Jim Renacci

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Jim Renacci
Jim Renacci, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded byJohn Boccieri
Succeeded byAnthony Gonzalez (Elect)
Mayor of Wadsworth
In office
2004–2008
Preceded byCaesar Carrino
Succeeded byRobin Laubaugh
Personal details
Born (1958-12-03) December 3, 1958 (age 60)
Monongahela, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Tina
Children3
EducationIndiana University of Pennsylvania (BS)
WebsiteHouse website

James B. Renacci /rɪˈnsi/ (born December 3, 1958) is an American accountant, businessman, and politician who was elected U.S. Representative for Ohio's 16th congressional district in 2010. A Republican, he is a former city council president and two-term Mayor of Wadsworth, Ohio.[1][2] Renacci was the unsuccessful Republican challenger to incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown in the 2018 U.S. Senate election.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

James Renacci was born December 3, 1958, in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, the son of Anna Marie (Sasko), a nurse, and Evo Renacci, a railroad worker.[5][6] Renacci earned a degree in business administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and became a Certified Public Accountant and financial advisor.[7]

Business career[edit]

In 2003, Renacci formed the LTC Companies group, a financial consulting service that had partial ownership of three Harley-Davidson dealerships in Columbus, the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus, and Renacci-Doraty Chevrolet in Wadsworth.

Renacci has been involved with real estate, automobile dealerships, nursing homes, and other businesses. He has made use of the legal system during his business career, including initiating legal proceedings against former business partners, companies, and the state of Ohio. He has also been sued, including for the wrongful death of a patient in one of the nursing homes he owns. That case was settled out of court.[8]

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.[9] 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[edit]

Elections[edit]

2010

Renacci announced on August 24, 2009, that he would run for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio's 16th district,[10][11] officially filing on January 11, 2010.[12] Renacci ran as a "Contender" of the National Republican Congressional Committee in its "Young Guns" program.[13] Renacci defeated Democratic incumbent John Boccieri by 52% to 41% with 7% of the vote going to Libertarian candidate Jeffrey Blevins.

2012

The Plain Dealer reported in September 2011 that the new district map of Ohio would place Congressman Betty Sutton in "a Republican leaning district that's being constructed to favor Renacci."[14] In December, Sutton filed to run against Renacci.[15] Later that month, Roll Call reported that a poll taken at least two months earlier showed the two candidates "neck and neck at 45 percent."[16] The race was included on the Washington Post's list of top 10 House races to watch in 2012.[17] Renacci defeated Sutton by a 52% to 48% margin on election day.[18]

In 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated campaign contributions made by employees of an Ohio-based direct marketing corporation, Suarez Corporation Industries, to the campaigns of Renacci and Josh Mandel. Renacci's campaign returned all of the donations. The owner of the company was later only found guilty of witness tampering in the case and served time in prison.[19][20][21][22]

Tenure[edit]

Renacci was ranked the 46th most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress (and the third most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio) in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy that ranks members of the United States Congress by their degree of bipartisanship (by measuring the frequency each member's bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party and each member's co-sponsorship of bills by members of the opposite party).[23]

He is a member of the Republican Study Committee and Republican Main Street Partnership.[24]

Committee assignments[edit]

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.[27]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Renacci has been a member of the following caucuses:

2018 elections[edit]

Gubernatorial[edit]

In January 2017, several news outlets reported that Renacci was considering running for Governor of Ohio in 2018.[29][30] Politico reported that "as a wealthy auto dealer prior to being elected to Congress, Renacci would potentially be able to self-fund a statewide bid."[30] On March 21, 2017, Renacci announced his intention to run for the Republican nomination for governor of Ohio in 2018. He dropped out of the governor's race in January 2018 in order to run for U.S. Senate.[31]

U.S. Senate[edit]

In January 2018, Renacci announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.[31] On May 8, 2018, he won the Republican primary, becoming the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from Ohio.[4] Renacci was defeated by incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in the November 6, 2018, general election.[32] Brown received 53% of the vote, while Renacci received 47%.[33]

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, The Christian Science Monitor included Renacci in its list of the 10 richest members of Congress, estimating his net worth at $36.67 million.[34]

In June 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the state of Ohio must refund $359,822 that Renacci and his wife had paid in penalties in a dispute over their 2000 taxes. The court's opinion stated that the Ohio tax commissioner had abused his discretion by penalizing the Renaccis because the couple had reasonably believed they did not owe taxes on profits from an entity that the state later determined was subject to taxation. The Renaccis had relied on an earlier legal interpretation in delaying tax payments.[35][36]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results[37]
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2010 U.S. House of Representatives General Jim Renacci Republican 114,652 52% John Boccieri Democratic 90,833 41% Jeffrey Blevins Libertarian 14,585 7%
2012 U.S. House of Representatives General Jim Renacci Republican 185,167 52% Betty Sutton Democratic 170,604 48%
2014 U.S. House of Representatives General Jim Renacci Republican 130,463 64% Pete Crossland Democratic 74,158 36%
2016 U.S. House of Representatives General Jim Renacci Republican 221,495 65% Keith Mundy Democratic 117,296 35%
2018 United States Senate General Jim Renacci Republican 2,011,832 46.79% Sherrod Brown Democratic 2,286,730 53.19%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rep. Jim Renacci (member bio)". Legistorm.com (subscription service). Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "Cleveland.com: The Cost of Abuse". cleveland.com. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  3. ^ "Jim Renacci joins race for Ohio governor". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2017-06-18.
  4. ^ a b "Renacci wins Ohio GOP Senate primary". POLITICO. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  5. ^ http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/triblive-valley-independent/obituary.aspx?n=evo-renacci&pid=176491174&fhid=28002
  6. ^ http://www.indeonline.com/article/20101103/NEWS/311039833
  7. ^ "RENACCI, Jim - Biographical Information". congress.gov. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  8. ^ Hunt, Kasie (September 2, 2010). "Renacci: Serial litigant?". Politico. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Jim Renacci, Partner, Managing Board Member, President and General Manager". Columbus Destroyers. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
  10. ^ "Renacci In The Running". Akron News Now. Retrieved October 1, 2009.
  11. ^ "Wadsworth businessman seeking 16th Congressional District seat on GOP side". Alliance Publishing Co, LLC. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
  12. ^ "Renacci files petitions for Congressional run". Akron News Now. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
  13. ^ "GOP calls Renacci "Contender"". Akron News Now. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
  14. ^ "Betty Sutton and Dennis Kucinich to be squeezed out in new congressional remap". The Plain Dealer. September 12, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  15. ^ "Betty Sutton Running Against Freshman Republican in Member-Vs.-Member Race: Roll Call Politics". Roll Call. December 7, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  16. ^ "Poll Shows Tight Race for Betty Sutton in Ohio". Roll Call. December 15, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  17. ^ Blake, Aaron (July 11, 2011). "The top 10 battled between Members of Congress in 2012". Washington Post. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  18. ^ Jaffe, Alexandra (November 7, 2012). "GOP Rep. Renacci wins in incumbent-on-incumbent match-up in Ohio". The Hill.
  19. ^ Cook, Tony (May 21, 2012). "Campaign donations prompt FBI probe". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  20. ^ MacGillis, Alec (May 18, 2012). "The Battleground". The New Republic. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
  21. ^ Wang, Robert (July 23, 2012). "Renacci returns donations from Suarez employees". Canton Repository. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  22. ^ Heisig, Eric (July 22, 2015). "Appeals court upholds felony conviction for Ben Suarez in campaign-finance case". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  23. ^ The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index (PDF), The Lugar Center, March 7, 2016, retrieved April 30, 2017
  24. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  25. ^ a b "Congressman Jim Renacci : Committees and Caucuses". Official website. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  26. ^ "James Renacci, U.S. Representative for Ohio's 16th Congressional District - GovTrack.us". GOvTrack.us. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  27. ^ a b "Congressman Jim Renacci : Committees and Caucuses". Official website. Archived from the original on December 11, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  28. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  29. ^ Gomez, Henry J. (January 19, 2017). "Jim Renacci, eyeing bid for Ohio governor, to launch statewide ad buy during inauguration". cleveland.com. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  30. ^ a b Isenstadt, Alex (December 21, 2016). "Rep. Renacci eyes Ohio gubernatorial bid". POLITICO. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  31. ^ a b Shesgreen, Deirdre; Balmert, Jessie (January 10, 2010). "U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci to leave governor's race for U.S. Senate". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  32. ^ Tobias, Andrew (November 6, 2018). "Sherrod Brown cruises to re-election over Jim Renacci in Ohio's U.S. Senate race". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  33. ^ "Ohio Election Results". New York Times. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  34. ^ "Who are the 10 richest members of Congress?". Christian Science Monitor. October 25, 2012. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  35. ^ Eaton, Sabrina (June 15, 2016). "U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci wins back almost $360,000 in Ohio Supreme Court tax case". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  36. ^ "Court: Ohio must refund nearly $360,000 tax penalty to Rep. Jim Renacci, wife". Ohio.com. June 15, 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  37. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Archived from the original on August 15, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2014.

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Preceded by
John Boccieri
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th congressional district

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Anthony Gonzalez
Elect
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