|Chair of the House Small Business Committee|
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Sam Graves|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Steve Driehaus|
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||David Mann|
|Succeeded by||Steve Driehaus|
|Born||Steven Joseph Chabot
January 22, 1953
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Education||College of William and Mary (BA)
Northern Kentucky University (JD)
Steven Joseph Chabot // (born January 22, 1953) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Ohio's 1st congressional district since 2011. Chabot, a member of the Republican Party, previously represented the district from 1995 to 2009.
- 1 Early life, education, and pre-political career
- 2 Early political career
- 3 U.S. House of Representatives
- 4 Electoral history
- 5 Political positions
- 6 Controversy
- 7 Personal life
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early life, education, and pre-political career
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. He graduated from La Salle High School in Cincinnati in 1971, and then from the College of William and Mary in 1975, earning a B.A. in history. He went on to obtain a Juris Doctor degree from Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law, in Highland Heights, Kentucky, in 1978. He worked as an elementary school teacher in 1975–1976 while taking law classes at night.
Early political career
Chabot ran unsuccessfully for the Cincinnati City Council as an independent candidate in 1979 and as a Republican in 1983. Then, running as a Republican, he won a seat in 1985 and was re-elected in 1987 and 1989. In 1988, he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives against seven-term incumbent Democrat Tom Luken, who defeated Chabot 56–44%. After that, he was appointed a Commissioner of Hamilton County, Ohio, in 1990, and was elected later that year and again in 1992, staying until 1994.
U.S. House of Representatives
In 1994, he 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, member of the Cincinnati City Council, 54%–43%. In 1998, he defeated Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls, 53% to 47%. In the series of debates during that campaign, Qualls criticized Chabot for not funneling enough federal spending back to his home district. Chabot countered that he would not support "wasteful or unnecessary" federal programs. In 2000, he defeated City Councilman and Harvard graduate John Cranley 53–44%. In 2002, he defeated Greg Harris, with 65% of the vote. In 2004, he defeated Greg Harris again, with 60% of the vote.
He defeated Democratic challenger John Cranley again, this time by a narrower margin of 52–48%.
Steve Chabot defeated Democratic nominee Jeff Sinnard 58%–38%, with Green nominee Rich Stevenson, and Libertarian nominee Jim Berns picking up the balance. He was helped by the 2010 round of redistricting, which shifted most of heavily Republican Warren County to the 1st.
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Committee on the Judiciary
- Committee on Small Business
|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||201,907||58%||Jeff Sinnard||131,490||38%||Jim A. Berns||Libertarian||9,674||3%||Richard L. Stevenson||Green Party||6,645||2%|
*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.
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.
Chabot favors capital punishment.
Chabot opposes the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions.
Chabot supports a "great increase" in defense spending. He wants to "eliminate" public spending on the arts. He has voted against trade adjustment assistance for workers who have lost their jobs due to globalization.
The Concord Coalition and anti-tax advocacy groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste and the National Taxpayers Union consistently rated Chabot as one of the most anti-tax members of Congress.
He opposes federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. In February 2017, he voted to repeal the Stream Protection Rule, a regulation that required coal companies to restore streams and mined areas to their pre-development conditions. In February 2017, he voted in favor of repealing a rule that required energy companies to disclose payments to foreign governments.
The group Republicans for Environmental Protection issued Chabot an "environmental harm demerit" in 2006 for contributing to urban sprawl by sponsoring H.R. 4772, a bill that allows land use disputes to proceed immediately to federal court; according to the organization, the bill "would have undermined local control over local planning and zoning matters, a central principle of America's federal system". In the same year, the group praised Chabot for offering legislation "prohibiting the Forest Service from spending taxpayer dollars to build new logging roads for private interests in the Tongass National Forest. The nonpartisan League of Conservation Voters gave Chabot a grade of 10% for the 109th Congress, noting that he voted "anti-environment" on 11 out of 12 issues selected by that organization as crucial; his lifetime grade from the LCV is 23%.
In June 2007, Chabot sponsored an amendment to block federally funded road building in Tongass National Forest. Proponents of the amendment said that the federal timber program in Tongass is a dead loss for taxpayers, costing some $30 million annually, and noted that the Forest Service faces an estimated $900 million road maintenance backlog in the forest. Supporters of the bipartisan amendment included the Republicans for Environmental Protection. Of the bill, Representative Chabot said "I am not opposed to logging when it's done on the timber company's dime...But in this case, they are using the American taxpayer to subsidize these 200 jobs at the tune of $200,000 per job. That just makes no sense".
Chabot favors repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). He supported the March 2017 version of the American Health Care Act, the GOP's replacement bill for Obamacare. On May 4, 2017, Chabot voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and pass the American Health Care Act.
In 2007, Chabot voted against the reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Plan (S-CHIP) which would have expanded S-CHIP to cover four million more participants. The bill passed the House and Senate, however President Bush vetoed the bill on October 3, 2007. Chabot voted against the veto-override.
He has voted against legislation to establish net neutrality, which refers to the principle that Internet service providers should not discriminate by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication.
Chabot's work in Congress included the elimination of logging subsidies in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, co-sponsored the Voting Rights Act reauthorization, and promoted relations with Taiwan. In 2002, Chabot helped spearhead the local campaign against building a light rail system in Hamilton County. Chabot was a staunch advocate of a federal prohibition of online poker. In 2006, he cosponsored H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act, and voted for H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.
On March 25, 2014, Chabot introduced the Foreign Cultural Exchange Jurisdictional Immunity Clarification Act (H.R. 4292; 113th Congress) into the House. According to a legislative digest provided by House Republicans, the bill "narrowly amends the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) to make it easier for U.S. cultural and educational institutions to borrow art and other culturally significant objects from foreign countries." However, the changes made by the bill would not provide any immunity to art or objects that were "taken in violation of international law by Nazi Germany between January 30, 1933 and May 8, 1945."
On August 22, 2011, Representative 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. YouTube videos of the incident provided wide awareness of the incident, and the participating police officer was later disciplined.
On October 26, 2016, CityBeat reported on Steve Chabot's world travels using taxpayer money. "[Since] 2011, Chabot has flown to 46 countries on 16 separate excursions, gracing the likes of Mongolia, Myanmar and Moldova with his presence. The tab to taxpayers? Almost $200,000."
Chabot and his wife Donna have two children.
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- National Taxpayers Union – Rates Congress Database
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- League of Conservation Voters 2006 National Scorecard
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- Thomas (Library of Congress): HR 4777
- Thomas (Library of Congress): HR 4411
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- Congressman Steve Chabot official U.S. House site
- Steve Chabot for Congress
- Steve Chabot at DMOZ
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st congressional district
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st congressional district
|Chair of the House Small Business Committee
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