHENING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING
The U.S. has been the world’s leading in manufacturing for more than a century. Although manufacturing has declined in recent years, we are witnessing a turnaround due to a number of factors. American manufacturers have added thousands of jobs over the past three years, but we must continue to support this vitally important sector of the economy.

American manufacturing creates more value across the economy per dollar spent than any other sector. For every $1 of goods produced, manufacturing generates an additional $1.43 for the economy and each manufacturing job creates at least 2.91 more jobs in other sectors.

Small and medium-sized manufacturers are the backbone of U.S. manufacturing, comprising 84% of manufacturers, and employing 51% of the manufacturing workforce. However, often due to limited resources, many lack access to technical assistance and information needed to solves challenges and identify opportunities for growth.

As a member of the bipartisan House Manufacturing Caucus, Congresswoman Kaptur is always looking for ways to help manufacturing remain a source of good-paying, sustainable American jobs.
THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY
Few industries are more important to Ohio than the motor vehicle industry, or auto industry. It is responsible for one in every eight jobs in Ohio. Despite the crisis of 2008-2009, the industry has rebounded strongly.

When the crisis hit, Congresswoman Kaptur was one of the first lawmakers urging congressional action to save the American automobile industry. Now the industry is rebounding and creating thousands of jobs in the industrial heartland.

The best way to strengthen the auto industry is to support the middle class and improve our economy by supporting American manufacturing, stopping outsourcing, investing in renewable energy, and renegotiating unfair trade agreements.

Trade

Congresswoman Kaptur has been fighting for a “fair trade” policy since she came to Congress.

In the early 1990s, Congresswoman Kaptur joined House Majority Whip David Bonior and freshman Congressman Sherrod Brown in leading the House effort against the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

America today sees the results of this failed policy: shuttered factories, depleted tax bases, and families out of work. NAFTA promised millions of good jobs for Americans, but we got the giant sucking sound that H. Ross Perot predicted.

NAFTA and similar agreements contributed to the devastation of our great manufacturing sector, which has lost a third of its workers since 1994 due in part to unfair trade. Multinational corporations rushed to low-wage countries to take advantage of cheap labor. Meanwhile, state-managed trade policy in nations such as Japan, Germany, and South Korea continued to keep out American-made products.

Working together, our businesses and labor organizations built Northern Ohio into an industrial powerhouse, always standing up for America, whether in war or peace. America’s working men and working women and their families deserve a government that takes their side, not the side of big money. They deserve fair trade agreements that produce a level economic playing field, not a race to the bottom.
 STEMMING JOBS LOSSES AND BALANCING OUR TRADE DEFICIT
We cannot sit by idly while American jobs are being shipped overseas, our manufacturing base is being eroded, our wages decline, and our economy is threatened by unfair trade agreements and ballooning trade deficits. Congress needs to take dramatic action to stop the downward economic spiral.

Two pieces of legislation by Congresswoman Kaptur address this issue directly:
The NAFTA Accountability Act (H.R. 191) would withdraw the U.S. from NAFTA unless the President renegotiates its terms to correct serious flaws. It would require the Administration to certify to Congress that since enactment NAFTA has resulted in:
more jobs and higher living standards;
increased domestic manufacturing;
maintenance of health and environmental standards;
no increase in pollution near the border;
no increase in the importation of illegal drugs, and;
observance by Mexico of political and human rights.
Congresswoman Kaptur also introduced the Balancing Trade Act every Congress. This straightforward legislation requires the President to take the necessary steps to eliminate—or at least substantially reduce—any bilateral trade deficit that has totaled at least $10 billion annually for more than three consecutive years.
 EXPANDING TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE
We must support workers who have lost their jobs due to unfair competition. Congresswoman Kaptur has been a consistent champion of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which provides job training and other assistance to workers who have been laid off due to trade. Each year Congresswoman Kaptur strongly advocates for full funding of all of the TAA programs, including TAA for Workers, TAA for Firms, and the new TAA for Communities program, which will allow areas to receive federal funding to develop a strategy to diversify and strengthen their economy.

Education

Education and Student Loans

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Environment

Environment

Congresswoman Kaptur is a strong advocate of environmental responsibility and progressive policies to revitalize the Great Lakes ecosystem. A collaborative approach is needed to find solutions to the challenges facing the Great Lakes such as nutrient runoff and algal blooms, invasive species, low water levels.

Congresswoman Kaptur supports a permanent ban on drilling in the Great Lakes, of which Lake Erie is the shallowest, and a strict ban on diversion of Great Lakes water. While the Southwest and West confront a water crisis, the Great Lakes must protect and promote our abundant supply of fresh water.

Great Lakes Restoration

Great Lakes Restoration

Since the creation of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), our nation has made strides in reviving and protecting our nation’s greatest freshwater treasure — our Great Lakes. Under the GLRI, we have supported more than 2,000 projects, removed 42 health impairments from 17 contaminated sites, and delisted finished work at six toxic areas of concern.

 

Kaptur is fighting in Congress to ensure the GLRI is fully funded through her role as a Co-Chair of the Great Lakes Taks Force and from her seat on the on the Appropriations Committee, which has jurisdiction over spending. This includes protecting programs like Sea Grant and ensuring that the Federal government provides adequate assistance and resources in combatting the damage of harmful algal blooms (HABs).

Health Care

Health Insurance Reform

I am pleased to provide you with information to help you connect with local healthcare resources that can provide enrollment assistance for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  While my office does not have the expertise to enroll people in the healthcare marketplace, we are happy to refer you to resources that will help you enroll and/or answer your questions.

You may also visit healthcare.gov or call the toll-free ACA consumer helpline at 1(800) 318-2596 to get your marketplace questions answered.  Or you can call United Way’s 211 Line find out about enrollment assistance in your area.

Infrastructure

Transportation & Infrastructure

Northern Ohio’s geographic positions provides us with many strategic economic opportunities. At the western end of the district, the transportation links between the Port of Toledo and the St. Lawrence Seaway System, the intersection of Interstates I-75 and I-80/I-90, and one of the nation’s six busiest rail centers offer tremendous opportunities. These assets are investments in the future of the region. Construction of the I-280 Veterans’ Glass City Skyway, rehabilitation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza (Central Union Terminal) rail station, and expansion of Toledo Express Airport have increased the viability of the Northwest Ohio region.

Converting local public transit and other public vehicle fleets to renewable energy would enhance our reputation as a center for alternative energy development. This effort is enabled through the University of Toledo and its University Transportation Center, which was secured in the highway bill. The transportation center pursues research and the development of the next generation of transportation professionals.

Assuring that our nation has a 21st century transportation system to meet our ever increasing needs is critical in maintaining our economy. Investing in a modern high-speed passenger rail system is essential to securing the future economic development of our region and the nation.

Social Security

Retirement Security

MEDICARE
Congresswoman Kaptur is a staunch supporter of Medicare, which has been a lifeline for millions of seniors since it was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965.

Medicare covers individuals if they or their spouse worked for at least 40 quarters 40 quarters in Medicare-covered employment, have reached the age of 65, and citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.

Medicare consists of four parts (which are designated with the letters A through D). These four parts cover hospitalizations, physician and diagnostic services, prescription drugs, skilled nursing facility care, home health visits, and hospice care, among other services.

The Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law in March 2010, extended the solvency of Medicare.

Click here for more information about Medicare.

SOCIAL SECURITY
Social Security is a compact between the government and the people and perhaps the most successful social program in American history.

Signed into law in 1935 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Social Security Act was designed to improve the economic circumstances of older adults during the Depression.

Social Security has weathered difficult economic times, including 13 recessions over the last 75 years. Yet never once has it failed to pay beneficiaries; Americans continue to receive their benefit payments in total and on time.

Social Security consists of benefits that are earned by working, so it should be there when you retire. At the end of 2011, 56 million people, including retirees, widows, disabled workers, and children, were receiving Social Security benefits.

For many Americans, Social Security is the only thing standing between them and poverty. Average benefits are only $14,000 a year, but the at the same time, six out of ten seniors depend on Social Security benefits to make up more than half their incomes. Almost half the seniors in America (45%) would be living in poverty if not for Social Security.

We must guarantee that Social Security, one of the most successful programs in American history, remains sound not only for current beneficiaries, but also future generations. The Social Security trustees have projected that the Trust Fund is projected to be $2.7 trillion at the end of 2011, enough to pay full benefits until 2036.

One reason Social Security looks to the long term is to account for economic downturns. Unemployed workers do not contribute into the Trust Fund. The fundamental answer to Social Security funding is to put Americans back to work.

Congresswoman Kaptur fully supports maintaining traditional Social Security and finding ways to effectively extend it without cutting benefits to our nation’s seniors. Kaptur is a cosponsor of the Social Security 2100 Act. Learn more about that bill here.

Veterans

Veterans

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Foreign Affairs

U.S. foreign policy must reflect the needs of new levels of interdependence globally. Our foreign policy should encourage economic and democratic growth and protect national security. While maintaining our sovereignty, the U.S. supports the efforts of international organizations in peacekeeping and crisis management. As a partner for peace, the U.S. can assist in negotiations in the troubled regions of the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere. Northern Ohio has a proud immigrant tradition that has enriched our community with diverse and worldly citizens.
CHINA
Congresswoman Kaptur serves as a member of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Sino-US relations are never far from the congressional agenda: bilateral trade imbalance, national security, human rights, currency manipulation, intellectual property rights, or cyber-warfare. For more on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, click here.
EASTERN EUROPE
Congresswoman Kaptur serves as co-chair of the Congressional Hungarian-American Caucus and also the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus. She is a member of the Congressional Caucus on Poland and the Congressional Caucus on Central and Eastern Europe.

Our nation has much to gain from alliances with the emerging democracies that were formerly under Soviet domination. Congresswoman Kaptur, a Polish-American, is always seeking opportunities to deepen the relationships between Northern Ohio and Eastern Europe. Stronger ties can strengthen both regions economically, strategically and culturally. Also, much has been done to recognize those who lost their lives in the fight against oppression by commemorating the Holocaust, the Great Ukrainian Famine in 1933, and the Katyn Massacre. It is important that we remember and honor those who lost their lives and suffered at the hands of Nazi and Soviet oppression.
MIDDLE EAST
The ongoing Middle East conflict is perhaps the most vexing diplomatic quandary in the world. As a superpower, the U.S. has both the opportunity and responsibility to help bring stability to this volatile and strategic region. The U.S. must be an honest broker for peace and revisit a peace process. We must encourage people-to-people contact in the region so we can eliminate hatred and highlight common bonds between neighbors. The pathway to peace can be paved by grass-roots diplomacy in addition to governmental compromise. Peace in the region is possible if all sides distance themselves from extremism and open themselves to frank dialogue. The U.S. can help usher in a new era of hope for the region and the world.

Wall Street Reform

Reuters: U.S. Banks enjoy ‘too-big-to-fail’ advantage: Fed Study

The 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession destroyed 8.8 million jobs and $19.2 trillion of household wealth. Although many factors contributed to the financial crisis, the truth is Wall Street’s greed led to the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression. What is just as troubling is that our regulatory system let it happen.

Why did we let banks engage in subprime lending? Where were our regulators protecting consumers from predatory lending practices? Why did no one put a stop to big banks selling mortgage securities that were never examined and known to be defective? The answer is greed.The response by Congress to the 2008 financial crisis has been woefully inadequate. I voted consistently against the Wall Street bailout.

What’s more, the subsequent Dodd-Frank legislation failed to address the root causes of the financial crisis.

It did not: separate commercial banking from investment banking; end the “too big to fail” status of the largest institutions; rein in the credit rating agencies; require openness and transparency in the trading of derivatives; prevent Wall Street banks from replacing community banks; encourage prudent lending; strengthen support for those agencies finding and fighting fraud in our financial system; or, properly address the housing crisis.

Congresswoman Kaptur’s legislation, the Return to Prudent Banking Act (H.R.129), would reinstate the provisions of the Glass-Steagall Act that keep investment banking separate from commercial banking. It would prevent the megabanks from engaging in speculative trading. It would also prohibit individuals from working for both an investment bank and a commercial depository bank.

Also, we must bring to justice those who engaged in illegal activity that contributed to the financial crisis. The biggest obstacle is not enough cops on the beat. Congresswoman Kaptur’s bill, the Financial Crisis Investigation Act, (H.R. 131) would authorize hiring 1,000 agents and sufficient forensic experts to investigate financial crimes.

At the urging of the Ohio congressional delegation, the Committee on Financial Services held a hearing at Cleveland State University to examine some of the issues related to the foreclosure crisis and responses to it in the State of Ohio. You can review the hearing transcript here.

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Michael TurnerMichael Turner

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congressman Mike Turner is a lifelong resident of Southwest Ohio.

Congressman Turner currently serves as the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, where he has jurisdiction over the nation’s nuclear arsenal, the Department of Defense’s intelligence programs, and also over missile defense systems.

Summary

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congressman Mike Turner is a lifelong resident of Southwest Ohio.

Congressman Turner currently serves as the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, where he has jurisdiction over the nation’s nuclear arsenal, the Department of Defense’s intelligence programs, and also over missile defense systems.

About

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Source: Government page

Congressman Mike Turner is a lifelong resident of Southwest Ohio.

His father worked in the manufacturing industry in Dayton for over 40 years, and his mother taught elementary school in the Huber Heights School District. His parents are residents of Greene County. Congressman Turner is the proud father of two daughters, Carolyn and Jessica Turner.

Growing up, Congressman Turner attended Dayton Public Schools and graduated from Belmont High School. He continued his education in Ohio and received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University; an MBA from the University of Dayton; and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western University School of Law.

Congressman Turner practiced law in Dayton for over 17 years and in 1991, he opened his own private legal practice specializing in real estate and corporate law.

Turner served as Mayor of the City of Dayton for eight years. During his tenure, he was a strong proponent of neighborhood revitalization, crime reduction, increased funding for safety forces, economic development and job creation. He created Rehabarama, a private-public partnership to rehabilitate neglected housing in Dayton’s historic neighborhoods, which had significant economic impact on the region and received national awards.

For the 5 years prior to Mayor Turner’s leadership, Dayton did not have a balanced budget. Turner worked across the aisle and balanced the budget for all eight years of his tenure. He also successfully reduced police response time by 40%, added 54 police officers to the force, and established a development fund that awarded over $19 million in grants for housing and job producing projects.

Congressman Turner was first elected to Congress in 2002. In Congress, Turner serves as a subcommittee Chairman on the House Armed Services Committee and a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

In the 109th Congress, Congressman Turner served as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census. During his tenure, he helped save the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Prior to Congressman Turner’s election, there was no advocate for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on the important House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Turner filled that void and throughout his time in Congress, Wright-Patt has successfully added approximately 10,000 jobs and remains the largest single-site employer in the state of Ohio.

Congressman Turner currently serves as the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, where he has jurisdiction over the nation’s nuclear arsenal, the Department of Defense’s intelligence programs, and also over missile defense systems.

Turner formerly served as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee which oversees ammunition programs, Army and Air Force acquisition programs, all Navy and Marine Corps aviation programs, National Guard and Army and Air Force National Guard and Reserve.

In January of 2011, Turner was appointed Chairman of the US Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Parliamentary Assembly the inter-parliamentary organization of legislators from the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance. In December of 2014, Turner was elected President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He now serves as Chairman of the Defense and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

In January 2015, the Speaker of the House appointed Congressman Turner to the House Intelligence Committee. He is one of only two members of Congress to serve on both the House Intelligence Committee and as a Subcommittee Chairman on the House Armed Services Committee.

Experience

Work Experience

  • U.S. Representative from Ohio’s 3rd Congressional District
    2003 to 2013

Education

  • B.A.
    Ohio Northern University
    1982
  • J.D.
    Case Western Reserve University
    1985
  • M.A.
    University of Dayton
    1992

Personal

Birth Year: 1960
Place of Birth: Dayton, OH
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Protestant
Spouse:  Lori Turner
Children: Jessica Turner, Carolyn Turner

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2082 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6465
Fax: (202) 225-6754

Dayton Office
120 West 3rd St, Ste. 305
Dayton, OH 45402
Phone: (937) 225-2843
Fax: (937) 225-2752

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2020 Republican Primary

Michael Turner (R)44,70486.4%
John Anderson (R)4,1107.9%
Kathi Flanders (R)2,9445.7%
TOTAL51,758

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

Campaign Committee Fundraising, 2019 – 2020

LAST REPORT: 04/08/2020
Raised:
 $1,034,543
Spent:
 $457,009
Cash on hand:
 $638,768

Source: Open Secrets

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Armed Services
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Subcommittees

Strategic Forces
Strategic Forces
Defense Intelligence and Warfighter Support
Strategic Technologies and Advanced Research

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Governance

Deficit Reduction and Fiscal Responsibility

Congressman Turner is committed to finding real solutions that address our growing debt while making certain our men and women in uniform have the tools they need to protect our country.

As a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Congressman Turner helps find ways to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in government spending.

Economy

Jobs & Economy

Throughout Congressman Turner’s time in Congress, our community has successfully grown and retained many manufacturing, defense industry and high tech jobs that are important drivers of our local economy as well as industry leaders nation-wide.

Additionally, throughout his time in Congress, Wright-Patt has successfully added approximately 10,000 jobs and remains the largest single-site employer in the state of Ohio and a huge driver of our regional economy.

Energy

Energy independence is critical to our economic and national security.

Congressman Turner has long supported an all-of-the-above approach to domestic energy production.

Through bi-partisan legislation, Congressman Turner aims to help strengthen our strategic partnerships with key allies, reduce the trade deficit and boost job growth right here at home by increasing U.S. natural gas exports.

Health Care

Health Care

Reforming our health care system is important to helping all Americans access the services they need.

Unfortunately, the harmful effects of the president’s health care law continue to be widespread. Congressman Turner opposes The Affordable Care Act and continues to work to repeal and reform the law. He has authored several bills to repeal the medical device tax and eliminate the employer and individual mandates.

Additionally, Congressman Turner has introduced The Student Job Protection Act that would remove a significant barrier for full-time students working at their colleges and universities and ensure that they are able to keep the jobs and the work hours necessary to help them afford the rising cost of higher education.

Congressman Turner will continue to fight to replace this broken system with real health care solutions that will lead to lower costs and more choices for the American people.

Immigration

Immigration

Our immigration system is broken. Securing our borders and stopping illegal immigration is a matter of national security.

We need immigration reform that provides no amnesty for those who have entered our country illegally. The president must work with Congress to promote immigration reform that fully secures the border, keeps our citizens safe, and protects the rights of legal immigrants while not unfairly rewarding those who came here unlawfully.

Social Security

Delphi Salaried Retirees

Five years ago, more than 20,000 Delphi Salaried Retirees lost their futures in a failed government bailout.

Since that time, Congressman Turner has fought to hold the Obama Administration accountable and ensure that the Delphi Salaried Retirees get the answers and full and equitable treatment they deserve.

Social Security and Medicare

Social Security and Medicare must fulfill their important promise to America’s seniors.

Our government must find ways to strengthen and preserve these critically important programs so they last for current seniors and future generations.

Congressman Turner is committed to working to find bipartisan solutions to protect our crucial safety net.

Veterans

Veterans Affairs

Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms. Congressman Turner has consistently fought to ensure that our former servicemembers have access to safe housing, good jobs, and the healthcare they need when they come home.

Congressman Turner continues to work to help improve the delivery of care at the Dayton VA hospital. He has authored legislation and led numerous community projects to help provide safe and affordable housing for our veterans and to help end veterans’ homelessness.

CHIP

This year, Congress provided the longest and most generous extension of CHIP in the program’s 20-year history

• In January, after a months-long effort led by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, a six-year extension of CHIP. This was the longest and most generous extension in the program’s 20-year history.

• Specifically, CHIP funding was authorized at $21.5 billion for FY 2018 with gradual increases to $25.9 billion for FY 2022 and FY 2023.

• Further, the reauthorization continues through FY 2019 the enhanced match, a 23-percentage point increase in the federal share of CHIP funding, to states.

• In February, the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) extended CHIP an additional four years for a cumulative ten-year extension. The BBA built upon an already historic extension and solidified Congress’ commitment to the CHIP program with the longest and most generous extension ever of the program.

Enrollment:

Ohio’s website – https://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1610

By calling the Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-8680, hotline staff can provide general information or offer assistance in filling out the application. The hotline is staffed seven days a week. Families can also find applications at their local office of job & family services.

Families can apply for Healthy Start by downloading and filling out the Combined Programs Application (CPA) – JFS Form #07216.

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Marcia FudgeMarcia Fudge

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, protecting safety net programs, and improving access to quality public education, health care and healthy foods.  First elected in 2008, she represents the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio.

Congresswoman Fudge serves on the Committee on House Administration, House Committee on Agriculture and House Committee on Education and Labor.  She is the Chair of the Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Elections and Chair of the Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations.  She serves on the Subcommittees on Conservation and Forestry (Agriculture), Civil Rights and Human Services (Education & Labor) and Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (Education & Labor).

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Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, protecting safety net programs, and improving access to quality public education, health care and healthy foods.  First elected in 2008, she represents the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio.

Congresswoman Fudge serves on the Committee on House Administration, House Committee on Agriculture and House Committee on Education and Labor.  She is the Chair of the Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Elections and Chair of the Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations.  She serves on the Subcommittees on Conservation and Forestry (Agriculture), Civil Rights and Human Services (Education & Labor) and Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (Education & Labor).

About

Marcia Fudge 1

Source: Government page

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, protecting safety net programs, and improving access to quality public education, health care and healthy foods.  First elected in 2008, she represents the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio.

Congresswoman Fudge serves on the Committee on House Administration, House Committee on Agriculture and House Committee on Education and Labor.  She is the Chair of the Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Elections and Chair of the Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations.  She serves on the Subcommittees on Conservation and Forestry (Agriculture), Civil Rights and Human Services (Education & Labor) and Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (Education & Labor).

In the 115th Congress, the Congresswoman served on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittees on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions.  She also served as Ranking Member on the House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry and a member on the Subcommittee on Nutrition.  She is a member of several Congressional Caucuses and past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Congresswoman Fudge consistently fights for voter protection, equitable access to a quality education from preschool through post-secondary programs, child nutrition, food stamp (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients, access to locally grown, healthy foods, fair labor practices, and civil and human rights, among other issues.  Additionally, she remains a steadfast advocate to strengthen and preserve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Congresswoman Fudge has served the people of Ohio for more than three decades, beginning with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.  She was later elected as the first African American and first female mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, where she led the city in shoring up a sagging retail base and providing new residential construction.

Congresswoman Fudge earned her bachelor’s degree in business from The Ohio State University and law degree from the Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall School of Law.  She is a Past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a member of its Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter.

Congresswoman Fudge’s work ethic, problem-solving approach, and ability to build collaborative relationships have earned her a reputation among her colleagues in Washington and at home as an insightful leader and knowledgeable legislator.  As a dedicated public servant, she begins each morning with a firm promise “to do the people’s work.” It is this simple philosophy that defines Congresswoman Fudge as a Member of substance and character who always keeps her promise.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Served as mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio
    2000 to 2008

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1952
Place of Birth:  Cleveland, OH
Gender: Female
Religion: Christian: Baptist

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2344 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-7032
Fax: (202) 225-1339

Cuyahoga County
4834 Richmond Road, Suite 150
Warrensville Heights, OH 44128
Phone: (216) 522-4900
Fax: (216) 522-4908

Summit County
1225 Lawton Street
Akron, OH 44320
Phone: (330) 835-4758
Fax: (330) 835-4863

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2020 Democratic Primary

Marcia Fudge (D)70,37990.5%
Tariq Shabazz (D)2,8133.6%
Michael Hood (D)2,6413.4%
James Jerome Bell (D)1,9632.5%
TOTAL77,796

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

FUDGE, MARCIA L has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $4,126,015.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Agriculture
House Committee on House Administration
House Committee on Education and Labor

Subcommittees

Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations
Conservation and Forestry
Elections
Civil Rights and Human Services
Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Civil Rights

Voting Rights

 Voting Rights and Elections Subcommittee Hearings

In my capacity as Chair of the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections, I have had the pleasure of going to multiple states across the country to hear testimony about voting rights abuses. Testimony was given by a panel of experts with backgrounds in voting rights advocacy and civil rights law, and it confirmed what we already know – “the more things change, the more things stay the same.”

The progress made since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is stained by present-day suppression tactics meant to turn back the clock to the days of Jim Crow and overt denial at the ballot box.  We’ve come so far, but still have a long way to go.

To see videos of each of the field hearings, click on the links below:

Background: 

The Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder invalidated key provisions of the Voting Rights Act while acknowledging the persistence of voter discrimination. Following the Court’s decision, which constructively eliminated preclearance requirements under the Voting Rights Act, hundreds of polling locations have been closed in Texas — significantly more in number and percentage than any other state. Additionally, the Texas Election Code only requires a 72-hour notice of polling location changes. These are just a few examples of the erosion of equal access to voting in Texas.

Congress has the power and responsibility to ensure that every American can exercise their franchise. Accordingly, the Committee on House Administration hosted this session and will host subsequent hearings to further develop the contemporaneous record of ongoing voter discrimination, address the Supreme Court’s concerns about the data supporting Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, and work toward the full implementation of Section 5.

Economy

Small Businesses

Small businesses are responsible for creating over 60% of all new jobs and are the backbone of our local economy. They are integral to our nation’s economic recovery and I strongly support policies that help Americans start, grow, and sustain small businesses.

Small businesses lead the way with cutting-edge innovations and home-grown ingenuity. By employing local workers, these businesses help stimulate demand for goods and services. We must ensure the viability of small businesses given their role as robust economic engines within our communities.

To assist small businesses I will fight for access to better credit sources for new and existing companies seeking to expand operations.  I encourage lenders to provide small businesses with the credit necessary to operate, expand and add jobs.  Small businesses also need fair tax relief which will provide necessary investments in future growth.

There is nothing small about small business commitment to our community or their impact on the nation. Within the 11th Congressional District of Ohio, small businesses have often led our economic recovery and prosperity, and I am committed to helping them grow and thrive.

Federal Resources


SBA Direct  SBA Direct is a Web tool that allows users to personalize their experience on SBA.gov. Just by answering a few simple questions about your business, SBA Direct brings the targeted resources you need to start, operate and grow your small business – directly to your desktop.

SCORE A resource partner with the SBA, SCORE has over 11,000 volunteers that bring practical experience to small businesses and entrepreneurs thinking about starting a new small business.  The online “Ask SCORE” tool allows small business owners to enter a business topic, choose a mentor from a list who best matches his or her needs, and send questions.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) SBDCs provide free or low-cost assistance to small businesses using programs customized to local conditions.  There are more than 900 SBDCs with at least one in every state and U.S. territory.

Startup America  This interagency initiative connects entrepreneurs with successful businesses, opens up $2 billion in seed capital for emerging companies in fields of strategic importance, such as clean energy, and aims to simplify tax policy. Startup businesses may be interested in applying for new sources of Small Business Administration (SBA) funding.

Veterans Business Outreach Program (VBOP) VBOP is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling, and mentoring, as well as referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business.

Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) WBC is a large network throughout the United States, offering women entrepreneurs, especially those that are socially or economically disadvantaged, comprehensive training and counseling to help them start and grow their own business.

State Resources


AG – LINK  Ohio farmers can receive an interest rate reduction to help offset the upfront costs of their farming operations.

ECOLink  Homeowners can receive a 3% interest rate reduction on bank loans to finance energy efficient upgrades.

growNOW  Small businesses seeking to create or retain jobs in Ohio can receive up to a 3% interest rate reduction on new or existing small business loans.

Reenergize Ohio Small businesses can receive up to a 3% interest rate reduction on new or existing small business loans when used for energy-efficient upgrades.

saveNOW  Ohioans can receive a 3% interest rate bonus on savings accounts and receive financial education newsletters.

SBA Ohio’s Small Business Resource Guide  A comprehensive guide for small business owners in Ohio.

Local Resources


Cleveland SBA District Office

1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 211
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone: 216-522-4180
Fax: 216-522-2038

Visit the SBA Cleveland website for local updates and resources, and to find events and workshops in your area.

Grow Cuyahoga County Fund The Grow Cuyahoga County Fund is designed to assist eligible small business owners within Cuyahoga County to obtain loans to grow their businesses and create jobs.  Low interest loans between $100,000 and $1 million are available and may also be used for retail and restaurant development projects.

SCORE Akron Offers entrepreneurial counseling and workshops to successfully guide small businesses in Medina, Portage, Summit, and Wayne Counties.

SCORE Cleveland Offers entrepreneurial counseling and workshops to successfully guide small businesses in Cuyahoga County.

Education

Education

As a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, I have long advocated for education policies that strengthen schools and prepare our young people for the jobs of the future. Education begins at birth and ensuring that our youth have the opportunities and tools necessary to grow into healthy, well-rounded and productive members of society, is critically important.

I will remain committed to ensuring that every child has the right to a good primary and secondary education, decreasing education disparities, and giving all young people access to college.

 

Rep. Fudge’s Education Achievements in the 116th Congress

Introduced Bills

Strength in Diversity Act (H.R.6722)– This bill enables the Department of Education to award competitive grants for the development or implementation of plans to improve diversity or eliminate racial and socioeconomic isolation in public schools and publicly funded early education programs.

Go to High School, Go to College Act (H.R. 3268) –The bill creates a pilot program that allows high school students enrolled in postsecondary courses to access Pell Grants.  Federal dollars, rather than school or local funds, will allow students to enroll in college courses and earn transferable college credit, setting them on an accelerated path to postsecondary success.

The Parent PLUS Loan Improvement Act (H.R. 3353)– The bill places a cap on, and lowers, current PLUS loan interest rates.  It requires both entrance and exit counseling for all borrowers and ensures borrowers’ eligibility for income-based repayment, providing an affordable pathway to higher education.

The Time for Completion Act (H.R. 3354) –The bill expands current federal graduation rate benchmarks to better reflect average rates of completion for students attending two- and four-year institutions.  It also requires the Department of Education to provide students and families with expanded access to information about graduation rates among part-time and full-time students.

END ALL Hazing Act (H.R. 3267) – The bill requires institutions of higher education to make information about student organizations disciplined for hazing or other misconduct publicly available online, updated on a biannual basis. Details on corrective measures imposed by the school on the organization must also be made publicly available.

REP. FUDGE’S GOALS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

•  Ensure all Americans have an opportunity to attend college or develop a trade

•  Protect Pell Grants

•  Provide federal funding for early college and concurrently enrolled secondary students

Health Care

Health & Wellness

Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act addressed a major need in our nation. Prior to its passage, 47 million Americans had no health insurance and millions more were financially burdened by the limited coverage. In addition to expanding health coverage, the ACA has protected Americans from losing coverage because of a pre-existing condition, among other protections, and saved seniors billions of dollars on their prescription drugs. Accessible, affrordable, high-quality health care should not be treated as a privilege, but a basic human right.  I will continue to push back against Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, by supporting efforts to strengthen and improve it. Read more about this landmark law.

Childhood Obesity

Nearly one-third of all children in this country are overweight or obese – a rate that has tripled over the past fifty years and disproportionally impacts at-risk communities.  Left unchecked, obesity threatens to create the first generation of Americans with shorter life expectancies than their parents.

To combat this epidemic, I was the first to introduce a resolution that designates September as Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  It is up to all of us to ensure that the children in our lives develop healthy and nutritious eating habits.

Social Security

Caring for our Seniors

These programs were critical components of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society in the 1960s and remain some of the most important programs we have in the War on Poverty today.

I am a strong supporter of the Medicare program, and have spoken out against attempts by my Republican colleagues to drastically decrease services for beneficiaries and make Medicare a voucher program. Beneficiaries of the program worked hard for their earned benefits and deserve to keep them.

I also believe Medicaid is a vital component of our nation’s safety net, providing health coverage for some of the most vulnerable among us, including children, pregnant women and the poor.

This administration has proven time and again, that they are against our senior citizens. During his time in office, President Donald Trump has taken several actions that were harmful to our nation’s elderly. He has clearly declared war on our seniors, and I am am committed to fighting against these attacks.


In the 116th Congress, Rep. Fudge has taken the following legislative measures to ensure the safety and well-being of seniors: 

She voted YES on the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act (H.R. 987). This bill lowers prescription drug costs by promoting generic competition and strengthens health care by reversing the Administration’s sabotage on the Affordable Care Act.

She voted YES on the Protecting People with Pre-Existing Conditions Act (H.R. 986). This bill rescinds guidance issued by the Administration that weakens insurance coverage and undermines the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions.  It would prohibit any similar Administration guidance from being proposed in the future.

Agriculture

I am proud to serve as Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations.  The subcommittee has jurisdiction over policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) and domestic commodity distribution, and consumer initiatives.

While management of farm programs is certainly an important area of focus, 65% of the matters dealt with by the Committee are nutrition-based, such as regulation and oversight of programs that fund in-school meals and emergency food providers. As a member of the Agriculture Committee, I am committed to increasing access to healthy foods, eliminating food deserts, and protecting safety net programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Rep. Fudge’s Agriculture Achievements for the 116th Congress

Family Poverty is Not Child Neglect Act (H.R. 2535) – This bill ensures child protective service agencies will never again allow children to be separated from their parents based upon their poverty level.  The bill language was included in the overall Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (H.R. 2480) that passed the House on May 20, 2019.

Farm to School Act (H.R. 3562) – The bill provides increased funding for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program, from $5 to $15 million, and increases the individual grant award maximum to $250,000. It ensures prioritization of grant applications that engage beginning, veteran and socially disadvantaged farmers, and serve diverse and high-need student populations.

Proposed Rule on Able-bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWD) – On February 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a proposed rule to limit states’ ability to request a waiver of the ABAWD time limit and reduce the carryover of ABAWD percentage exemptions to a one-year lookback.  In response to this proposed rule, Rep. Fudge promptly sent a letter urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to extend the comment period on USDA’s proposal to further restrict the eligibility of able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) to receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  To read the letter, click here.

Rep. Fudge’s Ongoing Agriculture Initiatives 

Seasonal High Tunnel Program (Hoop Houses) – In 2012 the Congresswoman started this initiative in collaboration with Ohio USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Ohio State University Extension.  The purpose of this initiative is to help OH-11 residents grow fresh food in an environmentally friendly manner for up to 9-12 months a year; effectively extending the growing season by 3-4 months, meet the nutritional needs of residents; improve neighborhoods, increase employment as well entrepreneurial opportunities and to assist in eradicating “food desert,” areas with limited access to nutritious food near their homes. Since 2012, over 100 Seasonal High Tunnels have been erected in Ohio’s Eleventh Congressional District.

Labor

Fighting for the collective bargaining rights of union workers and the middle class is one of my top priorities. I firmly support the right of labor unions and public and private employees to collectively bargain. Ohio is significantly impacted by union membership, as it is home to over 600,000 union members.

Unfortunately, union membership has been on the decline since 1983, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While unionized workers averaged roughly $191 more in median weekly earnings than nonunionized workers in 2018, unionized workers made up only 33.9% of public-sector workers and only 6.4% of private-sector workers.

Fair Wages

In the 116th Congress I have continued to fight for fair wages for workers. I cosponsored the Restoring Overtime Pay Act (H.R. 3197). The bill strengthens overtime protections and increases the overtime salary level from $23,660 per year to nearly $51,000 per year, making roughly 4.6 million workers newly eligible for overtime pay. The bill will reestablish the salary level set in 2016, guaranteeing more salaried workers get additional overtime pay.

I supported the Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R.7). This bill amends sections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to enhance enforcement of equal pay requirements and collect pay information by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  It provides workers crucial tools toward achieving wage equality. Because everyone deserves equal pay for equal work.

I also had the pleasure of voting YES on the Raise the Wage Act, which passed the House in the 116th Congress. This bill will increase the national minimum wage to $15/hr by 2025. It will lift 1.3 million people out of poverty including 600,000 children.

Federal Workers

I support a measure to give federal workers the pay increase they deserve after enduring a three-year wage freeze, four years without locality pay, furloughs, and a government shutdown.  In 2014, the 1% wage adjustment failed to keep up with the nation’s rate of inflation. I also support the Wage Grade Employee Parity Bill, which ensures that wage-grade employees receive the same wage increase as salaried federal employees.

Workplace Protections and Wage Equality 

I am a strong supporter of workforce protection measures, including the ability for employees to earn paid sick leave as well as family and medical leave insurance.  I cosponsored the Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Act to improve compliance with mine safety and health laws so that all workers are protected.  I also joined a letter to Secretary Perez and OMB Director Donovan supporting President Obama’s executive order on Fair Pay and Save Workplaces to federal contractors are fully evaluated for compliance with employment and workplace safety laws. I am also focused on closing the wage gap that has been an ongoing struggle for working women. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the female-to-male earnings ratio has not changed significantly since 2007.  Women in Ohio who work full time earn 83 percent of that earned by men working full time.  This wage discrimination hinders our economy as women increasingly become the breadwinners in their families. In the 116th Congress, the House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act to close the loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963. This bill will put us one step closer to guranteeing equal pay for equal work.

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Troy BaldersonTroy Balderson

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congressman Troy Balderson was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives on September 5, 2018 and represents Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. Troy currently serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; House Science, Space, and Technology Committee; as well as the House Small Business Committee and its Innovation and Workforce Subcommittee, for which he serves as Ranking Member.

Summary

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Congressman Troy Balderson was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives on September 5, 2018 and represents Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. Troy currently serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; House Science, Space, and Technology Committee; as well as the House Small Business Committee and its Innovation and Workforce Subcommittee, for which he serves as Ranking Member.

About

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Source: Government page

Congressman Troy Balderson was sworn in as a Member of the United States House of Representatives on September 5, 2018 and represents Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. Troy currently serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; House Science, Space, and Technology Committee; as well as the House Small Business Committee and its Innovation and Workforce Subcommittee, for which he serves as Ranking Member.

A lifelong Ohioan, Troy was born and raised in Muskingum County and graduated from Zanesville High School. He attended Muskingum College and The Ohio State University, and worked on the family farm and for his family-owned automotive dealership before pursuing a career in public service.

Troy was first elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2008 and was appointed to the Ohio Senate in 2011. Troy was reelected to the Ohio Senate twice and served as chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. During his time in the Ohio Senate, Troy voted to cut taxes by $5 billion, eliminate Ohio’s deficit, and replenish the state’s rainy-day fund.

As a principled conservative, Troy supports protecting life, Second Amendment rights, and ensuring Ohio’s job creators have the tools and resources they need to grow their businesses. As the operator of a family-owned farm, Troy has seen firsthand the damage that government overregulation and burdensome red tape can have on small businesses. He believes government plays a key role in creating the environment for economic growth and prosperity.

An avid runner and cyclist, Troy has completed multi-day adventure races that also involve whitewater rafting and climbing, and finished a 600-mile bike ride through the Rocky Mountains.

Troy currently resides in Zanesville and has one son, Joshua. He has served as an elder at the First Christian Church in Zanesville.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Co-owner
    Balderson Motor Sales

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1962
Place of Birth: Zanesville, OH
Gender: Male
Race(s): Christian
Religion: Roman Catholic
Spouse: Angela Balderson

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
1221 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5355

Worthington Office
250 East Wilson Bridge Rd
Suite 100
Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: (614) 523-2555

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2020 Republican Primary

Troy Balderson (R)51,41283.9%
Tim Day (R)9,87716.1%
TOTAL61,289

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

BALDERSON, TROY has run in 7 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $5,534,955.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Small Business
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

Subcommittees

Innovation and Workforce Development
Contracting and Infrastructure
Research and Technology
Aviation
Highways and Transit
Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Economy

AGRICULTURE, MANUFACTURING, AND TRADE

The manufacturing and agriculture industries in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District produced a combined roughly $108.4 billion in sales in 2017. We have our hardworking producers to thank for our nation’s abundant supply of food and manufactured goods, and the best way to do so is by helping these sectors thrive. That’s why it’s vital we support our farmers and manufacturers right here in Ohio by reducing red tape and promoting policies that support these sectors.

Our state and country depend on the success of robust manufacturing and agriculture sectors, and thousands of Ohioans rely on jobs in these fields. We need to equip our producers with the tools they need to navigate an inherently uncertain business market, while protecting American taxpayer dollars and fixing ineffective and flawed programs. As your congressional representative, I will continue to uphold our nation’s commitment to our farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers.

Additionally, I believe it is time that Congress ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. This trade agreement already has the support of our president, as well as our neighbors to the north and south. The USMCA will support more than 428 thousand existing jobs in Ohio and create tens of thousands more in the coming decade. Last year, almost $28 billion in goods and services were exported from Ohio to Canada and Mexico. We cannot afford for this agreement to fail.

ECONOMY, JOBS, AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Fostering a successful Ohio job market is my top priority in Congress. Ensuring a healthy, prosperous job market translates into opportunities for Ohioans.

The number one issue I hear from business owners is their need for more skilled workers. One of my driving passions has always been workforce development, and that’s why I’m proud to be the Ranking Member of the Innovation and Workforce Development Subcommittee of the House Small Business Committee. We need to find solutions that support our workforce and businesses alike so that today’s students are better prepared to enter tomorrow’s job market. Let’s think outside the textbook and get potential employees the skills development and training they need to secure meaningful jobs, and let’s help those employers maximize their efficiency by filling vacant roles.

In Ohio, nearly 97% of all businesses are considered small businesses. These companies employ nearly 2.2 million Ohioans, almost half of our state. Annually, Ohio’s small businesses produce $10 billion in revenue, yet often face struggles we may not always realize. As a former small business employee, I understand the challenges and setbacks that our nation’s small businesses face. These issues include lack of capital – whether human or financial – burdensome taxes, outdated technology and inadequate cybersecurity infrastructure, and lack of access to the types of resources larger firms and companies have. I want to ensure that all of Ohio’s businesses, no matter the size, can thrive in the local, national, and global marketplaces.

To work toward a fully-developed economy and job market, we need creative approaches to partnerships and resources. We need to cut red tape that bogs down the system and stalls small businesses’ progress, and we need to lift up those that drive our economy forward. I’m working to ensure we aren’t sticking to the status quo. The necessary changes to support jobs and job creators can start in Ohio and be reinforced with innovative policy initiatives.

Infrastructure

RURAL BROADBAND

Rural communities make up about a quarter of Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, and I am working to make sure these communities are not forgotten. Of critical importance is the issue of access to high-speed broadband internet. Without reliable connectivity, rural residents face disadvantages that put them behind their urban and suburban counterparts.

E-Connectivity benefits rural residents by: enhancing healthcare options by providing telemedicine services and additional tools to fight the opioid epidemic, closing the homework gap by providing rural students the same ability to research and access educational materials as their urban and suburban peers, and expanding rural entrepreneurship by opening up the digital marketplace to small businesses so they can compete. In addition, rural farmers supply food for our country, rural labor keeps our manufacturing base strong, and rural energy exports keep America powered.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture operates the Rural eConnectivity Pilot Program, or ReConnect, which provides high-speed broadband internet and related infrastructure to rural areas around the United States. This program is fundamental to ensuring rural Americans, including those in Ohio, gain access to high-speed internet, but too many areas are still underserved.

All Ohioans need online access to critical services and opportunities. It is vital we ensure our rural communities have access to high-speed broadband internet so we can level the playing field and help Ohio prosper.

TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Few things directly impact the lives of Ohioans on a daily basis as much as our infrastructure. Each day, we rely on Ohio’s highways, airways, and railways to get us all the places we need to go. Similarly, the livelihood of Ohio’s businesses relies on sound infrastructure to transport materials, products, and workers.

Despite this, each of us wastes an average of one year of our lives sitting in traffic. Roads and bridges that haven’t been modernized in decades are crumbling around us. In the state of Ohio, 6.9% of all bridges are rated as structurally deficient, while 17% of public roads are in poor condition. Our communities continue to evolve and expand, yet our infrastructure network remains stuck in the past. It’s past time we update our infrastructure, bringing it into the 21st Century to adapt to modern life.

As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I have a seat at the table to discuss the important transportation issues affecting Ohio. Investing our resources in improving our infrastructure can also lead to collateral benefits, such as jobs for Ohioans and reinvigorating the local economy. There are many reasons to upgrade and fortify our outdated infrastructure, and I’m committed to looking for solutions to our critical needs.

Safety

OPIOID EPIDEMIC

In the United States, Ohio ranks as one of the top-five states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths. In 2016, there were 4,329 opioid-related overdose deaths in Ohio – more than double the national average at the time, and more than three times that amount in 2010. Between July 2016 and September 2017 – just over a year – Ohio experienced a nearly 3% increase in opioid overdoses. These numbers illustrate a startling reality of how rapidly this epidemic is worsening and highlight our urgent need for solutions.

We know that a major contributing factor in what led to the opioid epidemic began in the late 1990s, when healthcare providers were assured that patients would not become addicted to prescription opioid pain relievers and began prescribing them at greater rates. Widespread use led to widespread misuse before we, as a country, realized how highly-addictive these medications are. Yet, over-prescribing remains a driving factor of this epidemic. In 2012, there were more opioid prescriptions in the state of Ohio than there were people.

What’s more, prescription opioid dependency often leads to abuse of other – often cheaper – alternatives, such as heroin. Four out of five heroin addicts in Ohio and across the country started with prescription painkillers. Those who die as a result of a heroin overdose, along with those who die from an overdose of a prescription opioid or an illicitly-manufactured synthetic opioid, such as fentanyl, account for the deaths of more than 47 thousand Americans in 2017.

Since coming to Congress, I’ve made combating the growing opioid epidemic one of my top priorities. One life taken by this crisis is one too many, and I know firsthand that opioids have devastated the lives of Ohioans across the state. I will continue to work each day to find innovative solutions centered on research, increased access to addiction treatment and support, and enhanced communication among key parties such as prescribers, distributors, and law enforcement agencies.

Veterans

VETERANS AND MILITARY FAMILIES

As the leader of the free world, the United States of America boasts a military with unparalleled pride, tradition, and history. Our brave and dedicated servicemembers and their families make significant sacrifices to protect our freedoms, both at home and abroad.

As such, our country has no higher commitment than to take care of our active duty military, their families, and our veterans. We must honor the promises and commitments we have made to our military veterans and ensure the necessary services and care are always available and delivered in a timely fashion. This includes adequate and safe equipment, health care and counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and other service-related ailments, employment opportunities and job training, post-service workforce development and transition resources, as well as the disability and retirement benefits our veterans have earned through their courageous service.

Ohio’s 12th Congressional District is home to the 179th Airlift Wing, a unit of the Ohio Air National Guard stationed at Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base, and the headquarters of The American Legion Department of Ohio. With 850 thousand military veterans across our state, I am honored to serve those heroes living in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, and I will continue to advocate for policies that serve our veterans and military families.

If you are seeking assistance with receiving VA benefits, please contact my office.

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Tim RyanTim Ryan

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Tim Ryan is a relentless advocate for working families in Ohio’s 13th District. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and was sworn in on January 3, 2003. Successfully reelected eight times, he is now serving in his ninth term. Congressman Ryan currently serves as a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee which controls the expenditure of money by the federal government.

Summary

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Tim Ryan is a relentless advocate for working families in Ohio’s 13th District. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and was sworn in on January 3, 2003. Successfully reelected eight times, he is now serving in his ninth term. Congressman Ryan currently serves as a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee which controls the expenditure of money by the federal government.

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Tim Ryan is a relentless advocate for working families in Ohio’s 13th District. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and was sworn in on January 3, 2003. Successfully reelected eight times, he is now serving in his ninth term. Congressman Ryan currently serves as a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee which controls the expenditure of money by the federal government.

Ryan serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus and remains a leader in the fight to strengthen America’s manufacturing base and reform U.S. trade policies. The House Manufacturing Caucus examines and promotes policies to help American manufacturers find trained, educated workers, continue to lead the world in developing new industrial technologies, operate on a level playing field with their foreign competitors, and obtain the capital they need to thrive. Ryan is the leading advocate in the House to impose sanctions on unfair Chinese currency manipulation.

Ryan’s primary focus remains on the economy and quality-of-life in Northeast Ohio. He works closely with local officials and community leaders to advance local projects that enhance the economic competitiveness and help attract high-quality, high-paying jobs.

He is a dynamic leader in the House and speaks out on issues of particular concern in Northeast Ohio. He is a champion of efforts to make college more affordable, revitalize America’s cities and improve the health and well-being of American families and children. His work on these and other issues has garnered the attention of the national media.  He is the author of Healing America: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Recapture the American Spirit and The Real Food Revolution: Healthy Eating, Green Groceries, and the Return of the American Family Farm.

Ryan has also served in the Ohio State Senate where he spearheaded efforts to establish a state-based earned income tax credit, to standardize community school data reporting, and bring college students into the debate over higher education funding.

Before his election to public office, Ryan served as President of the Trumbull County Young Democrats and as Chairman of the Earning by Learning program in Warren, Ohio. He began his career in politics as a congressional aide with the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995 and later served as an intern for the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office. Ryan holds a law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center), studied abroad as part of the Dickinson School of Law’s International Law Program in Florence, Italy, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Ryan was born on July 16, 1973 in Niles, Ohio and currently resides in Howland, Ohio with his wife Andrea and three children.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Member of the Ohio State Senate
    2000 to 2002
  • U.S. Representative from Ohio’s 17th Congressional District
    2000 to 2013

Education

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

Birth Year: 1973
Place of Birth: Niles, OH
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Catholic
Spouse:  Andrea Zetts

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
1126 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5261
Fax: (202) 225-3719

Akron Office
1030 Tallmadge Ave.
Akron, OH 44310
Phone: (330) 630-7311
Fax: (330) 630-7314

Warren Office
197 West Market St.
Warren, OH 44481
Phone: 800-856-4152
Fax: 330-373-0098

Youngstown Office
241 West Federal Street
Youngstown, OH 44503
Phone: (330) 740-0193
Fax: (330) 740-0182

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2020 Democratic Primary

Tim Ryan (D)61,813100%
TOTAL61,813

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Finances

RYAN, TIMOTHY J (TIM) has run in 8 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $7,774,168.

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Committees

Committees

House Committee on Appropriations

Subcommittees

Legislative Branch
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

Voting Record

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New Legislation

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Issues

Civil Rights

Women’s Equality

Equal Pay for Women:

In 2015, women made 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man. African American women earned 64 cents and Latina women earned 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white man. This is unacceptable. It is common sense that women and men should earn an equal income when they are doing equal work. This is about equality and justice for women, as well as, raising the living standards of working families. That is why I am a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which strengthens and closes loopholes in the Equal Pay Act, including providing effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for equal work. I am also a cosponsor of the Fair Pay Act of 2017, which would prohibit discrimination in the payment of wages on account of gender or race.

Paid Family/Sick Leave:

In 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act was passed to allow employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period to care for a family member, newborn, newly-adopted child, or newly-placed foster child.  While this landmark legislation made great strides to help families during difficult and joyous times, we still have a long way to go to improve protected leave. The U.S. is the only country among 41 nations that does not mandate any paid leave for new parents. Studies have shown that offering paid parental leave is not only better for the family, but also the company and economy.  That is why I am a cosponsor of the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, which provides that 6 of the 12 weeks of parental leave made available to a Federal employee must be paid. I am also a cosponsor of the FAMILY Act, which would provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave each year to workers for the birth or adoption of a new child, the serious illness of an immediate family member, or a worker’s own medical condition. Lastly, I am a cosponsor of the Healthy Families Act, which would allow workers in businesses with 15 or more employees to earn up to seven job protected paid sick days each year. Hardworking Americans should not have to choose between their taking care of their child, their health or the health of a family member and their paycheck.

Improving the Health of Pregnant Women and Infants:

For every 1,000 live births in the United States, nearly six babies will not live to see their first birthday, and the problem is dire in the state of Ohio. Ohio ranks 45th in the nation for infant mortality.  A baby born in Iran has a greater chance of surviving the first year of life than a black baby born in Youngstown. A racial disparity in prematurity and infant mortality rates exists in every state and U.S. territory, with the mortality rate among black infants 2.2 times higher than that of non-Hispanic white infants. We must do more as a nation to help our most vulnerable, and that is why I have introduced the Healthy Start Reauthorization Act, which reauthorizes the Healthy Start for Infants Program. This program recognizes that a community-based approach to the early delivery of services to women and families improves perinatal outcomes.  I am also a cosponsor of the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act which creates grants for states to save and sustain the health of the mothers during pregnancy, and the Healthy MOM Act, which creates a special enrollment period for pregnant women so they can enroll in or change their health insurance when they become pregnant. We must make sure every pregnant woman get access to the health care they and their babies need.

Economy

Economy

As our country continues to grapple with the effects of globalization and automation and the challenges of the 21st Century economy, putting people back to work continues to be my number one priority as a member of Congress. We need fundamental changes that result in innovative, broad-reaching legislation that will grow the economy, give our children the skills they need to succeed in the future, reward businesses that keep jobs in the United States, create a level playing field for American workers in the global market.

There is no doubt we must do more to help educate the next generation for careers in this changing economy. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education helps drive our nation’s economic train and ensures our children will be prepared to lead the world in innovation and entrepreneurship. To learn more, click here:

We need an immediate investment and focus in putting Americans back to work – in good paying jobs that will help grow the economy and strengthen our communities. Around the country our crumbling roads, bridges, railroads and sewer systems urgently need improvements and repairs. A long-term robust investment in our country’s infrastructure, including upgrading our country’s broadband network and electrical grid, can help put American’s back to work. To learn more, click here:

We cannot move our country forward, however, without growing our manufacturing sector. Manufacturing is a vital American industry and the backbone of our country, when manufacturers are given the tools they need to compete in a global marketplace, Americans prosper and our nation becomes stronger.  To learn more click here: 

We have begun to witness the massive economic boon that transitioning to a clean-energy economy can bring throughout the country. In Ohio alone over 100,000 jobs are supported by the clean energy sector, and that number is growing fast – by a rate of 4.9 percent. The clean energy economy is growing in every Midwestern state, and smart government investment in clean energy can help grow it even faster. To learn more, click here: 

Helping Working Families

Standing Up for Workers and Working Families

Over the last 20 years, the gap between the wealthy and the middle class has grown significantly.  Families who were once comfortably in the middle class are now struggling to cope with record high prices for food, food and health care – while also providing a decent future for their families and children. A strong economy is the single most important factor in making the American Dream possible. I am proud to support legislation that stands with workers and working families and helps to alleviate the challenges they face.

Raising the Minimum Wage

In the United States, everyone should be able to access basic necessities like food and shelter. However, the current federal minimum wage is too low to adequately support someone working hard to make ends meet. At $7.25 an hour, the minimum wage pays only $15,000 per year, placing a family of three thousands of dollars below the poverty line. For hardworking Americans seeking economic security for themselves and their families, this is simply not good enough.

That is why I support raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. It can be very difficult to raise a family in this economy, and hardworking Americans deserve to be properly compensated. This bill is a step in the right direction.

Closing the Wage Gap

Despite the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women in the United States are paid on average just 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. In 2009, I was proud to vote for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and watch President Obama sign it into law. This important legislation clarified that pay discrimination constitutes a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As long as workers file their lawsuit within 180 days of receiving a discriminatory paycheck, their charges would still be considered timely.

Further, I am proud to be an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act. This bill aims to eliminate the gender wage gap by allowing women to collect punitive as well as compensatory damages for pay discrimination. The Paycheck Fairness Act also offers negotiation skills training to women and girls as well as resources to small businesses to promote pay equity in the workplace. Paycheck fairness is not only good for women, but also good for the economic security of American families.

Improving Family and Medical Leave

In this economic climate, no one should have to worry about losing his or her job due to family obligations or medical necessity. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 was passed to allow employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period to care for a family member, newborn, newly-adopted child, or newly-placed foster child. While this landmark legislation made great strides to help families during difficult and joyous times, we still have a long way to go to improve protected leave.

That is why I am a cosponsor the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, a bill that extends the legacy of the FMLA through 12 weeks of paid leave. I am also a cosponsor of the Healthy Families Act, which permits employees to earn at least one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Hardworking Americans should not have to choose between their health or the health of a family member and their paycheck.

Protecting the Workplace Rights of Pregnant Women

Women make up nearly half of the American workforce, yet their job security is often threatened when they become pregnant.  As a husband and father, I am proud to cosponsor the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill making it unlawful to force pregnant women out of the workplace or deny them reasonable accommodations that would enable them to continue providing for their families.

Manufacturing

Revitalizing American Manufacturing

Protecting our economy and putting citizens back to work is one of my top priorities as a Member of Congress. We need to take an innovative approach to legislation that will grow the economy, reward businesses that keep jobs in the United States, reduce the deficit, and create a level playing field for American workers in the global market.

Protecting Manufacturing

It is essential we do all we can to strengthen and protect manufacturing, a vital American industry and the foundation of our economy. When manufacturers are given the tools they need to compete in a global marketplace, Americans prosper and our nation becomes stronger. Manufacturing employs 662,000 Ohioans and contributes $99.8 billion to our state’s economy.  In our district alone, we have more than 600 manufacturing companies employing nearly 37,000 workers. Most recently, manufacturers have lost on average 74,000 jobs per month, good-paying jobs that pay an average of 20 percent more than typical service sector jobs.

As Co-Chair of both the House Manufacturing Caucus and the House Maker Caucus, I am dedicated to promoting and expanding American manufacturing. I have introduced legislation to establish the position of U.S. Chief Manufacturing Officer in the Executive Office of the President. The U.S. Chief Manufacturing Officer (CMO) will be responsible for coordinating manufacturing-related policies and activities across agencies. The CMO will also develop a national strategy to revitalize the manufacturing sector, spur economic growth, and increase our competitiveness around the globe. Manufacturing is the stabilizing force behind our local and national economy. Without a strong domestic manufacturing base, we will not have a strong economic recovery.

Fair and Balanced Trade

Each and every day, I hear stories from constituents who have been negatively impacted by free trade agreements that ship manufacturing jobs overseas. When plants are closed and friends and family lose a reliable source of income, it has a profound rippling effect that impacts every part of our community. All workers ask for is a level playing field so they can compete on a global scale. However, past trade agreements have not lived up to those standards, and I have consistently opposed them while in Congress. That is why I voted against the Panama, Colombia, and South Korea free trade agreements and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Furthermore, I have testified before the International Trade Commission to voice my concern about predatory behavior of countries such as China that continues to dump steel and aluminum products on our shores at government subsidized below-market prices. It is my belief that hardworking Americans deserve better when it comes to our country’s trade policy.

Advanced Manufacturing

Future of manufacturing rests with our ability to innovate. We must invest in innovation in manufacturing, so new industries and jobs can flourish. In 2012, a landmark $85 million public-private investment was made in Northeast Ohio. The joint venture, America Makes, was the first major investment to help revitalize American manufacturing by investing in “additive manufacturing” which relies on 3D printers to build components layer-by-layer rather than subtractive processes like milling. More than 20 collaborative research projects are under way and Northeast Ohio is already seeing the benefits with companies coming to Youngstown, Akron, and Cleveland. This investment is helping the U.S. grow its capabilities in additive manufacturing; but unfortunately, experts estimate that American spending only amounts to about one-third of what China is investing in in the same industry.

Education and Workforce Development

There is no doubt we must do more to help educate the next generation for careers in manufacturing. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education helps drive our nation’s economic train and ensures our children will be prepared to lead the world in innovation and entrepreneurship. That is why I have introduced the 21st Century Shop Class Act, which promotes maker education and will help gives students the skills they will need to participate in the exciting jobs that require knowledge of new tools, such as computer programming, engineering analysis, 3-D printing, and robotics. I have also cosponsored the Stepping up to STEM Education Act and the Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act to help expand and increase the participation in STEM programs. As Americans we have always valued education, and we have had a strong appetite for innovation and entrepreneurship.  This is even more important today as the competition for manufacturing and jobs has truly become global. We need educated citizens that will be ready to build a better and brighter future for the United States of America.

Education

Education

We must improve and expand our children’s opportunity to access a quality education in in the United States of America. Investing in education is an investment into our economy, our quality of life and most importantly it is an investment into our children’s future.

Every Child Deserves a Quality Education

It is our responsibility in Congress to improve and expand our children’s opportunity to access a quality education in in the United States of America. Investing in education is an investment into our economy, our quality of life and most importantly it is an investment into our children’s future. Advancements in childhood nutrition, after-school programs, technology in schools, as well as teacher salaries, recruitment and training must be a priority for success. We have seen how severe state and federal budget cuts undermine the ability of our local school districts to provide a quality education for our children; this has resulted in overcrowded and dilapidated schools, overburdened and stressed teachers, increased class sizes, and inadequate support services like special education, after-school care and preschool programs. That is why I have continually voted against legislation that would make drastic cuts to our children’s education.

As a father and the husband of an elementary school teacher, I understand the need for Congress to improve education and ensure equal access to a quality education.  That is why I supported the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which includes commonsense provisions that ensure our young people get the education they deserve. This legislation gives states greater power to close the achievement gap for disadvantaged students, reduces overreliance on standardized testing, and gives teachers and schools the resources they need to be successful.

Social Emotional Learning

In the last few years, I have become convinced of the necessity of teaching social and emotional learning skills to our children, and have worked with some great leaders in bringing the financial and intellectual skills and expertise to Youngstown and Warren City Schools. Social and emotional learning is a process that promotes the development of core personal competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships skills, and responsible decision-making – all within a safe, caring, and participatory learning environment.

In 2011, I introduced the Academic, Social and Emotional Learning Act to allow federal funding for teacher and principal training to be used for SEL programming. As we have seen in schools in our district, SEL helps increase attendance, decrease suspensions and behavioral incidences, and improve attention and participation among students. Creating a healthy and safe environment for students to learn is essential to a quality education. I was proud that language that will help expand and make the teaching of social and emotional learning more effective was included in the ESSA. Creating a healthy and safe environment for students to learn is essential to a quality education and I am proud this bill continues to advance this important cause. I will continue to support legislation that helps our young people both boost their academic potential and teach them how to build the relationships and skills necessary to be a productive member of the American workforce.

Charter School Accountability

Ohio is home to nearly 400 taxpayer-funded charter schools that educate approximately 123,000 students. These families and children deserve a charter school system that promotes transparency and is held accountable to make sure every student is receiving the best education. That is why I introduced the Charter School Accountability Act to increase transparency and oversight of the U.S. charter school system. I was pleased that the ESSA strengthens the accountability and transparency within the charter school program, including language from this bill. Ohio students attending charter schools, and their parents, should never have to worry if they are getting the education they are owed.

Higher Education

Education does not stop after high school and we need to improve equality and access at the college level as well. College costs are increasing at a much faster rate than the financial aid given to students and their families. Since 1978, the cost of college tuition has increased by an astounding 1200%, with no real end in sight. Our students are drowning in the debt they were forced to take on to cover these rising costs, and they are too often saddled with tremendous debts long after they complete their education. To make interest rates for college students more affordable, I cosponsored the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which allows borrowers with existing student loans to refinance at the lower interest rates available to new borrowers. Student borrowers should not have to wait for relief when they need help now.

Salad Bars in Schools

We must do more to help raise awareness and educate our children on how to eat healthier both at home and at school. Most children consume a least half of their meals at school, with more than 32 million participating in the National School Lunch Program and more than 12 million participating in the School Breakfast Program. Research shows that children are much more likely to consume healthy fresh food if there is a salad bar available for children to build and create their own meal. However, the upfront cost of acquiring the equipment and the investment in planning and administering a salad bar can be too costly for most schools to undertake with existing resources. That is why I introduced the Salad Bars in Schools Act, which supports creating a grant program that would allow schools to work with existing non-profits that promote getting more salad bars into our children’s schools.

Environment

Environment

Addressing the Dangers of Climate Change

The threat of global climate change is one of the most critical issues facing our nation, and the world today. I believe that we owe it to future generations to tackle this problem head on and get serious in addressing the reduction of carbon emissions. The science is clear that if greenhouse gasses continue to be emitted at the current rate, we will see increased signs of climate instability, including more frequent severe weather, sea level rise and damage to natural resources and wildlife. These effects could have a major impact on our quality of life and could result in a devastating loss of life and property. I believe we must protect the integrity of the Clean Air Act and not reject the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) endangerment finding that greenhouse gases are harmful pollutants that threaten public health and welfare. Additionally, investing in alternative energy technologies necessary to combat global climate change will lay the foundation for renewed prosperity through the creation of clean energy jobs and the elimination of our addiction to foreign oil.

That is why I have consistently voted against House Republican spending bills that would cut investments in energy efficiency, clean energy like wind and solar, and advanced vehicle technologies. Furthermore, I am opposed to cuts to important agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, Interior Department, and the Energy Department. These entities only goal is to protect our country’s natural resources and improve our public health through environmental safeguards.

Protecting the Great Lakes

As a Member of Congress from Northeast Ohio, I understand the importance of protecting our waterways, especially the Great Lakes. That is why I am proud that my legislation to help prevent harmful algal blooms by requiring the EPA to appoint a coordinator to address the issue of these algal blooms in the Great Lakes was signed into law by President Obama. I believe it our duty as Ohioans to ensure that Lake Erie and the Great Lakes are able to thrive. Ohio’s abundance of fresh water is a vital resource and strategic advantage, and it’s critical that we do everything in our power to combat these harmful algal blooms that threaten the health and well-being of our state.

Health Care

Health Care

Healthcare Overview

For the first time in decades, the United States has seen a drop in life expectancy. This is extremely troubling and emphasizes the need for our country to take a hard look on the health and wellness of our citizens. We need to increase access to healthcare for all Americans, improve preventative health, and make the necessary investments into research and development on how to combat diseases.

Affordable Care Act

I am proud supporter of the Affordable Care Act which put in place a patient bill of rights. The ramifications of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act for Ohioans are real. In Ohio alone, more than 35 thousand young adults would lose their insurance coverage through their parents’ health plans. Nearly 6.7 million residents of Ohio with private insurance coverage will be vulnerable again to having lifetime limits placed on how much insurance companies will spend on their health care. More than 1.8 million seniors in Ohio who have Medicare coverage would be forced to pay a co-pay to receive important preventive services like mammograms and colonoscopies. Repealing the ACA will have tragic effects on the millions of Americans who rely on quality and affordable healthcare for their families.

Research and Development

As Congress continues to work to promote accountability in the budget and avoid wasteful spending, I believe it is imperative that we continue to fund important programs to improve our Nation’s healthcare. That is why I am a longtime supporter of continuing to fund the National Institute of Health, which provides funding for research grants and clinical trials for such diseases as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.

Further, I was pleased to support the 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law by President Obama. This legislation focuses on increased investments to the NIH, expedites reviews of lifesaving medicine, and streamlines the drug and device development process. This legislation will deliver $8.75 billion for the NIH in mandatory funding over the next five years which will help continue research grants and clinical trials for many diseases. This legislation also focuses on the modernization of clinical trials and supports the inclusion of diverse populations in clinical research, which allows for the use of new and creative adaptive clinical trial designs and encourages the development of next generation treatments. Furthermore, it supports the development of precision medicine through funding in the NIH and Cures Innovation Fund. In addition, the package includes key provisions on substance use disorders and mental health, including $1 billion in grants for states to treat heroin and prescription opioid addiction. I hope this legislation will give the millions of people of who are suffering from life-threatening diseases and their families hope that a cure will be discovered.

Nutrition Curriculum

Healthcare spending in the United States continues to rise. Healthcare expenditures surpassed $2.3 trillion in 2008, with costs from chronic disease treatment accounting for over 75 percent of national health costs. Many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and stroke are linked to dietary and lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, many physicians feel inadequately trained to provide proper nutrition advice. Furthermore, the same can be said for physical activity – although expert recommendations encourage more medical schools to teach physical activity, only 13 percent of medical schools integrate it into the curricula. That is why I introduced the bipartisan Expansion of Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare (ENRICH) Act, which would create a grant program for U.S. Medical Schools and Osteopathic Colleges to create an integrated nutrition and physical activity curriculum program.

Health and Wellness

Overview

Americans are facing a chronic health epidemic which is increasing healthcare spending and lowering quality of life. Constant stress and easy access to fast food has exacerbated these problems. Healthcare expenditures in the United States surpassed $2.3 trillion in 2008, with costs from chronic disease treatment accounting for over 75 percent of national health costs. Many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and stroke are linked to dietary and lifestyle choices. Luckily, there are several promising avenues that can help Americans live more wholesome lives – such as practicing mindfulness, teaching social emotional learning and healthy eating.

Mindfulness

I started a daily mindfulness practice a few years ago and immediately began to appreciate its practical benefits in my everyday life. It helps me harness more of my energy and pay better attention to what I am doing in relation to those around me. It can be utilized by hardworking Americans in a variety of contexts including in our schools, hospitals, military, and social services. Research shows mindfulness can help address stress related illnesses and lead to greater productivity. This is why I have created a space for other Representatives and staff to learn how to mediate and take a few minutes out of the busy days to have some quiet time.

In the classroom, teaching students how to control their emotions can help them be more successful, as well as make life easier on their teachers. Mindfulness techniques have also been proven to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) – as well as those currently serving our country deal with the difficult realities of deployment. Mindfulness practices have the ability to unlock the potential of everyone from blue collar workers to white collar CEOs, and save the government money in the process.

Social Emotional Learning

In the last few years, I have become convinced of the necessity of teaching social and emotional learning skills to our children, and have worked with some great leaders in bringing the financial and intellectual skills and expertise to Youngstown and Warren City Schools. Social and emotional learning is a process that promotes the development of core personal competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships skills, and responsible decision-making – all within a safe, caring, and participatory learning environment.

In 2011, I introduced the Academic, Social and Emotional Learning Act to allow federal funding for teacher and principal training to be used for SEL programming. As we have seen in schools in our district, SEL helps increase attendance, decrease suspensions and behavioral incidences, and improve attention and participation among students. Creating a healthy and safe environment for students to learn is essential to a quality education. I was proud that language that will help expand and make the teaching of social and emotional learning more effective was included in the ESSA. Creating a healthy and safe environment for students to learn is essential to a quality education and I am proud this bill continues to advance this important cause. I will continue to support legislation that helps our young people both boost their academic potential and teach them how to build the relationships and skills necessary to be a productive member of the American workforce.

Healthy Eating

I enjoy eating hot wings, burgers, and fries as much as anyone else. There is nothing wrong with eating fast food or getting desert every now and then. However, many government policies make eating bad food the most convenient and affordable option. This cheap, unhealthy food is driving up the number of Americans with diet-related illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease, which is leading to increases in health care spending. Tax dollars are currently going to big producers for corn, soy, and wheat rather than to support smaller producers for locally sourced fruits and vegetables. By shifting subsidies away from highly processed foods, we will be able to move the system in a healthier direction. I will continue to fight to promote realistic solutions to help families access nutrient rich foods, increase utilization of community gardens, and educate Americans about what they are eating.

Salad Bars in Schools

We must do more to help raise awareness and educate our children on how to eat healthier both at home and at school. Most children consume a least half of their meals at school, with more than 32 million participating in the National School Lunch Program and more than 12 million participating in the School Breakfast Program. Research shows that children are much more likely to consume healthy fresh food if there is a salad bar available for children to build and create their own meal. However, the upfront cost of acquiring the equipment and the investment in planning and administering a salad bar can be too costly for most schools to undertake with existing resources. That is why I introduced the Salad Bars in Schools Act, which supports creating a grant program that would allow schools to work with existing non-profits that promote getting more salad bars into our children’s schools.

Enrich Act

Our medical system relies too heavily on responding to illness rather than promoting wellness. We need to be proactive in encouraging healthy lifestyle choices, rather than being reactive in responding to those who are unhealthy. One way to do this would be to help our those in the medical fields to treat the whole person, rather than just their illness, by including diet and daily exercise in their treatment options. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, many physicians feel inadequately trained to provide proper nutrition advice. Furthermore, the same can be said for physical activity—although expert recommendations encourage more medical schools to teach physical activity, only 13 percent of medical schools integrate it into the curricula. That is why I introduced the bipartisan Expansion of Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare (ENRICH) Act, which would create a grant program for U.S. Medical Schools and Osteopathic Colleges to create an integrated nutrition and physical activity curriculum program.

Protecting Reproductive Health

There are many factors involved when a woman decides to end a pregnancy, and over the past 14 years in political office, I have gained a deeper understanding of the complexities and emotions that accompany the difficult decisions that women and families make when confronted with these situations. I’ve heard firsthand from women of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds about the circumstances and hardships that accompany this personal choice, which we should not judge.

I have sat with women from Ohio and across the nation and heard them talk about their varying experiences: abusive relationships, financial hardship, health scares, rape, and incest. There are endless stories about women in troubling situations – the woman who became pregnant and has a violent spouse; the woman who lost her job and is unable to afford another child; or the underage girl who risks being thrown out of her house if she reveals her pregnancy. These are just a few of the many stories I have heard.  Each of these women lived through difficult and personal situations with few options and no clear path to take. This is why there is no easy answer.

These women gave me a better understanding of how complex and difficult certain situations can become. And while there are people of good conscience on both sides of this argument, one thing has become abundantly clear to me: the heavy hand of government must not make this decision for women and families. Each and every American deserves the right to deal with these difficult situations in consultation with their families, close friends, or religious advisors. No federal or state law banning abortion can honestly and fairly take into account the various circumstances that make each decision unique.

Where government does have the ability to play a significant role is in giving women and families the tools they need to prevent unintended pregnancies by expanding education and access to contraception. We must get past the ignorance, fear, and – yes – discrimination against women that lead to restrictions on contraception and age-appropriate sex education.

During my time in Congress, I have authored and supported many proposals to help women prevent unplanned pregnancies, support prevention education, teach teens about values and healthy relationships and ensure access to contraception by increasing funding for family planning programs. I am also a cosponsor the Women’s Health Protection Act and Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act, which would help protect women in response to increasing attacks on access to reproductive health.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

With our energy grids failing, our sewers leaking, our roads crumbling, and interest rates at historically low levels, now is the time to reinvest in America. Even in the depths of the Great Depression, we invested money into public works that led to the post-war economic expansion. Infrastructure investments spur economic development by making areas safe and attractive for new businesses, while simultaneously creating thousands of jobs. Research conducted by the World Bank indicates a 10 percent increase in infrastructure spending directly leads to a 1 percent increase in GDP.

I believe there is a critical need for Congress to address our country’s crumbling infrastructure. America requires a robust transportation infrastructure to compete in the global economy, and the current state of our roads, bridges, and railroads reflects decades of neglect. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) reports that more than 25% of bridges in the United States either need significant repairs or are handling more traffic than they were originally designed to carry. In addition 32% of America’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition, costing U.S. motorists who are traveling on deficient pavement $67 billion a year. The Federal Highway Administration estimates that these poor road conditions play a role in more than 14,300 traffic fatalities annually.

That is why I supported the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on in December of 2015. I voted in favor this legislation, which provides $281 billion in funding and reauthorizing highway, bridge, transportation safety, and public transit projects for the next five years. It is time for Congress to stop passing short-term extensions and give our state and local governments the tools and the stability they need to move infrastructure projects forward. Too many communities are suffering from aging roads and bridges and I am pleased that this bill will provide the first step to rebuilding our country’s transportation portals and help put Americans back to work.

I am extremely happy to have had the opportunity to assist the City of Akron in receiving a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant in 2016. This program affords state and local governments to apply for federal investment in our nation’s roads, rails, and ports. While simultaneously improving infrastructure, the TIGER grant program serves as an important component for job creation and economic development across the nation. The TIGER grant helped Akron make enhancements to major connections within Akron’s downtown area, and provide support for both local and global businesses located in the Akron downtown. Akron is quickly becoming a global hub of innovation, attracting international biomedical technologies and companies that are looking for help in commercializing their produces and expanding into a global market and this TIGER will help the City of Akron continue to move forward and grow.

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I understand the importance of the continuing fight for our infrastructure’s needs. From this position, I will continue my efforts ensuring that our transportation and infrastructure systems our effective and safely serve the American people.

Safety

Prescription Drug and Heroin Epidemic

Overview

A prescription drug and heroin epidemic is currently sweeping our state and the nation. Opioid deaths have surpassed 30,000 for the first time in history.  I have personally seen tragedy play out in our community due to the readily available nature of these drugs.  In Ohio, fatal drug overdoses have been the leading cause of accidental death since 2007, with heroin-involved deaths rising from 16 percent of all drug overdoses in 2008 to 22 percent in 2010. These numbers are unacceptable, and more needs to be done to stem the ever-growing tide. As Co-Chair of the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus and member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, I have made it my priority to educate and raise awareness about the dangers of heroin and opioid abuse.

Substance abuse costs our nation $600 billion in health care, criminal justice, and lost productivity costs, but that is nothing compared to the toll it takes on our families and friends. We cannot continue to allow heroin and prescription drugs to wreak havoc on our communities. There is no simple answer to how we combat this public health crisis, and we must treat addiction as a disease and respond accordingly. It needs to be a comprehensive approach that combines law enforcement, prevention, treatment, recovery support, overdose reversal and criminal justice initiatives.

Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery (CARA) Act

In the 114th Congress, I introduced the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery (CARA) Act to provide for a robust response to the heroin and prescription drug epidemic through prevention, law enforcement strategies, and the expansion of evidence-based treatment. I am proud that President Obama signed this important piece of legislation into law.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 expands prevention and educational efforts to prevent the abuse of opioids, increases the availability of naloxone to law enforcement agencies and other responders, and strengthen prescription drug monitoring programs to help states monitor and track prescription drug diversion and to help at-risk individuals access services. Furthermore, it creates a grant program to states to carry out a comprehensive opioid abuse response, reauthorizes a grant program for residential treatment for pregnant and postpartum women who have an opioid-use disorder and for their children, and expands prescription drug take-back programs. I was happy to continue this work in the 115th Congress with the introduction of CARA 2.0, which builds on the effort authorizes new funding and programs to combat this ongoing problem.

Increasing Access to Treatment

Right now, 2.1 million Americans abuse prescription pain relievers, yet only 1 in 10 gets treated. I believe we must make substance abuse treatment more accessible and affordable for anyone who makes the courageous decision to get help. That is why Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11) and I have introduced the Breaking Addiction Act, which would increase access to treatment by repealing the archaic IMD Exclusion once and for all and opens up treatment for those men and women who need it.

Expand Treatment and Recovery for Infants, Pregnant Women

We need to make sure we are doing everything in our power to protect the most vulnerable and innocent victims of this epidemic – infants. That is why I cosponsored the Protecting Our Infants Act, which creates a report on prenatal opioid abuse and neonatal abstinence syndrome, and develops strategies to address gaps in research and programs. I was proud this legislation became law in 2015.

Social Security

Protecting Our Seniors

Ensuring Social Security and Medicare for Future Generations

Social Security and Medicare are two of our most important social programs, having helped keep millions of seniors and the disabled out of poverty. House Democrats fought long and hard to pass the original Medicare program, and we must continue to honor Medicare’s guarantee that our seniors’ health needs will be taken care of during their golden years.

Before Medicare, in 1964 just 51 percent of Americans over 65 had health care coverage. Today thanks to Medicare, coverage is practically universal. Currently Medicare provides comprehensive health care coverage to 47 million Americans, including 39 million seniors and 8 million people under 65 with disabilities. Such universal coverage has shielded seniors from the often debilitating costs of healthcare, drastically reducing the number of our seniors living in poverty. Nearly 30 percent of seniors lived below the poverty line in 1964, and today that number has dropped to 7.5 percent.

As you know, Republicans want to privatize and block grant Medicare. This would end Medicare as we know it. According to them, Medicare would be replaced by what Republicans call “premium support.” Vouchers would be given to seniors to reduce the price of buying private insurance. However, if they cannot afford insurance even with the vouchers, they would be left uninsured with no additional assistance from the government. This plan would be a disaster for our nation’s seniors. It give insurance companies the power to decide who they wish to cover, leaving many seniors unable to purchase insurance because their preexisting health conditions are too costly.

Under Republican’s plan, millions of seniors who have paid into Medicare their entire lives will left out in the cold. I refuse to stand idly by as Republicans attempt to rob America’s seniors from getting the quality health care they deserve. I want my children and grandchildren to have the same health security the generations before them had. Rest assured I will do everything in my power to protect Medicare and Social Security and keep the promise our country has made to its citizens.

Veterans

Fighting for our Servicemembers and Veterans

Protecting our national security is imperative to the American way of life. Continuous wars have taken a toll on our military. I am dedicated to honoring our commitments and restoring the health of our military. We need smart acquisitions to restore our military strength; we need to care for our servicemembers and the families who are bearing the burden of war; we need to honor our obligations to our Veterans. Providing for our armed forces, service members and Veterans is essential to continue our American freedoms.

Increasing Military Readiness

Being from the Mahoning Valley, I often think of the servicemembers at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Camp Ravenna who work tirelessly each day to keep our nation safe and the duty I have to ensure they have what they need to do their jobs. As a member of the House Defense Approprations Subcommittee and the House Military Construction and Veterans Appropriations Subcommittee, I am proud to play an integral part in the formation of funding legislation that help improve the equipment and services that are critical to our national security. Each and every day, the men and women of our military sacrifice for our safety; it is our job to give them the resources they need to succeed.

Steady investments in our military is essential, especially prioritizing the recapitalization of the Air Force’s C130 Fleet. This modernization plan will provide hardworking airmen, including the 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, with overdue essential upgrades. Furthermore, I am pleased that we were able to reinvest $12M in the 13th District, providing essential upgrades to the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Camp Ravenna. This funding will give our Airmen and Soldiers the training facilities necessary to remain combat ready and complete their missions. I am proud to have supported our men and women in uniform and will continue ensure the vital upkeep of YARS and Camp Ravenna.

Fighting for Our Veterans Healthcare

The health and well-being of our nation’s active servicemen, servicewomen, and veterans is extremely important to me. Unfortunately, military mental health patients around the country are still having trouble accessing quality treatment.  This is inexcusable. As Co-Chair of the Military Mental Health Caucus, I have worked closely with my Congressional colleagues to demand that military members and veterans suffering from mental illnesses receive the same standard of treatment. The price of not doing so is simply too high—as we are painfully finding out.

I have cosponsored multiple pieces of legislation designed to assist our service members and their families, including the Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act, Post 9/11 GI Bill Reserve Component Eligibility Act, Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act, a bill to prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting the VA, the Expedited Hiring for VA Trained Physicians Act, Women Veterans Access to Quality Care Act, and the Sgt Brandon Ketchum Never Again Act. Additionally, I have supported the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on February 12, 2015. This legislation increases access to mental health care by creating a peer support and community outreach pilot program to assist transitioning service members, and mandating an annual evaluation of VA mental health and suicide-prevention programs. While this is an important step in the right direction, we must do more.

We need to change the VA system in a way that is going to fix this problem and heal our veterans, and we must work to rebuild the trust with veterans and their families. That is why I have introduced legislation that would help modernize and improve military health treatment both at the VA and at Veteran Services Organizations by incorporating integrative health techniques into their treatment for veterans. I believe these integrative approaches can help preemptively address these needs and ultimately create less expensive treatments for long-term veteran healthcare.

Honor Our Commitment to Veterans

Through my position on the Appropriations Committee I intend to make sure our Veterans get the care they fought for and deserve. I have co-sponsored multiple pieces of legislation designed to guarantee we do not turn our back on the promises we made our Veterans. This legislation includes the Servicemember Retirement Improvement Act, Fair Treatment for Families of Veterans Act, Reducing Barriers for Veterans Education Act, Support the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act, Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act, Retired Pay Restoration Act, and Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act. If we are going to continue to rely upon our military to act when we require their assistance, we must act now to hold up our end of the bargain. The United States made promises to our Veterans and now owes faithfulness to our commitments.

Criminal Justice Reform

Rebuilding the Trust Between Communities and Police

The relationship between local law enforcement and communities of color has grown increasingly strained.  Tensions in some cities have even reached a boiling point.  At this critical moment, we must unite behind the common goal of keeping our communities safe for everyone. Rebuilding the trust between police and the people they have sworn to protect and serve will require an open dialogue on tough issues.

With this in mind, I believe every law enforcement officer should be equipped with a body camera, which should be on and recording during every police encounter.  That’s why I support the Police CAMERA Act, which would provide resources to law enforcement agencies to begin body-worn camera pilot programs and develop protocols for their safe and effective use.  Evidence suggests that police departments that employ these types of programs see a decline in complaints against police and incidents of excessive force. By focusing on officer safety, accountability, and transparency, we can begin the much-needed healing process in police departments and communities across the nation.

Supporting the Work of Law Enforcement

At the same time, we need to do everything we can to support the work of law enforcement.  That means making investments in the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne JAG), programs that give police departments access to the most innovative and effective training, equipment, strategies, and policing practices.  Ensuring that officers have the best training is key to keeping them and the public safe, which is why I wrote to President Trump in the first week of his presidency asking him not to zero out these critical programs in his Fiscal Year 2018 Budget.  Eliminating these much-needed grant programs would have been an enormous blow to efforts by Ohio law enforcement to fight the opioid epidemic and keep communities safe.  Our brave men and women in law enforcement need more resources, which in turn leads to safer communities and less injustice.

Reforming the Criminal Justice System

In addition to rethinking our police practices, we must also rethink our criminal justice system.  The United States has five percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prison population.  Many of these offenders have untreated mental health and substance abuse issues.  In fact, the three largest mental health providers in our nation are jails.  Our federal prisons are overcrowded with 2.2 million men and women, many of whom are serving long mandatory sentences for low-level, nonviolent drug offenses.  The cost of detaining a person for one year is $30,000 – more than the cost of one year at a public university.  In its current form, our criminal justice system is simply unsustainable.

Fortunately, there is bipartisan consensus that it is time to reform our criminal justice system and modernize our sentencing laws.  That’s why I cosponsored the Smarter Sentencing Act, which would reduce mandatory minimum drug sentences so expensive prison beds are saved for the most dangerous offenders.  I also cosponsored the Sentencing Reform Act, a bill that would give courts the flexibility to reduce the mandatory minimum prison term imposed on nonviolent defendants convicted of a high-level first-time or low-level repeat drug offense.  Lastly, I was proud to support the Democracy Restoration Act, legislation declaring that the right to vote cannot be denied to formerly-incarcerated U.S. citizens once they have paid their debt to society.  These reforms will give more of our citizens a second chance at being a contributing member of our nation and its economy.

Energy

Overview

I believe that Congress, the Administration, and the American people need to show leadership and dedication to moving our nation towards the expansion of and support for renewable energy sources that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil. To curb our dependence, I strongly believe that the United States must reduce its consumption of fossil fuels and move towards an energy future in which solar, wind, geothermal, and other renewable sources produce a greater percentage of our nation’s energy. However, it is clear that our transportation system will continue to use fossil fuels for the near future. Cleaner and cheaper than petroleum, I believe that natural gas should be a viable fueling option for American consumers and support the transition from petroleum to natural gas, as well as related development of fuel technology.

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I am proud to have had the opportunity to promote important investments in our country’s energy supply. Which includes the creation and implementation of a comprehensive energy strategy that will strengthen our nation and provide its citizens with policies that create wealth, improve health, and protect our environment.

 

Liquefied Natural Gas

In northeast Ohio, we have made great advancements in both small and large manufactures by creating new jobs. With lower gas prices, we will be able to help build upon this revival. Unfortunately, we still have too many people without good paying jobs and expanding the export market for natural gas gives us the opportunity to provide more employment. It is estimated that for every $1 billion in exports, up to 5,000 new jobs would be created (Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, which cites the U.S. International Trade Administration). Selling LNG to foreign nations has the potential for enormous effects, not only for the northeast Ohio economy, but all around the country. While I realize the concerns regarding the price of natural gas for American consumers, I am confident that increased production will maintain competitive prices for the American market. That is why I have cosponsored several pieces of legislation that would help expedite the approval process for liquefied natural gas exports, including the Export American Natural Gas Act, the American Job Creation and Strategic Alliances LNG Act, and the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act.

 

Further, I have introduced legislation to get greener trucks onto our roads. Climate change is real, and we are seeing its effects firsthand. Natural-gas fueled trucks will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease our dependence on foreign oil and move us eventually towards a future that runs on clean energy. This legislation would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create a partial exclusion for alternative fuel trucks from the excise tax imposed on heavy-duty trucks sold at retail. The tax code currently imposes a 12 percent Federal Excise Tax (FET) on the sale of heavyduty trucks. Alternative fuel trucks, like natural gas vehicles (NGV), include new technology and are sold in limited quantities, and, therefore have a much higher first cost or incremental cost than conventional trucks. The 12 percent tax rate is assessed not only on the base cost of the truck but also on the incremental cost, acting as a penalty by unnecessarily adding to the already higher cost of these vehicles.

Justice for Karl Hoerig

For a decade I have fought for justice for Major Karl Hoerig and his family. I want to give you an important update on my efforts to bring Claudia Hoerig to trial for the murder of her husband and my constituent, U.S. Air Force Reserve Major Karl Hoerig.

In March 2007, Claudia Hoerig fatally shot her husband Karl twice in the back of the neck and once in the back of the head at their home in Newton Falls, Ohio.  Days before, she had purchased a Smith & Wesson .357 five shot revolver and practiced shooting the weapon at the Warren Shooting Range in Warren, Ohio. Claudia had also emptied her husband’s bank account and wired the money to relatives in Brazil. After being charged with aggravated murder by the Court of Common Pleas of Trumbull County, she fled to her native Brazil. Claudia Hoerig has remained free from justice since then, avoiding trial by taking advantage of a provision in the Brazilian constitution that bans extradition of Brazilian citizens.

In May 2013, I passed an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee to restrict immigrant visas for Brazilian nationals and citizens, which would put a moratorium on processing any additional visas for Brazilian citizens. Although this amendment was later taken out of the final Appropriations bill, it got the attention of Brazil. In July 2013, Brazil revoked Claudia Hoerig’s citizenship, the first step in the process of extraditing her to the United States to stand trial. Until this point, Brazil’s refusal to extradite its citizens was the primary barrier to extraditing Claudia, but I relentlessly petitioned Brazil to revoke her citizenship so the extradition could move forward.

In 2016, there was a major break in the case. Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins and I announced that Brazil’s Supreme Court justices ruled 3-2 to uphold the Brazilian Ministry of Justice’s decision to revoke Claudia Hoerig’s Brazilian citizenship – closing off one of her last options to avoid extradition back to Ohio and allowing the extradition process to proceed. The U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Liliana Ayalde, notified me by phone that Brazilian authorities have arrested Claudia and are holding her in custody. I am deeply grateful for Ambassador Ayalde and the foreign service officers assisting in this case for their hard work and commitment to justice.

It has been ten years since Major Hoerig had his life cut short, and for ten years his family and friends have seen no justice. This is a man who bravely served our nation, with nearly 200 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan under his belt, and we owe it to him to ensure his killer stands trial. While Claudia Hoerig’s lawyers will surely attempt to place procedural hurdles in our way, I am cautiously optimistic that we have taken a massive leap forward in holding her accountable for her crime. I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure that Major Hoerig and his loved ones finally get the justice they have been denied for so long.

LGBTQ Equality

Defending Marriage Equality

In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that marriage is a fundamental right guaranteed to same-sex couples by the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.  I applauded this decision, which made state-level bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Promoting fairness and justice is a hallmark of who we are as Americans.  I believe all men and women should have the freedom to love and marry whomever they choose, and the Supreme Court’s decision will go down in history as a landmark victory for those who believe in equality before the law.  Marriage rights should not depend on what state you live in or who you love, but the understanding that all men and women should be afforded that right.

Fighting Discrimination

Although we now have marriage equality, there is still institutionalized discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in public accommodations, housing, employment, and other core areas of daily life.  That is why I am an original cosponsor of the Equality Act, which bars discrimination against LGBTQ Americans in public accommodations, education, federal financial assistance, employment, housing, credit, and federal jury service.

I am also proud to be a cosponsor of the Safe Schools Improvement Act, which would require school districts to adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment, including on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion, as well as being an original cosponsor of the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act, which  would require colleges and universities receiving federal student aid funding to prohibit harassment and to establish a grant program to support campus anti-harassment programs. While these bills are a step in the right direction, we must do more to ensure the LGBTQ community is not excluded from full participation in all aspects of American life.

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Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

A lifelong Ohioan, Dave has dedicated his life to family and community. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1957, Dave’s father, a WWII veteran, was a salesman and mother a proud housewife. Dave had three siblings and grew up playing all sports. Dave graduated from West Geauga High School and went on to receive his BA in Accounting, and Juris Doctorate, from The University of Dayton. Upon graduation, he moved back to Cuyahoga County and worked as a public defender.

In November 2012, Dave was elected to represent the 14th District of Ohio for the 113th Congress. This Congress, the 116th, is his fourth term in office. Dave serves on the influential House Committee on Appropriations, which is responsible for scrutinizing federal spending and determining how your tax dollars are spent.

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Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

A lifelong Ohioan, Dave has dedicated his life to family and community. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1957, Dave’s father, a WWII veteran, was a salesman and mother a proud housewife. Dave had three siblings and grew up playing all sports. Dave graduated from West Geauga High School and went on to receive his BA in Accounting, and Juris Doctorate, from The University of Dayton. Upon graduation, he moved back to Cuyahoga County and worked as a public defender.

In November 2012, Dave was elected to represent the 14th District of Ohio for the 113th Congress. This Congress, the 116th, is his fourth term in office. Dave serves on the influential House Committee on Appropriations, which is responsible for scrutinizing federal spending and determining how your tax dollars are spent.

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A lifelong Ohioan, Dave has dedicated his life to family and community. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1957, Dave’s father, a WWII veteran, was a salesman and mother a proud housewife. Dave had three siblings and grew up playing all sports. Dave graduated from West Geauga High School and went on to receive his BA in Accounting, and Juris Doctorate, from The University of Dayton. Upon graduation, he moved back to Cuyahoga County and worked as a public defender.

While running for County Prosecutor in 1988, Dave met a fellow West Geauga High School grad, Kelly, whom he married in 1990. Throughout his service as the Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney, Dave built a reputation as being a protector of both Geauga County families and taxpayers, making it a priority to provide the highest quality legal work in the most cost-efficient manner possible. The evening Dave took office in 1988, he told the crowd he would fight crime and work to develop the county in the way the people saw fit, not the developers or the courts.

In 2005, the Ohio State Women’s Bar Association presented Dave with the “Family Friendly Workplace Award” for providing his employees a family-oriented office environment. In 2008, Forbes magazine named Geauga County the fourth best county in the nation to raise a family, citing the low crime rate and solid housing stock. Throughout his career, Dave has assisted in numerous counties throughout Ohio as a special prosecutor, and some of his case and trial work has been featured on national shows such as CBS’s 48 Hours.

In November 2012, Dave was elected to represent the 14th District of Ohio for the 113th Congress. This Congress, the 116th, is his fourth term in office. Dave serves on the influential House Committee on Appropriations, which is responsible for scrutinizing federal spending and determining how your tax dollars are spent.

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Dave serves Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment.

Since he came to Congress, Dave has established himself as the leader in Congress in bipartisan efforts to preserve and protect the Great Lakes. His service on the Appropriations Committee has enabled Dave to help reduce federal discretionary spending by over $21 Billion in FY14, which is the first time since the Korean War spending has been cut 4 consecutive years.

Keeping with a tradition he established while serving as Geauga County Prosecutor, Dave has returned more than $300,000 from his Congressional budget to the U.S. Treasury since 2013.

Dave resides in Bainbridge Township, Ohio, with his wife Kelly. He has three children: Trenton, Keighle, and Bridey.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Prosecutor
    Geauga County
    1988 to 2012

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1957
Place of Birth: Cleveland, OH
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Catholic
Spouse:  Kelly Joyce
Children: KK Joyce, Trenton Joyce, Bridey Joyce

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
1124 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5731
Fax: (202) 225-3307

Mentor Office
8500 Station Street
Mentor, OH 44060
Phone: (440) 352-3939
Fax: (440) 266-9004

Twinsburg Office
Twinsburg Gov. Center
10075 Ravenna Road
Phone: (330) 357-4139
Fax: (330) 425-7071

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2020 Republican Primary

David Joyce (R)43,97083.1%
Mark Pitrone (R)8,93216.9%
TOTAL52,902

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

JOYCE, DAVID P has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $9,746,622.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Appropriations

Subcommittees

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
Financial Services and General Government

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Governance

National Debt

We cannot afford to continue to run the country on cruise control. The national debt exceeds $23 trillion and counting. As such, it is imperative that the United States government learns to live within its means. American families carefully scrutinize their spending and Congress must do the same on behalf of the American people. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have the privilege to carefully scrutinize the Administration’s budget request each fiscal year and I take that responsibility very seriously.

Economy

Economy & Jobs

As a member of the Buy American Caucus, American jobs are my number one priority. One of my focuses is the manufacturing industry. You see, while our smaller manufacturing firms – made up of moms, dads, neighbors, and families – are helping our nation’s economy, countries like China threaten to put them out of business. The Buy America Caucus works to make sure that doesn’t happen. We should be promoting American companies and encouraging consumers to buy American made goods. The manufacturing industry gives our country so much; it deserves our protection.

Another one of my focuses is cutting the bureaucratic red tape that hinders American businesses from reaching their full potential. For too long, regulations and taxes coming out of Washington have discouraged job growth. It is well overdue that Washington gets out of the way and allow Ohio businesses to do what they do best: create jobs. It is my number one priority to do everything possible to encourage job creation and economic growth in Northeast Ohio, including fighting for lower taxes and against unnecessary regulations that inhibit the growth of small business.

Environment

Great Lakes

During my time in Congress, I have prioritized the preservation and protection of the Great Lakes. To me, the lakes are a national treasure. In 2016, I authored landmark legislation to authorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), which provides funding in a collaborative effort amongst federal agencies, the Great Lakes states, local communities, and businesses to restore the Great Lakes ecosystem and the economic health of the Great Lakes region. As of February 2018, GLRI funds contributed to more than 3,956 restoration projects. As one example, the GLRI has been central to the coordinated efforts to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. The GLRI has also proven vital to our efforts to combat Harmful Algal Blooms on Lake Erie. This important bill, which has received national attention as an important means to protect the Great Lakes, was signed into law by President Obama in 2016.

The reason we must protect the Great Lakes is simple, they are one of the United States and Ohio’s greatest natural resources. The lakes constitute the largest system of surface freshwater on Earth, containing 20 percent of the world’s surface freshwater and 95 percent of the United States’ surface freshwater. The Great Lakes provide drinking water for an estimated 48 million people. They also generate more than 1.5 million jobs and $60 billion in wages annually. In Ohio specifically, Lake Erie provides not only drinking water, but is also the pathway to move goods and commodities and is the playground for recreational and commercial fishing. In 2015, visitors to Lake Erie spent more than $14.1 billion and generated $1.8 billion in state and local taxes.

The Great Lakes are an irreplaceable resource and economic driver for Northeast Ohio and I will always fight for their protection in Congress.

Health Care

Health Care

I support common sense measures to reduce health-related costs for individuals and small businesses, such as tort reform and allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines. All Americans, no matter their pre-existing conditions, should have access to quality health care. I also believe Americans deserve a patient-centered healthcare system in which patients and doctors make decisions without the interference of government.

Additionally, millions of Americans are struggling with mental illness. The federal government’s approach to mental health has been a chaotic mess of old programs and ineffective policies. I support improving support services and access to treatment for people who suffer with mental health issues.

Veterans

Veterans

As the son of a World War II veteran, I believe it is of the utmost importance that we honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in the United States military. Our veterans deserve the deep appreciation of our country as well as access to quality health care, job training, and the benefits they have earned. I will use my position on the Appropriations committee to ensure that our veterans are receiving and have easy access to the resources they have earned.

One of my priorities has been addressing the high rate of veteran suicides. As I said in one of our Appropriations hearings this past year, 22 per day is 22 too many. I will continue to work to ensure our veterans have access to the resources and mental health care they need.

Social Security & Medicare

Social Security and Medicare are very important programs that many seniors depend on. America’s seniors have earned these benefits and I believe it is crucial that we ensure the programs remain accessible and viable. We need to make sure we protect that promise that we made to our seniors when they paid into the system. I will fight against proposals that could weaken both Social Security and Medicare, since they both need to remain strong for the long-term.

Opioids

The opioid epidemic has been affecting every person and household across the country. According to the CDC, roughly 115 people die each day from an opioid overdose in the United States. From an economic standpoint, prescription opioid and illicit drug abuse costs the U.S. more than $272 billion per year.

The House has passed more than 70 bills that fight the opioid crisis. These are bills that support treatment and recovery, educate on prevention, protect our communities by supplying law enforcement with the resources they need, and fight against fentanyl. This is the largest federal response to a U.S. drug crisis in the history of our country. I have supported many pieces of legislation and sponsored bills like the STOP OD Act, which would extend grants to expand opioid addiction prevention education programs and training for law enforcement and first responders to treat an overdose directly in our communities.

This epidemic is sweeping through our nation like a natural disaster and it is time we start treating it like one. I have, on many occasions, called on the administration and Congress to send emergency relief funding directly to our communities like we do when there is a natural disaster in this country. Lives are being lost every day, families are being broken apart, and we need to do something about it now.

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Steve StiversSteve Stivers

Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Steve Stivers is currently serving his fifth term as a Member of Congress and represents Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, which is made up of 12 counties including, all of Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Madison, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, and Vinton counties, and parts of Athens, Fayette, Franklin, and Ross counties.

Stivers has served on the Financial Services Committee throughout his time in Congress, which oversees the banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities industries. The Committee also reviews housing and consumer protection legislation and has jurisdiction over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Reserve Bank.

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Current Position: US Representative
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Steve Stivers is currently serving his fifth term as a Member of Congress and represents Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, which is made up of 12 counties including, all of Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Madison, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, and Vinton counties, and parts of Athens, Fayette, Franklin, and Ross counties.

Stivers has served on the Financial Services Committee throughout his time in Congress, which oversees the banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities industries. The Committee also reviews housing and consumer protection legislation and has jurisdiction over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Reserve Bank.

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Steve Stivers is currently serving his fifth term as a Member of Congress and represents Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, which is made up of 12 counties including, all of Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Madison, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, and Vinton counties, and parts of Athens, Fayette, Franklin, and Ross counties.

Stivers has served on the Financial Services Committee throughout his time in Congress, which oversees the banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities industries. The Committee also reviews housing and consumer protection legislation and has jurisdiction over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Throughout his career, Steve Stivers has worked to encourage job creation, promote economic development, and put our country’s fiscal house in order. He is the lead sponsor of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, which would restrict the federal government from spending more than it brings in.

Stivers has also been a strong advocate for veterans and their families. In his first term, he passed the HIRE at Home Act and TRICARE for Kids to help returning soldiers reenter the job market and provide their children better health care, respectfully. In his second term, he passed legislation to re-name two postal facilities located in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District after area veterans who had given their lives in service to our country.

During 114th Congress, in his continued work to combat Ohio’s opiate epidemic, Stivers was the lead cosponsor of H.R. 1462, The Protecting Our Infants Act, a new law which ensures a coordinated federal response to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), a devastating condition that impacts babies born to drug addicted mothers. Additionally, Stivers was the lead cosponsor of the Reducing Unused Medications Act, H.R. 4599, which seeks to reduce the availability opioids for abuse by allowing for a partial fill of such prescriptions,  if requested by a doctor or patient. This bill was signed into law in 2016.

Prior to running for Congress, Stivers served in the Ohio Senate. He also worked in the private sector for the Ohio Company and Bank One, where he focused on promoting economic development and encouraging job creation.

A career soldier, Stivers has served over 30 years in the Ohio Army National Guard and holds the rank of Brigadier General. He served the United States overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar and Djibouti where he led 400 soldiers and contractors and is proud that each and every one returned home safely to the United States. Stivers received the Bronze Star for his leadership throughout the deployment.

Stivers received both his bachelor’s degree and his MBA from The Ohio State University and resides in Columbus with his wife, Karen, and children, Sarah and Sam.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Served as a member of the member of the Ohio State Senate
    2003 to 2008

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1965
Place of Birth: Ripley, OH
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Spouse: Karen Stivers
Children: Sam Stivers, Sarah Stivers

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
2234 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2015
Fax: (202) 225-3529

Central Ohio District Office
3790 Municipal Way
Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: (614) 771-4968
Fax: (614) 771-3990

Fairfield County Office
104 East Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130
Phone: (740) 654-2654
Fax: (740) 654-2482

Clinton County Office
69 N. South Street
Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: (937) 283-7049
Fax: (937) 283-7052

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2020 Republican Primary

Steve Stivers (R)41,74988.1%
Shelby Hunt (R)5,62711.9%
TOTAL47,376

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

STIVERS, STEVEN (STEVE) has run in 7 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $18,384,149.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Financial Services

Subcommittees

Housing, Community Development, and Insurance
Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Governance

Balanced Budget Amendment

In my lifetime, the federal government has only managed to balance its budget five times. Clearly, our federal government has a systemic problem which deserves a systemic solution. That solution is a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the United States Constitution.

The BBA will bring accountability to our government by forcing Congress to rein in the out-of-control spending and adhere to a balanced budget. The debates over the budget in the last few years has only strengthened my resolve, and the fight to address the critical issues facing our nation is not over.  I will continue efforts to work toward a fiscally-responsible budget today to ensure a better future for the next generation of Americans. It is what our children deserve.

That’s why, in the 114th Congress, I proposed an amendment to the House Rules implementing a system that will help support the nation-wide push for a BBA. The rule will allow the U.S. House of Representatives to track, document and count the number of incoming Article V Constitutional Convention petitions from state legislatures. I was proud to see this rule pass in a vote on the House Floor in January 2015.

I am also pursuing a strategy through Congress to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment. On July 27, 2017, I introduced House Joint Resolution 110, a bipartisan constitutional amendment which would restrict the federal government from spending more than it receives. The resolution would amend the United States Constitution, which will require a two-thirds majority of each house of Congress to approve it, and then subsequent ratification by 38 states. Whether we start with Congress or at the state level, I hope we will continue getting closer to the passage of the BBA to the United States Constitution.’

Furthermore, on April 12, 2018, the House of Representatives voted on H.J. Res. 2, a Balanced Budget Amendment introduced by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) – which I supported. Unfortunately, the bill did not receive the super-majority it needed to be sent to the Senate, but the bipartisan support it received highlights the necessity of this amendment.  Both sides of the aisle share a goal in balancing fiscal solvency with protecting programs that many members of our society depend on.

We face the national debt not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Our debt cannot be blamed on one President or one party because it was created by many years of uncontrolled spending and borrowing. However, the time for a serious measure that balances our budget and works to fix this pending disaster is now.

Economy

Agriculture

Agriculture is a major industry across our great nation. In Ohio alone, the agriculture industry generates about one out of every seven jobs.

On June 21, 2018, the House of Representatives passed the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, more commonly known as the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill reauthorizes our nation’s agriculture policy and must be signed into law every five years. I supported this legislation, and believe it will provide certainty to farmers in the future as they make planting decisions, implement twenty-first century agriculture innovations, and utilize conservation programs.

I have heard persistent concerns from farmers, especially young and reentering farmers, about access to capital and declining opportunities in the industry. For these reasons, I have consistently supported measures to provide relief to young farmers and others, such as veterans, seeking to start their careers here. For example, I have cosponsored legislation which would create a loan program within USDA to support mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities for veterans to become farmers or ranchers. I have also cosponsored a bill that would exclude the first $5,000 from the sale of agricultural projects at livestock shows from tax. This initiative would allow young farmers to keep more of their earnings.

Farmers have also expressed to me their concerns about federal overregulation and overreach.  The Obama-era expansion of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule would give the federal government regulatory control over “navigable waters,” which includes farm ditches, agricultural ponds, and wetlands on farms and ranches. This rule created ambiguity for farmers, and I have supported measures to clarify this regulation.

Energy

I believe we need to pursue an “all-of-the-above” energy policy that encourages production of traditional and renewable sources, however we must not lose sight of the fact that Ohio is an industrial state, with nearly all of our electricity produced by coal and natural gas power plants.

The U.S. energy sector has experienced rapid changes in just the past few years.  Domestic production of oil and gas has surged, lowering gas prices for consumers and creating thousands of well-paid jobs in Ohio and across the country.  Congress should encourage this exciting potential for significant job growth and greater energy independence.

AMERICAN MADE ENERGY AND INFRASTRUCURE JOBS ACT: Since the 112th Congress, I have introduced legislation to help take full advantage of our country’s resources. Most recently known as The American Made Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, my bipartisan bill would open up untapped oil resources in the Outer Continental Shelf which will raise revenue from new offshore drilling leases and provide a new dedicated source of revenue to fund infrastructure projects, creating thousands of new jobs.

Economy & Jobs

Under the Obama Administration, there were numerous, burdensome new mandates and regulations put on our small businesses.  That is why Congress has been doing away with the job-destroying restrictions that have been placed on our small businesses, and passing policies that is growing our economy.  It is our small businesses that create a majority of the jobs across the country. We must support efforts to help small businesses grow and create jobs, not put our job creators on life support.

TAX REFORM: In December 2017, Congress passed the first overhaul our nation’s tax system in more than three decades. Since its passage, we have seen a tremendous amount of economic growth in our country. Unemployment is at a 20-year low of 3.8%, and consumer confidence is at a 17-year high.   I believe that tax reform has made America more competitive, brought jobs back to our country, and put more money in the pockets of hardworking taxpayers. Read one of my columns about how tax reform is benefitting our country by clicking here.

REINS ACT: One of the first actions of the 115th Congress was to pass the REINS Act. This legislation requires agencies to submit major regulations to Congress for approval, and ensures these regulations cannot become effective until approved.

AMERICAN MADE ENERGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE JOBS ACT: I have also introduced my own jobs initiative, The American Made Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, a bill which will create jobs, reduce the price of gas at the pump, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  My plan opens up untapped oil resources in the Outer Continental Shelf that will raise revenue from new offshore drilling leases and provide a new dedicated source of revenue to fund infrastructure projects, creating thousands of new jobs.

JOB FAIR: I have also hosted an annual Job Fair in the 15th District every year. The most recent Job Fair in June had over 80 employers on hand to connect with job seekers in a variety of fields.  To stay up to date on future Job Fairs, be sure to subscribe to my e-newsletter by clicking here.

Health Care

Fixing Healthcare

I believe the American people deserve a better health care solution than Obamacare. Congress needs to fully repeal it and move forward with a deliberate, thoughtful, patient-centered approach that reduces the cost of health care across the board. That is why I have voted over 50 times to repeal, dismantle, or defund the health care law’s most harmful provisions. I remain fully committed to stopping this deeply flawed health care law, which has destroyed jobs, caused millions to lose their health insurance and inflicted unnecessary mandates on the American people.

On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that seeks to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Though was not a perfect bill, I believe this was a first step in fixing the issues of the bureaucracy and the out-of-control costs of the ACA. The AHCA works to protect people with pre-existing conditions. Instead of placing a tax on every individual and American business, this legislation encourages participation in the health care marketplace by providing protections for those who maintain their coverage and rewards them by making sure they cannot be denied coverage.

On June 22, 2017, the Senate released its initial version of the House-passed bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act and considered other various versions of a health care repeal.  The Senate was not able to come to an agreement on a health care bill.

Moving forward, I believe we need to come together on something that we can all agree on: bringing down the costs of health care. We can do this by establishing price transparency and giving people a personal stake in the game to incentivize patients to shop for health care.

Medicare

I have listened carefully to seniors across my district, and have heard their thoughtful comments about Medicare. Your concerns were incorporated into the budget bill I voted for in the 114th Congress, and for that reason our legislation did not change Medicare for anyone 55 and older.

However, Medicare will go bankrupt if we do nothing. Congress has a moral obligation to save this program for future generations. We cannot continue down this road. I supported PROTECTING Medicare by ensuring no changes for those in or near retirement, and PRESERVING Medicare with true choice and competition for future generations.

We also need to root out waste, fraud and abuse from the Medicare system. The chief actuary for Medicare has said that as much as $150 billion in the program is wasted yearly. Allowing fraud and abuse to continue is wrong and why the plan I supported helps to stop it.

As Congress continues to debate the future of the health care system, I will continue working to ensure promises to our seniors are kept and Medicare is protected and preserved.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Infrastructure impacts every constituent of the 15th District.  From traditional projects like roads and bridges, to new investments necessary in 21st Century, such as broadband access, there are many improvements that can be made to move our country forward.

HIGHWAY TRUST FUND: I am currently working on legislation to create a dedicated fund to improve our highway infrastructure funded from the royalties of American-made energy. This legislation would raise funds from newly untapped energy resources in the Outer Continental Shelf, and use the revenue from these leases to directly fund the Department of Transportation Highway Trust Fund. The Highway Trust Fund provides resources for infrastructure projects in every state in the country.

CARROLL 33 INTERCHANGE: In May of 2017, the Carroll 33 Interchange was officially opened, a project that I was proud to be a part of.  This $44.5 million investment replaced the intersection of Winchester Road and U.S. 33 with ramps and connectors – another step in fully connecting a quicker route between Columbus and Athens.  This project was a partnership between local, state, and federal officials and is already saving commuters from wasting hours in traffic and making the commute safer and more efficient.

RURAL BROADBAND: Another important aspect of infrastructure is broadband access. In today’s world, broadband connectivity is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. That is why I held a roundtable in Hocking County.  I hope that private-public partnerships will help bridge the digital divide, because infrastructure can do more than reduce traffic jams.  It has the capability to alleviate poverty, improve infant mortality rates, and even lower cancer incidence.

The advantages of infrastructure investment are clear, and I plan to keep working to connect our district and bring it up to speed.

Veterans

Veterans

From the Revolutionary War to those serving overseas today, members of the U.S. military over the years have bravely answered the call to serve time and time again. As a Brigadier General in the Ohio Army National Guard, I understand the importance of showing our appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our veterans. We need to do everything we can to support those who have given us our freedoms.

HIRE AT HOME ACT: We must ensure that when our veterans return home, they have access to the proper care and the services they need to be successful. In the 112th Congress, I introduced the HIRE at Home Act to help make it easier for returning veterans in the fields of health care and transportation to find employment once they are home. I was proud to see this bill signed into law by President Obama.

HONOR THOSE WHO SERVED ACT: Implemented during my second term in Congress, the Honor Those Who Served Act made it easier to provide headstones for veterans who currently do not have a headstone, or for those whose headstones have deteriorated.

THE PLACE OF REMEMBRANCE ACT: Also implemented in my second term of Congress, the Place of Remembrance Act created a Tomb of Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery for the interment of veterans’ remains from every military conflict moving forward. The dedication ceremony for the Tomb of Remembrance was held in December of 2017.

NATIONAL VETERANS MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM: During both the 114th and 115th Congress, I led legislation with the entire Ohio Delegation to give national designation status to the “National Veterans Memorial and Museum” being constructed in Columbus. The museum, located at 300 West Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio, will serve as a civic landmark to honor, connect, inspire and educate all Americans about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s more than 22 million veterans. It will be the only public museum of its kind that exists for the exclusive role of sharing the experiences of veterans across all eras, conflicts and branches of the military. I was proud this legislation was signed into law on June 21, 2018.

VETERANS DOG TRAINING THERAPY ACT: [BM1] Many veterans also come home with non-physical wounds and it is important we are prepared to treat these conditions. On May 1, 2017, I reintroduced the Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act to help give veterans dealing with PTS an outlet to help themselves and other veterans. The bill would establish a pilot program to connect veterans to local service dog training organizations, which will help each veteran train service animals through proven work therapy programs to help those suffering from PTS.

 

On June 25, 2019, I introduced H.R. 3147, which would authorize the VA to provide service dogs to veterans with mental health needs who do not have a mobility, vision, or hearing need. This would close an existing loophole that exists between Congressionally-passed law and VA-promulgated regulations.

VETERANS’ ACCESS TO CARE: I also voted in favor of the VA MISSION Act, which was signed into law during the 115th Congress. This law provided $5 billion to the existing Veterans Choice program to expand the care-in-the-community infrastructure. The bill also provided funding to train and hire additional physicians and medical staff, with an emphasis on improving mental health services. It is clear that much needs to be accomplished so our veterans can receive the care they earned and deserve.

I would like to thank all our veterans and those currently serving our nation so bravely.  If you have a VA casework issue, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 740-654-2654 or click here to find answers to the most commonly asked questions about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Drug Abuse and Treatment

In Ohio, we are under siege from a drug use and overdose epidemic, averaging five deaths per day. That is why I hold an annual Opiate Roundtable in the district, which brings together state and local officials as well as law enforcement, treatment experts and the medical community to discuss strategies to address this terrible epidemic.

We have also seen a record number of babies in the United States being born suffering from withdrawal. Here in Ohio, the rate of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) grew over 600 percent from 2004 to 2011. This is a tragic statistic, and I believe we need to do something to stop it.

Protecting Our Infants Act: That is why I joined Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA) to introduce the Protecting Our Infants Act. This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop best practices for medical professionals dealing with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.  I am proud that this bill was signed into law by the President on November 25, 2016.

Reducing Unused Medications Act: I am also proud to be the lead cosponsor of H.R. 4599, the Reducing Unused Medications Act, which would allow prescriptions for opioid medications to be partially filled by pharmacists at the request of patients or doctors. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 70 percent of adults who misuse prescription opioids get them from friends or relatives. This legislation would reduce the number of unused painkillers. I am proud that this legislation was included in the final passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which was signed then signed into law by President Obama.

RESULTS Act: Moving forward, we need to build on these pieces of legislation through initiatives such as supporting evidence-based treatment, removing pain as a vital sign, exploring alternative treatments, and tapering opioid use. Just this year, I joined Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) to introduce the Reinforcing Evidence-Based Standards Under Law in Treating Substance Abuse (RESULTS) Act. This bipartisan legislation would ensure that federal grants intended to treat mental health and substance use disorders fund initiatives that are backed by sound evidence, or will help build the evidence base for innovative therapies.

Drug addiction is an issue that affects our families, communities, states and the nation. Please know that I am committed to the fight against drug addiction.

Financial Literacy

As a co-chair of the House Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus, I want to connect you with resources and information that can help you navigate through your own personal finances.
Stay connected on the latest news involving financial literacy – be sure to follow the Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus on Facebook and Twitter
We are all responsible for our own fiscal futures. Learning about IRAs and mutual funds, regularly contributing money to a savings account, or implementing a retirement plan are just a few steps that can be taken to become more financially secure. These steps can mean the difference between retiring at a time of your choosing and continuing to work well after you hit retirement age.

If you would like to learn more about setting yourself up for financial success, here are a few opportunities and resources to learn more about this important issue:

Jump$tart | A national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving financial literacy in those kindergarten through college.

U.S. Department of the Treasury | The Department of the Treasury lists helpful information and documents in its Resource Center.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation | The FDIC’s financial education curriculum, Money Smart, helps low- and moderate-income individuals develop and improve their financial skills and literacy.

State Treasurer of Ohio | The State Treasurer of Ohio offers financial education tools and resources for Ohioans.

Financial Services

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The House Financial Services Committee considers measures on banking, economic stabilization, insurance, international finance, and securities. The financial services industry is important to the region I represent in Congress, with more than 68,000 financial services jobs in Central Ohio.

As a Member of the Financial Services Committee, I am leading the fight to allow our markets to function more effectively to boost economic competition. I serve on the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises and the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity. I also serve as co-chair of the Financial Literacy Caucus with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and the Middle Market Growth Caucus with Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).

Below are some of my priorities in the 115th Congress:

SMALL BUSINESS CREDIT AVAILABILITY ACT: This Congress, I introduced the Small Business Credit Availability Act along with Representatives Brad Sherman (D-CA), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), and Gwen Moore (D-WI). This bipartisan legislation will make important reforms to enable Business Development Companies (BDCs) to deploy more capital to America’s small and middle market companies, allowing them to meet their financing needs so they can grow their businesses and hire more workers.

The legislation reduces BDCs’ asset-ratio requirement enabling more investments in small and middle-market America.  The bill would also modernize BDCs’ securities offering requirements by eliminating costly and duplicative regulatory paperwork that diverts investments away from job creation and economic growth. I was proud to see this legislation signed into law as part of the omnibus funding bill in March 2018.

FINANCIAL CHOICE ACT: This Congress, the committee’s priorities include creating jobs, implementing Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s transition out of Federal conservatorship, and improving cybersecurity of consumers’ personal information. The committee has also been focused on doing away with the job-killing provisions of Dodd-Frank.

Last year, the House passed H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act, a comprehensive reform of Dodd-Frank. The regulations stemming from Dodd-Frank have caused great harm to consumers – including preventing some Americans from getting loans to buy a car or house – while doing little to protect us from future crisis. The CHOICE Act will reduce regulations and encourage economic growth and opportunity for Americans. Read more about the Financial CHOICE Act by clicking here.

For additional information on financial service issues, you can CLICK HERE to go to the House Financial Services Committee Web site or contact my office at 202-225-2015.

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