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Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: June 14, 1954, Peru, IN

Home: Lakeville, OH

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.

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.

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%.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

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MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-6265

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CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 329
Washington, DC 20515-3507

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(419) 207-0650

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110 Cottage Street
Ashland, OH 44805-2114

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DISTRICT OFFICE

(330) 737-1631

110 Central Plaza South
Canton, OH 44702-1426

DISTRICT OFFICE

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110 Central Plaza South
Canton, OH 44702-1426

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

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Lakeville, OH 44638

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

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Alex Briggs
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Welfare

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Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Bob Gibbs
Votes: 178,104
Percent: 56.4%
Joyce Healy-Abrams
Votes: 137,708
Percent: 43.6%
2012 PRIMARY
Bob Gibbs
Votes: 54,067
Percent: 79.88%
Hombre Liggett
Votes: 13,621
Percent: 20.12%
2010 GENERAL
Bob Gibbs
Votes: 107,426
Percent: 53.86%
Zackary Space
Votes: 80,756
Percent: 40.49%
Lindsey Sutton
Votes: 11,246
Percent: 5.64%
2010 PRIMARY
Bob Gibbs
Votes: 11,037
Percent: 20.94%
Fred Dailey
Votes: 10,881
Percent: 20.65%
Jeannette Moll
Votes: 10,013
Percent: 19.0%
Ron Hood
Votes: 8,204
Percent: 15.57%
Dave Daubenmire
Votes: 6,288
Percent: 11.93%
Hombre Liggett
Votes: 4,065
Percent: 7.71%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (54%)

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