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Bob Gibbs
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2023
Preceded byZack Space
Succeeded byMax Miller
Constituency18th district (2011–2013)
7th district (2013–2023)
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
January 5, 2009 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byRon Amstutz
Succeeded byLarry Obhof
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 97th district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byBryan Flannery
Succeeded byDave Hall
Personal details
Robert Brian Gibbs

(1954-06-14) June 14, 1954 (age 70)
Peru, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Jody Cox
(m. 1977)
EducationOhio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (AAS)

Robert Brian Gibbs[1] (born June 14, 1954) is an American politician who served as the U.S. representative for Ohio's 7th congressional district from 2011 to 2023. He is a member of the Republican Party. In April 2022, Gibbs announced he was not seeking reelection.[2]

Early life, education, and agricultural career[edit]

Gibbs was born on June 14, 1954, in Peru, Indiana. His family moved to Cleveland in the 1960s, and Gibbs graduated from Bay High School. In 1974, he graduated from the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute[3] and moved to Lakeville, Ohio, where he co-founded Hidden Hollow Farms, Ltd. Formerly a producer of swine, Hidden Hollow Farms now produces corn and soybeans.[4]

Gibbs served as president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation,[5] Ohio's largest agriculture organization. He first joined the Ohio Farm Bureau board of trustees in 1985. Gibbs also served as a board member of the Farm Bureau Bank, the Ohio Livestock Coalition, the Ohio Cooperative Council, and the Ohio Farm Bureau Alliance. He was president of the Loudonville Farmers Equity Company[6] in Loudonville, Ohio, where he served on the board for 12 years. Gibbs has also served as president of the Holmes County extension advisory committee, the Holmes County Farm Bureau, and as a supervisor for the Holmes County Soil & Water Conservation Service.[7]

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]


Gibbs was elected to the Ohio General Assembly in 2002, defeating Democrat Tom Mason of Ashland for a newly drawn district in the Ohio House.[8] He was reelected in 2004 in a rematch against Mason.[9] In the 2006 election, Gibbs defeated Democratic nominee James P. Riley,[10] a former township trustee from Sullivan, Ohio, with 60% of the vote. In 2009, Gibbs ran for Ohio Senate to fill the seat vacated by state senator Ron Amstutz due to term limits.


In 2006 Gibbs was appointed a member of the special task force to study eminent domain and its use and application in Ohio. The committee spent most of the year studying the issue and issued its final report in August 2006 with recommendations to the General Assembly.[11]

Committee assignments[edit]

During his last term Gibbs was chairman of the House ways and means committee. He was also a member of the agriculture & natural resources committee, financial institutions, real estate and securities committee, health care access and affordability committee, and the insurance committee.[citation needed]

Ohio Senate[edit]


Gibbs won election to the Ohio Senate in 2008, and began his first term in 2009. On August 16, 2007, he announced his he candidacy for the 22nd district senate seat being vacated by the term-limited incumbent senator, Ron Amstutz. Gibbs originally expected to face a primary challenge from state representative Jim Carmichael, but Carmichael dropped out of the race on October 21 in order to run for Wayne County commissioner. In the general election Gibbs defeated Democratic nominee James E. Riley, a job/security representative for the U.A.W. international union, with 59% of the vote.[12]

After winning election to Congress in 2010, Gibbs resigned from the Senate after serving half of one term.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



Gibbs faced Democratic incumbent Zack Space and Constitution Party nominee Lindsey Sutton in the general election. He won the Republican primary in an 8-way field. Following close results and a recount, Gibbs was certified the winner on June 4, a month after the primary.[14]

On November 2, Gibbs defeated Space in the general election by nearly 14%. Gibbs won 14 of the 16 counties in the district.[15]


After redistricting, Gibbs decided to run in the newly redrawn Ohio's 7th congressional district.[16][17] He defeated Democratic nominee Joyce Healy-Abrams[18] in the November general election.[19]


Gibbs was reelected to a third term unopposed.[20]


Gibbs was reelected to a fourth term, defeating Democrat Roy Rich and independent Dan Phillip with 64% of the vote.


Gibbs was reelected to a fifth term, defeating Democrat Ken Harbaugh with 58.7% of the vote.


Gibbs was reelected to a sixth term, defeating Democrat Quentin Potter and Libertarian Brandon Lape with 67.5% of the vote.


On March 4, 2013, Gibbs introduced the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013 (H.R. 935; 113th Congress), a bill that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and states authorized to issue a permit under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) from requiring a permit for some discharges of pesticides authorized for use under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).[21][22] In 2018, Gibbs was supported by the Great America Committee, a political action committee registered by Vice President Mike Pence.[23]

In 2015, Gibbs cosponsored a resolution to amend the US constitution to ban same-sex marriage.[24]

In December 2020, Gibbs was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[25] incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[26][27][28]

On January 6, 2021, Gibbs objected to the certification of the 2020 presidential election results in Congress based on false claims of voter fraud.[29] On April 6, 2022, he announced that he would not seek reelection in 2022, blaming the redistricting "circus", referring to the still unresolved Ohio congressional map. "These long, drawn-out processes, in which the Ohio Supreme Court can take weeks and months to deliberate while demanding responses and filings from litigants within days, is detrimental to the state and does not serve the people of Ohio", he said.[30]

Gibbs supported efforts to impeach President Biden. In September 2021, Gibbs introduced a resolution to impeach Biden for his handling of United States-Mexico border security, his extension of the federal COVID-19 eviction moratorium, and his handling of the withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan.[31] In August 2021, Gibbs co-sponsored a resolution to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden's Secretary of Homeland Security.[32]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Gibbs is married to Jody Cox of Wooster, Ohio. They have three children and are members of Nashville United Methodist Church in Nashville, Ohio.[37]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results[38]
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2002 Ohio House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 18,182 62.44% Thomas Mason Democratic 10,939 37.56%
2004 Ohio House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 30,097 64.80% Thomas Mason Democratic 16,352 35.20%
2006 Ohio House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 21,853 60.48% James E. Riley Democratic 14,280 39.52%
2008 Ohio Senate General Bob Gibbs Republican 90,111 59.05% James E. Riley Democratic 62,504 40.96%
2010 U.S. House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 107,426 53.86% Zack Space Democratic 80,756 40.49% Lindsey Sutton Constitution 11,244 5.64% *
2012 U.S. House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 178,104 56.40% Joyce Healy-Abrams Democratic 137,708 43.60%
2014 U.S. House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 143,959 100.00%
2016 U.S. House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 198,221 64.04% Roy Rich Democratic 89,638 28.96% Dan Phillip Independent 21,694 7.01%
2018 U.S. House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 150,317 58.85% Ken Harbaugh Democratic 105,105 41.15%
2020 U.S. House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 236,607 67.05% Quentin Potter Democratic 102,271 29.02% Brandon Lape Libertarian 11,671 3.03%

*In 2010, write-in candidate Mark Pitrone received 20 votes.


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