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Phone: 202-225-5665

Address: 1513 LHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (920) 380-0061

Address: 333 West College Avenue, Appleton WI 54911-5898

Green Bay WI

Phone: (920) 471-1950

Address: 550 North Military Avenue, Green Bay WI 54303-4569

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Reid Ribble Committees
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Reid Ribble Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Wisconsin 8
  • Born: Apr. 05, 1956, Neenah
  • Home: De Pere
  • Education:

    H.S., diploma, 1974; Grand Rapids Bible and Music Schl., attended.

  • Professional Career:

    Pres., The Ribble Group, 1981-2009.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Baptist

  • Family: Married (DeaNa); 2 children

Republican Reid Ribble defeated two-term Democratic Rep. Steve Kagen in 2010 in his first bid for political office. Ribble has become known for his straight-talking manner, particularly when it comes to decrying partisan gridlock. Read More

Republican Reid Ribble defeated two-term Democratic Rep. Steve Kagen in 2010 in his first bid for political office. Ribble has become known for his straight-talking manner, particularly when it comes to decrying partisan gridlock.

Ribble was raised in Appleton and was the youngest of eight children. He told National Journal that he got beaten up a lot as a youth, a consequence of his tendency to say exactly what was on his mind. His father was a World War II-era Marine who started a roofing business that still bears the family name. In high school, Ribble played volleyball and ran track; he later coached volleyball at Appleton East High School. After high school, he enrolled in Grand Rapids Bible and Music School, planning to join the Baptist ministry. But in 1976, when he was 20 years old, his father asked him to take over the business. Ribble left school and spent the next five years learning the ropes from his father, and in 1981, he became president of the company. He ran the firm for almost 30 years, until he sold it to his nephew in 2009.

Ribble got into the contest against Kagen as “just an American who is frustrated with the overall condition of the economy and state of the union,” he said. He campaigned as a conservative and an outsider. His campaign website included detailed position papers, which he said his professional consultants advised against posting. “I decided to go out on a limb and be a different type of candidate, and trust people to make the decision,” Ribble said. He was an attractive prospect to GOP recruiters because of his lack of a voting record and his ability to self-fund his campaign. In the Republican primary, Ribble dispatched two more-seasoned candidates who served in the Wisconsin House, winning with a hefty 48% of the vote.

In the general election campaign, Ribble criticized Kagen for his support of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul and the Democratic energy bill that would put limits on carbon emissions. Kagen had served two terms in the swing district and had never gotten more than 54% of the vote. He raised $2 million and outspent Ribble 2-to-1. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also stepped in to help with an ad asserting that Ribble’s construction firm had gotten $300,000 in federal stimulus money to replace a school roof. While some endangered Democrats that year ran away from the party’s agenda in Congress, Kagen defended his vote for the health care bill, and he focused on reminding voters that Republican President George W. Bush was in charge when the economy went south in 2007. Still, Kagen lost the seat to Ribble, 55% to 45%.

In the House, Ribble generally has been a loyal Republican soldier, especially on fiscal issues. But in 2012, he showed a bit of an independent streak on other matters. He was one of 11 Republicans to join most Democrats in opposing a GOP amendment to try suspected terrorists at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay instead of in U.S. civilian courts. He also accepted an offer from liberal Wisconsin Rep. Tammy Baldwin that year to work on a successful effort to restore trade sanctions against several made-in-China paper products. “I knew she was going to run for the U.S. Senate,” he later told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “But I cared more about solving a problem than the politics.”

Ribble joined the bipartisan Problem Solvers group spearheaded by former Utah GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. In a December 2012 op-ed column, Ribble pointed the finger at those in his party whom he deemed inflexible on striking a budget deal. “Republicans must confront their own conventional wisdom that says, ‘The only way to shrink government is to starve it of resources,’” he wrote. He later told National Journal in February 2013 that partisanship and institutional incompetence were setting the stage for a third as well as possibly a fourth major political party to emerge. “I think we’re at the precipice of a breakdown of the two-party system,” he said.

Ribble’s 2012 opponent was Jamie Wall, a business consultant who accused him of failing to fight the planned closure of the Kewaunee Power Station while accepting contributions from the plant’s owner, Dominion Resources Inc. Ribble brushed off the allegation and charged that Wall’s campaign was “stalking” him after the Democrat’s supporters posted an online video of Ribble’s house. National Democrats decided to concentrate on other races, and Ribble won a comfortable 56%-44% reelection victory.

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Reid Ribble Election Results
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2012 General
Reid Ribble (R)
Votes: 198,874
Percent: 56.0%
Jamie Wall (D)
Votes: 156,287
Percent: 44.0%
2012 Primary
Reid Ribble (R)
Votes: 64,689
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (55%)
Reid Ribble Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 12 (L) : 88 (C) 29 (L) : 71 (C) 21 (L) : 78 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) 28 (L) : 70 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 48 (L) : 51 (C) 54 (L) : 46 (C) 30 (L) : 69 (C)
Composite 27.2 (L) : 72.8 (C) 37.3 (L) : 62.7 (C) 20.2 (L) : 79.8 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC9083
LCV66
CFG9074
ITIC-92
NTU8584
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COC100-
ACLU-7
ACU9288
ADA05
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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