|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 9th district
January 3, 1983
|Preceded by||Ed Weber|
|Born||Marcia Carolyn Kaptur
June 17, 1946
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin–Madison (B.A.),
University of Michigan (M.U.P.),
University of Manchester,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Marcia Carolyn "Marcy" Kaptur (born June 17, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district, who has served since 1983. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, anchored by the city of Toledo, includes all of Ottawa and Erie counties, and part of Lucas and Lorain counties.
Serving her sixteenth term in the House of Representatives, Kaptur is the dean of Ohio's congressional delegation, the longest serving woman in the House and the second longest-serving ever after Edith Rogers; in the Congress, she is tied for the second longest-serving woman with Senator Barbara Boxer, behind Senator Barbara Mikulski. She ranks 15th out of 435 members in seniority and serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.
Early life, education, and early political career
Kaptur, a Polish-American, was born in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Anastasia Delores (née Rogowski) and Stephen Jacob Kaptur. Her family operated a small grocery. Kaptur became a Democratic Party volunteer in the late 1950s, at age 13.
Kaptur graduated from St. Ursula Academy in 1964 and became the first member in her family to attend college. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1968 and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan in 1974. She did post-graduate study in urban planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.
Kaptur served on the Toledo-Lucas County Plan Commissions from 1969 to 1975 and was director of planning for the National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs (1975–1977) founded by the late Msgr. Geno Baroni. She later served as a domestic policy advisor during President Jimmy Carter's Administration.
U.S. House of Representatives
While pursuing a doctorate in urban planning development finance at MIT, Kaptur was recruited to run for Congress in 1982 against freshman Republican Ed Weber, who had upset 26-year incumbent Lud Ashley two years earlier. Despite being outspent by almost 3-1, she defeated Weber 58%-39%. Although the 9th had traditionally been a Democratic bastion, Kaptur's win was considered a major upset.
In 1984, Kaptur faced a strong challenge from Republican Frank Venner, longtime anchorman and weatherman at WTVG, but defeated him 55%-44%, even as Ronald Reagan carried the district. Between 1984 and 2004, she won every election with at least 74% of the vote. In 2004, she faced her first serious opponent in 20 years in Lucas County auditor Larry Kaczala. However, Kaptur dispatched him fairly easily, winning by 68%-32%.
Kaptur won her 13th term with 74% of the vote.
Kaptur won her 14th term with 74% of the vote.
Shortly after achieving fame during the 2008 election, conservative figure Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher announced that he was considering challenging Kaptur in the 2010 election. However, he chose not to run. Kaptur was instead challenged by Republican Rich Iott, a Tea Party movement favorite. Kaptur won re-election to her 15th term with 59% of the vote, which was her worst re-election performance since 1984.[clarification needed]
Redistricting after the 2010 census extended the 9th District all the way to western Cleveland. The new map put the home of incumbent 10th District congressman Dennis Kucinich into the 9th as well, so they ran against one other in the Democratic primary. Graham Veysey, a small business owner from Cleveland, also ran in the primary. Kaptur won the primary with 56% of the vote, while Kucinich received 40%. In the general election, she won a 16th term against Republican Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher and Libertarian Sean Stipe.
Kaptur's 2014 opponent was longtime Republican activist and leader from the West Side of Cleveland Richard May, who beat Lakewood resident Robert C. Horrocks, Jr. in the May 6 primary. Kaptur won 68%-32%.
Kaptur is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. She was once named "Most Valuable Member" of the House by The Nation. In 1996, Kaptur was asked by Ross Perot to be his vice-presidential running mate. She eventually declined.
- Patent reform
Kaptur was a dedicated opponent of the America Invents Act that passed into law and changed the U.S. Patent System. Kaptur opposed changing from a "first to invent system" to a "first to file system," claiming it hurt small businesses. Kaptur stated "Our patent system is the finest in the world... the proposed solutions are special fixes that benefit these few giants at the expense of everyone else."
- World War II Memorial
On December 10, 1987, Kaptur introduced the World War II Memorial Act to the House of Representatives. The legislation authorized the American Battle Monuments Commission to establish a World War II memorial, however, as the bill was not voted on before the end of the session it failed to be enacted into law. Kaptur introduced similar legislation in 1989 and 1991 but these bills also failed to become law.
Kaptur introduced legislation for the fourth time on January 27, 1993. This time the legislation was voted on and passed in the House on May 10, 1993. After a companion bill was passed in the United States Senate, President Bill Clinton signed the bill into law on May 25, 1993. Durbin died before the memorial was built, but Kaptur spoke at the memorial dedication ceremony, along with Durbin's granddaughter, on May 29, 2004.
Kaptur later said that she felt "a great sense of fulfillment" that the memorial was finally built. "This generation was the most unselfish America has ever seen," she said. "They never asked anybody for anything in return."
On April 12, 2011 Marcy Kaptur introduced H.R. 1489 to restore the Glass-Steagall Act. It states "To repeal certain provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and revive the separation between commercial banking and the securities business, in the manner provided in the Banking Act of 1933, the so-called "Glass-Steagall Act", and for other purposes." There were 30 co-sponsors. 
Though generally reckoned as a liberal-to-progressive Democrat, Kaptur holds moderately conservative views on abortion. She has voted in favor of some proposals to restrict access to abortion but has opposed others. In January 2007, she was the only member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to vote against funding for stem-cell research. Kaptur has expressed support for the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, an amendment to America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, and voted in favor of it on November 9. Kaptur was one of only sixteen Democrats to vote in favor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act on May 4, 2011. Kaptur also voted in favor of banning partial-birth abortions in 2000 and 2003. Kaptur voted against the Child Custody Protection Act in 1999 and the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act in 2005. Kaptur voted against allowing privately funded abortions at overseas military hospitals twice in 1995, as well as 1997, 1998 and 1999. In 2005, Kaptur voted in favor of lifting the ban on abortions at overseas military hospitals.
- Free trade
Kaptur is a staunch opponent of free trade agreements. She helped lead opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement, Permanent Normal Trade Relations for the People's Republic of China, and fast track authority for the president.
- 2008 economic crisis
Marcy Kaptur expressed strong opposition to the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which provided a bailout for U.S. banks. Addressing Wall Street banks, she said, "You have perpetrated the greatest financial crimes ever on this American Republic."
She also stated, "America doesn't need to bail you out. It needs to secure real assets and property. Federal regional reserve banks should have a new job to help renegotiate . American people should get equity in any companies. Major job creation to rebuild our infrastructure. Regulate, we need a modern Glass–Steagall Act. Refinancing must return a major share of profits to a new Social Security and Medicare lock box."
- The environment
Marcy Kaptur backed The American Clean Energy and Security Act in the U.S. House after she was able to insert an amendment that would authorize the Secretary of Energy to create power marketing authorities in regions where none exist. One such area would be the Great Lakes region. Kaptur said the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation could serve as the vehicle for administering up to $3.5 billion in borrowing authority to stimulate economic development through creation of green energy such as solar power and wind power. Kaptur said the $3.5 billion in borrowing authority would promote "regional equity" and serve as a powerful engine for job creation in a region that has suffered from high energy costs, especially expensive electricity.
- Other views
She has consistently supported military spending bills.
- Committee on Appropriations
- Congressional Arts Caucus
- Congressional Ukrainian Caucus (co-chair)
- Congressional Caucus on Poland
- Congressional Caucus on Central and Eastern Europe
- Congressional Progressive Caucus
|Year||Democratic||Votes||%||Republican||Votes||%||Third Party||Party||Votes||%||Third Party||Party||Votes||%|
|1982||Marcy Kaptur||95,162||58%||Ed Weber||64,459||39%||Susan Skinner||Independent||1,785||1%||James Somers||Independent||1,594||1%||*|
|1984||Marcy Kaptur||117,985||55%||Frank Venner||93,210||43%||Other||3,714||2%|
|1986||Marcy Kaptur||105,646||78%||Mike Shufeldt||30,643||22%|
|1988||Marcy Kaptur||157,557||81%||Al Hawkins||36,183||19%|
|1990||Marcy Kaptur||117,681||78%||Jerry Lammers||33,791||22%|
|1992||Marcy Kaptur||178,879||74%||Ken Brown||53,011||22%||Edward Howard||Independent||11,162||5%|
|1994||Marcy Kaptur||118,120||75%||Randy Whitman||38,665||25%|
|1996||Marcy Kaptur||170,617||77%||Randy Whitman||46,040||21%||Elizabeth Slotnick||Natural Law||4,677||2%|
|1998||Marcy Kaptur||130,793||81%||Edward Emery||30,312||19%|
|2000||Marcy Kaptur||168,547||75%||Dwight Bryan||49,446||22%||Galen Fries||Libertarian||4,239||2%||Dennis Slotnick||Natural Law||3,096||1%|
|2002||Marcy Kaptur||132,236||74%||Ed Emery||46,481||26%|
|2004||Marcy Kaptur||205,149||68%||Larry Kaczala||95,983||32%|
|2006||Marcy Kaptur||153,880||74%||Bradley Leavitt||55,119||26%|
|2008||Marcy Kaptur||222,054||74%||Bradley Leavitt||76,512||26%|
|2010||Marcy Kaptur||121,819||59%||Rich Iott||83,423||41%|
|2012||Marcy Kaptur||217,771||73%||Joe the Plumber||68,668||23%||Sean Stipe||Libertarian||11,725||4%|
|2014||Marcy Kaptur||106,338||68%||Richard May||50,792||32%|
- In 1982, Libertarian Brian Muir also received less than one percent of the vote.
- Ohio's 9th congressional district
- List of United States Representatives from Ohio
- National World War II Memorial
- "The Online Office of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur". Kaptur.house.gov. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- Who's who of women in world politics - Google Books. Books.google.ca. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. "Lecture: Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, An Urban Planner in Congress". Retrieved 2011-10-10.
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- November 18, 1996 (1996-11-18). "Ross Reruns". Newsweek. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- "Patent Reform". The Hill. June 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- Kaptur, Marcy (June 22, 2009). "Tech giants are aiming to infringe". The Hill. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- Janofsky, Michael (May 30, 2004). "Veterans Gather to Dedicate World War II Memorial". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
- "Return to Prudent Banking Act of 2011 (2011; 112th Congress H.R. 1489) - GovTrack.us". Retrieved 10 April 2014.
- "Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act". House.gov. January 11, 2007. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "Stupak of Michigan Amendment". House.gov. November 7, 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act". House.gov. May 4, 2011. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000". House.gov. April 5, 2000. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "On Agreeing to the Conference Report". House.gov. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "Child Custody Protection Act". House.gov. June 30, 1999. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act". House.gov. April 27, 2005. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "DeLauro of Connecticut Amendment". House.gov. June 15, 1995. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "Dornan of California". House.gov. September 7, 1995. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "Harman of California Amendment". House.gov. June 19, 1997. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "Lowey of New York Amendment". House.gov. May 20, 1998. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "Meek of Florida Amendment". House.gov. June 9, 1999. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "Davis of California Amendment". House.gov. May 25, 2005. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- THE LATEST REALITY GAME--WALL STREET BAILOUT House of Representatives - September 22, 2008.
- "Michael Moore's Capitalism Goes for Broke". Time. September 6, 2009.
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- "Election Results". Federal Election Commission.
- "2012 Elections Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Marcy Kaptur.|
- Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur official U.S. House site
- Marcy Kaptur for Congress
- Marcy Kaptur at DMOZ
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Profile at SourceWatch
- Jake Whitney interviews Marcy Kaptur in Guernica magazine, December 2009
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