Pat Tiberi

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Pat Tiberi
Pat Tiberi official.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2001
Preceded by John Kasich
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 26th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – December 31, 2000
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Linda Reidelbach
Personal details
Born (1962-10-21) October 21, 1962 (age 54)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Denice Tiberi
Education Ohio State University (BA)

Patrick Joseph "Pat" Tiberi /ˈtˌbɛri/ (born October 21, 1962) has served as U.S. Representative for Ohio's 12th congressional district since 2001; the district includes communities north and east of Columbus. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously served in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Early life, education and career[edit]

The son of Italian immigrants, Tiberi was born in Columbus and attended the city's Woodward Park Middle school, then Northland High School. Tiberi attended The Ohio State University where he was a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1985 with a degree in journalism and was the first in his family to graduate from college.[1] He was later awarded an honorary doctorate in the Humanities by Capital University in May 2005.

Upon graduation from college, Tiberi worked as a realtor for RE/MAX Achievers, a franchise of RE/MAX, located in Lewis Center, Ohio. He was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1993, and he soon rose to the position of House Majority Leader.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Tiberi has authored legislation that made it easier for returning military veterans to receive federal jobs and provided for more federal assistance to caregivers of incapacitated adults. Both of the bills were passed in 2006.

Tiberi voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, saying the bill was "loaded with Nancy Pelosi's grab bag of big spending wishes." Following passage of the bill, Tiberi wrote a letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in an effort to bring stimulus money to his district.[2][3]

Tiberi has been described as loyal to Speaker John Boehner.[4]

Policy positions[edit]

Affordable Care Act[edit]

Tiberi has been critical of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and has expressed agreement with House Speaker Paul Ryan's framework to replace it.[5] On February 17, 2017, Tiberi commented to the Ripon Society that his plan to change the ACA is more complex than a single piece of legislation. It involves relying on the regulatory power of Tom Price as HHS Secretary, the Budget Reconciliation process, and bi-partisan legislation. His comments also suggested that he longer thinks a full repeal of the ACA is necessary. He said "it’s not just about repealing. Maybe it’s about modifying some provisions of the Affordable Care Act."[6] Tiberi refused to hold townhall meetings to discuss healthcare policy during the February 2017 congressional recess.[7]

Medicaid Expansion[edit]

Tiberi's proposed replacement of the ACA would defund the Medicaid expansion.[8] This position is opposed by his seat's predecessor and Ohio Governor, John Kasich, who has called eliminating Medicaid coverage for 700,000 Ohioans "a very, very bad idea, because we cannot turn our back on the most vulnerable."[9]

Pre-existing Conditions[edit]

The ACA prevents health insurance companies from denying coverage on the basis of pre-existing medical conditions. Tiberi co-sponsored legislation with Rep. Greg Walden to prevent this practice in the event that the ACA is repealed.[10] According to Joseph Antos of the American Enterprise Institute, this policy would be difficult to pair with a repeal of the ACA. This is because without the individual mandate of the ACA, persons with pre-existing conditions would make up a disproportionate amount of the insured pool and drive up insurance premiums.[11]

Taxing Employer Benefits[edit]

As part of the repeal, Tiberi has considered taxing some health benefits provided by employers.[12]

Older Americans[edit]

Then-chairman of the Select Education Subcommittee, Pat Tiberi wrote the bill that reauthorized the Older Americans Act through fiscal year 2011. This bill provides most of the funding for social services and nutritional programs for the nation's seniors.[13] Pat Tiberi received an 86 from the Retire Safe-Positions and a 10 from Alliance for Retired Americans-Lifetime Score.[14] Congressman Tiberi has introduced other legislation to improve care for older Americans including writing and sponsoring The Older Americans Act Amendments of 2006. Pat Tiberi supports a full repeal of Obamacare under the statement that "government has no place in getting between a patient's relationship with their doctor."[15]

Education reform[edit]

Pat Tiberi supports reform to the No Child Left Behind bill. He has introduced legislation to improve local flexibility by allowing some school districts to go to the Secretary of Education and present their own plan for the allocation of Title 1 federal funding for approval. This amendment was signed into law in 2002.[16] During the 109th Congress, Congressman Tiberi served as the Chair the Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Select Education—a subcommittee with jurisdiction over issues related to international and graduate education programs. The Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)-Positions rated Congressman Tiberi at 50%.[14]

Government reform[edit]

During his first Congressional campaign, Pat Tiberi made the campaign promise to make government more accountable to citizens. During the 110th Congress he supported proposed reforms to make earmarks, lines inserted into a bill that direct money to a member of Congress, more transparent. Congressman Tiberi's goal is to introduce reform to give the president the authority to rid congressional bill of unrelated spending in bills.[17] Congressman Tiberi also wants to bring reform through a searchable database that would include an assessment of every piece of federal funding and the Education Oversight Subcommittee that he was appointed Vice-Chairman to in his first year in Congress. Citizens Against Government Waste-Positions gave Pat Tiberi a 78% rating.[18]

IRS investigation[edit]

Tiberi spoke at a Ripon Society forum and addressed the 2013 IRS scandal and tax reform. Tiberi declared the IRS is one of the worst scandals he has seen in American history, stating that "'s not like any other. It has Democrats, non-political independents, business owners, other individuals and people who don’t pay attention to government, kind of on their toes, because they know it can happen to them." The Congressman went on to say that the only way out was to show bipartisan partnership among the Administration in order to "...get this scandal off the front page [and] working with Republicans to get comprehensive tax reform done in a way that simplifies our code."[19]

Constituent Engagement[edit]

As of February 14, 2017, Tiberi would not commit to holding a town hall meeting to discuss healthcare reform with his constituents, but would meet in private with small groups.[7] A constituent petition for a town hall with Tiberi has surpassed 1500 signatures, so over 200 small group meetings would be necessary to meet the demand of signatories alone.[20] Tiberi has said he believes town halls are "not productive" and are "shouting matches."[21] Given Tiberi's refusal to hold a town hall, constituents organized their own for February 22, 2017, and invited the Congressman.[22] Instead of attending the town hall, Tiberi delivered the keynote speech for a Knox County Republican Party fundraiser.[23][24] Tiberi does not represent Knox County as it is in Ohio's 7th congressional district. He joined many of his Republican congressmen in refusing to schedule town halls over the February 2017 recess.[25] Tiberi maintains that he is "the most accessible Congressman [his constituents have] ever had."[21]

Committee assignments[edit]

Congressional Caucus Membership[edit]


School safety[edit]

Tiberi introduced a bill with Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) that gives a tax credit to law enforcement officers for any income they earn doing substitute teaching. Tiberi and Kind introduced the bill as one way to add security to schools. The bill was introduced in Washington, D.C. on April 12.[26]


In 2014, Tiberi cosponsored legislation called the Save American Workers Act of 2013 that would make a 40 hours, instead of 30, the standard definition of full-time work.[27]

Tax policy[edit]

On April 10, 2014, Tiberi introduced the America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014 (H.R. 4457; 113th Congress), a bill that would amend section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code, which mostly affects small- to medium-sized businesses, to retroactively and permanently extend from January 1, 2014, increased the cap on the amount of investment that can be immediately deducted from taxable income.[28] The bill would return the tax code to its 2013 status and make the change permanent.[29]

Political campaigns[edit]

In 2000, Tiberi ran for and won the House seat that was vacated by nine-term incumbent and Chairman of the House Budget Committee John Kasich, who retired to work as a consultant for Lehman Brothers. He only won by nine points in a district that had long been considered to be far friendlier to the Democrats than the neighboring 15th, despite Kasich's long tenure. However, Tiberi hasn't faced a close race since, in part because his district was redrawn after the 2000 census. In 2006, Tiberi won reelection after defeating former Democratic Congressman Bob Shamansky.


Tiberi defeated Democrat David Robinson.


Tiberi defeated Democratic nominee Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks in the general election.


Tiberi defeated Democratic nominee James Reese and Green party nominee Robert Fitrakis in the general election.


Tiberi defeated Democratic nominee Ed Albertson and Green party nominee Joe Manchik in the general election.

Electoral history[edit]

Election results[30]
Year Office Election Name Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2000 U.S. House of Representatives General Pat Tiberi Republican 139,242 52.87% Maryellen O'Shaughnessy Democratic 115,432 43.83% Nick Hogan Libertarian 4,546 1.73% Gregory B. Richey Natural Law 2,600 0.99% *
2002 U.S. House of Representatives General Pat Tiberi Republican 116,982 64.39% Edward S. Brown Democratic 64,707 35.61%
2004 U.S. House of Representatives General Pat Tiberi Republican 198,912 61.96% Edward S. Brown Democratic 122,109 38.04% *
2006 U.S. House of Representatives General Pat Tiberi Republican 145,943 57.30% Bob Shamansky Democratic 108,746 42.70%
2008 U.S. House of Representatives General Pat Tiberi Republican 197,408 54.79% David Robinson Democratic 152,211 42.24% Steve Linnabary Libertarian 10,705 2.97%
2010 U.S. House of Representatives General Pat Tiberi Republican 150,163 55.79% Paula Brooks Democratic 110,307 40.98% Travis Irvine Libertarian 8,710 3.24%
2012 U.S. House of Representatives General Pat Tiberi Republican 233,869 63.47% Jim Reese Democratic 134,605 36.53%
2014 U.S. House of Representatives General Pat Tiberi Republican 150,573 68.11% David Tibbs Democratic 61,360 27.76% Bob Hart Green 9,148 4.14%
2016 U.S. House of Representatives General Pat Tiberi Republican 251,266 66.56% Ed Albertson Democratic 112,638 29.84% Joe Manchik Green 13,474 3.57% *

*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2000, Charles Ed Jordan received 1,556 votes (0.60%). In 2004, Chuck Spingola received 25 votes. In 2016, John J. Baumeister received 156 votes.

Italian knighthood[edit]

Tiberi received the title of Knight, which was conferred by the Italian ambassador to the United States Claudio Bisogniero, in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in May 2013.[31] The Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Italian: Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana) was founded as the senior order of knighthood by the second President of the Italian Republic, Luigi Einaudi in 1951.


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  2. ^ Koff, Stephen (February 9, 2010). "Ohio congressman blasted stimulus, but now wants a piece of the pie". The Plain Dealer. 
  3. ^ McElhatton, Jim (February 9, 2010). "Stimulus foes see value in seeking cash". The Washington Times. 
  4. ^ Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan (December 20, 2012), Boehner's toughest hour Politico
  5. ^ "From the Desk of Pat Tiberi | Health Care Update". U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi. 2017-02-10. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  6. ^ ""Premiums have skyrocketed over 100 percent … Failure is not an option"  : The Ripon Society". Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  7. ^ a b Milbank, Dana (February 14, 2017). "Trump's toxicity has Republicans running away from their constituents". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  8. ^ Rowland, Darrel (2017-02-19). "Capitol Insider: Trump right about court's reversal rate". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  9. ^ Bradner, Eric (2017-02-19). "Kasich: Repealing Medicaid expansion is 'a very, very bad idea'". CNN. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  10. ^ "Tiberi Cosponsors Bill to Protect People with Pre-Existing Conditions". U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi. 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  11. ^ Shesgreen, Deirdre (2017-02-23). "GOP promises pre-existing protections, but experts wary". Chillicothe Gazette. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  12. ^ Edney, and, Anna; House, Billy; Arit, John (2017-02-16). "GOP May Cap Insurance Tax Break as ACA Repeal Bill Nears". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  13. ^ "Strengthening Retirement Security - U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi". Retrieved November 17, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "The Voter's Self Defense System". Retrieved November 17, 2016. 
  15. ^ "TIBERI STATEMENT: ANOTHER STEP IN REPEALING OBAMACARE". March 22, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Sorry - U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi". Retrieved November 17, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Reining in the Federal Government - U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi". Retrieved November 17, 2016. 
  18. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Retrieved November 17, 2016. 
  19. ^ "This is something that sends chills down regular Americans' spines". The Ripon Society. May 21, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2013. 
  20. ^ Wehrman, Jessica (February 3, 2017). "For legislators now, pressure's on to meet constituents". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  21. ^ a b Landers, Kevin (2017-02-23). "Congressman Tiberi: Town hall meetings not productive". WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  22. ^ "District 12 ACA Town Hall: with or without Tiberi!". Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  23. ^ "2017 February Archive - Knox County Republican Party". Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  24. ^ Martin, Chuck (2017-02-23). "Eyster honored; Tiberi promotes GOP agenda". Mount Vernon News. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  25. ^ Weigel, David (2017-02-17). "GOP finds fix for chaotic town halls: Don't hold them". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  26. ^ Jim East, "Tiberi-Kind school safety bill would incentivize law enforcement to substitute teach", The Ripon Advance, July 30, 2013. (Retrieved August 26, 2013)
  27. ^ Martin, Aaron. "Tiberi outlines employer mandate's impact on businesses," The Ripon Advance. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  28. ^ "CBO - H.R. 4457". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  29. ^ Pomerleau, Kyle (April 22, 2014). "Tiberi Bill on permanent Extension of Small Business Expensing". Tax Foundation. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  31. ^ "Tiberi, Pascrell receive Italian Knight of Order title", The Ripon Advance, May 24, 2013. (Retrieved August 26, 2013)

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Kasich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th congressional district

Preceded by
Dan Coats
Chair of the Joint Economic Committee
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Adam Schiff
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
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