Steven Ernst Stivers (born March 24, 1965) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 15th congressional district since 2011. 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 16th district. He is a Brigadier General in the Ohio Army National Guard and served active duty in Iraq as BattalionCommander until December 2005.
Early life, education, and career
Stivers was born and grew up in Ripley, Ohio, the son of Carol Sue (née Pulliam) and Ernst Bambach Stivers. Steve is a recipient of the Eagle Scout Award.
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 has 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 Brigadier 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, incumbent Republican Priscilla Mead decided to resign after only serving in the Ohio Senate for a year. Stivers was recommended by a Senate screening committee and was appointed by election of the Senate Republicans on January 4, 2003. He then 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.
He sponsored 12 bills while in office which became law, 11 of which were bipartisan. He was the lead sponsor of the following bills:
- A comprehensive tort reform bill which was enacted in 2004.
- Allowed members of the Armed Forces Reserves who are called to active duty to defer paying property taxes during the length of a deployment.
- Provided doctors limited civil protections if they choose to give free care to uninsured people, resulting in more than $1 million of free care in Franklin County alone.
- Worked to ensure those with disabilities in need of healthcare have the option to buy into Ohio’s Medicaid system.
- Worked to strengthen Ohio's sex offender laws.
He also passed a balanced, fiscally conservative state budget, provided the largest personal property tax cut in Ohio history, and froze tuition rates for Ohio’s college students.
Stivers sat on a variety of Ohio Senate committees. He was the Chairman of the Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee, Vice-Chair of the Finance and Financial Institutions Committee, served on the Ways and Means Committee, the Judiciary Committee on Civil Justice, the Judiciary Committee for Criminal Justice, and also the Controlling Board.
U.S. House of Representatives
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Ohio, 2008 § District 15
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 FranklinCounty CommissionerMary 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.
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Ohio, 2010 § District 15*
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.
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Ohio, 2012 § District 15
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 the western half of Columubus. 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.
See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Ohio, 2014 § District 15
Stivers ran in 2014 against Democratic rival 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).
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. He was part of a proposal to add a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution. Stivers voted to offset the costs of disaster relief spending through discretionary budget cuts.
On December 15, 2011, Stivers introduced a bill that would alter the composition of the penny, nickel, dime and quarter to steel, with a copper coat for the penny, which claimed to save an estimated $433,000,000 over the course of ten years. The bill was referred to committee and was rejected, but Stivers has resubmitted it twice more, once in April 2013 (again rejected in committee) and again in January 2015 (once more referred to committee). In spite of the US Mint releasing a technical report in December 2014 for its Alternative Metals Study in which it reported that steel is an unacceptable material for US coins (due to difficulty in minting, lack of security, and severe impact on both the public and the coin vending industry), Stivers kept the wording of his bill identical to the previous two versions.
He voted to audit the Federal Reserve and its recent actions, specifically its involvement in mortgage loans.
Stivers supports all energy options, including green, nuclear, and clean coal and supports tax benefits for renewable energy usage. However Stivers opposes federal regulations on efficiency standards
- Gun control
Stivers is a strong supporter of gun rights and opposes any limits to Second Amendment rights. He supports loosening regulations for interstate gun purchases and supports veterans registering unlicensed firearms acquired from outside the United States.
Stivers is an opponent of government-run healthcare and has voted on numerous occasions against such. He supports privatized healthcare options opposes the use of federal funds for any healthcare program expansions or acts.
- National security
Stivers opposed President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. He stated that “While I agree with the President that we must improve our visa vetting process in order to better protect Americans, 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.”
- Social security
Stivers opposes the privatization of social security. In addition, he also opposes raising the retirement age from its current state.
Stivers took the Taxpayer Protection pledge, insuring he would not support any tax raises. He supports a flat federal tax rate across the board for all income brackets.
On November 21, 2013, Stivers introduced the bill To amend the Federal Home Loan Bank Act to authorize privately insured credit unions to become members of a Federal home loan bank (H.R. 3584; 113th Congress). The bill would amend the Federal Home Loan Bank Act to treat certain privately insured credit unions as insured depository institutions for purposes of determining eligibility for membership in a federal home loan bank. The bill was scheduled to be voted on under a suspension of the rules on May 6, 2014.
Stivers was ranked as the 36th most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress (and the second most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio) in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy that ranks members of the United States Congress by their degree of bipartisanship (by measuring the frequency each member's bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party and each member's co-sponsorship of bills by members of the opposite party).
National Republican Congressional Committee
Stivers beat Rep. Roger Williams to be elected chair the National Republican Congressional Committee on November 18, 2016. In his position to support Republican congressional candidates, Stivers said his goal is to "defy history" in protecting his party's majority in the House.
In response to congressional candidate Greg Gianforte being charged with assault on the eve of Montana'sspecial 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.
- Congressional Arts Caucus
|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%|
*Write-in candidate Travis Casper received 6 votes (<1%)
**Write-in candidate Bill Buckel received 45 votes (0.02%)
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Congressman Steve Scalise proudly represents the First Congressional District of Louisiana, which stretches from the beautiful Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain and the culturally distinct New Orleans suburbs to the vibrant bayous and wetlands abundant in natural resources. He was elected to Congress in May of 2008 after serving in the Louisiana State Legislature from 1996-2008. He currently serves his colleagues as the House Majority Whip, the third highest position for House Republicans.
Scalise is a strong conservative leader who upholds the Constitution, advocating for the principles of fiscal discipline, lower taxes, an all-of-the-above national energy strategy, a robust national defense, and conservative values. Through his previous experiences as a House Deputy Whip and Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), Scalise developed a proven formula to pass effective legislation that unites his colleagues.
As Chairman of the RSC, a caucus of more than 170 conservative members in the House, he coalesced members around a unified vision. During his time as Chairman, Scalise championed a free-market, patient-centered Obamacare alternative that gained the support of 130 House members. He also introduced legislation that promotes job creation and economic growth, established an RSC national defense working group, released a conservative budget that would balance in four years, and crafted bills that protect constitutionally-guaranteed rights, like freedom of speech.
Scalise knows the importance of energy development to Louisiana. As a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Scalise is fighting to enact a national energy strategy that increases the supply of American energy through enhanced production and technological innovation to lower prices at the pump and reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern oil. Each Congress, Scalise has spearheaded legislation to increase revenue sharing, energy production, and development; create good energy jobs; and lower energy costs for all Americans.
Scalise is also effective at working across the aisle to build bipartisan majorities in Congress to pass legislation on issues important to Louisiana. A steadfast defender of Louisiana’s coast, Scalise led the effort in the House to pass the RESTORE Act, which was signed into law in July 2012. The RESTORE Act dedicated the vast majority of Clean Water Act fines from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to coastal restoration. This legislation is widely regarded as the single most significant action taken to restore Louisiana’s coast. Whip Scalise also is a strong supporter of revenue sharing, and leads the fight in Washington to protect Louisiana’s GOMESA funding, ensuring that Louisiana has access to the hundreds of millions of dollars dedicated to restoring our coast. He has also passed numerous pieces of legislation to provide additional funding for coastal restoration and hurricane protection priorities.
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