Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers


Giving Thanks: Our Character as a Nation


“Perhaps no custom reveals our character as a Nation so clearly as our celebration of Thanksgiving Day.” – Ronald Reagan, Thanksgiving Day 1986 Proclamation.

This week, we come together to observe all we are thankful for with family and friends. Going beyond the feasts, sports and parades, Thanksgiving begins the season of giving in our communities. While Thanksgiving has not always been recognized as a formal holiday, the idea of setting aside time to come together and give thanks has been part of our nation’s cultural history.

Throughout the American Revolution, the Continental Congress and George Washington issued proclamations for the country to set aside days of thanksgiving and prayer. These days were generally designated to celebrate major military victories against the British, such as the surrender of British General John Burgoyne at Saratoga, New York in 1777. Days of thanks continued after the war, despite not yet being recognized as a national holiday. It was not until a proclamation made by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War that Thanksgiving became a regular observance in November.

In 1941, Congress officially established Thanksgiving to be on the fourth Thursday of November, as we know it today. Since then, Thanksgiving has evolved into a season where Americans take the opportunity to spend time with family and help people in their communities. In this spirit, my office is participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, where members of the community may drop off new, unwrapped toys to be delivered to children for the holidays. This program is just one small way we can give back to those who are less fortunate. For more information on how you can participate in Toys for Tots, please contact my Hilliard District Office at (614) 771-4968.

There is no doubt that Thanksgiving remains an important symbol of our country’s unity. As Reagan indicated in his Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in 1986, there is no holiday that embodies the character of our nation like Thanksgiving because it brings out the best in us.  As you gather to celebrate this year, I hope you will reflect on the meaning of this holiday and how you can give back to our communities. I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.

As always, it is a pleasure to serve Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, and if you have questions or need help with any issues you may have with the federal government, please do not hesitate to contact my office in Washington D.C. at (202) 225-2015, in Hilliard at (614) 771-4968, in Lancaster at (740) 654-2654, or in Wilmington at (937) 283-7049.


Read More

Stivers Sends Letter Urging President Obama to Halt Admission of Syrian/Iraqi Refugees


WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – Columbus) today sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to immediately halt the admission of refugees from Syria and Iraq onto American soil. 110 Members of Congress signed on to the bipartisan letter.

“The first priority must be protecting U.S. citizens from harm,” Stivers said. “Our country has a proud tradition of opening its arms to those in need, but we must stop the admission of refugees until we have assurances that the individuals pose no threat to Americans.”

Early reports from the terrorist attacks in Paris suggest that at least one of the attackers came into Europe by posing as a Syrian refugee.  The letter urges the Administration to suspend admission of refugees in the United States until a thorough vetting process is established to identify individuals who pose a security risk. It also calls for an extensive monitoring process for all relocated refugees to ensure Americans are safe from potential threats.

For the full text of the letter and signatures, click here.


Read More

Stivers Announces Toys for Tots Drop-Off Sites in Ohio District Offices


WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – Columbus) today announced that his Ohio District Offices will be drop-off sites this year for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

From now until December 11, 2015, members of the community may drop off new, unwrapped toys Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm at any of the following locations:

•    Hilliard District Office: 3790 Municipal Way, Hilliard, OH, 43026

•    Lancaster District Office: 123 South Broad Street, Suite 235, Lancaster, OH, 43130

•    Wilmington District Office: 69 North South Street, Wilmington, OH, 45177

For additional information, please contact Congressman Stivers’ district offices at any of the following phone numbers: Hilliard District Office (614) 771-4968; Lancaster District Office (740) 654-2654; Wilmington District Office (937) 283-7049.

-30- Read More

Stivers Statement on TIGER Grant Announcement in Wilmington


The following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) regarding today’s announcement of a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant for rural transit in Ohio.
“This grant is great news for Wilmington and will give a big boost to rural transit in Ohio,” Stivers said. “Modernizing our transportation infrastructure is critical for our economy and for the businesses and families who rely upon it.”

-30- Read More

Stivers Statement on House Passage of a Long-Term Transportation Funding Bill


Regarding the passage of the Surface Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, all of the following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH15):

“Today the House finally passed a long-term highway funding bill.

“The bill ensures that states and local governments can have more certainty as they go about rebuilding our roads, bridges and modernizing our transportation infrastructure.

“This is about American jobs, it’s about safety, and I am hopeful the House and Senate can resolve differences between the two bills quickly to ensure continued support for American infrastructure."


Read More

New plant announcement called a 'game changer'


CIRCLEVILLE – A "once-in-a-generation" investment and job creation opportunity is headed to Circleville, according to one Pickaway County development official, with the announcement that Italian-based Sofidel Group will locate a new manufacturing facility locally.

"I can tell you this, from a capital investment and from a job creation standpoint, this is a once-in-a-generation type of opportunity that comes along, at least in Pickaway County," said Ryan Scribner, executive director of the Pickaway Progress Partnership. "It's a really big deal and the numbers are significant.

"Half of our workforce comes from outside the county every day, so this means a lot of opportunities not just here but into south and southeastern Ohio where a lot of folks commute north to come to work every day. This is right up (U.S.) 23, right up the road."

The plant will be built in Pickaway Township, just south of Circleville. Sofidel, founded around a half-century ago in Italy, has been recognized as the sixth-largest manufacturer of tissue paper in the world and has facilities now in 13 countries.

Brian Stewart, president of the Pickaway County Board of Commissioners, echoed Scribner's sentiment.

"The decision by Sofidel to invest in our community is a huge win for Pickaway County and the entire southern Ohio region," Stewart said. "The potential for a substantial number of new manufacturing jobs will be a game-changer for our community."

Scribner said he could not go into specific numbers presently as required approvals and a favorable due diligence are still working through the process, but that more details on job creation and investment will be coming down the road.

What is known is that the planned 1.4 million-square-foot facility is expected to begin operations in 2017, with hiring for manufacturing and management positions taking place next fall.

According to company CEO Luigi Lazzareschi, the U.S. market is a critical one for Sofidel.

"The U.S. is the most important market in the tissue paper industry, so selecting an ideal facility location was critical to our continue growth in American markets," Lazzareschi said. "Assistance from SelectUSA, JobsOhio, Columbus 2020 and the Pickaway Progress Partnership was critical in our evaluation of communities and selection of Circleville for our new plant."

In May of this year, the company highlighted three major initiatives that it said would strengthen its position in the United States. One was the acquisition of converting plants in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and a second was establishment of a new office in Philadelphia. The third was the move into Circleville.

"By replicating its successful strategy already implemented as part of the company's internationalisation process in Europe, Sofidel has identified Circleville in Ohio ... as an area for launching the first greenfield investment in the new continent, a step which will significantly increase the company's production capacity," Sofidel stated at the time in a release. "The selected area in the Midwest offers important cities located within a few hundred kilometers and is a well-established logistics hub for distribution operators."

Scribner said the company has been considering for a couple of years where they wanted to locate the project and where they needed to locate it for maximum market access. In April, he had the chance to travel to Europe with officials from Columbus 2020 in conjunction with the 2015 SelectUSA Investment Summit, which exposed the region's advantages to an international audience.

"We called on the company and talked about the state of Ohio, talked about the Columbus region, and as we learned more about their specific site requirements, we talked specifically about a location here in Pickaway County that we thought had some unique attributes that could accommodate them and be a great fit," Scribner said.

That first encounter, he said, led to follow-up discussions, visits to Circleville, evaluation of the site by the company and the eventual selection.

Scribner added that the collaboration of different individuals and organizations, as well as the ability to offer tax incentives, were also critical.

"There are state and local incentives in play for a project like this as there would be anywhere in the country," he said. "Manufacturing projects are very appealing because of the employment opportunities, because of the stabilizing impact on a local economy, because of the tax base that they add with the big capital improvement investment they make in facilities, and so it's a very hyper-competitive situation with multiple states and multiple locations vying and competing for a project like this."

The announcement only builds on positive momentum in Pickaway County, which Scribner said has resulted in many of its manufacturing employers growing both their number of employees and their investments. Pickaway County Commissioner Harold Henson said the momentum is evident in a decline in the county's jobless rate from 9.3 percent in 2013 to 3.9 percent this year.

Scribner is quick to point out that any job creation in Pickaway County is felt in surrounding counties as well.

U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers applauded the announcement.

“Sofidel Group’s decision to locate in Pickaway County and to bring good-paying jobs is outstanding news for the community and the state as a whole," he said. Read More

Stivers Statement on House Passage of National Defense Authorization Act


WASHINGTON, DC - The following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH-15) regarding the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the House of Representatives today. The legislation was passed by a vote of 370-58.:
"Today’s vote to approve the National Defense Authorization Act was important to ensure our military receives the support they need while defending our nation overseas and when they return home,” said Stivers. “The House passed the bill with overwhelming bipartisan support, and I hope the President will sign this bill into law to give our military the resources they need to do their job."


Read More

Newhouse, Schrader introduce ports bill


Members of Congress in Washington and Oregon introduce a bill to keep labor disputes from hobbling the flow of goods through U.S. ports and hindering the economy.

A bill aimed at preventing future work disruptions at U.S. ports has been introduced in the U.S. House by Reps. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., and Kurt Schrader, D-Ore.

The bill sets up automatic triggers to start the Taft-Hartley Act process in the event of future labor or management actions disrupting U.S. ports.

The Ensuring Continued Operations and No Other Major Incidents, Closures or Slowdowns — the acronym is ECONOMICS — Act, HR 3932, was introduced Nov. 5. It is in response to a May 2014 through February 2015 slowdown of container cargo through 29 West Coast ports. The slowdown cost up to $2.5 billion per day and contributed to an anemic 0.2 percent annual growth in the first quarter of 2015, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has said. Thune introduced a bill last May that would set up an early warning system of abnormal port operations.

“We must take the lesson of the most recent ports slowdown to heart: that two parties cannot hold hostage the nation’s economy,” Newhouse said in introducing the bill with Schrader.

“The crisis cost Oregon jobs, millions of dollars in economic growth and productivity and, eventually, the loss of its largest container shipper, Hanjin, from the Port of Portland — a hit that we will not know the full magnitude of for a few years,” Schrader said.

Newhouse expects the bill will be referred to the House Education and Workforce Committee but it also could go to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said Will Boyington, Newhouse’s communications director.

In announcing a draft of the legislation a month ago, Newhouse expressed optimism it could be passed and signed by the president before the end of next year.

“I’m hopeful we will have enough people on both sides of the aisle that it will be seen as a positive step forward to prevent economic losses. So I would hope the administration would look on it positively,” Newhouse said.

The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.; Greg Walden, R-Ore.; Dave Reichert, R-Wash.; Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif.; Tom Cole, R-Okla.; Steve Stivers, R-Ohio; and Fred Upton, R-Mich.

“The success of American agriculture is tied to our ability to dependably export our farm and ranch goods to overseas buyers,” said Bob Stallman, American Farm Bureau Federation president, in backing the bill.

The bill would require a board of inquiry be convened to determine whether to recommend a court injunction to end a dispute when four or more ports are involved, when 6,000 or more port workers are impacted or when U.S. exports or imports drop 20 percent or more in one month.

The bill broadens the definition of strike throughout U.S. labor law to clarify the president can start boards of inquiry for strikes, slowdowns, lockouts or threatened strikes or lockouts. That change also applies to the triggers requiring the convening of a board.

The bill directs the federal secretary of transportation to divide the ports into four regions: West Coast, East Coast, Gulf Coast and Great Lakes. The director of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics is directed to develop additional conditions for appointing a board of inquiry.

The bill is meant to complement HR 3398, the Protecting Orderly and Responsible Transit of Shipment (PORTS) Act, sponsored by Newhouse, Reichert and representatives from Colorado and American Samoa. The PORTS Act, and a companion measure in the Senate, would allow governors of seaport states and territories to invoke the Taft-Hartley Act to order dock workers to work. Read More

Stivers Statement on Jobs Announcement in Pickaway County


WASHINGTON, DC - Regarding today’s announcement that Sofidel Group will locate in Pickaway County, all of the following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH15):
"Pickaway County has worked hard and collaboratively to tout what a great place it is to do business. Today, all their hard work has paid off.

“Sofidel Group’s decision to locate in Pickaway County and to bring good-paying jobs is outstanding news for the community and the state as a whole. I look forward to doing all I can to facilitate."


Read More

Groveport will honor veterans with Nov. 11 ceremony


Groveport residents and veterans are invited to show appreciation for the men and women who have served in the armed forces at this year's annual Veterans Day program.

The event is scheduled at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Park, 421 Main St., under the direction of Warren Motts of the Motts Military Museum. It will include several distinguished guests and the recognition of new commemorative bricks to honor veterans.

"It is important for the city of Groveport and its residents to show respect and appreciation to those who were willing to give their lives to this great country and to serve their country proudly," said Patty Storts, event organizer and city community affairs director.

Storts estimates the Veterans Day observance draws about 100 people or more annually.

This year's program will include a flag-raising by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10523; the singing of the national anthem and God Bless America by U.S. Navy vocalist Udo Marascher; prayers led by Pastor Paul Barnes of Madison Christian Church; and speeches by Mayor Lance Westcamp and U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio).

The Groveport Police Department Honor Guard will present a 21-gun salute with Master Sgt. Jane Pinkley of the Ohio National Guard performing Taps.

Sgt. Ron Coffman, U.S. Army (retired), will recognize the following veterans for whom new bricks will be added to the brick walk at Veterans Park: Roy Arnett Sr., Bob Panian, Lois J. Peterson, Ed Reeves, Scout Dog Prince, Sydney Smith and Jesse Smith.

Following the Veterans Day program, all attendees are invited to the Motts Military Museum for a flag-retirement ceremony and reception sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America Troop 71. Read More

Loading legislation ... one moment please
Loading votes ... one moment please

Contact Information

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

Committee Assignments

Financial Services


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.

Serving With

Steve Chabot


Brad Wenstrup


Jim Jordan


Bob Latta


Bill Johnson


Bob Gibbs


John Boehner


Michael Turner


Pat Tiberi


David Joyce


Jim Renacci


Recent Videos