Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Stivers Invites Students Interested in Attending Military Service Academies to Attend Informational Seminars

2016/04/28

COLUMBUS – Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) is inviting all students with an interest in attending one of the United States military service academies to attend one of two informational sessions conducted by 15th Congressional District staff.

Here, they can learn more about the application process and how to secure a Congressional nomination. Additionally, representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will be on hand to answer any questions students or their families may have.

Sessions will be held on Thursday, May 5th in Lancaster and on Thursday, May 12th in Upper Arlington. Students are encouraged to RSVP by calling Congressman Stivers’ Lancaster District Office at 740-654-2654. More details below:

15TH DISTRICT SERVICE ACADEMY INFORMATIONAL SEMINARS:
(Media are encouraged to post this information in community calendars.)
 
LANCASTER SESSION:
WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 2016
TIME: 6:00PM – 7:30PM
LOCATION: Fairfield County District Library
219 N. Broad Street, Lancaster, Ohio

UPPER ARLINGTON SESSION:
WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 2016
TIME: 6:00PM – 7:30PM
LOCATION: Upper Arlington Municipal Building
3600 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington, Ohio

For more information about military service academy nominations, visit Congressman Stivers’ website at www.Stivers.House.gov.

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Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers Regarding the KC-135 Simulator at Rickenbaker Air National Guard Base

2016/04/14

All of the following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) regarding the decision to locate a KC-135 air refueling tanker flight simulator at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base:

“This is exciting news for Rickenbacker and an excellent decision from a combat readiness standpoint.

“Adding the KC-135 simulator to Rickenbacker’s existing resources will provide the most efficient way to train airmen both from Ohio and  from out-of-state, and will make the Base a center of excellence within Air Mobility Command and the Air National Guard.”

Congressman Stivers strongly advocated for the relocation of the simulator to Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, which is located with the 15th Congressional District.

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Local Students Named Winners in Ohio's 15th Congressional District Art Competition

2016/04/08



COLUMBUS – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) on Wednesday congratulated Cassidy Boyuk, Morgan Bailey, Kylee Saksa, and Skylar Allen for placing in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District Art Competition. The competition awards ceremony was held at The Columbus Museum of Art on April 6, 2016 and there were 265 pieces of artwork from 27 schools under consideration for the top prize.

“I want to congratulate all of the winners of this year’s competition for their hard work,” Stivers said.  “I also want to thank all of the high school students who submitted artwork for the competition. Every year, we receive incredible pieces of art and I appreciate the opportunity to recognize the talented young artists in the 15th district.”

Cassidy Boyuk, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Boyuk, was the first-place winner of the competition.  As the first-place winner Boyuk will have her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. She also will be awarded a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception and to see her artwork hung inside the Capitol building. She is a junior at Hilliard Davidson High School and her first-place piece of art was a graphite drawing titled “Reflections.” Last year, Boyuk won third place in the competition for her self-portrait.

Morgan Bailey won second place in the competition and her art will be displayed in Stivers’ Hilliard District Office for one year. She is the daughter of Dwight and Karmin Bailey and is a freshman at Pickerington North High School. Her second-place piece of art was a photograph titled “Eastern State Penitentiary.”

Kylee Saksa, daughter of Steve Saksa, was awarded third place for her photograph titled “Beautifully Broken.” She is a senior at Pickerington North High School and her artwork will be displayed in Stivers’ Hilliard District Office for one year.

Skyler Allen was the People’s Choice Award Winner for her pencil drawing titled “The Video Game Legend.”  The People’s Choice Award goes to the work of art with the most votes in favor of the piece on Stivers’ Facebook Page.  To win The People’s Choice Award, Allen’s artwork received 386 likes on Facebook. As the People’s Choice winner, her work of art will be displayed in Stivers’ Hilliard District Office for one year. She is the daughter of Jeremy and Maggie Allen and is in 8th grade at Fairfield Christian Academy.

The following schools participated in this year’s competition:

•    Franklin County: Bishop Hartley High School, Canal Winchester High School, Centennial High School, Central Crossing High School, Columbus Alternative High School, Fort Hayes High School, Franklin Heights High School, Grove City Christian High School, Hilliard Darby High School, Hilliard Davidson High School, Upper Arlington High School, the Wellington School
•    Fairfield County: Amanda Clearcreek High School, Berne Union High School, Bloom-Carroll High School, Fairfield Christian Academy, Lancaster High School, Pickerington Central High School, Pickerington North High School
•    Clinton County: Clinton Massie High School, Wilmington High School
•    Madison County: Madison Plains High School
•    Pickaway County: New Hope Christian Academy, Teays Valley High School
•    Perry County: New Lexington High School
•    Ross County: Paint Valley High School, Unionoto High School
   
The Congressional Art Competition is held every year to recognize the extraordinary artistic talents of the nation’s high school students. The goal of the competition is to support and promote the arts and to foster creativity and artistic expression among our nation’s youth. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 and since that time, more than 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.


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Connecting Employers with Job Seekers

2016/03/25

Pursuing your passion and finding a fulfilling career is an important aspect of the American Dream.

During my time in Congress, one of my top priorities has been to support policies that foster job growth and opportunity in our communities. That means rolling back burdensome and costly regulations and having a competitive tax policy so businesses of all sizes can be successful and create jobs.

I recently hosted a Business Roundtable in Pickaway County and a Workforce Development Roundtable in Madison County. While regulations and taxes were high on the list of concerns for these employers from Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, one issue that keeps coming up as I travel the district is the need for more skilled workers. Often businesses have open positions, but they struggle to find qualified candidates to fill them. As your Congressman, I want to find effective ways to connect employers that have jobs to fill to qualified job seekers.

That’s why I make it a priority to host a Job Fair each year. The 2016 Job Fair will on Tuesday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ohio State 4-H Center, which is located next to the Schottenstein Center at 2201 Fred Taylor Drive in Columbus. Admission and parking are free.

This year, we have lined up 80 employers with over 5,000 available jobs to participate. In addition, the State of Ohio – Ohio Means Jobs team will be holding workshops throughout the day to assist job seekers with important skills such as resume writing and interviewing. We will also have resources and special workshops for veterans and senior citizens who are job hunting thanks to the participation of organizations like Employment for Seniors and Hero 2 Hired. For more information about the Job Fair, including the schedule of events and a list of participating employers please go to my website at www.stivers.house.gov or call my Hilliard District Office at (614) 771-4968.

This Job Fair is just one way I can help connect people with the many available jobs in our district. If you or someone you know is looking for a job, I hope you’ll stop by.

As always, I invite you contact me about this and any other issue facing the federal government. You can call my office in Washington, D.C. at (202) 225-2015, Hilliard at (614) 771-4968, Lancaster at (740) 654-2654, or Wilmington at (937) 283-7049.

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Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers Regarding the Terrorist Attacks in Belgium

2016/03/22

Regarding this morning’s terrorist attacks in Belgium, all of the following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio):

“Our prayers are with the people of Belgium, the victims, their families and the first responders on the scene. Our resolve is unwavering to keep our citizens and allies safe from terrorism.”

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House of Representatives passes measure to provide foreclosure relief for members of the military

2016/03/21

House Financial Services Committee members Fincher, Stivers and Heck applaud bipartisan support for extension

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 2393, the Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015,  to extend foreclosure protection for military homeowners from 90 days to a one year period until January 1, 2018.

Rep. Stephen Fincher (TN-08), Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15), and Heck filed a House companion to S. 2393 (H.R. 4252) on December 16, 2015, and applauded the passage before April 1, when servicemembers would have been first affected by the time crunch.

“Readjusting to civilian life from active duty can be difficult for many of our vets,” Congressman Fincher said. “It is tremendously important to allow our veterans more time to readjust to life at home and get on their feet financially. It’s the least we can do for those who willingly risk their lives every day to protect the freedoms we hold dear.”

“When our service members come home they shouldn’t have to fear losing their homes as they transition back to civilian life,” Congressman Stivers said. “The foreclosure protection extension will give them the time they need to get back on their feet financially and begin their new lives post military service.”

“A bigger time cushion helps our servicemembers as they transition to civilian life,” Congressman Heck said. “The least we can do for our veterans is make sure they have the time to find a new job, adjust to their new life, and organize their financial obligations so that they and their families can stay in their homes and plan for their future.”

In 2012, Congress temporarily extended the foreclosure protection to one year. The temporary revised timeframe was examined in a U.S. Government Accountability Office study to ensure its effectiveness. In "Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: Information on Mortgage Protections and Related Education Efforts," GAO found the revised timeframe successfully protected veterans from losing their homes and didn’t cause any unintended consequences for veterans or lenders.   

In 2014, Congress again extended the foreclosure protection to one year through December 31, 2015.

The Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015 is endorsed by veterans services organizations, including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and Military Officers Association of America. S. 2393 is also endorsed by financial services and housing provider organizations, including American Bankers Association, Association of Military Banks of America, Consumer Bankers Association, Consumer Mortgage Coalition, Housing Policy Council of the Financial Services Roundtable, Independent Community Bankers of America, Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of REALTORS®.

In a letter to House and committee leadership, the nine mortgage and housing trade associations urged the House of Representatives to act to extend the foreclosure protection, saying “some service members, particularly those leaving active-duty and re-acclimating to civilian life, continue to face real financial challenges…Additionally, slow recoveries in real-estate markets in some areas of the country, particularly in areas surrounding military bases, continue and make it difficult for military members to sell their homes or purchase new homes upon receiving new orders resulting from a Permanent Change of Station (PCS).”

More information on the financial protections for military members is available from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Servicemember Affairs.

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Stivers Pushes to Allow Women Airforce Service Pilots to be Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

2016/03/16

WASHINGTON DC -- Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) today joined Representatives Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Susan Davis (D-CA), as well as Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and a group of bipartisan members of Congress at a press conference calling for the honorable inurnment of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) at Arlington National Cemetery. The legislators were joined by the family of Elaine Harmon, a WASP who died last year, hoping to be laid to rest at Arlington.

The WASPS were an 1,100-women civilian pilot unit during World War II, which under the direction of the U.S. Airforce, transported military planes and bombers and trained men to fly them. However, according to the U.S. Army, which manages Arlington National Cemetery, WASPS were never technically a part of the military, and thus, are not entitled to burial there.

The WASP Arlington Inurnment Restoration (AIR) Act (H.R. 4336), which Congressman Stivers has co-sponsored, would ensure these World War II pioneers could be laid to rest at Arlington, according to their wishes.

“I can think of no more fitting tribute during Women’s History Month than to honor these aviation pioneers who stepped up to serve when our country needed them most,” Congressman Stivers said. “We are grateful for their service, and it is my hope that young women who visit Arlington in the future will have the opportunity to learn more about the trail they blazed.”

Congressman Steve Stivers is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard, holding the rank of Colonel. Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base (formerly Lockbourne Army Airfield), where WASPS went through B-17 flying school, is located within the 15th Congressional District.

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Stivers' Statement on ATSG - Amazon Announcement

2016/03/09

Regarding the announcement today on a deal between Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) and Amazon, all of the following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers:
 
“This is a good day for Wilmington! I want to commend ATSG and the local leaders who have diligently spread the word about what great assets the Wilmington Air Park and the local workforce are for future business and job growth.

“This deal has tremendous potential for the community am excited to watch as things continue to unfold. I have no doubt this will be a successful venture for all involved.”

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Stivers' Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Israel

2016/03/08

Regarding the terrorist attacks in Israel, one of which claimed the life of an American Army Veteran and injured many others, all of the following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio):

"Our thoughts and prayers are with victims and families impacted by the terrorist attacks in Jaffa, Jerusalem and Petah Tikva.

“This senseless violence has become far too commonplace and claimed too many Israeli lives. We must stand firmly with our ally Israel and against extremists who threaten the peace."

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Congressman Steve Stivers Remembers Former First Lady Nancy Reagan

2016/03/06

All of the following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) on the passing of former first lady Nancy Reagan:

"I am saddened to hear of the passing of Nancy Reagan -- a great lady, patriot and faithful partner to former President Ronald Reagan.

"In her own right, Mrs. Reagan was effective in raising awareness for and working to reduce our drug epidemic through the 'Just Say No' campaign. We are grateful for her long life and committed service to our country."

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Contact Information

1022 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2015
Fax 202-225-3529
stivers.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Financial Services

Rules

Raised in Ripley, Ohio, Steve Stivers learned from his mother and father the importance of family, hard work and public service, which have been the values he has carried with him through his life, whether as a student at The Ohio State University, a soldier serving overseas, as a State Senator, or as a Member of Congress.

Stivers is currently serving his third term as a Member of Congress and represents Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, which is made up of 12 counties including: all of Athens, Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Madison, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, and Vinton counties, and parts of: Fayette, Franklin, and Ross counties.

Stivers is serving his third term his third term on the Financial Services Committee, which oversees the banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities industries. Members who serve on the committee also work on housing and consumer protection legislation and oversee Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Reserve Bank.

In addition, Stivers has been tapped to serve on the Committee on Rules, which is charged with determining which bills reach the House Floor for a vote. Historically, the Committee is often known as “The Speaker’s Committee” because it was chaired by the Speaker up until 1910 and is the means through which the Speaker of the House manages the House Floor. The Committee also determines how long and under what rules the full body of the House will debate each bill.

Throughout his career, Steve Stivers has led the way supporting programs and initiatives to encourage job creation, promote economic development, and put our country’s fiscal house in order. As he wrapped up a successful first term in office, two of Stivers veterans bills, the HIRE at Home Act and TRICARE for Kids, were rolled into the National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law by the President. In his second term in office, Stivers had two bills make their way to the President’s desk. These two bills, H.R. 1391 and H.R. 4189,would re-name two postal facilities located in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District after our fallen veterans. These bills are a small measure Congress can take to honor the lives of brave service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Prior to running for Congress, Stivers served in the Ohio Senate and before that worked in the private sector for the Ohio Company and Bank One, where he focused on promoting economic development and encouraging job creation.

A career soldier, Stivers has served 29 years in the Ohio Army National Guard and holds the rank of Colonel. He served the United States overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar and Djibouti where he led 400 soldiers and contractors and is proud that each and every one returned home safely to the United States. Stivers received the Bronze Star for his leadership throughout the deployment.

Stivers received both his bachelor’s degree and his MBA from The Ohio State University and resides in Columbus with his wife, Karen, and children, Sarah and Sam.


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