Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Celebrating the Women in Congress

2017/03/24

In 1916, Jeannette Rankin made history.  Hailing from the state of Montana, she was the first woman ever elected to the United States Congress.  Since then, women have taken large steps; today, nearly 20 percent of the seats in Congress are held by women, the most at any point in history.  While this is still a disproportionately low representation, my female colleagues are trailblazers. I am certain that their careers will encourage young girls everywhere to pursue their goals, including elected office.  As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I want to recognize the women in the 115th Congress for their commitment to public service and policy, their examples of leadership, and their mark on history.

The intelligent approaches these women take to policy are remarkable.  It is an honor to work closely with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-3), as we attempt to tackle the issues facing Central Ohio, like aiding homeless veterans with the introduction of the HOMeS Act, and serving together as the Co-Chairs for the Financial Literacy Caucus. 

Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s (MA-5) commitment to fighting the opioid crisis in our nation has been invaluable, and I was proud to collaborate with her on the Protecting Our Infants Act and the Reducing Unused Medications Act – both which have become law.  I am also grateful to Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), and the 8 other women serving on the House Committee on Financial Services for their work towards financial responsibility and independence for our nation.  These women work unbelievably hard day-in and day-out by raising smart questions and innovative proposals to solve the problems facing our nation.

Moreover, each day these women conduct themselves with poise and exemplify the best qualities of leadership.  I want to thank Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5) for her measured guidance of the House Republican Conference and Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s (SD-AL) hard work as a Deputy Whip.  Additionally, seeing Congresswoman Mia Love (UT-4), the first black Republican woman elected to Congress, and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21), the youngest woman to ever serve, represent their districts and break down barriers at the same time is a privilege.

I am continuously impressed by each of the 104 women in Congress, and am appreciative for their leadership both on Capitol Hill and across our nation.

In the 101 years since Jeanette Rankin took office, plenty has changed in the United States.  The strength and leadership of women, however, has not.  As the father of a young daughter, I want her to have intelligent and courageous role models whose examples encourage her to work hard and know that success is possible.  To the women of the 115th Congress, thank you for being those role models.  

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Representative Stivers Celebrates Groundbreaking of Vinton County Grocery Store

2017/03/20

 


WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) joined Senator Bob Peterson, Representative Ryan Smith, and Finance Fund President and CEO Diana Turoff at the groundbreaking of Campbell’s Market – signaling the end of the food desert status in Vinton County. Since 2013, Vinton County has been without a grocery store, and residents have been forced to travel up to 30 minutes to Athens, Chillicothe, Logan or Jackson to shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat.

“For far too long, the residents of Vinton County have lacked convenient access to healthy foods,” Stivers said. “I am proud to have joined with Senator Peterson and Representative Smith to work with Finance Fund in this truly collaborative effort to end the food desert in Vinton County. I also want to extend my thanks to Richard Campbell for bringing his business to Vinton County, and look forward to celebrating the Grand Opening of Campbell’s Market this summer.”

The Finance Fund was awarded $2 million in federal funding through the U.S. Treasury’s Healthy Foods Financing Initiative to help provide healthy foods across Ohio. Campbell’s Market will benefit from a financing grant and loan package of $1.58 million from the Finance Fund Capital Corporation. The federal dollars, combined with state seed funding, helped to leverage private funding for the grocery store, making this a true public/private partnership.

Campbell’s Market, which will be located near Vinton County High School in McArthur, is scheduled to be completed and open in August 2017.

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Representative Stivers Announces Reintroduction of Homeless Children and Youth Act at Huck House Shelter

2017/03/14


WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) announced the reintroduction of the Homeless Children and Youth Act at the Huckleberry House in Columbus. This legislation, which is cosponsored by Representative Dave Loebsack (D-IA), provides a more accurate system for the federal government to understand the problem of youth homelessness and help better serve this population.  The Senate companion bill is sponsored by Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA). 

Stivers joined Becky Westerfelt, the Executive Director of the Huckleberry House, for a tour of the facility. He then spent time talking to other community leaders in the fight against youth homelessness, including members of the Crisis Shelter Team, Transitional Living Program Team, and Board of the Huckleberry House, representatives from SchoolHouse Connection, The OSU Star House and the Youth Empowerment Program, and the Homeless Youth Liaisons from Southwestern City Schools.

“No child should ever be without a home, let alone be forced to navigate bureaucratic red tape just to prove that they are actually homeless,” Stivers said. “This bill will be a first step in identifying the scope of the youth homelessness issue so we can help some of the most vulnerable in our communities. I want to thank everyone who came to the Huckleberry House today in support of this legislation for their work to combat youth homelessness.”

Currently, the Housing and Urban Development Department’s (HUD) definition of “homeless” is inconsistent with other federal agencies.  This legislation would expand HUD’s definition of “homeless” to include all children and youth who are already verified as homeless by several other federal educational and social services programs.

“As someone who was raised in poverty by a single mother who struggled with mental illness, I have seen firsthand how community supports can make a difference in people’s lives. I am also sadly aware that some children may slip through the cracks and we cannot allow that to happen,” said Loebsack. “In order for our children to excel, especially those who are homeless or have nowhere to go, we must make it easier on them to access homeless assistance programs. The Homeless Children and Youth Act will help communities best provide for those who are most in need.”

To read the full text of the bill, click here.

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Stivers Lancaster District Office Changes Location

2017/03/07

WASHINGTON – This week, the Lancaster District Office for Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) changed locations to the first floor of the City Hall Building at 104 East Main Street in Lancaster. The office was previously located in the Chase Bank Building in Lancaster.

“A district office located in Lancaster is critical to give my constituents who live in southeast Ohio a more convenient location to come if they need assistance with federal agencies or simply have questions about what is going on in Washington,” Stivers said. “I am excited to have my office relocated in the City Hall Building where my staff and I can better interact with members of the Lancaster City Government and be more easily accessible to constituents.”

“Lancaster has been proud to have Congressman Stivers’ Office in Lancaster since he was elected in 2010, and I am glad he will continue to have an office location here,” Lancaster Mayor Dave Smith said. “He and his staff have been allies and advocates for the city of Lancaster, and I look forward to having them in the City Hall.”

The Lancaster District Office is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. by appointment. If you have any questions or concerns, you can also call the Lancaster District Office at 740-654-2654.

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Stivers Statement on Updated Immigration Executive Order

2017/03/06

The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) regarding the updated immigration executive order:

“My first priority is the safety of the United States, and I am glad this order seeks to better coordinate with agencies to determine if we are receiving enough information from other countries to effectively vet those who are attempting to come into the United States. I continue to support a more permanent solution to our visa vetting process that also ensures we differentiate between our partners in the region and radical Islamic terrorists."

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Stivers, NAWBO and Columbus Chamber Host Women in Business Roundtable

2017/03/03


WASHINGTON – Last week, Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) joined the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the Columbus Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) for a Women in Business Roundtable at the Benesch Law Office in the Huntington Building in Columbus. The Roundtable brought together women business owners and those in upper-level management ranging from small companies, such as Measurement Resources and Brownie Points, to large companies like Wendy’s and Ameriprise Financial.

“Organizations like the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Women Business Owners do incredible work to support and build our local economies. It was a pleasure to sit down with women in business last week to discuss important issues facing their businesses, such as tax reform, overregulation, fixing health care and reforming Dodd-Frank,” Stivers said. “Many women make the economic decisions at home, and having more women in business is exponentially more influential to our economy. I look forward to continue working with those in attendance to make our economy stronger and more competitive. I also would like to thank Benesch Law Office for hosting this important event.”

Stivers began the roundtable by talking about his priorities in the new Congress, specifically bringing jobs back to our communities by reforming the tax code and curbing many of the excessive regulations faced by businesses. The roundtable was then opened up for questions and conversation about the issues facing women business leaders as they work to grow their businesses and fuel our local economy.

From large companies who face one of the highest corporate tax rates in world, to small companies who struggle to simply navigate the overcomplicated system, many in the room agreed tax reform is desperately needed to make these businesses competitive both at home and abroad. There is clearly a lot of work to do to make it easier for businesses to grow, thrive and create jobs in our communities.

The Columbus Chapter of the NAWBO is one of the largest chapters in the country. NAWBO represents the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries and has a nationwide membership of over 7,000 members in 70 chapters. The organization serves as a resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

The Columbus Chamber works to help Central Ohio businesses grow and thrive through their four pillars of service: government relations, talent connections, research and marketing. Serving nearly 1,350 members, the Chamber has been providing resources and opportunities for the Columbus community since its founding in 1884.

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Statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Russia Investigations

2017/03/02

Regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the investigations into Russia and the presidential campaign, the following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):

"I call on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from all investigations related to Russia and the presidential campaign," Stivers said. "Russia does not have the best interests of the United States at heart, and I will continue support the investigations into these matters." Read More

Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers on President Trump’s Address to Congress

2017/02/28

Regarding President Trump’s Address to Congress, the following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):

"Tonight, President Trump focused on important issues such as supporting our military, fixing our broken health care system, bringing jobs back to our communities and rebuilding our infrastructure. I share these goals, and look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration on making progress toward achieve them," Stivers said. "Like the president, rebuilding our nation's infrastructure is one of my top priorities, which is why I invited the Fairfield County Engineer, Jeremiah Upp, to join me for the address. Projects like the Pickerington Route 33 to 70 Connector demonstrate how infrastructure projects can spur economic growth in our communities and ease congestion."
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Bridging the Digital Divide in Our Communities

2017/02/27

For many people, connecting to the internet can be as simple as reaching in their pocket and taking out a smartphone. With today’s technology, we have the ability to access search engines, answer emails, and use social media instantly in the palm of our hand.

However, there are also many communities throughout Ohio’s 15th District – and the country – where people have very little or no access to internet. Areas throughout Ohio suffer from a digital divide where entire counties do not have access to broadband connection. Rural counties are not the only ones vulnerable to this divide. In fact, Fairfield County – which is one of the fastest growing counties in Ohio – has many areas that struggle with connectivity.

John C. Hoag, Ph.D., a professor at Ohio University, conducted a study that found that broadband adoption can have an effect on educational attainment, poverty, infant mortality and even cancer incidence. While some schools are able to provide laptops or tablets to students, many kids lack internet connection at home to get full use out of the technology. There is no doubt that we need to work toward universal broadband access in our communities.

Earlier this month, I held a Digital Divide Roundtable at the Hocking College Logan Campus to bring together community leaders with the people who currently provide resources to bridge the digital divide. We examined where we are with broadband programs so we could discuss ways to address the needs in our communities. Over 80 local, state and federal elected officials, internet providers, and representatives from organizations such as ConnectOhio, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Federal Communications Commission were in attendance to work together for the issue. Dr. Hoag also attended and led the discussion.

Moving forward from the event, we have all came away with a renewed commitment to solving the connectivity issues in Ohio. We are in the process of creating working groups to address all sides of the issue with the goal of making significant progress in addressing connectivity issues during this year. In Congress, I will also be working to ensure that any infrastructure bill we consider will include funding for projects to help areas who lack internet connection.

After the Digital Divide Roundtable, I had the opportunity to stop by Vinton County High School to donate computer equipment that had been used in my office to help give students in Vinton County, an area with widespread connectivity issues, more access while they are at school.  This represents just a small way my office was able to help in the short-term while we work with those who attended the roundtable and others towards more permanent solutions to bridge the digital divide in our country.

If you have questions about broadband connectivity or any other issue facing our communities, I invite you 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. I also encourage you to subscribe to my email newsletter at stivers.house.gov.
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Stivers Reintroduces RAISE Health Benefits Act

2017/02/24

WASHINGTON – Last week, Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) reintroduced the Responsible Additions and Increases to Sustain Employee (RAISE) Health Benefits Act. The legislation provides families with more discretion in how they pay for the rising costs of healthcare, while also allowing them to save for future medical expenses.  This legislation was first introduced in the 114th Congress.

“Not all families are the same, and it just makes sense that a family with four children should have a higher FSA limit than a single adult,” said Stivers. “Health care costs can be expensive, and this legislation would make it easier for families to address the financial challenges of paying for these types of health care costs. I am proud to reintroduce this legislation in the new Congress.”

Specifically, the RAISE Act addresses how Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are used.  Currently, FSAs allow families to set aside money to pay for health care services and items that are not covered by insurance, such as: doctor copayments, prescription drugs, medical supplies, vision and dental services.  The un-used money, however, does not roll over to the next year, making the process of saving money for large medical expenses practically impossible.

In 2010 Obamacare created an annual cap of $2,500 for FSA contributions.  This arbitrary cap does not reflect the reality of health care costs that families face today and undermines the economic benefits of allowing families to use FSAs to build up funds for medical needs.  The RAISE Act addresses this by doubling the current cap to $5,000 allowing families, both large and small, to save more towards medical costs. 

Also the bill states, families with more than two dependents can deposit up to a $500 a year to their FSA for each additional dependent.

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D-NM) is the bill’s lead co-sponsor. The legislation has also been endorsed by the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Periodontology, American Association of Endodontists, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American College of Prosthodontists, and the National Dental Association.

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Contact Information

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

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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