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 by John Boccieri
Mayor of Wadsworth
In office
Preceded by Caesar Carrino
Succeeded by Robin Laubaugh
Personal details
Born (1958-12-03) December 3, 1958 (age 59)
Monongahela, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Tina
Children 3
Education Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BS)
Website House website

James B. Renacci /rɪˈnsi/ (born December 3, 1958) is an American businessperson and politician who was elected U.S. Representative for Ohio's 16th congressional district in 2010. A Republican, he served previously as city council president and two terms as Mayor of Wadsworth, Ohio.[1][2]

He is a candidate in the Republican Party primary for United States Senate in the 2018 election.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

James Renacci was born December 3, 1958, in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. 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.[4]

Business career[edit]

In 2012, The Christian Science Monitor included Renacci in its list of the 10 richest members of Congress.[5] As of 2010, it was estimated that Renacci was 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.[6] In June 2006, the Ohio Department of Taxation assessed Renacci $1.4 million in back taxes, interest and penalties for disclosed but unreported year 2000 income.[7] Renacci stated that the dispute stemmed from a change in Ohio tax policy which he disputed. 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.[8] In June 2016, the Renacci's won their case against the State of Ohio after appealing it to the Ohio Surpreme Court. The court's unanimous decision affirmed they had properly appealed the tax assessment in June 2006.

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 owned, operated and managed over 60 businesses, employed approximately 3000 people and created over 1500 jobs. Over his 30 years in business, his companies have been a party in multiple legal cases,[8] including two wrongful death suits related to Renacci's nursing home business,[9] 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.[10] In all cases, Renacci either settled out of court or the case was dismissed.[9]

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.[11] 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]



Renacci announced on August 24, 2009 that he would run for the U.S. House of Representatives in Ohio's 16th district,[12][13] officially filing on January 11, 2010.[14] Renacci ran as a "Contender" of the National Republican Congressional Committee in its "Young Guns" program.[15] Renacci defeated Democratic incumbent John Boccieri by 52% to 41% with 7% of the vote going to Libertarian candidate Jeffrey Blevins.

In a town hall meeting 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.[16][17][18][19]


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.”[20] In December, Sutton filed to run against Renacci.[21] 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.”[22] On the Washington Post's list of top 10 House races in 2012, Sutton's was at #8.[23] Renacci defeated Sutton by a 52% to 48% margin on Election Day.[24]


In May 2012, a Renacci campaign contributor was the subject of a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into $100,000 of 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 returned all of the donations, and it was later determined in a Cleveland court that the contributors did not violate federal law.[25][26]

As of January 2017, several news sources had reported that Renacci was considering running for governor of Ohio in 2018.[27][28] 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."[28] On March 21, 2017, Renacci announced his intention to run for the Republican nomination to be governor of the State of Ohio in 2018.

Renacci was ranked as 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).[29]

He is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership.[30]

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.[33]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Rep. Renacci has been a member of the following caucuses in the 112th and 113th Congresses

Electoral history[edit]

Election results[35]
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent 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% Robert Ross Write-in 67 0%
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%


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  6. ^ Wire Features (April 14, 2010). "16th District candidate Jim Renacci fought unpaid state taxes, fees". The-Review.com. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
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  10. ^ Wolf, Barnet (October 22, 2005). "Temporary Workers Say Ohio Medical Billing Firm Didn't Pay Them". Columbus Dispatch. 
  11. ^ "Jim Renacci, Partner, Managing Board Member, President and General Manager". Columbus Destroyers. Retrieved September 25, 2009. 
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  16. ^ "Another Setback for the GOP's Minority Outreach". Washington Monthly. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  17. ^ "GOP House Candidate On Civil Rights: 'We Need To Get Our Federal Government Out Of The Way'". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Crashing Renacci's party: Supporters helped Boccieri". Canton Repository. September 14, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Rise of the YouTube ambush in Election 2010: a case study". Christian Science Monitor. September 17, 2010. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Betty Sutton and Dennis Kucinich to be squeezed out in new congressional remap". The Plain Dealer. September 12, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Betty Sutton Running Against Freshman Republican in Member-Vs.-Member Race: Roll Call Politics". Roll Call. December 7, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Poll Shows Tight Race for Betty Sutton in Ohio". Roll Call. December 15, 2011. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  23. ^ Blake, Aaron (July 11, 2011). "The top 10 battled between Members of Congress in 2012". Washington Post. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  24. ^ Jaffe, Alexandra (November 7, 2012). "GOP Rep. Renacci wins in incumbent-on-incumbent match-up in Ohio". The Hill. 
  25. ^ Cook, Tony (May 21, 2012). "Campaign donations prompt FBI probe". Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  26. ^ MacGillis, Alec (May 18, 2012). "The Battleground". The New Republic. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  27. ^ 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. 
  28. ^ a b Isenstadt, Alex (December 21, 2016). "Rep. Renacci eyes Ohio gubernatorial bid". POLITICO. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  29. ^ The Lugar Center - McCourt School Bipartisan Index (PDF), The Lugar Center, March 7, 2016, retrieved April 30, 2017 
  30. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Retrieved 4 October 2017. 
  31. ^ a b "Congressman Jim Renacci : Committees and Caucuses". Official website. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  32. ^ "James Renacci, U.S. Representative for Ohio's 16th Congressional District - GovTrack.us". GOvTrack.us. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  33. ^ a b "Congressman Jim Renacci : Committees and Caucuses". Official website. Archived from the original on December 11, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  34. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2018. 
  35. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Archived from the original on August 15, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 

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

Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Steven Palazzo
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Cedric Richmond