Steve Stivers

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Steve Stivers
Steve Stivers, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Mary Jo Kilroy
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 16th district
In office
January 6, 2003 – December 31, 2008
Preceded by Priscilla Mead
Succeeded by Jim Hughes
Personal details
Born Steven Ernst Stivers
(1965-03-24) March 24, 1965 (age 49)
Ripley, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Karen Stivers
Alma mater Ohio State University
Religion United Methodism
Awards Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Meritorious Service
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Army Commendation Medal
Army Reserve Achievement ribbon.svg Reserve Good Conduct
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1985–present
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Commands 371st Sustainment Brigade

Steven Ernst "Steve" Stivers (born March 24, 1965) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 15th congressional district[1] since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. Stivers previously served in the Ohio Senate, representing the 16th district. He is a Colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard and served active duty in Iraq as Battalion Commander until December 2005.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Stivers was born and grew up in Ripley, Ohio, the son of Carol Sue (née Pulliam) and Ernst Bambach Stivers.[2] Steve is a recipient of the Eagle Scout Award.[3]

Stivers attended The Ohio State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and international relations in 1989 and an MBA in 1996.[4] While attending Ohio State he joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.

Stivers spent seven years at Bank One, three years at the Ohio Company, two years as Finance Director for the Franklin County Republican Party and five years as a staff member in the Ohio Senate.[5] Stivers has worked as a Series 7 licensed securities trader with the Ohio Company.[5]

Military service[edit]

Stivers has served in the Ohio Army National Guard since 1985 and holds the rank of Colonel in the Logistics branch. Stivers was called to active duty while serving in the Ohio Senate in October 2004. It was then that Stivers served in Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, and Djibouti as Battalion Commander until December 2005. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his accomplishments as a battalion commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom.[5]

Ohio Senate[edit]

Elections[edit]

After redistricting, incumbent Republican Priscilla Mead decided to resign after only serving in the Ohio Senate for a year.[6] Stivers was the "compromise candidate" after a Senate screening committee could not agree on him and fellow State Representative Jim Hughes, who were both running for the district.[7] Stivers won a special election in January 2003 unopposed.[8] He then won re-election in 2004 to a full senate term with 58% of the vote.[9]

Tenure[edit]

Stivers served in the Ohio Senate from January 9, 2003 until December 2008.

Legislation

He sponsored 12 bills while in office which became law, 11 of which were bipartisan.[3] He was the lead sponsor of the following bills:
- A comprehensive tort reform bill which was enacted in 2004.[4]

  • Allowed members of the Armed Forces Reserves who are called to active duty to defer paying property taxes during the length of a deployment.[4]
  • Provided doctors limited civil protections if they choose to give free care to uninsured people, resulting in more than $1 million of free care in Franklin County alone.[4]
  • Worked to ensure those with disabilities in need of healthcare have the option to buy into Ohio’s Medicaid system.[4]
  • Worked to strengthen Ohio's sex offender laws.[4]

He also passed a balanced, fiscally conservative state budget, provided the largest personal property tax cut in Ohio history, and froze tuition rates for Ohio’s college students.[4]

Committee assignments[edit]

Senator Stivers sat on a variety of Ohio Senate committees. He was the Chairman of the Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee, Vice-Chair of the Finance and Financial Institutions Committee, served on the Ways and Means Committee, the Judiciary Committee on Civil Justice, the Judiciary Committee for Criminal Justice, and also the Controlling Board.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2008
Steve Stivers shaking hands at the Grandview Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

In November 2007, Stivers announced he would run for election to Congress in Ohio's 15th District, a seat held by retiring Republican member Deborah Pryce. He won the Republican nomination and ran against Democratic nominee Mary Jo Kilroy, Libertarian Mark Noble and Independent Don Elijah Eckhart. Stivers lost by 2,311 votes, conceding on December 7, 2008 after a long vote recount.

2010
John Boehner, the then House Minority Leader, campaigning for fellow Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers (left) during the 2010 midterm elections

Stivers won the Republican primary with 82% of the vote.[11] [12] He again faced Democratic incumbent Mary Jo Kilroy along with Constitution Party nominee David Ryon and Libertarian nominee William J. Kammerer. November 2, 2010 Kilroy conceded to Stivers.

2012

Stivers ran again in 2012 against Democratic nominee Pat Lang.[13] He was endorsed by the NRA, National Right to Life, Ohio State Medical Association and United States Chamber of Commerce. Stivers was re-elected by 76,397 votes.[14]

Tenure[edit]

Budget

Stivers has voted against raising the debt limit when there was no offset or systemic reform and supports prioritizing spending in the event that the debt limit is reached.[15][16] He was part of a proposal to add a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution.[15][16] Stivers voted to offset the costs of disaster relief spending through discretionary budget cuts.[16]

On April 25, 2013, Stivers introduced a bill that would alter the composition of the penny, nickel, dime and quarter to steel with a copper coat, which would save an estimated $433,000,000 over the course of ten years.[17]

He voted to audit the Federal Reserve and its recent actions, specifically its involvement in mortgage loans.[15]

Energy

Stivers supports all energy options, including green, nuclear, and clean coal and supports tax benefits for renewable energy usage.[15][18] However Stivers opposes federal regulations on efficiency standards[15]

Gun Control

Stivers is a strong supporter of gun rights and opposes any limits to Second Amendment rights.[15] He supports loosening regulations for interstate gun purchases and supports veterans registering unlicensed firearms acquired from outside the United States.[15]

Healthcare

Stivers is an opponent of government-run healthcare and has voted on numerous occasions against such.[15][19] He supports privatized healthcare options opposes the use of federal funds for any healthcare program expansions or acts.[15][19]

Social Security

Rep. Stivers opposes the privatization of social security.[15] In addition, he also opposes raising the retirement age from its current state.[15]

Taxes

Stivers took the Taxpayer Protection pledge, insuring he would not support any tax raises.[15] He supports a flat federal tax rate across the board for all income brackets.[15]

Legislation[edit]

On November 21, 2013, Stivers introduced the bill To amend the Federal Home Loan Bank Act to authorize privately insured credit unions to become members of a Federal home loan bank (H.R. 3584; 113th Congress).[20] The bill would amend the Federal Home Loan Bank Act to treat certain privately insured credit unions as insured depository institutions for purposes of determining eligibility for membership in a federal home loan bank.[20] The bill was scheduled to be voted on under a suspension of the rules on May 6, 2014.[21]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

  • Congressional Arts Caucus

Electoral history[edit]

Election results[22]
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2004 Ohio Senate General Steve Stivers Republican 95,251 57.58% Katherine Thomsen Democratic 55,656 33.65% Don Eckhart Independent 14,509 8.77%
2008 U.S. House of Representatives General Steve Stivers Republican 137,272 45.18% Mary Jo Kilroy Democratic 139,584 45.94% Mark M. Noble Libertarian 14,061 4.63% Don Eckhart Independent 12,915 4.25% *
2010 U.S. House of Representatives General Steve Stivers Republican 119,471 54.16% Mary Jo Kilroy Democratic 91,077 41.29% William Kammerer Libertarian 6,116 2.77% David Ryon Constitution 3,887 1.76% **
2012 U.S. House of Representatives General Steve Stivers Republican 205,277 61.56% Pat Lang Democratic 128,188 38.44%

*Write-in candidate Travis Casper received 6 votes (<1%)
**Write-in candidate Bill Buckel received 45 votes (0.02%)

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External links[edit]

Ohio Senate
Preceded by
Priscilla Mead
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 16th district

2003–2009
Succeeded by
Jim Hughes
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mary Jo Kilroy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th congressional district

2011–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Terri Sewell
United States Representatives by seniority
289th
Succeeded by
Scott Tipton