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Steve Chabot
Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee
In office
January 3, 2019 – January 3, 2021
Preceded byNydia Velázquez
Succeeded byBlaine Luetkemeyer
Chair of the House Small Business Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2019
Preceded bySam Graves
Succeeded byNydia Velázquez
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2023
Preceded bySteve Driehaus
Succeeded byGreg Landsman
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byDavid S. Mann
Succeeded bySteve Driehaus
Personal details
Steven Joseph Chabot

(1953-01-22) January 22, 1953 (age 71)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Donna Daly
(m. 1973)
EducationCollege of William and Mary (BA)
Northern Kentucky University (JD)

Steven Joseph Chabot (/ˈʃæbət/ SHAB-ət; born January 22, 1953) is an American politician and lawyer who represented Ohio's 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2009 and again from 2011 to 2023. A member of the Republican Party, he lost his 2022 reelection bid to Democrat Greg Landsman. Until his election loss, he was the dean of Ohio's GOP delegation to the House of Representatives, after the retirement of former Speaker John Boehner.[1]

Early life, education, and pre-political career[edit]

Chabot was born in 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Gerard Joseph and Doris Leona (née Tilley) Chabot; paternally, he is of French-Canadian descent.[2] He graduated from La Salle High School in Cincinnati in 1971, and then from the College of William and Mary in 1975, earning a Bachelor of Arts in physical education. He went on to obtain a Juris Doctor degree from Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1978. He worked as an elementary school teacher in 1975–1976 while taking law classes at night. Chabot also taught political science at the University of Cincinnati and chaired the Boy Scouts of Cincinnati.[3]

As a practicing attorney from 1978 to 1994, Chabot handled domestic disputes and the drafting of wills as a sole practitioner.[4] He operated out of a small law office in Westwood.[5]

Early political career[edit]

Chabot ran unsuccessfully for the Cincinnati City Council as an independent candidate in 1979 and as a Republican in 1983. He won a seat in 1985 as a Republican and was reelected for the next four years. In 1988, he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives against seven-term incumbent Democrat Tom Luken, who defeated him, 56–44%.[6] In 1990 he was appointed a Commissioner of Hamilton County, Ohio, and was elected later that year and again in 1992, holding that office until 1994.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


In 1994, Chabot ran for the U.S. House again and defeated Democratic incumbent David S. Mann of Ohio's 1st congressional district, 56%–44%. In 1996, he defeated Democrat Mark Longabaugh, a member of the Cincinnati City Council, 54%–43%.[7] In 1998, he defeated Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls, 53% to 47%.[8] In the series of debates during that campaign, Qualls criticized Chabot for not funneling enough federal spending to his home district. Chabot countered that he would not support "wasteful or unnecessary" federal programs.[9][10] In 2000, he defeated City Councilman John Cranley 53–44%.[11] In 2002, he defeated Greg Harris with 65% of the vote.[11] In 2004, he defeated Harris again, with 60% of the vote.[12]


Chabot during the
109th Congress

Chabot defeated Democratic challenger John Cranley again, this time by a narrower margin of 52–48%.[13]


Chabot lost to State Representative Steve Driehaus, 52%–48%.[14]


In a rematch, Chabot defeated Driehaus,[15][16] Libertarian Jim Berns, and Green Party nominee Richard Stevenson.[17] Chabot won with 52% of the vote.[18][19]


Chabot defeated Democratic nominee Jeff Sinnard, 58%–38%, with Green nominee Rich Stevenson and Libertarian nominee Jim Berns picking up the balance.[20] He was helped by the 2010 round of redistricting, which shifted the majority of heavily Republican Warren County to the 1st Congressional District.[21]


Chabot defeated Democratic nominee Fred Kundrata, 63%–37%.[22]


Chabot defeated Democratic nominee Michele Young, 59%–41%.[23]


Chabot defeated Democratic nominee Aftab Pureval, 51%–48%. Libertarian nominee Dirk Kubala took the remainder of the vote.


Chabot defeated Democratic nominee Kate Schroder, 52%–45%. Libertarian nominee Kevin David Kahn took the remainder of the vote.[24]


Chabot's district became considerably more Democratic in redistricting, afterward including the entire city of Cincinnati. Chabot had considered retiring but ultimately ran for re-election as he believed Republicans would write off the seat. In the general election, he lost in an upset to Democratic nominee Greg Landsman, a member of the Cincinnati City Council. Chabot was the last republican elected during the "republican revolution" of 1994 to remain in Congress.[25] [26] Afterwards, Chabot stated that he would not run for the seat in 2024.[27]


Chabot watches President George W. Bush sign the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act in 2005
Chabot watches President Donald Trump sign the CARES Act in 2020
U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce, members Steve Chabot and Robin Kelly in 2017 celebrate legislation to help educate more girls

In 1999, Chabot served as one of the House managers in the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton.[28]

On December 18, 2019, Chabot voted against both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Of the 195 Republicans who voted, 185 voted against both articles and 10 Republicans [29] voted for impeachment.

On January 7, 2021, Chabot objected to the certification of the 2020 US presidential election results in Congress based on false claims of voter fraud.[30]

In March 2021, he voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.[31]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Ohio's 1st congressional district: Results 1988, 1994–2022[35][36]
Year Winner Votes Pct Runner-up Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1988 Thomas A. Luken (inc.) 117,682 57% Steve Chabot 90,738 43%
1994 Steve Chabot 92,997 56% David S. Mann (inc.) 72,822 44%
1996 Steve Chabot (inc.) 118,324 54% Mark P. Longabaugh 94,719 43% John G. Halley Natural Law 5,381 2%
1998 Steve Chabot (inc.) 92,421 53% Roxanne Qualls 82,003 47%
2000 Steve Chabot (inc.) 116,768 53% John Cranley 98,328 45% David A. Groshoff Libertarian 3,399 2% Richard L. Stevenson Natural Law 1,933 1%
2002 Steve Chabot (inc.) 110,760 65% Greg Harris 60,168 35%
2004 Steve Chabot (inc.) 173,430 60% Greg Harris 116,235 40% *
2006 Steve Chabot (inc.) 105,680 52% John Cranley 96,584 48%
2008 Steve Driehaus 155,455 52% Steve Chabot (inc.) 140,683 48% *
2010 Steve Chabot 103,770 52% Steven L. Driehaus (inc.) 92,672 45% Jim A. Berns Libertarian 3,076 2% Richard L. Stevenson Natural Law 2,000 1%
2012 Steve Chabot (inc.) 201,907 58% Jeff Sinnard 131,490 38% Jim A. Berns Libertarian 9,674 3% Richard L. Stevenson Green Party 6,645 2%
2014 Steve Chabot (inc.) 124,779 63% Fred Kundrata 72,604 37%
2016 Steve Chabot (inc.) 210,014 59% Michele Young 144,644 41%
2018 Steve Chabot (inc.) 154,409 51% Aftab Pureval 141,118 47% Dirk Kubala Libertarian 5,339 2%
2020 Steve Chabot (inc.) 199,560 52% Kate Schroder 172,022 45% Kevin Kahn Libertarian 13,692 4%
2022 Greg Landsman 156,416 52% Steve Chabot (inc.) 140,058 47%

*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2004, Rich Stevenson received 198 votes. In 2008, Eric Wilson received 85 votes and Rich Stevenson received 67 votes. In 2020, Kiumars Kiani received 11 votes.

Political positions[edit]

During the presidency of Donald Trump, Chabot voted in line with Trump's stated position 93.1% of the time.[37] As of August 2022, Chabot had voted in line with Joe Biden's stated position 16.4% of the time.[38]

Health care[edit]

Chabot authored a bill prohibiting a form of late-term abortion called partial-birth abortion, referred to in some medical literature by its less common name of intact dilation and extraction. President George W. Bush signed the bill into law on November 5, 2003.[39][non-primary source needed]

Chabot favors repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). He favors market-based reforms that he claims will offer American families more lower-cost options.[40] He supported the March 2017 version of the American Health Care Act, the GOP's replacement for Obamacare.[41] On May 4, 2017, Chabot voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and pass the American Health Care Act.[42][43]


On the topic of man-made climate change, Chabot has said, "the evidence concerning man-made climate change is far from conclusive".[44] He has said cap-and-trade is an "extreme proposal" that would harm the economy.[44]


In 1999, Chabot was one of the managers appointed to conduct the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton.[45]

On August 22, 2011, Chabot asked Cincinnati police to confiscate cameras being used by private citizens to record a town-hall meeting, even as media television cameras recorded the incident.[46][47][48] YouTube videos of the incident provided wide awareness of it, and the participating police officer was later disciplined.[49]

In 2002, Chabot advocated teaching intelligent design alongside the theory of evolution by natural selection in Ohio high schools.[50]

Chabot has called for ending logging subsidies in the Tongass National Forest,[51] and promoted relations with Taiwan.[52] In 2002, he helped spearhead the local campaign against building a light rail system in Hamilton County.[53]

As of 2016, Chabot had traveled on congressional fact-finding missions to 46 countries at a cost of $200,000.[54]

Personal life[edit]

Chabot lives with his wife Donna in Westwood. They have two children and a grandson.[55]

Chabot is a practicing Roman Catholic.[56]


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