|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Ohio's 15th district
January 3, 2011 – May 16, 2021
|Preceded by||Mary Jo Kilroy|
|Succeeded by||Mike Carey|
|Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee|
January 3, 2017 – January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Greg Walden|
|Succeeded by||Tom Emmer|
|Member of the Ohio Senate|
from the 16th district
January 6, 2003 – December 31, 2008
|Preceded by||Priscilla Mead|
|Succeeded by||Jim Hughes|
Steven Ernst Stivers
March 24, 1965
Ripley, Ohio, U.S.
|Education||Ohio State University (BA, MBA)|
United States Army War College (MA)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1985–present|
|Commands||371st Sustainment Brigade|
|Awards|| Bronze Star|
Army Commendation Medal
Reserve Good Conduct
National Defense Service Medal
Steven Ernst Stivers (// STY-vərz; born March 24, 1965) is an American businessman and politician who was the U.S. representative for Ohio's 15th congressional district from 2011 until 2021. He is a member of the Republican Party, and became chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2017. Stivers previously served in the Ohio Senate, representing the 15th district. He is a major general in the Ohio Army National Guard, serving as the Assistant Adjutant General, and served active duty in Iraq as a battalion commander until December 2005. On May 16, 2021, he resigned his seat to become the president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
Early life and education
Stivers attended the Ohio State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and international relations in 1989 and an MBA in 1996. While attending Ohio State he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity.
Stivers spent seven years at Bank One, three years at the Ohio Company, two years as finance director for the Franklin County Republican Party and five years as a staff member in the Ohio Senate. Stivers worked as a Series 7 licensed securities trader with the Ohio Company.
Stivers has served in the Ohio Army National Guard since 1985 and holds the rank of Major General in the Logistics branch. Stivers was called to active duty while serving in the Ohio Senate in October 2004. It was then that Stivers served in Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, and Djibouti as battalion commander until December 2005. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his accomplishments as a battalion commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In December 2002, Republican Priscilla Mead resigned after serving in the Ohio Senate for only a year. Stivers was recommended by a Senate screening committee and was appointed by election of the Senate Republicans on January 4, 2003. He won re-election in 2004 to a full senate term with 58% of the vote.
Stivers served in the Ohio Senate from January 9, 2003, until December 2008.
Stivers was the Chairman of the Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee; Vice-Chair of the Finance and Financial Institutions Committee; and served on the Ways and Means Committee, the Judiciary Committee on Civil Justice, the Judiciary Committee for Criminal Justice, and the Controlling Board.
U.S. House of Representatives
In November 2007, Stivers announced he would run for election to Congress in Ohio's 15th District, a seat held by retiring Republican member Deborah Pryce. He won the Republican nomination and ran against Democratic Franklin County Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy, who had nearly unseated Pryce in 2006, Libertarian Mark Noble and Independent Don Elijah Eckhart. Stivers lost by 2,311 votes, conceding on December 7, 2008, after a long vote recount.
Stivers won the Republican primary with 82% of the vote. He again faced Democratic incumbent Mary Jo Kilroy along with Constitution Party nominee David Ryon and Libertarian nominee William J. Kammerer. On November 2, 2010, Kilroy conceded to Stivers, who won by a 54% to 42% margin.
Redistricting after the 2010 census made the 15th much friendlier to Stivers. During his first term, he represented a fairly compact district covering all of Union and Madison counties, as well as most of downtown and western Columbus. The new map, however, pushed the 15th into more rural and exurban territory south and west of the capital.
Stivers ran again in 2012 against Democratic nominee Pat Lang. He was endorsed by the NRA, National Right to Life, Ohio State Medical Association and United States Chamber of Commerce. Stivers was re-elected by 76,397 votes.
Stivers ran in 2014 against Democratic Scott Wharton. Gaining more than 66 percent of the vote, he was reelected for a third term.
Stivers ran in 2016 against Democrat Scott Wharton for the OH-15 seat. Winning 66.2% (222,847) of the vote to Wharton's 33.8% (113,960).
The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy ranked Stivers as the 36th and 37th most bipartisan member of the U.S. House during the 114th (2015–17) and 115th Congresses. His resignation triggered a special election in 2021 which was won by fellow republican Mike Carey.
Budget, taxation, and other economic issues
Stivers has voted against raising the debt limit when there was no offset or systemic reform and supports prioritizing spending in the event that the debt limit is reached. Stiver voted in favor of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Stivers voted to offset the costs of disaster relief spending through discretionary budget cuts.
Stivers voted in favor of legislation to dismantle financial regulations enacted by the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. He voted to repeal a rule that would have barred some financial services companies from including mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts.
Stivers voted in favor of a stopgap funding measure to end the January 2018 federal government shutdown, but during the December 2018 to January 2019 partial federal government shutdown, Stivers voted against several pieces of legislation to reopen the federal government without appropriating money for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
In March 2021, all House Republicans including Stivers voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, an economic stimulus bill aimed at speeding up the United States' recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing recession.
Energy and environment
Stivers voted against a measure to block President Trump from withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Stivers voted against carbon tax. He voted in favor of Congressional Review Act legislation that repealed the Stream Protection Rule, and voted in favor of a measure to delay implementation of the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) program. He opposes federal regulations on efficiency standards.
Stivers voted against legislation to require universal background checks for firearm purchases. He voted in favor of making concealed-carry permits issued in one state valid in other states. He voted against a measure to grant law enforcement agencies additional time to conduct firearm-purchase background checks.
In 2019, Stivers voted against legislation to halt U.S. military assistance to the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen. He voted in favor of 2017 legislation to impose additional sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea, which passed on a 419–3 vote.
Immigration and travel
Stivers opposed President Donald Trump's issuance of Executive Order 13769, which imposed a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, in 2017. Stivers stated: "I believe the executive order risks violating our nation's values and fails to differentiate mainstream Islamic partners from radical Islamic terrorists — setting back our fight against radical Islam. I urge the Administration to quickly replace this temporary order with permanent improvements in the visa vetting process."
Privacy and technology
Stivers voted to rescind a Federal Communications Commission regulation that barred Internet service providers from sharing data on the Web activities of their customers. Stivers voted in favor of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008, including a provision reauthorizing a warrantless spying program. Strivers voted against a measure that would have curtailed the power of officials to "search and read private messages collected incidentally" under Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act authorities.
Stivers voted in favor of federal legislation to ban abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy. He voted against repealing a rule that barred state and local governments from refusing to distribute federal funds to any Federally Qualified Health Center on the basis that that health center also performed abortions. Stivers voted against a measure to oppose the Trump administration's ban on openly transgender Americans serving in the U.S. military.
- Social Security
National Republican Congressional Committee
Stivers beat Representative Roger Williams to be elected to chair the National Republican Congressional Committee in November 2016. As the leader of the NRCC, which is charged with helping elect Republican House candidates, Stivers said his goal was to "defy history" by protecting his party's House majority in the 2018 elections. In June 2018, Stivers did not denounce the use of hacked materials in election campaigns, saying that as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee he wouldn't "run down one of my candidates for using something that's in the public domain." In a later interview in September 2018, Stivers made it clear he did not condone the use of hacked material, telling the press, "We are not seeking stolen or hacked material, we do not want to be stolen or hacked material, we have no intention of using stolen or hacked material."
In the aftermath of the 2018 election, in which Republicans lost their House majority, Stivers announced that he would not run for re-election as NRCC chair.
In response to congressional candidate Greg Gianforte being charged with assault on the eve of Montana's special election, Stivers characterized the assault as "out of character." He said, "we all make mistakes" and "need to let the facts surrounding this incident unfold." The assault was witnessed by four Fox News reporters and the victim's account corroborated by their audio recording.
In July 2018, Stivers and the NRCC withdrew support from New Jersey candidate Seth Grossman following reports he shared a post from a white supremacist.
Additionally, days before the midterm elections, Stivers sent a tweet condemning white nationalist comments and actions from Congressman Steve King, saying "We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms can and I strongly condemn this behavior."
- Committee on Financial Services
- Republican Study Committee
- Republican Main Street Partnership
- Congressional Arts Caucus
- U.S.-Japan Caucus
- Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus
- Republican Governance Group
|2004||Ohio Senate||General||Steve Stivers||Republican||95,251||57.58%||Katherine Thomsen||Democratic||55,656||33.65%||Don Eckhart||Independent||14,509||8.77%|
|2008||U.S. House of Representatives||General||Steve Stivers||Republican||137,272||45.18%||Mary Jo Kilroy||Democratic||139,584||45.94%||Mark M. Noble||Libertarian||14,061||4.63%||Don Eckhart||Independent||12,915||4.25%||*|
|2010||U.S. House of Representatives||General||Steve Stivers||Republican||119,471||54.16%||Mary Jo Kilroy||Democratic||91,077||41.29%||William Kammerer||Libertarian||6,116||2.77%||David Ryon||Constitution||3,887||1.76%||**|
|2012||U.S. House of Representatives||General||Steve Stivers||Republican||205,277||61.56%||Pat Lang||Democratic||128,188||38.44%|
|2014||U.S. House of Representatives||General||Steve Stivers||Republican||128,496||66.02%||Scott Wharton||Democratic||66,125||33.98%|
|2016||U.S. House of Representatives||General||Steve Stivers||Republican||222,847||66.17%||Scott Wharton||Democratic||113,960||33.84%|
|2018||U.S. House of Representatives||General||Steve Stivers||Republican||166,632||58.54%||Rick Neal||Democratic||112,546||39.54%||Jonathan Miller||Libertarian||5,477||1.92%|
|2020||U.S. House of Representatives||General||Steve Stivers||Republican||243,103||63.43%||Joel Newby||Democratic||140,183||36.57%|
*Write-in candidate Travis Casper received 6 votes (0.00197%)
**Write-in candidate Bill Buckel received 45 votes (0.02%)
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