Current Position: US Representative for OH 1st District since 2011
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1995 – 2009
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Source: Government page
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 Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia and Nonproliferation. 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 2019-2020 and 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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, as Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee, Steve worked closely with Democratic Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez and their colleagues in the Senate to help craft, enact, implement and improve the Paycheck Protection Program. This critical program provided forgivable loans to small businesses struggling to survive the economic shutdowns implemented by states across the country, provided that the businesses kept their employees on payroll. Ultimately, the program helped to save over 50 million jobs nationwide, including more than 256,000 in the First Congressional District.
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.
- Congressional Taiwan Caucus (co-chair)
- U.S.-Japan Caucus
- House Baltic Caucus
- House Cambodia Caucus
- Republican Study Committee
- Served as a U.S. Representative from Ohio
1995 to 2009
Hamilton County, Ohio
1990 to 1994
Birth Year: 1953
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, OH
Religion: Roman Catholic
Spouse: Donna Chabot
Children: Erica Chabot, Randy Chabot
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Steven Joseph Chabot (// SHAB-ət; born January 22, 1953) is an American politician and lawyer who has been the United States Representative for Ohio’s 1st congressional district since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he previously represented the district from 1995 to 2009.
Early life, education, and pre-political career
Chabot was born in 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Gerard Joseph and Doris Leona (née Tilley) Chabot; paternally, he is of French-Canadian descent. He graduated from La Salle High School in Cincinnati in 1971, and then from the College of William and Mary in 1975, earning a Bachelor of Arts in physical education. He went on to obtain a Juris Doctor degree from Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1978. He worked as an elementary school teacher in 1975–76 while taking law classes at night. Chabot also taught political science at the University of Cincinnati and chaired the Boy Scouts of Cincinnati.
Early political career
Chabot ran unsuccessfully for the Cincinnati City Council as an independent candidate in 1979 and as a Republican in 1983. He won a seat in 1985 as a Republican and was reelected for the next four years. In 1988, he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives against seven-term incumbent Democrat Tom Luken, who defeated him, 56–44%. In 1990 he was appointed a Commissioner of Hamilton County, Ohio, and was elected later that year and again in 1992, holding that office until 1994.
U.S. House of Representatives
In 1994, Chabot ran for the U.S. House again and defeated Democratic incumbent David S. Mann of Ohio’s 1st congressional district, 56%–44%. In 1996, he defeated Democrat Mark Longabaugh, a member of the Cincinnati City Council, 54%–43%. In 1998, he defeated Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls, 53% to 47%. In the series of debates during that campaign, Qualls criticized Chabot for not funneling enough federal spending to his home district. Chabot countered that he would not support “wasteful or unnecessary” federal programs. In 2000, he defeated City Councilman John Cranley 53–44%. In 2002, he defeated Greg Harris with 65% of the vote. In 2004, he defeated Harris again, with 60% of the vote.
Chabot defeated Democratic challenger John Cranley again, this time by a narrower margin of 52–48%.
Chabot defeated Democratic nominee Jeff Sinnard 58%–38%, with Green nominee Rich Stevenson, and Libertarian nominee Jim Berns picking up the balance. He was helped by the 2010 round of redistricting, which shifted the majority of heavily Republican Warren County to the 1st Congressional District.
On December 18, 2019, Chabot voted against both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Of the 195 Republicans who voted, all voted against both articles.
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Committee on the Judiciary
- Committee on Small Business
- Congressional Taiwan Caucus (co-chair)
- U.S.-Japan Caucus
- House Baltic Caucus
- Republican Study Committee
|Year||Winner||Votes||Pct||Runner-up||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct||3rd Party||Party||Votes||Pct|
|1988||Thomas A. Luken (inc.)||117,682||57%||Steve Chabot||90,738||43%|
|1994||Steve Chabot||92,997||56%||David S. Mann (inc.)||72,822||44%|
|1996||Steve Chabot (inc.)||118,324||54%||Mark P. Longabaugh||94,719||43%||John G. Halley||Natural Law||5,381||2%|
|1998||Steve Chabot (inc.)||92,421||53%||Roxanne Qualls||82,003||47%|
|2000||Steve Chabot (inc.)||116,768||53%||John Cranley||98,328||45%||David A. Groshoff||Libertarian||3,399||2%||Richard L. Stevenson||Natural Law||1,933||1%|
|2002||Steve Chabot (inc.)||110,760||65%||Greg Harris||60,168||35%|
|2004||Steve Chabot (inc.)||173,430||60%||Greg Harris||116,235||40%||*|
|2006||Steve Chabot (inc.)||105,680||52%||John Cranley||96,584||48%|
|2008||Steve Driehaus||155,455||52%||Steve Chabot (inc.)||140,683||48%||*|
|2010||Steve Chabot||103,770||52%||Steven L. Driehaus (inc.)||92,672||45%||Jim A. Berns||Libertarian||3,076||2%||Richard L. Stevenson||Natural Law||2,000||1%|
|2012||Steve Chabot (inc.)||201,907||58%||Jeff Sinnard||131,490||38%||Jim A. Berns||Libertarian||9,674||3%||Richard L. Stevenson||Green Party||6,645||2%|
|2014||Steve Chabot (inc.)||124,779||63%||Fred Kundrata||72,604||37%|
|2016||Steve Chabot (inc.)||210,014||59%||Michele Young||144,644||41%|
|2018||Steve Chabot (inc.)||154,409||51%||Aftab Pureval||141,118||47%||Dirk Kubala||Libertarian||5,339||2%|
|2020||Steve Chabot (inc.)||199,560||52%||Kate Schroder||172,022||45%||Kevin Kahn||Libertarian||13,692||4%|
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2004, Rich Stevenson received 198 votes. In 2008, Eric Wilson received 85 votes and Rich Stevenson received 67 votes. In 2020, Kiumars Kiani received 11 votes.
During the presidency of Donald Trump, Chabot voted in line with Trump’s stated position 93.1% of the time. As of June 2021, Chabot had voted in line with Joe Biden‘s stated position 13% of the time.
Chabot authored a bill prohibiting a form of late-term abortion called partial-birth abortion, referred to in some medical literature by its less common name of intact dilation and extraction. President George W. Bush signed the bill into law on November 5, 2003.[non-primary source needed]
Chabot favors repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). He favors market-based reforms that he claims will offer American families more lower-cost options. He supported the March 2017 version of the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s replacement for Obamacare. On May 4, 2017, Chabot voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and pass the American Health Care Act.
On the topic of man-made climate change, Chabot has said, “the evidence concerning man-made climate change is far from conclusive”. He has said cap-and-trade is an “extreme proposal” that would harm the economy.
On August 22, 2011, Chabot asked Cincinnati police to confiscate cameras being used by private citizens to record a town-hall meeting, even as media television cameras recorded the incident. YouTube videos of the incident provided wide awareness of it, and the participating police officer was later disciplined.
Chabot has called for ending logging subsidies in the Tongass National Forest, and promoted relations with Taiwan. In 2002, he helped spearhead the local campaign against building a light rail system in Hamilton County.
As of 2016, Chabot had traveled on congressional fact-finding missions to 46 countries at a cost of $200,000.
Chabot lives with his wife Donna in Westwood. They have two children and a grandson.
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- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
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2018 US Representative
|Steve Chabot (R)||154,409||51.3%|
|Aftab Purevel (D)||141,118||46.9%|
|Dirk Kubala (L)||5,339||1.8%|
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.
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- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
- Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia
- Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on the Constitution
- Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet
- Committee on Small Business
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 re…
Defending our country and protecting our freedoms are the most basic tasks of our federal government. It is vital that we maintain a strong national defense to protect our citizens and support our allies in an increasingly dangerous world. As we prot…
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…
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 studen…
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 av…
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 v…
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, …
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 furtherin…
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 i…
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 …
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 sacrifi…
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.