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Phone: 202-225-6265

Address: 329 CHOB, DC 20515

Websites: gibbs.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (419) 207-0650

Address: 110 Cottage Street, Ashland OH 44805-2114

Canton OH

Phone: (330) 737-1631

Address: 110 Central Plaza South, Canton OH 44702-1426

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Bob Gibbs Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Ohio 7
  • Born: Jun. 14, 1954, Peru, IN
  • Home: Lakeville
  • Education:

    OH St. U. Ag. Tech. Inst., A.S. 1974.

  • Professional Career:

    Technician, OH Agricultural Research & Devel. Ctr., 1974-78; Owner, Hidden Hollow Farms, 1978-2004; Owner, Gibbs Enterprises.

  • Political Career:

    OH House, 2003-08; OH Senate, 2008-10.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Methodist

  • Family: Married (Jody Cox); 3 children

Republican Bob Gibbs, elected in 2010, is a hog farmer and ex-state farm bureau president who takes agriculture seriously. The elimination of government regulations is his other main interest. Read More

Republican Bob Gibbs, elected in 2010, is a hog farmer and ex-state farm bureau president who takes agriculture seriously. The elimination of government regulations is his other main interest.

Gibbs grew up on the west side of Cleveland, “as far away from agriculture as you can get,” he says. But he was drawn to farming at a young age. After working in the garden center of his high school, he enrolled in Ohio State University’s Agricultural Institute, becoming part of its first graduating class in 1974. He met his wife, Jody, through his best friend, and the couple now has three grown children. After college, Gibbs founded Hidden Hollow Farms and served as president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation for two terms starting in 1999. “In agriculture, you have a lot of challenges,” Gibbs said. “Every day on the farm, you have chores you have to do. I taught myself how to weld, do electrical work, accounting. There’s so much you can do. It’s not just the same thing every day.” He cites his time on the Ohio Farm Bureau as sparking his interest in politics.

In 2002, Gibbs won a seat in the Ohio House, and he was elected to the Senate in 2008. He focused on agriculture, small business, and private property issues. In 2005, he introduced a bill barring the use of eminent domain takings for private entities, which allows for the transfer of land from one private owner to another to further economic development. He also co-authored legislation to cut Ohio’s personal income tax rates by 21%.

In 2010, Gibbs challenged two-term Democratic Rep. Zack Space, known as a moderate and prolific fundraiser, in Ohio’s 18th District, which was later eliminated in post-2010 census redistricting. He and Space attacked each other on climate change, health care reform, and the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy prohibiting gay men and women from serving openly in the military. Republicans also blasted Space for his vote for the 2009 Democratic bill to create a cap-and-trade system to reduce the greenhouse-gas emissions blamed for global warming. Gibbs said he doesn’t believe human activity causes climate change. Space ran ads with footage of Gibbs telling an audience, “I’m a free-trader,” and tying him to trade deals that have sent Ohio jobs overseas. But Gibbs won easily, 54% to 40%.

In the House, Gibbs was among the Class of 2010 members most likely to vote with the House leadership. (According to The Columbus Dispatch, he stepped off the House floor in 2011 to call his wife and boast, “I just voted to repeal Obamacare!”) One notable exception was the budget and tax compromise to avert the so-called fiscal cliff in January 2013. “It stifles our already fragile economy, keeping the private sector from prospering. … (It) is absolutely not the answer to our economic crisis,” he said. He also broke from the leadership to oppose the farm bill, which he said unfairly benefits farmers in the South at the expense of those in the Midwest.

On the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Gibbs chairs the panel on water resources and environment, giving him a prominent perch from which to blast the Environmental Protection Agency. The House in March 2011 passed his “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act,” which prevented the implementation of a court order requiring pesticide applications in and around U.S. waters to be covered by Clean Water Act permits. Gibbs said the requirement was unnecessary and redundant. The Sierra Club called his measure “damaging and dangerous,” and it never moved in the Senate.

Post-2010 redistricting gave Gibbs a radically reshaped district— just four of the 16 counties in his old central Ohio 18th were preserved in the new 7th District, and six of the ten counties in the new district were completely new to him. Space considered a rematch, but didn’t want to risk a second loss so early in his political career, according to The Cook Political Report.

Gibbs’ Democratic rival became Joyce Healy-Abrams, who ran a corporate record-keeping business and whose brother, William Healy, was Canton’s mayor. She raised $915,000, and Gibbs raised $1.5 million. He won 56%-44%.

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Bob Gibbs Election Results
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2012 General
Bob Gibbs (R)
Votes: 178,104
Percent: 56.4%
Joyce Healy-Abrams (D)
Votes: 137,708
Percent: 43.6%
2012 Primary
Bob Gibbs (R)
Votes: 54,067
Percent: 79.88%
Hombre Liggett
Votes: 13,621
Percent: 20.12%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (54%)
Bob Gibbs 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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Economic 34 (L) : 65 (C) 27 (L) : 71 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 5 (L) : 86 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 21.7 (L) : 78.3 (C) 17.0 (L) : 83.0 (C) 11.3 (L) : 88.7 (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
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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: N
    • 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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