Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers


Rep. Stivers Testifies on Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) appeared before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health to advocate for several legislative proposals in combatting the nation-wide opioid epidemic.  Specifically, his testimony focused on evidence-based treatment, the use of pain as a vital sign in medical practice, dosage tapering and partial fill, and finding alternative treatments. 

“Physicians and pharmacists need to be able to have conversations with their patients about pain management, develop treatment plans that are unique to the individual, and focus on the long term health of the patient over short term benchmarks,” Stivers said.

He called on Congress to provide sufficient oversight and ensure that federal funds being provided to the states for mental health and addiction treatment are being appropriately directed to treatments that are based on a foundation of evidence as to their efficacy. He also promoted extensive data collection and research on emergent therapies in order to certify innovative approaches in the future.   

Stivers also raised questions about the use of pain as a vital sign and the subsequent occurrences of over prescription of opioids at the expense of treating underlying symptoms.  He applauded a recent announcement from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that the agency will no longer be linking “pain management” and satisfaction scores to reimbursements for doctors and hospitals as a positive step in changing the culture surrounding pain management. 

Additionally, he discussed partial fill of opioid dosages amidst reports that over 70 percent of adults who misuse prescription opioids find them in medicine cabinets of friends or relatives.  He referenced language he crafted that was included in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), that allowed for the partial fill of prescriptions at the request of patients or doctors and urged the Committee to build on that legislation.

Stivers testified as one Member of Congress who represents a district that has been particularly impacted by the opioid epidemic.

“There is no single legislative fix to this epidemic,” Stivers said.  “But it is essential that we explore all possible avenues when it comes to helping individuals, families, and communities that have been absolutely decimated by addiction.”

To see the full hearing, click here.


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Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers


The following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):

"I was horrified to hear about this act of mindless violence in Las Vegas. The local law enforcement and first responders are the heroes of this situation. To the families who are experiencing unthinkable loss this morning, we stand with you and will be praying for you."

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month


September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a month that provides us with an opportunity to raise awareness about an issue that is plaguing so many of our neighbors, friends, and family members.  This is an issue that Congress is continuing to address on a bipartisan basis; after all, it does not discriminate based on age, gender, and definitely not political party.

That is why I am reaching across the aisle to find solutions for a population that has been disproportionately affected by suicide: our veterans.  Together with Representative Dave Loebsack (D-IA), we are working to pass the Never Again Act. This legislation would ensure that no veteran seeking in-patient psychiatric care is ever turned away from a VA facility.  Simply put, under the Never Again Act, if a veteran asks for mental health care from the VA, they will receive care.

Earlier this month, and with bipartisan support, the House approved a provision to support the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and their efforts in assisting community programs promoting mental wellness. Additionally, we are beginning to see the effects of the 21st Century Cures Act, which was signed into law in 2016 by President Obama, as it is being implemented.  

Included in the final version of the 21st Century Cures Act was language from the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which expands Medicaid and Medicare coverage for mental health services, antidepressants and antipsychotic medication. This will help ensure that those facing mental illness have access to the help that they need, regardless of income.  

The 21st Century Cures Act is also working to ensure that these services can reach underserved areas.  One provision creates five-year minimum grants for medical residents, nurses and physician assistants, psychologists, and social workers who provide mental health services in underserved community-based settings.  I am confident that initiatives like this will help connect those who are called to serve with those who need it the most.  

I believe that much of the legislative approach to this critical issue is centered on connecting those in need to the assistance they urgently require.  With that said, you can find a list of mental health organizations and the resources offered throughout the 15th District here: You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.  If you, or someone you know, is struggling with their mental health, please – say something.  Together, we can make our communities healthier and happier.


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Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers on the Reagan Tokes Act


The following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) regarding the introduction of the Reagan Tokes Act in the Ohio Statehouse:

“I am extremely thankful to Toby and Lisa Tokes for taking the lead on these much-needed reforms to our criminal justice system,” Stivers said.  “I am hopeful there can be significant improvements made through the Reagan Tokes Act that will prevent other families from having to experience the loss of a loved one and I appreciate Representatives Hughes and Boggs and State Senators Bacon and O’Brien for their work on this important bipartisan legislation.”



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Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers on Tax Reform


The following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):

"It's been far too long since we updated our nation's tax code. This tax reform package will create jobs, grow our economy, and put more money in the pockets of hard-working taxpayers. I am excited about this framework, and I believe we will unite and pass tax reform."

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Rep. Stivers Urges Congressional Support for Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) testified before the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health on behalf of his bill, H.R.2225, the Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act.  This legislation would establish a pilot program through the Veterans’ Administration to connect veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress to local therapeutic dog training organizations and allow those veterans to train therapy animals. 

During the hearing, Stivers referenced preliminary research conducted by Kaiser Permanente that has demonstrated the benefits of therapy dogs for veterans’ mental health.  In addition to demonstrating fewer symptoms of post-traumatic stress and depression, veterans demonstrated improved interpersonal relationships and a lower risk of substance abuse.  He urged the Committee to act with expedience and bring the bill before the full House for a vote.

“This legislation is about veterans helping veterans.  Veterans train the dogs, under the supervision of veteran-managed organizations, and the dogs are then paired with another disabled veteran to aid with their daily life as they continue their healing process,” Stivers said.  “The House passed this legislation with bipartisan support in the last Congress, and I encourage the Committee to act quickly to help our veterans.”

The Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act prioritizes partnerships between the VA and local therapeutic dog training organizations that are veteran-owned and managed. This bill has the support of organizations such as the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

“Congress has a moral obligation to serve those who have served our nation.  I am proud to sponsor this legislation and look forward to the difference it will make in many veterans’ lives,” Stivers said.

To see the full hearing, click here.


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Statement from Rep. Stivers on the Announcement of Grants for Rickenbacker


The following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) on the announcement of Rickenbacker International Airport receiving two grants from the Department of Transportation totaling $5,935,141.00 and $508,569.00:

“This is exciting news not only for Rickenbacker, but for all of central Ohio. Beyond housing the 121st Air Refueling Wing for the United States Air Force, Rickenbacker plays a vital role in growing jobs and the economy in central Ohio. I want to congratulate everyone at Rickenbacker and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, and thank them for their incredible work. As Rickenbacker continues to grow, I look forward to working with them to support both their military and civilian efforts.”

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New Challenges for Local Businesses


Local businesses are the backbone of our economy. They provide critical goods and services, create jobs, and attract more people to our communities. That’s why, since I came to Congress, one of my top priorities has been advancing policies to support our local businesses to create jobs in Ohio and across the country.

Employers face a unique set of challenges when attempting to open or stay open for business. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with members of the Pickaway and Ross Counties business community for a roundtable at the Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center to discuss these challenges, and how we can work together to help businesses thrive in Ohio’s 15th District. We discussed various topics affecting businesses, ranging from job training and education, to infrastructure and tax reform.

One of the biggest problems faced by employers is not just finding potential employees, but finding qualified potential employees who already have the skills needed for the job. For many at the roundtable, education and training were the most important factors in getting workers ready for the jobs available. Vocational school and other career and technical education (or CTE) programs, for example, are a great way students can get training and certification for jobs so they are ready to start working or get further specialized training after graduating from high school. In Congress, I am a supporter of legislation to update federal policies and ensure these CTE programs deliver results and effectively train our nation’s workforce for the jobs of today and the future.

We also discussed how important infrastructure is to attracting new businesses. Without proper roads, highways, and bridges, it can be difficult for businesses to open up in some communities. Especially in rural areas of Ohio, the lack of broadband access can also prevent new businesses from opening or expanding in certain communities. This makes it even more important that any infrastructure package that comes through Congress is broadly defined to include broadband.

Businesses are also tasked with navigating a complicated and outdated tax system. The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. For small businesses, the tax system can increase the cost of doing business, and ultimately hurt their ability to create jobs. After 31 years without an overhaul, I am hopeful we can fix these issues in the tax system for businesses so we can spur economic growth in our communities. 

Coming away from the roundtable, I have a renewed commitment to supporting policies that will make it easier to do business in America. Working together, we can make sure that employers can stay open and be successful in our country.

If you have questions or concerns about this or any other legislation in the federal government, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-2015, Hilliard office at 614-771-4968, Lancaster office at 740-654-2654 or Wilmington office at 937-283-7049.
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Reps. Stivers and Beatty Urge Congressional Support for National Veterans Memorial and Museum


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a legislative hearing on the National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act, H.R. 1900. Introduced by Congressman Steve Stivers (OH-15) and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), the bill would designate the new museum and memorial being built at 300 W. Broad Street (the site of the former Franklin County Veterans Memorial) in downtown Columbus as the “National Veterans Memorial and Museum.” The project will be the only public museum in the country that exists for the exclusive role of sharing the experiences and voices of veterans across all eras, conflicts and branches of the military.

During the hearing, Stivers and Beatty called on the Subcommittee to support H.R. 1900 and advance the bill to the House Floor for a full vote.

"Today's hearing was another exciting step in our effort to create a federal designation for the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, and I am hopeful the subcommittee will join us in supporting this bill," Stivers said. "This will serve as an incredible landmark where we can honor and remember all of our nations' veterans. I am proud to work with Representative Beatty and the countless community leaders who understand the importance of this museum to our veterans, their families, and our entire nation."

“This museum will honor, connect, inspire and educate all Americans about the selfless service and sacrifice of our nation’s more than 40 million veterans,” Beatty said. “Once complete, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum will capture the hearts and minds of visitors, telling the individual stories and shared experiences of veterans throughout history—including those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.” Beatty concluded, “I urge the Subcommittee’s support for this legislation and look forward to working with you, alongside Congressman Stivers, to make the designation for the National Veterans Memorial and Museum a reality.

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum was spearheaded by former Ohio Senator John Glenn, with management of the project being overseen by the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC). The construction of the $75 million facility is fully funded and is slated to open in the summer of 2018.


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USDA Announces Rural Business Development Grant for the Village of Somerset


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced they have awarded a Rural Business Development Grant to the Village of Somerset. This grant, which totals over $169,000, will be used to support existing and emerging rural businesses to grow in Somerset’s historic downtown.  

This grant will provide cost share funds for business owners to make building façade and signage upgrades, provide them with access to professional architectural and design planning, and make technical and legal expertise available to help them take advantage of a broad range of redevelopment tax credits and financing tools.

Additionally, the grant supports small businesses by providing technical assistance to streamline Somerset’s business permitting process, establish design standards, and market local businesses.  This is part of the larger, collaborative effort between Somerset, Perry County and communities across Southeastern Ohio to revitalize communities, grow tourism and support local small businesses across Ohio’s Appalachian Region. The grant is anticipated to create or save 44 jobs and assist 11 businesses.

“This grant is good news for the Village of Somerset,” Mayor Tom Johnson said. “We have been working hard on economic development in Perry County and with projects like Ohio’s Appalachian Winding Road – Creative Communities from A to Z (Athens to Zanesville) and the $10m Genesis Perry Health Center project which broke ground this week, we are making great progress.  Congressman Stivers and his staff have been instrumental in obtaining federal funding to support these projects by researching potential federal funding sources, showing Somerset and other communities across the region the opportunities that exist and then helping schedule the meetings and make introductions to federal agencies that have resulted in these investments in our community and region.”

Sharing a specific visible example of the benefit this will provide Mayor Johnson added, “These funds will only help to enhance these efforts by providing a big boost for our small businesses to make our community an even better place to live, work and raise a family.  A good example of this is a new business, the STRONG & Co Restaurant and Bar that is being opened in a renovated building adjacent to our Public Square.  By establishing an entertainment district in Somerset, they are able to obtain an additional beverage license to support this business.”

“I join Perry County in celebrating the announcement of these important grants,” Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH), who represents Somerset in the U.S. House of Representatives, said. “I proudly supported the Village of Somerset in securing federal funding to help stimulate the economy, grow small businesses, and increase tourism in the community. Thank you to Mayor Tom Johnson and all of the community leaders for everything you do for Perry County, and I look forward to continuing to partner with you in these efforts.”

Communities and organizations interested in federal grant opportunities can contact Stivers’ Lancaster District Office for more information and assistance at (740) 654-2654.

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Washington, DC 20515
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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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