Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers


Rep. Stivers Applauds Decision to Nominate Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks as a World Heritage Site


CHILLICOTHE, OH – This week, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that it will be nominating Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, the geographical phenomenon located partially in the 15th Congressional District of Ohio, to the World Heritage List on behalf of the United States of America.

The World Heritage List is maintained by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and recognizes over 1,000 sites around the world that are of significant cultural and natural importance.  Included on the list are the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the Taj Mahal in India. 

Significant components of these vast 2,000 year-old Hopewell culture earthworks remain intact throughout Ohio in places like For Ancient in Warren County, the Newark Earthworks in Licking County, and the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Ross County.  The seven earthworks at these three sites make up the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks that will be nominated.  American Indian ancestors built these vast earthworks as ceremonial gathering places aligned to the sun and moon, drawing people from hundreds and perhaps thousands of miles away. 

Congressman Steve Stivers, who represents the northern portion of Ross County, where Hopewell Culture National Historical Park is located, applauded the decision.

“Ohio’s contributions to this nation’s history include eight presidents, the birth of aviation, and countless advancements in military and agriculture.  But the history extends far beyond 1803, and Hopewell Mounds is evidence of that,” Stivers said. “These earthworks celebrate the incredible contributions that American Indians have made to our country, from Ohio to Yellowstone and Florida.  I’m thrilled that Interior sees the value in this site and am hopeful that UNESCO will agree and add Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks to the World Heritage List.” 

Ohio currently has no World Heritage sites, but international experts have attested that these ancient Hopewell culture earthworks belong on the World Heritage list with other ancient sites like Chaco Canyon, Stonehenge, and Easter Island.

“Southern Ohio and the Scioto Valley region have always been beautiful places to visit, and I am confident that a World Heritage List designation would only further improve our tourism industry and the local economy,” Stivers added.

The World Heritage Committee, which is comprised of representatives from 21 nations, will make the final decision on Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks’ inclusion on the list at a future date.


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


Rep. Stivers with 1st Place Winner Sarah Karns

Rep. Stivers with 2nd Place winner Gary Holt

Rep. Stivers with 3rd Place winner Aniston Watts

Rep. Stivers with People's Choice winner Brieanah Seifert

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) recognized Clinton-Massie High School student Sarah Karns as the winner in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District Art Competition for her piece “Me and My Pets.” The announcement was made at a reception at the Columbus Museum of Art on Wednesday evening. Karns will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to see her artwork displayed in the halls of the U.S. Capitol building and attend a reception with other winners from across the country. Last year, Karns’ piece, untitled, won third place in this competition.  

“It is an honor to meet with and recognize so many of the talented young artists in the 15th District,” Stivers said.  “I want to congratulate Miss Karns, as well as all our winners for their hard work.  Every year, we receive incredible pieces of art, and this competition is a fantastic way to highlight their skill.”

The annual Art Competition showcases the talented high school students of the 15th District.  This year’s competition featured 225 submissions from 20 schools.

Gary Holt from Hilliard Davison High School, took home second place for his piece, “Thoughts of Sacrifice.” The work will be displayed in Stivers’ district office in Hilliard, Ohio.  

Aniston Watts’ piece, “Never Trust A Mirror”, will also be displayed in the Hilliard office.  The Pickerington North High School student’s artwork was awarded third place.  

Brieanah Seifert’s piece, “Guardian Angel,” won the People’s Choice Award.  The People’s Choice Award goes to the work of art with the most votes in favor of the piece on Stivers’ Facebook page. Seifert attends Amanda Clearcreek High School, and her piece received nearly 300 votes.

The following schools participated in this year’s competition:

•    Clinton County: Clinton-Massie
•    Fairfield County: Amanda Clearcreek, Berne Union, Bloom Carroll, Pickerington North
•    Franklin County: Canal Winchester, Central Crossing, Fort Hayes, Franklin Heights, Hamilton Township, Hilliard Darby, Hilliard Davidson, Independence, Marion Franklin, Upper Arlington
•    Madison County: Madison-Plains
•    Perry County: Crooksville, New Lexington
•    Pickaway County: Logan Elm, New Hope Christian Academy

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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Perry County Based Initiatives and Projects Awarded Federal Grants


WASHINGTON, DC – Recently, two federal grants were awarded for projects and initiatives in the Village of Somerset in Perry County: one from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and another from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Perry County is located in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, represented by Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH).

Somerset received a $500,000 grant from ARC to construct an access road to the newly established Genesis Perry County Medical Center, providing a direct road from State Route 13 to the health center. The funds will be used for construction of a two lane road with concrete curbs, gutters, and a sidewalk leading to the facility.

“Not only will this road make the medical center more accessible to patients, it will support an additional 66 new jobs in the facility,” Stivers said. “I was proud to work with the local officials in Perry County to secure this grant and help the medical center more easily serve the community and region.”

"Congressman Stivers’ staff took a lead role in helping the Village of Somerset and Genesis Health System apply for an obtain these critical funds to build an access road to the new medical center directly from State Route 13," Somerset Mayor Tom Johnson said.

Somerset also received a $75,000 grant from the NEA to support The Winding Road.  An initiative of Ohio’s Hill Country Heritage Area based in Shawnee, Ohio, The Winding Road is dedicated to developing tourism and increasing economic opportunities by telling the story of Ohio Appalachia through art, food, music, outdoor recreation, environmental learning and guiding.

The community will use the grant to establish business development programs for creative industry entrepreneurs, artist-designed signage for local businesses, and public art and performance programs to highlight the existing creative community. Somerset will partner with organizations and groups such as Hocking College, the Ohio Arts Council, the American Sign Museum, Ohio University LIGHTS, Columbus College of Art and Design, Appalachian Hills of Ohio Territory, and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

“The Winding Road does incredible work to highlight our community’s unique stories and create economic opportunity,” Stivers said. “This is just the beginning for the initiative, and I look forward to being a resource for them as they continue to grow.”

“Ohio's Appalachian Winding Road initiative is a great group of people working together to highlight our region's amazing natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities, as well as the rich artistic and cultural heritage that sustains these rural communities,” Mayor Johnson said. “We are proud of the state and federal recognition that this collaborative effort is receiving.”


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Every Week is Small Business Week


              There’s a reason that small businesses are referred to as the backbone of our economy.  Across the United States, 30 million of these companies employ nearly 70 percent of people who work in the private sector.  This week is recognized as “Small Business Week,” but for those millions of entrepreneurs, their employees and their families, every week is Small Business Week. 

            That’s why one of my top priorities as your Representative in Congress is to support small businesses.  Following the historic tax reform passed at the end of last year, small business owners and job creators are more confident than ever before in the future of their businesses.  But there is optimism not just for those who already operate their own businesses.  Many aspiring entrepreneurs, like Carolyn from Grove City, are excited about tax reform because it not only puts some startup money in her pocket, but because the simplified tax code has removed many barriers to entry in the market that new businesses face. 

            Additionally, in an effort to support up-and-coming small businesses, my bill, the Small Business Credit Availability Act, was recently signed into law by President Trump.  This law expands access to capital for America’s small and middle market companies, and makes it easier for Business Development Companies to provide financing so that businesses can continue to create jobs in our communities.

            Another essential component of job creation that is often over-looked is the importance of patents.  When a start-up receives a patent, its chances of securing venture capital increase by over 50 percent.  And that allows Main Street entrepreneurs to create more consistent, high-paying jobs for its community.  That is why is why I partnered with Congressman Bill Foster (D-PA), to introduce the STRONGER Patents Act.  By making crucial reforms to our nation’s patent system, we can ensure that small business owners are able to spend their time innovating, not fighting drawn out legal battles in which they are often out-resourced and out-maneuvered.  This bill will help ensure that Main Street is every bit the hub of innovation and well-paying jobs that Silicon Valley is known to be.

            Main Street job creators represent the best of America and the entrepreneurial spirit that drives our country.  Their ambition and initiative drives our economy and ensures that their neighbors can provide for their families.  To all those who are courageous enough to pursue their American Dream, happy Small Business Week – this week, and every week.


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Co-Chairs of Civility Caucuses Recognize National Week of Conversation, Launch Collaborative Workshops


WASHINGTON, DC – This week, the Co-Chairs of three Congressional Caucuses dedicated to promoting civility celebrated the National Week of Conversation by announcing they will be collaborating to host workshops and events for Members of Congress over the next few months. The Civility and Respect Caucus (Co-Chairs Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Joyce Beatty (D-OH)), the Honor and Civility Caucus (Co-Chairs Charlie Crist (D-FL) and Mike Johnson (R-LA)), and the Civility Caucus (Co-Chairs Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Kevin Yoder (R-KS)) are uniting to lead the effort to revive civility on Capitol Hill. The announcement was made in the video that can be found by clicking here.

“The bottom line is, we need to treat each other better and learn how to disagree without being disagreeable,” Stivers said. “Joyce Beatty and I have been spreading this message at schools and civic organizations in our districts, and I am looking forward to spreading this message to my colleagues on Capitol Hill. I am proud to join the Civility Caucus and the Honor and Civility Caucus in the movement to revive civility in Washington.”

“Too many Americans are no longer expressing their disagreements in a respectful way,” Beatty said. “That is why I am working with Congressman Stivers to show that although we may not agree politically on many issues, we can disagree without being disagreeable.” Beatty continued, “We want more people to do the same and treat others how they want to be treated—especially our young people and future generations of leaders.”

“Words matter. How we treat each other matters,” said Crist. “It’s encouraging to see growing support on Capitol Hill for efforts to foster more civility in public discourse. We must always remember the Golden Rule!”

“We are stronger when we act together, and I am proud to join my colleagues in Congress to do all we can to restore civility to our political discourse and trust in our nation's institutions,” Johnson said. “The next generation of Americans needs to see us live out our core principles and treat one another with dignity and respect. I thank my friends on both sides of the aisle for championing this important effort in Washington and in their districts back home.”

“For far too long we have allowed partisanship and political tribalism to erode civility within the halls of Congress,” said Cleaver. “While we may disagree on some issues, we can all agree that everyone deserves to be treated with respect. As members of Congress we have a duty to set an example for the American people and I look forward to working with the other caucuses in an effort to restore civility in Congress.”

“In today’s heated political climate, it’s important that Members of Congress lead by example and practice civil discourse and dialogue in the halls of Congress and at home,” Yoder said. “As chairmen of the Congressional Civility Caucus, Congressman Cleaver and I have been working to bridge the divide between Republicans and Democrats, and even though we might disagree on many political issues, we both agree we should work together for the betterment of our country. I’m excited for the upcoming events over the next few months to promote civility.”


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Building a Foundation of Financial Literacy


From deciding whether to spend an allowance, to choosing a university and putting a down payment on a house, no matter what stage of life we are in, we are required to make financial decisions. As a co-Chair of the Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), it is one of my top priorities to work across the aisle to improve the financial literacy and economic education of all individuals across the United States.

At home, I have worked to instill the value of responsibly managing money with my two kids. Exercises like saving money in a piggy bank can teach them the importance of saving money at a young age, so they have a foundation as they go to high school and college. However, I also believe that our institutions of higher learning need more resources to help our nations’ students make better decisions that will set the on a path to be self-sufficient.

To help address this issue, I recently joined Congresswoman Beatty to introduce bipartisan legislation called the Financial Literacy College Education Act. This bill will help students by requiring the Financial Literacy and Education Commission to establish best practices for colleges and universities in teaching financial literacy skills. This would especially be focused on student loans, where the Commission would provide methods for institutions to ensure students clearly understand their obligations for monthly payments and repayment options available to them. This is just one small way we can help ensure universities have the tools they need to give helpful advice to their students.

For some, borrowing money is the best option to help pay for college; however, recent graduates can often find themselves in financial trouble trying to pay loans back at entry-level salaries. That is why last year, I introduced bipartisan legislation to allow students to receive benefits from an employer student loan repayment program without the additional taxes on their paychecks. Moreover, this bill allows more individuals and married couples to deduct their student loan interest each year as they earn more. While we still need to address the larger issue of the growing costs of higher education, this is one way we can help our current students keep more of their hard-earned pay.  

This April, Congresswoman Beatty and I have been recognizing Financial Literacy Month by sharing some of the resources to help people of all ages improve their financial literacy. Whether you are a student, recent graduate, parent, or just someone who needs more assistance managing finances, I encourage you to visit to learn more about the resources available to you.

If you have any questions, or need additional guidance on these resources, I invite you to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049 or Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654.


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Rep. Stivers Statement on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush


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

“Tonight, we mourn the loss of a former First Lady who was a true leader and role model for our country. Faithfully serving alongside her husband, Barbara Bush championed literacy and was the embodiment of what it means to be devoted to your family. My condolences are with the entire Bush family during this difficult time.”


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Representatives Stivers and Lofgren Introduce Bill to Recruit Recent Law School Graduates to Legislative Work


WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced H.R. 5527, the Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Act, a bill that would establish a coordinated entry portal and recruitment device for recent law graduates to clerk for Congress for one year. This legislation creates 12 one-year positions, split evenly by chamber and party.

Studies have shown that the legislative experience gap among lawyers has increased, compared to those with experience in courts, government agencies, private firms, and universities. This legislation would help close that gap and encourage law school graduates to pursue legislative opportunities.

“Congress has the Constitutional power to the write the law, however, it is also the least accessible branch of government for law school graduates,” Stivers said. “This program would strengthen Congress by bringing in talented, legally-trained staff members to provide assistance and advice in the legislative process.”

"The Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Program will allow future leaders an early opportunity to serve in Congress," Lofgren said. "Many of our nation's greatest leaders and scholars served as law clerks early in their careers. This legislation would put Congress on par with both the Executive and Judicial Branches which already offer clerkships to exemplary young lawyers.”

The program would be funded through outside fellowship programs, or clerks being hired by individual Member, committee, leadership or non-partisan Hill offices. This legislation has garnered the support of the Deans of over 120 law schools. A bipartisan companion bill (S. 1604) has also been introduced in the Senate by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Ted Cruz (R-TX). To learn more about the effort to advance this legislation and additional research, click here.


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Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers Regarding Syria


The following may be attributed to Representative Steve Stivers (OH-15) regarding President Trump’s action in Syria:

“Tonight, America acted with our allies and demonstrated our commitment to preventing further violence against innocent men, women, and children,” Stivers said. “As a former chemical officer in the U.S. Army, I recognize the true horror of these weapons.  We must make it crystal clear that the use of chemical weapons against civilians will not be tolerated.”

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Rep. Stivers Votes in Favor of Balanced Budget Amendment


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) voted in support H.J.Res. 2, Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

“Every citizen in this country, including our children, is responsible for over $64,000 of our national debt – and that number is only growing,” Stivers said.  “We are stealing from the next generation, and that is not acceptable.”

The bill, sponsored by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), prohibits total expenditures for a fiscal year from exceeding total revenue for that fiscal year unless Congress authorizes the excess by a three-fifths vote in each chamber.  Additionally, the bill requires a majority vote to increase the public debt limit and requires the President to submit a balanced budget to Congress each year.  

“In every Congress I have had the privilege to serve in, I have introduced Balanced Budget Amendment legislation to combat the dysfunction that surrounds our budgetary process,” Stivers continued.  “While the bill did not pass, the bipartisan support it received highlights the necessity of this amendment.  Both sides of the aisle share a goal in balancing fiscal solvency with protecting programs that many members of our society depend on.”

As outlined in Article V of the United States Constitution, to pass the House, the measure would have needed to receive a super-majority of votes, or 290 yeas.   It would then be sent to the Senate, where it must also receive a two-thirds majority vote.  It then must be ratified by 38 states in order to be adopted.  To date, 28 states have expressed support for a balanced budget amendment; those states have submitted an application to call for a Constitutional Convention on the matter.  A Constitutional Convention represents the second method for amending the Constitution, again, as outlined in Article V.   


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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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