Current Position: US Representative
Candidate: 2020 US Senator
Congressman Gibbs sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Gibbs was chosen to chair the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, a subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that conducts oversight of the federal regulation of clean water, from 2011 until 2017. He is currently Ranking Member of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.
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Over thirty years ago, Bob Gibbs began his version of the American Dream. As a graduate of Bay Village High School, Bob went on to earn his degree from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in 1974. From OSU, Bob founded Hidden Hollow Farms, a livestock production farm located in Holmes County, mostly producing market hogs.
As the owner/operator of Hidden Hollow, Bob began to take an active role in promoting agriculture throughout Ohio, leading him to serve as President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation for two terms starting in 1999. Since 1985 Bob has served on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Farm Bureau, making him one of the more well-known and informed advocates of agriculture in Ohio.
In 2002, Bob used his small business and farming background to earn a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. After being reelected by his constituents twice, he went on to win election to the Ohio Senate in 2008. In the Ohio Legislature Bob served as Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
In 2010, like many Ohioans, Bob was fed up with Washington. Bad policies like Cap-and-Trade, Obamacare, and many more examples of over-regulation by out-of-control federal agencies were instrumental in Bob’s decision to run for Congress. Bob went on to defeat a two-term incumbent by 14 points and was sworn in as a member of the historic class of 86 freshmen.
Once in Congress, Bob was named to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Agriculture Committee, earning the highly sought-after position of Chairman of the Water Resources and the Environment Subcommittee. As a Subcommittee on Transportation, Bob’s Committee has sole jurisdiction over the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA as it relates to the Clean Water Act.
Bob Gibbs has been fighting the status quo of Washington and trying to give the American people a voice in their own government once again. He has introduced three pieces of legislation. Two of these bills have since passed the House with bipartisan support and are aimed at reducing the government’s intrusion and regulatory burden that hurts our families, job creators, and our communities.
Bob is a member of the Farm Bureau, a life-member of the National Rifle Association, various Chambers of Commerce throughout Ohio, Pheasants forever, and the United Methodist Church.
Bob is a former board member of the Farm Bureau Bank and has held positions on the Ohio Cooperative Council, the Ohio Farm Bureau, and the Ohio Livestock Coalition. Bob served as President of the Loudonville Farmers Equity where he served on the board for over a decade. He also served as President of the Holmes County Extension Advisory Committee, the Holmes County Farm Bureau and is past supervisor of the Holmes County Soil and Water Conservation Service.
Bob is a recipient of the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Independent Federation of Small Businesses, the “Watchdog of the Treasury” from the United Conservatives of Ohio, and was named the Legislator of the Year (2012) by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force.
Bob and his wife, Jody, have been married for 36 years and have three grown children: Adam, Amy, and Andrew.
- Ohio House of Representatives
2003 to 2009
- Ohio State Senate
2009 to 2010
- U.S. Representative from Ohio’s 18th Congressional District
2011 to 2013
Birth Year: 1954
Place of Birth: Peru, IN
Religion: Christian: Methodist
Spouse: Jody Gibbs
Children: Adam Gibbs, Amy Gibbs, Andrew Gibbs
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2018 US Representative
|Bob Gibbs (R)||153,117||58.7%|
|Ken Harbaugh (D)||107,536||41.3%|
2020 Republican Primary
|Bob Gibbs (R)||52,204||100%|
GIBBS, ROBERT BRIAN has run in 10 races for public office, winning 9 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $6,893,163.
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America is built on the backs of our small businesses. We need common-sense regulations that ensure the viability of our private sector while also maintaining necessary consumer protections. As your Congressman I will work to repeal over-burdensome laws and implements rules that will provide stability and confidence to our business sector.
Before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the federal tax code was broken. Filing your taxes was too complicated, too time-consuming, and too costly.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowered rates, increased the Child Tax Credit to help families with the costs of raising children, doubled the standard deduction so middle-class Americans can keep more of their paycheck, and reduced the tax burden on small businesses to help spur job growth.
The typical family of 4 earning $73,000 were estimated to see a 58% tax cut, paying $2,059 LESS in taxes for 2018. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act also repealed Obamacare’s unpopular and harmful individual mandate, which taxed you for not having health insurance.
The Republican-passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act also expanded 529 education savings accounts to you have more opportunities to prepare for your child’s education.
Important retirement tools like 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts were preserved, giving you peace of mind when planning for retirement.
Washington has a serious spending problem. For too long, Americans have been overtaxed and the government has overspent, resulting in a massive national debt of more than $16 trillion. The problem is not a lack of taxation. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), since 1962, per-capita taxation has increased by 87% when accounting for inflation and population growth. As for spending, over the same time period, per-capita spending out of Washington has increased by nearly three-fold. In other words, even though the federal government has 87% more revenue, under President Obama, Washington has spent $1.56 for every $1.00 available. This massive growth of government is unsustainable, and frankly, irresponsible. For the future of our children and grandchildren, the spending must be reduced and the debt must be paid off. That is why I have consistently voted to reduce wasteful and unnecessary government spending, as well as supported common sense legislation like the Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Getting America back to work is my top priority. There are four key issues that Congress must address to improve the business climate and create jobs.
First, we must to stop the wasteful spending coming out of Washington. Government needs to live within its means and balance its budget just as hardworking American families do every day.
Second, we must enact common sense regulatory reforms. The amount of red tape involved in creating and running a business is staggering. The most important reform must be the repeal of ObamaCare, but there are hundreds of other rules and regulations created by Washington bureaucrats with little to no oversight. This needs to stop.
Third, we must fix the tax code. Americans need a smarter, simpler tax code that encourages job creation and incentivizes businesses to hire American workers.
And fourth, we must encourage the responsible development of American energy. The shale formations in Ohio and throughout the country can make our nation energy independent. Congress should ensure that energy development is done safely and responsibly.
I believe that a good education system is imperative to the future of our country. Students should be given every opportunity to attend the best possible school systems. Instead of creating a “one size fits all” education policy, we need to provide school districts the ability to make decisions that are best for them at the local level.
Maintaining access to reliable and affordable energy must remain a top priority for our nation. Rising energy costs are a burden to both families and seniors, making American businesses less competitive in the global marketplace, leading to reduced job. Fortunately, recent technological developments within the energy exploration industry have allowed safe and efficient drilling of shale formations, including the Utica and Marcellus. These shale formations have the potential to provide Americans with more than a century of energy and will help lead the way toward North American energy independence. Congress must ensure that drilling is conducted in a safe and responsible manner and that landowners are treated fairly.
I understand the need to make medical care more affordable for families and increase the access to quality coverage in this county. However, Obamacare does not accomplish that goal; in fact it makes it worse. Once fully implemented it will cost more than $2 trillion, raise taxes by $800 billion and add over $700 billion to the deficit. Additionally, it does nothing to address the core issues behind rising health care costs. We need to work together in a bipartisan and open manner to increase Ohioans access to health insurance while removing the burden on taxpayers and small business.
Here are some of my ideas for things I would like to see included in any new healthcare reform:
- If you like your current health care plan, you should be able to keep it.
- Make healthcare coverage patient-owned and portable across state lines, job to job.
- Doctors and their patients should be the only ones making critical and sensitive health care decisions, not government bureaucrats.
- Coverage of pre-existing conditions.
- Protect and expand health saving accounts.
- Decrease frivolous lawsuits that cause doctors to practice defensive medicine which increase costs.
- Patients should be able to keep their current doctors and not forced to choose new medical providers.
Our nation’s economy is dependent upon a safe, efficient, and reliable transportation system for not only moving people, but also goods and services. In many ways, our transportation infrastructure serves as the backbone of the economy, increasing our competitiveness and leading to greater opportunity and prosperity for all Americans. Congress must provide appropriate investment in our infrastructure, whether it is for roads, bridges, highways, waterways, ports or rail. Our current system is aging and deteriorating, and without proper investment, the nation’s economic competitiveness will suffer and fewer jobs will be created.
One of the greatest responsibilities this country has is to ensure our members of the military are cared for while on active duty but also during their retirement. Our military retirees gave a career of service to their country, risked their lives in combat and separation from their families. Because of their great sacrifice for our country, we should not go back on our promises for their honorable service nor balance fiscal irresponsibility on their backs. As your Member of Congress I will always work to make certain our veterans receive the greatest possible care.
President Reagan once said, “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere”. As the world’s only superpower, we are in a unique position to promote democracy and convey to the world the values our country was founded on.
I also strongly believe Israel’s right to protect itself. The U.S. and Israel have always maintained a special relationship since its creation in 1948 and our economic and military aid has been a major component in cementing and reinforcing those ties. Many of the same forces that threaten us are direct threats to Israel. As a stable democracy in a sea of uncertainty, it is a tremendous importance that relationship must continue.
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to bring attention to the catastrophic budget shortfalls state departments of transportation (DOTs) are facing, Congressmen Bob Gibbs (OH-7) and Conor Lamb (PA-17) led a bipartisan coalition in Congress urging Republican and Democrat House leaderships to consider the inclusion of financial support for state DOTs in a potential phase four in coronavirus relief legislation.
Given the significant drop in traffic as a result of “stay at home” orders across the country, fuel taxes and toll receipts have plummeted by as much as 50 percent according to some estimates. This decline in traffic and revenue will leave state DOTs, many of whom are funded outside of general revenue, with significant deficits. The letter, which can be found here, was signed by Gibbs, Lamb, and 135 Members of Congress. They pressed House leadership to ensure state DOTs have access to nearly $50 billion “separate from any additional State and Local relief”, similar to other transportation-related coronavirus funding.
Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement after sending the letter to House Leadership:
“As the coronavirus severely reduces the revenue streams for state transportation agencies, it is clear that transportation infrastructure will need support to fill in the funding gaps for what is truly essential infrastructure. Because states fund their transportation agencies through fuel taxes and tolls, the funding shortage will disproportionately impact those agencies. When the nation begins returning to normal, and surface transportation traffic returns to pre-coronavirus levels, the reduction in revenue may leave important projects incomplete or unfunded without a boost in any future coronavirus legislation.”
Congressman Conor Lamb also said:
“The coronavirus is having a devastating economic impact on states. We need to take bold action to invest in infrastructure projects to spur our economy and ensure that we are protecting good paying jobs. This is a strategic investment that will help our state and local communities recover faster while improving our roads and transportation systems.”
The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s (NSSGA) Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs Michele Stanley offered support for state DOT relief funding:
“Today’s letter is a first step to providing a necessary and targeted backstop that allows this important work to continue. On behalf of the more than 400 NSSGA Member Companies, we thank Rep. Bob Gibbs and Rep. Conor Lamb and all the Members of Congress on the letter for their leadership to ensure our State DoTs can continue to function.”
Gibbs’ and Lamb’s efforts were supported by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, National Conference of State Legislatures, Transportation Construction Coalition, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Associated General Contractors of America, National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, International Union of Operating Engineers, Laborers’ International Union of North America, Highway Materials Group, American Highway Users Alliance, American Council of Engineering Companies, American Society of Civil Engineers, Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure, National Asphalt Pavement Association, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).