|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||John Boccieri|
|Mayor of Wadsworth|
|Preceded by||Caesar A. Carrino|
|Succeeded by||Robin L. Laubaugh|
December 3, 1958 |
|Children||Drew, Ryan, Rhiannon|
|Alma mater||Indiana University of Pennsylvania|
James B. "Jim" Renacci // (born December 3, 1958) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 16th congressional district since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he is an Ohio entrepreneur and served for a time as Mayor of Wadsworth, Ohio.
On November 6, 2012, Renacci defeated Betty Sutton, as redistricting forced the two incumbents to run against each other. Sutton was defeated by a vote of 181,137 to 165,636 in the new, Republican-leaning district.
Early life and education
Jim Renacci was born December 3, 1958, in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Renacci’s father was a railroad worker and his mother was a nurse. Renacci earned a degree in business administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and became a Certified Public Accountant and financial advisor.
A self-made millionaire, Renacci is currently worth between $35 and $100 million and made salary, interest and other income of between $500,000 and $4.3 million in 2008 and 2009. In June 2006, the Ohio Department of Taxation assessed Renacci $1.4 million in back taxes, interest and penalties for unreported year 2000 income. Renacci stated that the dispute stemmed from a change in Ohio tax policy. He and his wife paid the State of Ohio more than $1.3 million, along with approximately another 1000 Ohio citizens who also fought the dispute.
In 2003, Renacci formed the LTC Companies group, a financial consulting service which included a partial ownership of three Harley-Davidson dealerships in Columbus, the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus, and Renacci-Doraty Chevrolet in Wadsworth.
Renacci and LTC, over the years, have been a party in a series of legal cases, including two wrongful death suits related to Renacci's nursing home business, and a complaint filed by more than a half-dozen temporary employees alleging they were not paid for work they did for Renacci's medical billing firm. In each case, Renacci either settled out of court or the case was dismissed.
Renacci became a partner and managing board member of the former Arena Football League's Columbus Destroyers. The team finished the 2007 season as the AFL Eastern Conference Champions with Renacci as President and General Manager. Renacci also served as AFL Executive Committee Vice Chairman and is a partial owner of the Lancaster JetHawks, a minor league baseball team.
U.S. House of Representatives
Renacci announced on August 24, 2009 that he would run for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio's 16th district, officially filing on January 11, 2010. Renacci ran as a "Contender" of the National Republican Congressional Committee in its "Young Guns" program. Renacci defeated Democratic incumbent John Boccieri by 52% to 41% with 6% of the vote going to Libertarian candidate Jeffrey Blevins.
In a town-hall forum in Canton, in September, 2010, Renacci was accused of stating that civil rights issues should be addressed by local governments, stating that the solution is "to get our federal government out of the way" because "it's not the federal government's job". But a reporter from the Christian Science Monitor who was at the event noted Renacci's words were twisted by a reference to the blight in local communities.
The Plain Dealer reported in September 2011 that the new district map of Ohio would place Congressman Betty Sutton in “a largely Republican district that's being constructed to favor Renacci.” In December, Sutton filed to run against Renacci. Later that month, Roll Call reported that a poll taken at least two months earlier showed the two congress members “neck and neck at 45 percent.” On the Washington Post's list of top 10 House races in 2012, Sutton's was at #8.
According to the Sunlight Foundation, Sutton has the highest staff turnover rate in the House. “The group's examination of House pay records for two years ending in the third quarter of 2011.” reported the Plain Dealer, “found that just 19 percent of Sutton's staffers remained throughout the period. The average House office had a 64.2 percent retention rate during that time, the study found.”
Renacci defeated Sutton by a 52% to 48% margin on Election Day.
In May 2012, a Renacci campaign contributor was the subject of a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into over $200,000 in campaign contributions made by employees of an Ohio-based direct marketing corporation, Suarez Corporation Industries, to Renacci's campaign. Many of the non-executive employees had never donated to a campaign before and owned modest homes, yet were reported as donating the maximum legal amount of $5,000 to Renacci. The investigation was sparked by prior Toledo Blade reports of the alleged violations of federal campaign finance law prohibiting a donor from contributing in another's name and prohibiting a corporation from using bonuses or other methods of reimbursing employees for their contributions. Renacci’s campaign confirmed the FBI investigation of the contributions.
In June 2013, Renacci was among the government leaders and officials to commemorate the opening of the new Technology and Test Center, the first testing facility of its kind to be constructed in the Americas. The center is a collaboration between the Timken Company and Stark State College. The $14 million center tests ultra-large bearing systems that can be up to 13 feet in outside diameter on equipment capable of simulating harsh operating conditions similar to those found in large multi-megawatt wind turbines.
- House Ways and Means Committee
In the 112th congress, Renacci served on the Committee on Financial Services, as vice chair of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, and a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. 
Rep. Renacci has been a member of the following caucuses in the 112th and 113th Congresses
- Republican Study Committee
- Congressional Coal Caucus
- Congressional Steel Caucus
- Congressional CPA Caucus
- NorthEast-MidWest Coalition
- General Aviation Caucus
- Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Caucus
- Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus (113th only)
- Singer, Paul (November 3, 2010). "112th Congress: Jim Renacci, R-Ohio (16th District)". Congressional Quarterly. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
- "Rep. Jim Renacci (member bio)". Legistorm.com (subscription service). Retrieved 2013-08-27.
- Wire Features (2010-04-14). "16th District candidate Jim Renacci fought unpaid state taxes, fees". The-Review.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- "AFSCME ad calls Ohio congressional candidate Jim Renacci a tax cheat". PolitiFact Ohio; Cleveland Plain Dealer. 2010-08-17.
- Eaton, Sabrina (2010-04-26). "While touting their business records, Tom Ganley and Jim Renacci also must defend them". Cleveland Plain Dealer.
- Hunt, Kasie (2010-09-02). "Renacci: Serial litigant?". Politico.
- Wolf, Barnet (2005-10-22). "Temporary Workers Say Ohio Medical Billing Firm Didn't Pay Them". Columbus Dispatch.
- "Jim Renacci, Partner, Managing Board Member, President and General Manager". Columbus Destroyers. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
- "Renacci In The Running". Akron News Now. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
- "Wadsworth businessman seeking 16th Congressional District seat on GOP side". Alliance Publishing Co, LLC. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
- "Renacci files petitions for Congressional run". Akron News Now. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- "GOP calls Renacci "Contender"". Akron News Now. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- "Another Setback for the GOP's Minority Outreach". Washington Monthly. Retrieved 2010-09-09.
- "GOP House Candidate On Civil Rights: 'We Need To Get Our Federal Government Out Of The Way'". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2010-09-09.
- "Crashing Renacci's party: Supporters helped Boccieri". Canton Repository. 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
- "Rise of the YouTube ambush in Election 2010: a case study". Christian Science Monitor. 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2010-10-04.
- "Betty Sutton and Dennis Kucinich to be squeezed out in new congressional remap". The Plain Dealer. 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
- "Betty Sutton Running Against Freshman Republican in Member-Vs.-Member Race: Roll Call Politics". Roll Call. 2011-12-07. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
- "Poll Shows Tight Race for Betty Sutton in Ohio". Roll Call. 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
- "The top 10 battled between Members of Congress in 2012". Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-05-15.
- "Turnover in the House: Who keeps - and who loses - the most staff". Sunlight Foundation. February 6, 2012.
- "Rep. Betty Sutton has the highest staff turnover rate in the U.S. House of Representatives". The Plain Dealer. 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
- Cook, Tony (May 21, 2012). "Campaign donations prompt FBI probe". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
- MacGillis, Alec (May 18, 2012). "The Battleground". The New Republic. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
- "Timken & Stark State College Open Technology Center". Industrial Distribution. June 18, 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- "Congressman Jim Renacci : Committees and Caucuses". Official website. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
- "James Renacci, U.S. Representative for Ohio's 16th Congressional District - GovTrack.us". GOvTrack.us. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
- "Congressman Jim Renacci : Committees and Caucuses". Official website. Archived from the original on 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2013-08-27.
- Congressman Jim Renacci official U.S. House site
- Jim Renacci for Congress
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at Ballotpedia
- Biography at NNDB
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Congressional profile at Roll Call
- Fact-checking at PolitiFact.com
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Financial investments (personal) at The Washington Post
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th congressional district
January 3, 2011 – present
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority