Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers


Representative Stivers Bill to Provide More Access to Capital for Small and Middle Market Companies Passes House


WASHINGTON, DC – This week, the Small Business Credit Availability Act, introduced by Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH), as well as Representatives Brad Sherman (D-CA), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), and Gwen Moore (D-WI), passed as part of the omnibus funding bill. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) sponsored a companion bill in the Senate.  This bipartisan legislation will make important reforms to enable Business Development Companies (BDCs) to deploy more capital to America’s small and middle market companies, allowing them to meet their financing needs so they can grow their businesses and hire more workers.

The legislation reduces BDCs' asset-ratio requirement enabling more investments in small and middle-market America.  The bill would also modernize BDCs' securities offering requirements by eliminating costly and duplicative regulatory paperwork that diverts investments away from job creation and economic growth.

“Unfortunately, in recent years, we have seen banks cut back on lending to small and mid-sized businesses, making BDCs an even more important resource to our job creators,” Stivers said. “I am proud we were able to pass this legislation to make it easier for BDCs to provide financing to these businesses so they can continue to create jobs in our communities.”

Over half of all BDCs are publicly traded, allowing retail investors an opportunity to invest in small and middle market companies on Main Street. However, despite their growing importance, the regulatory policies that govern them have remained largely unchanged since their creation over 30 years ago.

BDCs were created by Congress to fill the void left after banks slowed lending to small businesses following losses in oil and real estate investments in the 1970s.  BDCs are required to invest at least 70 percent of their assets into private operating companies and publicly traded firms that are valued at less than $250 million – which includes middle market businesses.  As a result, BDCs have become an important source of financing for these businesses, which employ nearly 48 million Americans and are responsible for approximately one-third of our nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). 


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Reps. Stivers, Foster Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect American Ingenuity


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Representative Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced H.R. 5340, the Support Technology & Research for Our Nation’s Growth and Economic Resilience (STRONGER) Patents Act in order to strengthen the United States’ crippled patent system.  The bipartisan STRONGER Patents Act would restore patents as property rights, make standards of protections in courts uniform, and protect start-ups from being out-resourced by technology incumbents.  

In recent years, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has downgraded our nation’s patent system – once ranked first, it is currently ranked 12th – and subsequently, investor confidence has been undermined with relations to tech start-ups, bio and pharmaceutical companies, and innovation centers on university campuses.

“As a nation, we may not have the lowest wage rate, or the lowest number of regulations, but we do have the best ideas, and protecting those ideas is essential,” Stivers said. “Main Street should be just as much of an incubator for innovation as Silicon Valley, and we must ensure that these small patent owners have the same opportunity to compete in the open market.”

“I am proud to work with Representative Stivers to make our patent system stronger and more effective for everyone with a new idea. From the earliest days of our country’s history, our economy’s strength has relied on a patent system that has allowed innovators and entrepreneurs to thrive,” Foster said. “This system has allowed businesses to flourish, creating jobs and cementing our reputation as a world leader. Our current patent system, however, has been weakened to the point that it discourages research and innovation rather than supporting it. I thank Representative Stivers for his leadership on this important issue as we work together to make our patent system better for everyone.” 

The STRONGER Patents Act would reverse that trend by standing up for small businesses that rely on patents by providing court-level standards at the United States Patents and Trademark Office and providing injunctive relief against those who infringe on patents.  It also protects small patent owners and start-ups by eliminating harassing, duplicitous patent demand letters, many of which are often sent in bad faith by so-called “trolls.”  By defining the process of sending superfluous demand letters as a “Deceptive and Unfair Act or Practice,” the STRONGER Patents Act is equipping the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with the tools necessary to crack down on these trolls.

“Small businesses are our biggest job creators, and those that rely on patents consistently create high-paying jobs.  So, this bill is not just about ensuring innovators can innovate, it’s about good-paying jobs and stimulating our local economies,” Stivers said.

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


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Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers on the Passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter


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

"Today, America lost a great public servant and Louise Slaughter's family and friends lost a beloved mother, grandmother and friend.

"Serving with her on the House Rules Committee allowed me to see her passion and dedication to service first hand, and I am honored to call her a friend.

"We will have her family in our prayers during this difficult time."


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"You Can't Be What You Can't See"


            Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel in space once said, “[y]oung girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose. … You can’t be what you can’t see.” As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I want to thank the women in every occupation who have pioneered, persevered, and ultimately propelled themselves into fields that are often dominated by men.  Because in the process, they have set examples of empowerment, ambition, and leadership for young girls everywhere, including my daughter.  

            Take, for example, law enforcement and the military.  According to a POLITICO survey, women held 14 percent of federal law enforcement jobs in 1996.  In the last 22 years, that number has only increased by one percent, with women currently holding 15 percent of those positions.  The military has similar numbers: just over 15 percent of our armed forces personnel are female. Thankfully, in Ohio, there are several women who haven’t let the statistics deter them from their goals.

            Just last month, my alma mater – The Ohio State University – named its Officer of the Year.  For the past decade, Officer Cassi Shaffer has committed herself to protecting and serving the Columbus campus and the Buckeye community.  Through her daily interactions with the university community, she sets an example of compassion.  Moreover, from her work as a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) instructor and team leader, to developing a Community Police Academy to engage with local community members, Officer Shaffer empowers others and is always looking for an opportunity to step up and help someone in need. 

            Likewise, Trooper Brittany Noah is a valuable resource for her community.  A youth mentor and softball coach in her spare time, the East Clinton High School and Wilmington College graduate has served with the Wilmington Post since 2012.  She was recently selected as the 2017 Ohio State Trooper of the Year, an honor she is certainly deserving of.  Described as a leader among her peers, Trooper Noah conducts herself with professionalism and respect for others.

            In Circleville, Deputy Brooke Darnell is both following in the footsteps of those before her and blazing the trail for the next generation.  As the granddaughter, niece, and cousin of four law enforcement officers, Deputy Darnell said this was a path she always hoped to take.  Now, as only the second female deputy with the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, she is setting an example for young women, including her 7 year-old sister.  Deputy Darnell is also pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, demonstrating that hard work and ambition pay off.

            Colonel Allison Miller also took what she calls “a huge step forward and a step forward for the State of Ohio,” as she assumed command of the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard last month.  She is the first woman to lead a Wing, and now commands the 1,100 airmen of the 179th to provide tactical airlift capabilities for missions at home and abroad.  Col. Miller, as both a mother and a commander, embodies servant leadership and constantly strives to better herself for her children and for those in her Wing.  

            Women like Officer Shaffer, Deputy Darnell, and Col. Miller have dedicated themselves to the service of others.  Day in and day out, they work to improve their communities and keep their neighbors safe.  Their hard work and commitment furthers their individual careers, and simultaneously paves the way for the women who will come after them.  My daughter, and young girls across the country, will grow up knowing that they can be anything they want to be because they see the examples of women who are police officers, soldiers, doctors, businesswomen, or educators.  And so, to the women who serve as role models and encourage girls to pursue all of their goals and to know that success is possible, thank you.


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Stivers Votes for House Passage of Bill to Help Keep Students Safe at School


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) voted in support of H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act, introduced by Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL). This bill creates a grant program to train students, teachers, school officials, and local law enforcement how to identify and intervene early when signs of violence arise. The legislation also creates a coordinated reporting system, and implements FBI & Secret Service-based school threat assessment protocols to prevent school shootings before they happen. Stivers is a cosponsor of the legislation, and it passed the House by a vote of 407-10.

“As a father, I want to ensure the safety of all of our kids as we send them off to school. It is important that we do not over simplify the issue, but carefully look at all of the factors and examine how we can best address them to prevent future school shootings,” Stivers said. “A holistic approach does include gun laws, but it also includes factors like our mental health system, school safety, proper law enforcement responses to tips, resources for parents, guardians, and school administrators, and how we treat each other as a society as a whole.

Stivers continued, “This legislation was an important first step in addressing school safety, but there is still more work to do. Moving forward, I support banning bump stocks and other devices that turn firearms into automatic weapons. I also support raising the age limit for purchasing semiautomatic weapons, strengthening our federal background check system, and improving school safety by increasing funding for schools to have metal detectors and armed resource officers. I also believe we need to better fund mental health programs to ensure people can receive the help they need. I look forward to working on all parts of this issue to keep our communities safe.”

For more information about the STOP School Violence Act, click here.


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Reps. Stivers, Engel Introduce Evidence-Based Treatment Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) introduced the Reinforcing Evidence-Based Standards Under Law in Treating Substance Abuse (RESULTS) Act. This bipartisan legislation would ensure that federal grants intended to treat mental health and substance use disorders fund initiatives that are backed by sound evidence, or will help build the evidence base for innovative therapies.

“With drug overdoses taking the lives of over 4,000 Ohioans in 2016 alone, the drug epidemic is truly taking its toll on our communities,” Stivers said. “We need to combat the opioid epidemic holistically, and ensuring people receive effective treatment is an important aspect. This bipartisan legislation is a first step to ensure we are funding programs that are proven to help people struggling with drug addiction, while also encouraging new and innovative treatments.”

“The opioid epidemic has affected Ohio, New York and every corner of our nation,” Engel said. “We must ensure that federal treatment dollars are going to programs that work, while also supporting new and innovative therapies that could be game-changers. That’s what this bill does: it guarantees that science and evidence are at the forefront when it comes to treating mental health and substance use disorders.”

Specifically, under this legislation, applicants for federal grants through the Department of Health and Human Services for mental health and substance abuse programs will be required to demonstrate that their program or treatment has been proven to work. In order to promote the use of innovative treatments and programs that show promise but lack established evidence, this bill provides a waiver mechanism to fund these programs if they will help build the body of knowledge on emergent therapies. The RESULTS Act also highlights the need to establish a wider body of evidence for programs tailored to the needs of specific populations, like Native Americans.

This bill will also require that materials submitted by an applicant be made publicly available, giving local providers additional resources on programs that may help their communities, while providing transparency and accountability to funding decisions.

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


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Tax Reform Means Choices


In recent weeks, I have seen countless articles and polls highlighting tax reform: according to a CNBC poll, confidence in small businesses is at an all-time high; 4 million workers and counting have received more than $3 billion in bonuses; 90 percent of Americans saw more money in their paychecks this month as the new withholding tables took effect. 

But I did not need polls and articles to know why the majority of Americans are supportive of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law last year.  I have heard from constituents right here in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District that are reaping the benefits and excited about their economic prospects. 

On Main Street, 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 that new businesses face.  The tax code is now fairer, simpler, and allowing more people to pursue their American Dream. 

Ohio’s businesses, small and large, are also doubling down on their commitment to help their employees pursue their Dreams.  R+L Carriers, an international shipping company based in Wilmington, is offering all 13,000 workers bonuses of up to $1000.  Nationwide Insurance is increasing their contributions to 29,000 employees’ 401(k) plans.  These companies have long been partners in our communities, and I am glad that the tax reform bill is giving them the tools they need to help stimulate our local economies and support their employees and their families.

Most importantly, 90 percent of Americans now have a bigger paycheck, and while the extra income represents something different for each of them, they are all able to make day-to-day choices that are best for them and their families.  Tamela in Amanda has been able to breathe a little bit easier – she says she has used her money for everyday expenses, like groceries.  Nathaniel, from Hilliard, is excited to save the extra cash for a rainy day, in case of an emergency or for a larger purchase.  Regardless of how they choose to spend their money, their ability to make a choice is proof that tax reform is working. 

Tax reform means more money in your pocket.  More money means more choices, more opportunities, and more people pursing their American Dream.  If you have a story about how tax reform is helping you and your family, I invite you to share it with me on my website at

Additionally, if you have questions about how tax reform will affect you or if you have questions about any other issue facing our country, 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.


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Issues with Federal Agencies? My Office Can Help


It is an honor to serve you in the U.S. House of Representatives. One of the most important roles of my office is providing critical assistance to the constituents of Ohio’s 15th District. Specifically, my office has caseworkers that can help constituents navigate the issues they face with federal agencies, such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Social Security Administration, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While I am not able to override decisions, my office can cut red tape to help answer questions, check on claims, and find solutions to a variety of issues you may be having.

An issue that is becoming more common – particularly for seniors – is instances of fraud. In fact, the Columbus Dispatch recently reported on a new tax scam involving false tax refunds being deposited into taxpayers’ accounts. The criminals pose as either a debt-collection agency acting on behalf of the IRS, or an IRS agent requesting personal information and money to be transferred. Personal information is often originally obtained through phishing emails with links or attachments that contain malware, or software intended to affect the security of your computer. It is important to note that the IRS rarely initiates business over the phone, and you should always be cautious of giving your personal information over the phone or clicking on emails from accounts you do not recognize.

Instances of fraud also happen in the Social Security Administration. In fact, last year, a constituent from Columbus named Tim reached out to my office when he discovered that someone had applied for Social Security benefits under his name, receiving over $10,000 of his benefits. Fortunately, my office was able to help Tim report the incident to Social Security and resolve the issue quickly.

If you suspect fraudulent activity on any of your accounts or have any questions about how to protect your identity, please contact any of my district offices. My caseworkers would be glad to help connect you to resources to help protect your identity and answer questions. You can also find helpful tips and information to keep you identity safe at the IRS website:

In addition to fraud cases, my office can help with other issues you may be facing with federal agencies. For example, my office can check on the status of claims at both Social Security and the VA, assist with Social Security and Medicare enrollment, and even expedite a passport renewal.

For more information on the services available through my office, I invite you call 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. You can also view frequently asked questions for specific agencies on my website at


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Rep. Stivers Announces Event to Help Constituents with Tax Issues


WASHINGTON, DC – In the midst of tax season, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) has announced that his office will be hosting an IRS Mobile Office on Thursday, March 8 in Grove City.  The mobile office will have experts on hand to help constituents with questions and issues they may have with their taxes or about the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in general.   

WHAT: IRS Mobile Office
WHERE:  Grove City, City Hall Building
                   Council Chambers
                   4035 Broadway
                   Grove City, OH 43123
TIME: Thursday, March 8, 11:00am to 2:00pm
IN ATTENDANCE:  Will be caseworkers from Stivers’ office, as well as representatives from the IRS and the Taxpayer Advocate Service, to provide the following services:
            -  Help resolve any specific tax issues
            -  Discuss any systemic problems with the IRS
            -  Generate Tax Transcripts
            -  Provide information on the Earned Income Tax Credit
            -  Discuss the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program
            -  Explain the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program
            -  Provide tips for identity theft prevention
            -  Provide tax forms
This event is open to the public. Any further questions can be directed to Stivers’ Hilliard District Office at (614) 771-4968.


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Reps. Stivers, Beatty Make First Stop on Civility Tour at Cristo Rey High School


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH-03) made the first stop on their Civility Tour, speaking to students from Cristo Rey Columbus High School at the Columbus Metropolitan Library about the importance of civility and respect in everyday life.

The kickoff event follows Stivers and Beatty’s announcement last month creating the Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus, which encourages all Members of Congress to act with civility and respect in their political discourse in their congressional districts and in Washington. To amplify and spread this message, Stivers and Beatty will be visiting high schools and civic organizations in Central Ohio to promote the use of a respectful dialogue on tough issues.  

“This Caucus is all about setting an example for the next generation, encouraging dialogue on tough issues, and showing that you can disagree without vilifying one another,” Stivers said. “Speaking to students at Cristo Rey Columbus High School was a great first stop on our Civility Tour, and I look forward to continuing to spread our message of bipartisanship, civility, and respect throughout Ohio and the rest of the country.”

“Too many Americans are no longer expressing their disagreements in a respectful way,” Beatty said. “That is why I am teaming up 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—especially the next generation of leaders—so that is why Congressman Stivers and I are sharing our message with students all across Central Ohio.”

Stivers and Beatty talked to the students about their bipartisan work, and why civility is important at school, work, home, and in the community. Following the joint presentation, Stivers and Beatty invited students to share ways they can be more civil and treat each other better.

Since the 113th Congress (2013-2014), Stivers and Beatty have served in neighboring districts in Central Ohio, working together to take on a multitude of issues, including homelessness, veterans’ issues, and financial literacy. Both are members of the House Committee on Financial Services and serve as co-chairs of the Financial Literacy Caucus.

The Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus currently has 12 Members, and each member has made a commitment to find opportunities to lead similar bipartisan discussions on civility and respect in their own districts.


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1022 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2015
Fax 202-225-3529

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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