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Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: December 3, 1958, Monongahela, PA

Home: Wadsworth, OH

Education: Indiana U. of PA, B.A. 1980.

Professional Career: CEO, LTC Management Svcs., 1985-2003; CEO, LTC Companies Group, 2003-2010.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Roman Catholic

Family: Married (Tina) , 3 children

Republican Jim Renacci, first elected in 2010, is a committed conservative but works with Democrats more than most of his Class of 2010 GOP colleagues. He survived a 2012 contest against Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton after their districts were combined in redistricting.

Renacci (Ren-AY-see) grew up in a working-class family outside Pittsburgh. His mother was a nurse, and his father was a railroad worker who lost his job when Renacci was eight years old. “Very early on, I understood the meaning of balancing a family budget,” he said. Renacci graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the first in his family to graduate from college. He worked for an accounting firm in Pittsburgh with nursing home clients, and in 1984, he moved to Wadsworth, Ohio, and started his own chain of nursing homes. He also worked in Wadsworth’s volunteer fire department.

He sold his nursing home chain and formed a company specializing in financial consulting for troubled businesses. Along the way, he accumulated a diverse portfolio of investments, including a share in the Columbus Destroyers, an Arena League football team, a concert promotion firm, and several Harley-Davidson dealerships. He was elected to the Wadsworth Council in 1999 and went on to serve as mayor from 2004 to 2008.

As the 2010 election approached, Renacci decided to challenge Democrat John Boccieri, who had won the 16th District seat just two years earlier after longtime Republican incumbent Ralph Regula retired. Boccieri had served in the Ohio Legislature, was a former professional baseball player, and an Air Force reservist who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He had secured the seat with a respectable victory of 55%-45% in 2008, and on the surface, he did not seem an easy target for Renacci.

But Boccieri had voted for President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus bill and for the Democrats’ cap-and-trade bill to curb carbon emissions. He had initially opposed the health care overhaul bill when it passed the House in November 2009, but voted for the final version in 2010. With help from national Republicans, Renacci campaigned on a theme that Obama administration policies were killing job creation. Democrats referred to Renacci as the “millionaire CEO,” who made his fortune off the government and taxpayers. And they criticized him for a dispute over taxes in 2000 with Ohio authorities in which Renacci accepted a settlement requiring him to pay $1.3 million. Renacci spent $2.4 million on his campaign, but Boccieri remained competitive with $2.1 million. But on Election Day, it wasn’t even close. Renacci won 52%-41%, carrying every county in the district.

In the House, Renacci was firmly conservative across-the-board in his first year, but shifted toward the middle in his second year on social and foreign-policy issues. On the Financial Services Committee, he became friends with Democrat John Carney of Delaware, and the two formed a bipartisan breakfast club that grew to 14 members and developed several bills aimed at job creation. “We need to be able to work together,” Renacci told The New York Times. He later teamed up with another Financial Services member, Minnesota’s Keith Ellison—one of the chamber’s most liberal Democrats—on a bill allowing utility and telecommunications companies to report their customers’ on-time payments to credit-reporting agencies.

Renacci opposed the New Year’s Day 2013 compromise on taxes and spending aimed at avoiding a so-called “fiscal cliff,” saying that it “spends too much, taxes too much, and cuts far too little.”

Ohio Republicans in charge of redistricting after the 2010 census were challenged to eliminate two congressional seats due to the state’s population decline, while trying to redraw the map to retain their advantage in the congressional delegation. They merged Renacci and Sutton into a single Northeast Ohio seat, but made sure the fight would play out on more of Renacci’s turf than Sutton’s.

Sutton could have run in the much more Democratic 13th District against fellow Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, but opted to take on Renacci, which earned her admiration from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Outside groups on behalf of both candidates ended up pouring in more than $10 million. The new district’s GOP lean proved too much for Sutton, and Renacci won 52%-48%. His victory helped him win a prized seat on the Ways and Means Committee in February 2013.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-3876

(202) 225-3059

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 328
Washington, DC 20515-3516

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-3876

(202) 225-3059

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 328
Washington, DC 20515-3516

DISTRICT OFFICE

(330) 334-0040

(330) 334-0061

One Park Center Drive Suite 302
Wadsworth, OH 44281

DISTRICT OFFICE

(330) 334-0040

(330) 334-0061

One Park Center Drive Suite 302
Wadsworth, OH 44281

DISTRICT OFFICE

(440) 882-6779

7335 Ridge Road Suite 2
Parma, OH 44129

DISTRICT OFFICE

(440) 882-6779

7335 Ridge Road Suite 2
Parma, OH 44129

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

521 Leeds Gate
Wadsworth, OH 44281-8793

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

521 Leeds Gate
Wadsworth, OH 44281-8793

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Bryan Bowman
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Stephen Hostelley
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Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Jim Renacci
Votes: 185,165
Percent: 52.05%
Betty Sutton
Votes: 170,600
Percent: 47.95%
2012 PRIMARY
Jim Renacci
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Jim Renacci
Votes: 114,652
Percent: 52.08%
John Boccieri
Votes: 90,833
Percent: 41.26%
Jeffrey Blevins
Votes: 14,585
Percent: 6.63%
2010 PRIMARY
Jim Renacci
Votes: 30,358
Percent: 49.24%
Matt Miller
Votes: 24,322
Percent: 39.45%
Paul Schiffer
Votes: 5,048
Percent: 8.19%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (52%)

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