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Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: March 24, 1965, Cincinnati, OH

Home: Columbus, OH

Education: OH St. U., B.A. 1989, M.B.A. 1996.

Professional Career: Legis. aide; Lobbyist.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Methodist

Family: Married (Karen) , 2 children

Republican Steve Stivers, elected in 2010, is a pro-abortion rights centrist who is considered an up-and-comer in the GOP.

Stivers grew up in the Cincinnati suburbs, moved to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University, and never left, except for deployments with the Ohio Army National Guard. For most of his career, he was associated with the Ohio Legislature. He was a staffer in the state Senate, and then in 1995 began working as a lobbyist for BankOne, which was based in Columbus (and later absorbed into Bank of America). He was appointed by the Senate in 2003 to fill the seat of a retiring state senator. Soon afterward, he served tours in Kuwait and Iraq. When his seat came up for election in 2006, he ran his campaign from Iraq and won. Republicans have had large majorities in the Ohio Senate and Stivers was vice chairman of the Finance Committee, supporting state budgets that cut property taxes and froze tuition at state universities.

When Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce decided against running for reelection in the 15th District in 2008, Democrats nominated Franklin County Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy, who had held Pryce to a 50.2%-49.8% victory two years earlier. House Minority Leader John Boehner urged Stivers to run, and although he initially declined amid speculation that he wanted to be Ohio Senate president, he got into the contest.

He campaigned as a moderate, favoring abortion rights but also emphasizing fiscal discipline and his military experience. The Columbus Dispatch lauded Stivers for supporting a two-year federal budget process similar to Ohio’s and line-item veto power for the president. Kilroy emphasized her background as a former Columbus school board president and slammed Stivers for his stint as a bank lobbyist. Stivers portrayed Kilroy as “way outside the mainstream,” too liberal for the district, and a captive of big labor. Kilroy won by a narrower than expected 46%-45%.

In her one term in office, Kilroy was a faithful supporter of the majority Democrats’ programs, including the economic stimulus bill, the cap-and-trade bill to reduce carbon emissions, and the overhaul of the health care system. Stivers, who continued to run for the seat in anticipation of a 2010 rematch, called the health care law’s mandate to buy insurance “very dangerous” and said the legislation would be a heavy burden on small business. Kilroy portrayed him as a flip-flopper, arguing that he had supported an individual mandate and a carbon emissions bill in the past. She also charged that he had supported a national sales tax to replace the income tax, and she again ran ads attacking him as a lobbyist.

Kilroy-Stivers redux turned out to be a great disappointment for national Democrats. They raised roughly $2.7 million each, and although they were evenly matched in fundraising, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee abandoned the race in October as unwinnable. Stivers prevailed 54%-41%.

In the House, Stivers established himself as a Boehner loyalist and “the type of sensible moderate that most Ohioans want to see,” The Columbus Dispatch said in endorsing him for reelection. He joined the centrist Main Street Partnership as well as the conservative Republican Study Committee. He opposed conservatives’ attempts to abolish or slash funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Legal Services Corp., and to enforce Davis-Bacon Act prevailing-wage requirements. On the Financial Services Committee, Stivers won committee approval in 2011 of his bill repealing a provision of the Dodd-Frank overhaul law which made credit rating agencies liable for increased lawsuit exposure.

Stivers also became deeply involved in party activities, working with GOP Rep. Steve Scalise on recruiting Republican candidates for the National Republican Congressional Committee; he became the NRCC’s vice chair for finance in 2013. At Boehner’s behest, Stivers served on a GOP task force on cyber security and also was asked to work with the speaker’s other allies in 2011 on finding ways to boost infrastructure spending. Stivers later introduced a bill to use projected revenue from offshore drilling leases to back the sale of government bonds for highways.

Stivers’ closeness to Boehner helped make him a big beneficiary of post-2010 census redistricting. His new district became more Republican, enabling him in 2012 to demolish Democrat Pat Lang, 62%-38%.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-2015

(202) 225-3529

LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1022
Washington, DC 20515-3515

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-2015

(202) 225-3529

LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1022
Washington, DC 20515-3515

DISTRICT OFFICE

(614) 771-4968

(614) 771-3990

3790 Municipal Way
Hilliard, OH 43026-1620

DISTRICT OFFICE

(614) 771-4968

(614) 771-3990

3790 Municipal Way
Hilliard, OH 43026-1620

DISTRICT OFFICE

(740) 654-2654

(740) 654-2482

123 South Broad Street Suite 235
Lancaster, OH 43130

DISTRICT OFFICE

(740) 654-2654

(740) 654-2482

123 South Broad Street Suite 235
Lancaster, OH 43130

DISTRICT OFFICE

(937) 283-7049

(937) 283-7052

69 North South Street
Wilmington, OH 45177

DISTRICT OFFICE

(937) 283-7049

(937) 283-7052

69 North South Street
Wilmington, OH 45177

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

1971 Concord Road
Columbus, OH 43212-1947

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(614) 358-0800

1971 Concord Road
Columbus, OH 43212-1947

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Abortion

Taryn Dorfman
Legislative Assistant

Aerospace

Mark Gilbride
Legislative Assistant

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Mark Gilbride
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Appropriations

Justin Barnes
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Jesse Walls
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Legislative Assistant

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Mark Gilbride
Legislative Assistant

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Legislative Assistant

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Taryn Dorfman
Legislative Assistant

Finance

Jesse Walls
Legislative Director; Deputy Chief of Staff

Foreign

Taryn Dorfman
Legislative Assistant

Gambling

Mark Gilbride
Legislative Assistant

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Legislative Assistant

Gun Issues

Justin Barnes
Senior Legislative Assistant; Rules Associate

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Taryn Dorfman
Legislative Assistant

Homeland Security

Justin Barnes
Senior Legislative Assistant; Rules Associate

Taryn Dorfman
Legislative Assistant

Housing

Jesse Walls
Legislative Director; Deputy Chief of Staff

Human Rights

Taryn Dorfman
Legislative Assistant

Immigration

Taryn Dorfman
Legislative Assistant

Intelligence

Justin Barnes
Senior Legislative Assistant; Rules Associate

Judiciary

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Legislative Assistant

Labor

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Taryn Dorfman
Legislative Assistant

Land Use

Mark Gilbride
Legislative Assistant

Medicare

Taryn Dorfman
Legislative Assistant

Military

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Legislative Assistant

Native Americans

Mark Gilbride
Legislative Assistant

Privacy

Justin Barnes
Senior Legislative Assistant; Rules Associate

Recreation

Mark Gilbride
Legislative Assistant

Religion

Taryn Dorfman
Legislative Assistant

Rules

Mark Gilbride
Legislative Assistant

Science

Mark Gilbride
Legislative Assistant

Seniors

Justin Barnes
Senior Legislative Assistant; Rules Associate

Taryn Dorfman
Legislative Assistant

Social Security

Justin Barnes
Senior Legislative Assistant; Rules Associate

Tax

Justin Barnes
Senior Legislative Assistant; Rules Associate

Technology

Justin Barnes
Senior Legislative Assistant; Rules Associate

Mark Gilbride
Legislative Assistant

Telecommunications

Justin Barnes
Senior Legislative Assistant; Rules Associate

Trade

Justin Barnes
Senior Legislative Assistant; Rules Associate

Transportation

Justin Barnes
Senior Legislative Assistant; Rules Associate

Veterans

Mark Gilbride
Legislative Assistant

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Steve Stivers
Votes: 205,274
Percent: 61.56%
Pat Lang
Votes: 128,188
Percent: 38.44%
2012 PRIMARY
Steve Stivers
Votes: 70,191
Percent: 89.31%
Charles Chope
Votes: 8,404
Percent: 10.69%
2010 GENERAL
Steve Stivers
Votes: 119,471
Percent: 54.16%
Mary Jo Kilroy
Votes: 91,077
Percent: 41.29%
2010 PRIMARY
Steve Stivers
Votes: 39,963
Percent: 82.29%
John Adams
Votes: 5,894
Percent: 12.14%
Ralph Applegate
Votes: 2,708
Percent: 5.58%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (54%)

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