Jump to content

Marcy Kaptur

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Marcy Kaptur
Official portrait, 2018
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 9th district
Assumed office
January 3, 1983
Preceded byEd Weber
Personal details
Marcia Carolyn Kaptur

(1946-06-17) June 17, 1946 (age 78)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison (BA)
University of Michigan (MUP)
WebsiteHouse website

Marcia Carolyn Kaptur (/ˈkæptər/ KAP-tər; born June 17, 1946) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative from Ohio's 9th congressional district. Now in her 21st term, she has been a member of Congress since 1983.

A member of the Democratic Party, Kaptur is the longest-serving woman in congressional history (having surpassed Barbara Mikulski in 2023)[1] and the dean of Ohio's congressional delegation.

Early life and education[edit]

Kaptur was born on June 17, 1946, in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Anastasia Delores (Rogowski) and Stephen Jacob Kaptur.[2][3] Her parents were both of Polish descent. Her mother was an automobile union organizer and her family operated a small grocery. Kaptur started volunteering with the Ohio Democratic Party when she was 13.[4]

Kaptur graduated from St. Ursula Academy in 1964 and became the first person in her family to attend college.[5][6] 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.[7] She did doctoral studies in urban planning development finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.[8]

Early career[edit]

Kaptur served on the Toledo-Lucas County Plan Commissions from 1969 to 1975. She was director of planning for the National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs (1975–1977), founded by Geno Baroni. She later served as a domestic policy advisor during President Jimmy Carter's administration.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


Portrait of Kaptur from the 1985 Congressional Pictorial Directory

While 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.[10] Despite being outspent by almost 3–1, she defeated Weber 58–39%.[11][12]

In 1984, Kaptur faced a strong challenge from Republican Frank Venner, longtime anchorman and weatherman at WTVG, but defeated him 55–44%,[13] even as Ronald Reagan carried the district. From 1986 to 2002, she won every election with at least 74% of the vote.[citation needed] In 2004, she faced her strongest challenger in 20 years in Lucas County auditor Larry Kaczala, but won the election 68–32%.[citation needed]


Kaptur won her 13th term with 74% of the vote.[14]


Kaptur won her 14th term with 74% of the vote.[15]


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,[16][17][18] but chose not to run. Kaptur was instead challenged by Republican Rich Iott, a Tea Party movement favorite. She was reelected to a 15th term with 59% of the vote,[19] her closest victory since 1984.

Ohio's 9th district, as configured from 2013 to 2023

For her first three decades in Congress, Kaptur represented a compact district centered around Toledo. Redistricting after the 2010 census extended the 9th district to western Cleveland. The new map put the home of incumbent 10th district congressman Dennis Kucinich into the 9th, so they ran against each other in the Democratic primary. Graham Veysey, a small-business owner from Cleveland, also ran in the primary. Retaining over 60% of her former territory, Kaptur won the primary with 56% of the vote to Kucinich's 40%.[20][21] In the general election, she won a 16th term against Wurzelbacher and Libertarian Sean Stipe.[22] The reconfigured 9th was no less Democratic than its predecessor, and Kaptur had effectively clinched reelection by defeating Kucinich in the primary.


Kaptur's 2014 opponent was Richard May, a longtime Republican activist from west Cleveland, who beat Lakewood resident Robert C. Horrocks Jr. in the May 6 primary.[23] Kaptur won 68–32%.


Kaptur's 2016 opponent was Donald Larson, who defeated Steven Kraus and Joel Lieske in the Republican primary on March 15. Kaptur won 68–31%.


Kaptur's 2020 opponent was Rob Weber, who defeated Charles W. Barrett, Tim Connors, and Timothy P. Corrigan in the Republican primary on March 17. Kaptur won 63–37%.


Kaptur was seemingly placed in a vulnerable position when redistricting shifted her district to the west in order to take in territory previously in the neighboring heavily Republican 5th district. While Joe Biden carried the old 9th with 59% of the vote, the new 9th would have voted for Donald Trump with 51% of the vote. Despite this, Kaptur easily defeated Republican nominee J.R. Majewski, 56% to 43%.[24]


In 1996, Ross Perot asked Kaptur to be his vice-presidential running mate. She declined.[25]

Kaptur voted with President Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time in the 117th Congress, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis.[26]

Patent reform[edit]

Kaptur opposed the America Invents Act that passed into law and changed the U.S. Patent System. She opposed changing from a "first to invent system" to a "first to file system", saying it hurt small businesses[27] and "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."[28]

Kaptur co-sponsored the Restoring America's Leadership in Innovation Act. In order to strengthen inventors' property rights, the bill would remove the administrative review process that allows the public to challenge patent filings' validity; the process exists to prevent misuse of the patent system.[29]

World War II memorial[edit]

The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

On December 10, 1987, Kaptur introduced the World War II Memorial Act in the House.[30] The bill authorized the American Battle Monuments Commission to establish a World War II memorial. It was not voted on before the end of the session and so failed to be enacted. Kaptur introduced similar legislation twice in 1989 but these bills also failed to become law.[31]

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.[32]

Kaptur later said that she felt "a great sense of fulfillment" that the memorial was built. "This generation was the most unselfish America has ever seen," she said. "They never asked anybody for anything in return."[33]


Kaptur holds a 95% rating from NARAL. She supported Roe v. Wade, calling it "the law of the land". She has voted for some proposals to restrict access to abortion and opposed others. In January 2007, she was the only member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to vote against federally funded embryonic stem-cell research.[34] Kaptur voted for the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, an amendment to America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.[35] She was one of only 16 Democrats to vote for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act on May 4, 2011.[36] Kaptur also voted to ban partial-birth abortions in 2000 and 2003.[37][38] She voted against the Child Custody Protection Act in 1999 and the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act in 2005.[39][40] Kaptur voted against allowing privately funded abortions at overseas military hospitals twice in 1995, as well as in 1997, 1998 and 1999.[41][42][43][44][45] In 2005, Kaptur voted to lift the ban on abortions at overseas military hospitals.[46]

In 2023, Kaptur voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would have criminalized failing to provide care for an infant born alive after an abortion attempt.[47]

Free trade[edit]

Kaptur opposes 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.[citation needed]

2008 economic crisis[edit]

Kaptur opposed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which provided a bailout for U.S. banks.[48] Her opposition to the bailout was highlighted in Michael Moore's 2009 documentary Capitalism: A Love Story.[49]

On April 12, 2011, Kaptur introduced H.R. 1489 to restore the Glass–Steagall Act, "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.[50]

Immigration reform[edit]

Kaptur was one of 38 Democrats to vote against the DREAM Act in December 2010. It passed the House but failed in the Senate.[51]

In 2021, Kaptur voted for the DREAM Act.[52]

On May 8, 2024, Kaptur voted against the "Equal Representation Act." This proposed law would have required that when counting the population of each state to determine the number of U.S. Representatives, noncitizens who are ineligible to vote would be excluded from the count.[53]

2016 presidential election[edit]

Kaptur endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, and introduced him at a rally in Toledo.[54] On October 3, 2016, she endorsed the nominee, Hillary Clinton, who had won Ohio and her district in the primary, at a rally in Toledo.[citation needed]

Gun control[edit]

In 2022, Kaptur voted for H.R. 1808: Assault Weapons Ban of 2022.[55][56] The legislation would ban semiautomatic rifles, including AR-15s, the most popular rifles in the U.S.[57]


In 2023, Kaptur voted against H.Con.Res. 21, which directed President Joe Biden to remove U.S. troops from Syria within 180 days.[58][59]


Kaptur co-chairs the Ukrainian Caucus. She has been a vocal supporter of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Kaptur has said Ukraine "voted for her own independence and has been laboring to be free with continued Russian meddling in her country all these decades."[60] In February 2023, Kaptur signed a letter advocating for President Biden to give F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine.[61]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Ohio's 9th congressional district: Results 1982–2022[66][67][68][69][70][71]
Year Democratic Votes % Republican Votes % Third Party Party 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% Brian Muir Libertarian 1,217 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% Ed 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% Samuel J. Wurzelbacher 68,668 23% Sean Stipe Libertarian 11,725 4%
2014 Marcy Kaptur 108,870 68% Richard May 51,704 32% *
2016 Marcy Kaptur 193,966 69% Donald Philip Larson 88,427 31% *
2018 Marcy Kaptur 152,682 68% Steve Kraus 73,183 32% *
2020 Marcy Kaptur 190,328 63% Rob Weber 111,385 37%
2022 Marcy Kaptur 150,655 56% J.R. Majewski 115,362 43%

*In 1984, all 3,714 votes for other candidates are considered write-in ballots. In 1988, 72 write-in ballots were cast. In 1992, 50 write-in ballots were cast. In 2014, write-in candidates Cory Hoffman and George A. Skalsky received 112 votes and 29 votes, respectively. In 2016, write-in candidate George A. Skalsky received 5 votes.

Personal life[edit]

Kaptur is a Roman Catholic.[72][73] In her letter to NETWORK Lobby, she wrote: "The Roman Catholic faith is a central pillar of my being, particularly as an American of Polish heritage".[73] She describes her Catholicism as an element of her Polish heritage, stating that the Catholic Church gave her "ancestors worth and hope — during times of bondage, repression, punishment, war, illness, and harrowing economic downturns".[73] Kaptur also expressed her admiration for Catholic social teaching, especially the option for the poor. In 2010, Kaptur withheld her vote on Affordable Care Act until being assured that it would not fund abortion.[74] Because she mixes political Catholicism with her progressive persona, The Washington Post described her as "an economic populist from America’s heartland with progressive values and a conservative disposition".[74]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Susan Davis (2016-03-18). "Marcy Kaptur, Ohio Democrat, Becomes Longest-Serving Woman In The House". NPR. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  2. ^ "The Online Office of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur". Kaptur.house.gov. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  3. ^ Dolling, Yolanda; Cooper, Polly; Dolling, Eric (1991). Who's Who of Women in World Politics. Bowker-Saur. ISBN 9780862916275. Retrieved 2012-08-30 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Foerstel, Karen (1999). "Marcy Kaptur". Biographical Dictionary of Congressional Women. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. p. 141. ISBN 0-313-30290-1.
  5. ^ "About Marcy". U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur Representing the 9th District of Ohio. 3 December 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "KAPTUR, Marcia Carolyn (Marcy), (1946 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. "Lecture: Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, An Urban Planner in Congress". Archived from the original on 2011-09-03. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  8. ^ Schenken, Suzanne O'Dea (1999). "Kaptur, Marcia (Marcy) Carolyn (b. 1946)". From Suffrage to the Senate: An Encyclopedia of American Women in Politics. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-Clio. p. 370. ISBN 0-87436-960-6.
  9. ^ Kouters, Angela (2008). Encyclopedia of Women and American Politics. New York: Facts On File. p. 268. ISBN 978-1-4381-1032-5.
  10. ^ Tom Troy (October 27, 2015). "Former Congressman Weber backs Ferner for mayor". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  11. ^ "OH District 9 Race". Our Campaigns. November 2, 1982. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  12. ^ "Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur: Biography". Kaptur.house.gov. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  13. ^ "OH District 9 Race". Our Campaigns. November 6, 1984. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  14. ^ "OH - District 09 Race". Our Campaigns. November 7, 2006. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  15. ^ "OH - District 09 Race". Our Campaigns. November 4, 2008. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  16. ^ "Now, Joe the Plumber wants to be a Congressman!". Asian News International. 2008-10-25. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
  17. ^ "'Joe the Plumber' Considers Run for Congress". Fox News. 2008-10-25. Archived from the original on 2008-10-26. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
  18. ^ Shipman, Tim (2008-10-27). "Joe the Plumber says he may run for Congress". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
  19. ^ "2010 Election: Live Results". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2010-11-08.
  20. ^ "2016 Election Results: President Live Map by State, Real-Time Voting Updates". Politico. 2016-11-08. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  21. ^ "OH District 9 - D Primary Race". Our Campaigns. March 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  22. ^ Noga, Joe (November 7, 2012). "Marcy Kaptur coasts to win in 9th District congressional race". Sun News.
  23. ^ "Richard May of Cleveland wins GOP primary to oppose Rep. Marcy Kaptur". cleveland.com. 2014-05-06. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  24. ^ "Ohio's 9th Congressional District election, 2022". Ballotpedia. 2022-11-08. Retrieved 2022-11-14.
  25. ^ "Ross Reruns". Newsweek. November 18, 1996. Retrieved 2010-08-23. [dead link]
  26. ^ Bycoffe, Aaron; Wiederkehr, Anna (2021-04-22). "Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2023-11-15.
  27. ^ "Patent Reform". The Hill. June 2009. Archived from the original on December 17, 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  28. ^ Kaptur, Marcy (June 22, 2009). "Tech giants are aiming to infringe". The Hill. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  29. ^ Malathi Nayak (June 29, 2018). "Bill to End Patent Office Validity Challenges Introduced in House (1)". Bloomberg Law. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  30. ^ House of Representatives (22 March 1991). "H.R.1624 - To provide for the establishment of a memorial on Federal land within the District of Columbia to honor members of the Armed Forces who served in World War II, and to express the sense of Congress concerning the United States' participation in that conflict". Congress.gov. Retrieved 22 October 2022.
  31. ^ House of Representatives (29 June 1989). "H.R.2807 - To provide for the establishment of a memorial on Federal land within the District of Columbia to honor members of the Armed Forces who served in World War II, and to express the sense of Congress concerning the United States participation in that conflict". Congress.gov. Retrieved 22 October 2022.
  32. ^ House of Representatives (22 March 1991). "H.R.1624 - To provide for the establishment of a memorial on Federal land within the District of Columbia to honor members of the Armed Forces who served in World War II, and to express the sense of Congress concerning the United States' participation in that conflict". Congress.gov. Retrieved 22 October 2022.
  33. ^ Janofsky, Michael (May 30, 2004). "Veterans Gather to Dedicate World War II Memorial". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  34. ^ "Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act". House.gov. January 11, 2007. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  35. ^ "Stupak of Michigan Amendment". House.gov. November 7, 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  36. ^ "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act". House.gov. May 4, 2011. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  37. ^ "Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2000". House.gov. April 5, 2000. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  38. ^ "On Agreeing to the Conference Report". House.gov. October 2, 2003. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  39. ^ "Child Custody Protection Act". House.gov. June 30, 1999. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  40. ^ "Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act". House.gov. April 27, 2005. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  41. ^ "DeLauro of Connecticut Amendment". House.gov. June 15, 1995. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  42. ^ "Dornan of California". House.gov. September 7, 1995. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  43. ^ "Harman of California Amendment". House.gov. June 19, 1997. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  44. ^ "Lowey of New York Amendment". House.gov. May 20, 1998. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  45. ^ "Meek of Florida Amendment". House.gov. June 9, 1999. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  46. ^ "Davis of California Amendment". House.gov. May 25, 2005. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
  47. ^ "How area members of Congress voted".
  48. ^ Marcy Kaptur (September 22, 2008). "Statement on Economic Turmoil" (Press release). I do not believe that Congress should bail out large financial institutions on Wall Street, especially without adequate protection for the average person. We need to help Main Street, not just Wall Street.... I do not believe that the people who helped bring about this situation should be allowed to profit from it.
  49. ^ Mary Corliss (September 6, 2009). "Michael Moore's Capitalism Goes for Broke". Time.
  50. ^ "Return to Prudent Banking Act of 2011 (2011; 112th Congress H.R. 1489)". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  51. ^ "House Vote 625 - Approves DREAM Act". ProPublica. Retrieved 2022-07-19.
  52. ^ "H.R. 6: American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 -- House Vote #91 -- Mar 18, 2021".
  53. ^ Washington, U. S. Capitol Room H154; p:225-7000, DC 20515-6601 (2024-05-08). "Roll Call 193 Roll Call 193, Bill Number: H. R. 7109, 118th Congress, 2nd Session". Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved 2024-06-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  54. ^ Alcindor, Yamiche (March 11, 2016). "Bernie Sanders Praises Ruling Allowing 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Ohio - First Draft. Political News, Now". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  55. ^ "House passes assault-style weapons ban | CNN Politics". CNN. 29 July 2022.
  56. ^ "H.R. 1808: Assault Weapons Ban of 2022 -- House Vote #410 -- Jul 29, 2022".
  57. ^ "How an 'ugly,' unwanted weapon became the most popular rifle in America".
  58. ^ "H.Con.Res. 21: Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of … -- House Vote #136 -- Mar 8, 2023".
  59. ^ "House Votes Down Bill Directing Removal of Troops From Syria". Associated Press. March 8, 2023.
  60. ^ "Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur tells Toledoans how they can help Ukraine". 7 March 2022.
  61. ^ "Seven more lawmakers — including six Democrats — have signed on to a letter pushing Joe Biden to send F-16 jets to Ukraine". Politico. February 21, 2023. Retrieved February 24, 2023.
  62. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  63. ^ "Legislative Committee Detail Page". Ciclt.net. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  64. ^ "Members". House Baltic Caucus. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  65. ^ "90 Current Climate Solutions Caucus Members". Citizen's Climate Lobby. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  66. ^ "Office of the House Clerk – Electoral Statistics". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2007-12-26.
  67. ^ "Election Results". Federal Election Commission.
  68. ^ "2012 Elections Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Archived from the original on July 30, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  69. ^ "2014 Elections Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  70. ^ "2016 Elections Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  71. ^ "2020 Elections Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  72. ^ "Meet Marcy – Marcy Kaptur for Congress". Retrieved 2021-07-28.
  73. ^ a b c Marcy Kaptur (July 26, 2022). "Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur Celebrates NETWORK Lobby's Legacy of Connecting the Common Good to Politics". NETWORK Lobby. Retrieved 2023-08-01.
  74. ^ a b Eliza Gray (August 26, 2019). "The Quiet Endurance of Marcy Kaptur". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2023-08-01.

External links[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 9th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by United States representatives by seniority
Succeeded by