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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

About

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

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

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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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.

Summary

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.

About

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Source: Government page

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

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

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

Source: Government page

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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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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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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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

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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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David JoyceDavid 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.

Summary

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.

About

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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.

Summary

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.

About

Steve Stivers 1

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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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Anthony GonzalezAnthony 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.

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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.

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Source: Government page

On December 29th, 1960, Anthony’s grandparents fled Cuba under threat of execution from the Castro regime. Along with their children, they came to Ohio in search of a better life inspired by a belief in our democratic principles and the ability to create their own American story.

Anthony grew up in Northeast Ohio where he attended St. Ignatius High School. He went on to earn a scholarship to The Ohio State University where he played wide receiver for one of his mentors, Jim Tressel. On and off the field, they had many great successes including two Big Ten championships and an undefeated record against “That Team Up North.”

After spending a lifetime in and around Northeast Ohio, and 5 years in the NFL, Anthony went to Stanford University where he earned his MBA and learned the fundamentals of running a successful business. Although Anthony earned a world class education and started his business career, he will be the first to tell you that the most important thing that happened out there was that he met the love of his life – Elizabeth.

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 two children, Alexander and Caroline.

Experience

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1984
Place of Birth: Cleveland, OH
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Spouse: Elizabeth Durot
Children: Nick Gonzalez, Joe Gonzalez

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
1023 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3876
Fax: (202) 225-3059

Canton Office
4150 Belden Village St.
Suite 607
Canton, OH 44718
Phone: (330) 599-7037
Fax: (440) 268-8150

Strongsville Office
13477 Prospect Rd.
Suite 212
Strongsville, OH 44149
Phone: (440) 783-3696
Fax: (440) 268-8150

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2020 Republican Primary

Anthony Gonzalez (R)43,026100%
TOTAL43,026

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

GONZALEZ, ANTHONY E has run in 2 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $3,356,720.

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Committees

Committees

House Committee on Financial Services
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Subcommittees

Diversity and Inclusion
Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets
National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy
National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy
Research and Technology
Environment

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Governance

Federal Spending

Our federal spending is completely out of control and as a new father, I am concerned about the mountain of debt that we are passing on to the next generation of Americans. We are quickly coming to a point where the interest in our debt and the growth in our entitlement programs will consume more than 75 percent of the total federal budget. Additionally, by 2025, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projects that we will spend more on paying off interest than we will spend on our national defense. This is simply unsustainable. I am committed to working to put Congress back on the right track to better manage our spending and put our country on a path towards success and economic growth for generations to come.

Economy

Jobs And The Economy

My top priority as the representative for Ohio’s 16th district is to empower our Northeast Ohio economy, bring jobs to our area and make our region a destination for young families and small businesses. Despite recent job growth across the country and in our state, Northeast Ohio has a skills gap of 14,000 jobs in advanced manufacturing. We need to do a better job connecting our workforce to a new era of manufacturing jobs and capitalize and expand on our economic recovery by focusing on reforms that will carry us into the 21st century. I believe we do this by promoting fair trade, streamlining our tax and regulatory environment, improving access to capital and reworking our welfare system.

Trade

As your representative in Congress, I have made it my promise to lead in working to bring new jobs and a stronger economy to Northeast Ohio. One of the major pillars to accomplishing this is promoting free and fair trade. With manufacturing at Northeast Ohio’s core, our economy relies on trade partners to produce and export numerous top-quality products. In 2017 alone, Ohio exported $50.1 billion of Made-in-America goods to the world with the majority of that going to Canada and Mexico.

I believe that passing the USMCA is the single most important near-term piece of legislation that Congress can realistically pass between now and the end of the year. For Northeast Ohio, the outcome is clear: across our industries, from agriculture to manufacturing, the USMCA would mean more jobs, higher wages, and a stronger economy. Congress has a responsibility to consider this trade agreement that will inject needed certainty for Ohioans.

Environment

Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are a critical part of Northeast Ohio, not just for recreational purposes, but also for our growing economy. Besides holding 18 percent of the world’s fresh water supply, the Great Lakes support more than 1.5 million jobs and generate $62 billion in wages, much of which is based in our community. I am proud to support Great Lakes legislation that promotes cutting edge research and ensures we have the knowledge and tools to keep our lakes and fisheries healthy for generations to come.

Health Care

Healthcare

Congress needs to work in a bipartisan manner to solve our nation’s biggest problems, including healthcare. Our current healthcare system is not working for Ohio or our nation, but a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act without an alternative plan in place is not an option. Ohioans deserve a healthcare system that puts decisions in the hands of patients and their doctors. It needs to be more affordable, more accessible and higher quality. No family should ever go bankrupt from a healthcare emergency.

Thus far, neither side of the aisle has been able to put forth any policy that will accomplish these goals and get signed into law. I intend to be a leader in moving the healthcare conversation forward and bringing new ideas to the forefront. To this end, I support a healthcare system that expands health savings accounts to put more power in the hands of patients, institutes total price transparency to create a true market-based system, reduces the price of prescription drugs while incentivizing innovation and increases competition between insurance companies by removing artificial state boundaries and providing more flexibility to the states in designing the plans that best fit their needs. I also support protecting people with preexisting conditions and retaining the Medicaid expansion that has helped Ohio fight back against our ongoing opioid crisis.

Immigration

Immigration

I am proud to be the grandson of Cuban immigrants who did everything to ensure they came to this country legally, hiding in Cuba as part of an underground railroad while they awaited visas to come to the U.S. I firmly believe people coming to this country should do so legally, following the rule of law, just as my grandparents did.

There is however, more we can do to fix our current legal immigration process. We must fix the backlog we have in our courts to process cases faster and make it easier for people to get here legally. We also must secure our southern border to stop the trafficking of people and drugs that pour into our country every day. Once we have done this, we will need to find some sort of solution for the population of illegal immigrants who have entered our country illegally and without a means of becoming full legal members of our society. I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to accomplish these goals.

Veterans

Veterans

America has the most talented and remarkable military on the planet, and I am proud to represent Northeast Ohio’s strong community of veterans. My grandfather fought in World War II, and through him, I know there is never enough we can do to say thank you to our vets for their service and their sacrifice for our freedom. We owe it to the men and women who wore the cloth of this nation to provide the best services and assistance possible when they return home and to civilian life. This includes improving the Department of Veteran Affairs, expanding mental health treatment options, and ensuring educational and workforce opportunities for our veterans to ensure they are well-equipped to thrive in our job market once they transition back into civilian life.

For too many veterans, navigating the world of veteran benefits can be a maze of paperwork and unknown opportunities. My office is here to help. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance navigating the VA system, please reach out to my Canton office at 330-599-7037 or click here for more information.

Opioid Epidemic

In our state the opioid epidemic has taken a toll on too many families and their loved ones. Ohio is among the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths at more than double the national rate, and this number is still increasing every year. In 2019 alone, more Americans will die from opioids than in the entire Vietnam War.

To fight back against this crisis, we must improve our border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs across our southern border through modernization of our ports of entry, equipping border patrol agents with better technology to detect heroin and fentanyl, and physical barriers to deter trafficking. We must also cut off the money supply to cartels, identifying and blocking the shell companies traffickers use to hide their illicit money and activities here in the U.S.

Science, Space And Technology

Northeast Ohio is on the cutting edge of technological innovation in the United States, especially where it comes to aeronautics research, thanks to our numerous universities and our very own NASA Glenn Research Center. The research done here in our district is vital to supporting the U.S. aviation economy and ensuring our country remains a global leader in aviation research.

Over the last 60 years, NASA has inspired and changed the world, and our state has played a leading role in making that possible. With continued support, our country can continue to lead the world in improving our understanding of air transportation, the solar system and the galaxies that lie beyond.

As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, I am committed to working with my colleagues to ensure the United States remains on the cutting edge of technological innovation across the globe. In an era of an emerging China, it is even more critical we maintain our dominance in aviation in space while cautiously establishing a more stable U.S. – China relationship.

Financial Services

Financial services firms play an important role in our economic ecosystem because of their universality. Almost every American in some manner is touched by the industry whether it is by applying for a credit card, taking out a mortgage loan, financing education through a student loan, or opening their first bank account. There are many components of our economy that we should be excited about as a country. Unemployment rates are at a historical low, we have seen stronger GDP growth, and small business optimism remains very high. However, there is still a portion of the country who is not fully experiencing these gains in real terms due to wage growth and other issues.

As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, one of my top goals is to work with my colleagues to expand access to credit through financial technology and more innovative solutions. On the committee, I am privileged to serve as the Ranking Vice Chair on the Subcommittee for Diversity and Inclusion, which provides oversight of the financial services industry for the purposes of increasing minority engagement and employment. Through this, I am fighting to bring a better understanding to the financial services industry of all segments of the population it serves, while also ensuring that the best and brightest possible applicants are brought in across the industry.

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