Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Independence Day

2015/06/29

The Founding Fathers declared that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed with inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  During the America’s infancy, our forefathers dedicated themselves to the preservation of these rights. They willingly served their country, and in some cases, gave their lives to ensure that their fellow Americans could continue to live in a land of freedom and opportunity.

The government our Founding Fathers fought to establish is one in which each citizen has a voice, and its continuation depends on the consent of the governed.  The adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776— 239 years ago—formed the foundation of the United States of America and the principles that continue to guide our nation today.

Each year we come together to celebrate our independence by watching fireworks, attending parades and spending time with family and friends.  It is important, however, to remember we are able to celebrate this day because of our Founding Fathers’ extraordinary contributions to our great democracy and our military bravely answering the call of duty time and time again.  

As a member of the Ohio National Guard for more than 29 years, I have seen firsthand the tireless work of the servicemen and women who bravely defend our country and our liberty.  Thanks to their sacrifices, we remain fortunate to live in the land of the free and home of the brave.

As always, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Ohio’s 15th Congressional District and I look forward to hearing from you about any federal issues facing our nation.  Please do not hesitate to 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 to share your thoughts with me.

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Stivers, Welch Re-Introduce Bill to Increase Access, Drive Down Costs and Increase Competition for Generic Pharmaceuticals

2015/06/18

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) joined Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) to re-introduced the Fair Access for Safe and Timely (FAST) Generics Act to increase consumer access to generic drugs, boost market competition and ultimately save consumers money.

“My bill closes federal loopholes to ensure consumers have faster access to less costly generic drugs by increasing market competition and eliminating bureaucratic red tape,” said Stivers.

Currently, there are companies that abuse Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug safety programs by withholding access to drug samples for generic manufacturers, resulting in anticompetitive practices and increased pharmaceutical costs.

Specifically, the FAST Generics Act includes common-sense reforms to close these loopholes and address the most common abuses of Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) and non-REMS restricted access programs. These reforms provide a reasonable window for negotiations between manufacturers; limit the extent to which companies can delay competition; and minimize the burden on FDA, which has spent hundreds of hours adjudicating disputes between companies.

“Generic prescription drugs are often a cost-effective alternative to brand name drugs.  Patients, in consultation with their physician, should have a choice where possible,” said Welch. “Our legislation will save consumers billions of dollars by ensuring timely competition in the market and preventing unfair delays for patients seeking more affordable options for their medications.”

According to a study conducted by Matrix Global Advisors, companies using FDA safety programs as a smokescreen for these practices are costing American consumers $5.4 billion annually, including a lost savings of $1.8 billion for the federal government.

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June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

2015/06/16

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of the death in the United States and affects more than 5.3 million Americans.  This means every 67 seconds, another person develops this heartbreaking disease. In Ohio alone, there are more than 210,000 people aged 65 and over who suffer from Alzheimer’s.

Tragically, Alzheimer’s, which is a type of dementia, is also one of the few major diseases whose causes researchers still do not know how to effectively slow the progress of , treat or prevent.  Although patients can benefit from treatment and medication, many still struggle with symptoms including: memory loss, confusion and declining conversational skills.

Here in Ohio, medical researchers at centers such as Ohio State and the Cleveland Clinic are working hard to understand the disease and find better treatments.  While they continue their research, far too many current Alzheimer’s patients and their families struggle with the high cost of the disease and the difficulty of understanding treatments. Currently, the cost of caring for Alzheimer’s patients totals $226 billion and that number only increases each year.

This is why I am a co-sponsor of the Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act of 2015, H.R. 1559. This bill, which was introduced by my colleague Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey, would expand access under Medicare to comprehensive care planning for individuals newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It would arm new Alzheimer’s patients and their families with the information they need to develop the treatment plans that are right for them.

I am proud to support legislation such as H.R. 1559, and I hope that you will join me in raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease this June during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. Also, I encourage you to get involved in the cause of Alzheimer’s care and outreach. You can learn more about volunteering with the Central Ohio chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association by calling 614-457-6003 or visiting their website at www.alz.org/centralohio/.   

As always, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Ohio’s 15th Congressional District and I look forward to hearing from you about this or any federal issues facing our nation.  Please do not hesitate to 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 to share your thoughts with me.

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Plan a Trip to Washington D.C.

2015/06/03

Summer is finally here, which for many families means taking a summer vacation.  When I was in middle school I visited Washington D.C. for the first time.  This trip meant a lot to me and created many wonderful memories, which I still cherish today.  Now as a Congressman, whenever I meet with middle school students touring Washington D.C. from Ohio’s 15th District, I remember how much the trip influenced me and hope they are having an unforgettable experience. 

If you have a trip to Washington D.C. planned, my office can provide you with information and help set up a number of different tours during your visit. Washington D.C. is a great place for families to visit the many historical sites, learn more about our government and visit some of the top museums in the country. From touring the Capitol, visiting national monuments and seeing the Changing of the Guard Ritual at Arlington National Cemetery, there are so many meaningful things to do in our nation’s capital.

Specifically, my office can help set up Capitol tours, provide gallery passes to watch a session of Congress and submit White House tour requests for your group. We can also provide you with information and help you set up tours of: the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, Supreme Court and Pentagon.  Tours of the Smithsonian museums and Smithsonian National Zoo are free and require no reservation.

If you are interested in learning more about these fun opportunities, please contact my Washington D.C. Office at (202) 225-2015 or visit my website (www.stivers.house.gov) and select “Visit Washington D.C.” under the Constituent Services tab to send a request to my staff by e-mail.

I look forward to helping you and your family plan a tour of any of the great sights Washington D.C. has to offer.  Also, please feel free to reach out to my office about any federal issues facing our nation and as always I appreciate the opportunity to serve Ohio’s 15th Congressional District and I invite you to 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 to share your thoughts with me.

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Lasting roadwork funding elusive

2015/05/24

WASHINGTON — When the federal government last raised the gas tax in 1993, President Bill Clinton was in his first term, the TV show Cheers was in its last season and, in what may have become historic foreshadowing, the movie Groundhog Day was released.

Just like in that movie, when actor Bill Murray’s character relived the same day over and over again, so, too, has Congress relived the same battle repeatedly: how best to invest in the nation’s crumbling highways.

A 2013 report by the American Society of Civil Engineers found that one out of every nine bridges is structurally deficient and 42 percent of the nation’s major urban highways are congested, costing the economy $101 billion in wasted time and fuel annually.

Since 2009, when the last long-term comprehensive highway bill expired, Congress has passed 33 short-term measures aimed at renewing the bill — a peculiar benchmark of dysfunction even by congressional standards.

“It’s shameful what Congress has failed to do,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who said that by failing to act, Congress is hurting economic progress in the country.

Last week, both the House and Senate continued the trend of a short-term fix by passing a two-month extension of the current bill — which wouldn’t put more money in the trust fund but would extend the federal government’s ability to spend money on the highway program.

Chris Runyan, president of the Ohio Contractors Association, lamented that he’s never been more discouraged “as far as the lack of enthusiasm or optimism on the part of our legislators to deal with this.”

It’s not that Congress disagrees on whether it needs to invest in infrastructure. For the most part, Democrats and Republicans agree that there is a need to address the nation’s roads and highways.

It’s how to pay for it.

The current system is paid for by the 18.4-cent-per-gallon gas tax, which has been diluted by inflation, a growing need for new infrastructure and the fact that more fuel-efficient cars have meant less gas-tax revenue. That revenue has fallen far short of the amount needed to pay for the nation’s highway system, so Congress has periodically transferred money, typically from the general revenue fund, to offset the deficit.

The result, experts say, has been a patchwork road policy that has done little to address more pressing long-term national needs. It’s the equivalent of filling potholes on a highway that has fundamentally failed.

“Transportation is not a month-to-month concern,” said Frank Moretti of TRIP, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit aimed at improving traffic conditions. “It needs to be invested in over a period of time, and consistency of funding is very critical.”

The more pressing problem will come in July, when the Federal Highway Trust Fund is expected to run out of money.

That deadline will have Congress no doubt wrestling with the same problem it has faced for years: How can it best pay for the trust fund?

A gas-tax increase, Runyan said, is “clearly the most expedient and needed resolution.”

But that’s a nonstarter among Republicans who signed national anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist’s pledge to not raise taxes. They remain resolute in their opposition to increasing the gas tax.

“This is a very tax-averse Congress, to say the least,” said Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, said there are other concerns. Lawmakers are worried about everything from inequitable use of highway funding on mass-transit systems to a federal highway contracting system that’s too costly and inefficient.

“There are a menu of options” lawmakers can use to fix the Highway Trust Fund, said Brian Pallasch, managing director of government affairs for the American Society of Civil Engineers. “I think what’s needed at this point is some leadership and some courage to pick one of those.”

He said drivers end up paying road costs whether the gas tax is increased or not. The average family pays $1,060 in lost wages, lost time from being stuck in traffic and damage to automobiles caused by crumbling roads.

“We pay every day,” he said.

But there are a few people in Washington who are optimistic about the issue. Among them is Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, who said he is hopeful that Congress will pass a comprehensive bill in June or early July.

He would support increasing the gas tax, but he doesn’t think that will fly. Taxing profits that corporations earn overseas, he said, is a more likely revenue stream.

“At this point, my position is I don’t care what the funding is,” he said. “I want a multiyear bill that we can fund any way we can.”

Tiberi said he is hopeful that a tax provision being pushed by House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., that would charge taxes to companies who park assets and cash overseas might provide the necessary revenue to pay for the nation’s highways. He said the Obama administration is “really interested . . . in trying to solve this problem.”

Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Jefferson Township, said she wants to reauthorize long-term funding for the trust fund.

“I think most members of Congress get that transportation investment is important to the U.S. economy and the quality of life our citizens want,” Wright said. “But this struggle over revenue is really what is preventing them from getting the job done. . . . this is important. It’s going to affect the U.S. economically if we don’t find a way of enacting a long-term bill.”
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Nuclear Negotiations with Iran

2015/05/19

As a member of the military for almost 30 years, I fully understand we must be thoughtful and thorough when forming a strategy for our nation’s involvement in foreign affairs.  President Reagan once said, “Trust, but verify.”  This wisdom applies to many situations, including the Obama Administration’s recent negotiations to curb Iran’s ability to acquire nuclear weapons. I believe the United States needs to do everything we can to prevent a nuclear Iran and should consider all options necessary to meet that goal.  

The Administration has recently been involved in negotiations to stop Iran from creating nuclear weapons. Last month a framework agreement was reached that would lift the economic sanctions on Iran if they reduced their nuclear program. Unfortunately, Iran now insists that the sanctions be lifted as soon as the deal is made final, while the Administration wants the sanctions lifted gradually after the nuclear program has been reduced and verified.  The self-imposed deadline to reach a final agreement is at the end of June.

I have serious concerns about whether this tyrannical regime can be entrusted to fulfill its responsibilities under any agreement. Before sanctions relief can be considered, Iran must stop supporting terrorist organizations, eliminate its nuclear program and end its long history of human rights abuses.  I also believe that since Congress put the sanctions in place, Congress should have a role in approving the deal.  That is why I voted last week to require Congressional review of any final nuclear agreement with Iran before the President can waive or suspend sanctions previously imposed by Congress.

I want to hear your thoughts on how we should move forward on this important issue.  Please take a moment to fill out my survey on the Iran nuclear program negotiations by visiting my website at www.stivers.house.gov or a link to the survey will also be on my Facebook page at (RepSteveStivers).

I look forward to hearing from you on this or any federal issues facing our nation.  As always I appreciate the opportunity to serve Ohio’s 15th Congressional District and I invite you to 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 to share your thoughts with me.

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Stivers Invites High School Students to Military Service Academy Seminar

2015/05/07

WASHINGTON –Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) invites high school students who are interested in attending one of the United States Military Academies to a Service Academy Seminar to learn more about the schools and application process.

The Seminar will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the:

Upper Arlington Municipal Building
3600 Tremont Road
Upper Arlington, Ohio

(Near the intersection of Tremont Rd. & Kenny Rd.)

During the seminar students will receive information about Military Service Academy nominations and the interview processes for the U.S. Air Force Academy, West Point, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.  

Students will be able to meet and talk to staff representatives from Stivers’ office.  To RSVP for the Service Academy Seminar please contact Congressman Stivers’ Lancaster District Office at (740) 654-2654. For further information on the military academies please visit www.stivers.house.gov.

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Congress should act on treatment for drug-dependent newborns

2015/05/04

A new study confirms an alarming trend observed in hospitals across the US: an exponential rise of babies born with drug withdrawal — the youngest victims of our nation’s battle with the prescription drug epidemic.

Research, published last week in the Journal of Perinatology and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), found that the number of infants experiencing withdrawal grew nearly five-fold from 2000 to 2012.

On average, the data showed, an infant is born with drug withdrawal every 25 minutes in the United States, accounting for an estimated $1.5 billion in health care expenditures; 80 percent of that is paid for with Medicaid dollars. This, too, amounts to a sharp increase, effectively doubling in cost since 2009.

The toll is staggering. Infants who must endure the pain of withdrawal, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), face a myriad of difficulties, including breathing problems, fever, tremors, stiff limbs, difficulty feeding, and preterm birth. And neonatologists across the country have seen the devastating impact it can have on families. Mothers also frequently deal with untreated substance use disorders, histories of abuse, and mental health illness. It is time we as a nation take positive steps to improve the health of mothers and their infants with a public health approach.

Not surprisingly, the rise of NAS occurred in parallel with the rapid rise of the prescription drug epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of prescriptions written for these powerful painkillers more than quadrupled over the last decade.

While a public health approach is urgently needed, challenges abound. Just as communities are affected differently by prescription drug use and its complications, the study found that communities are affected differently by NAS. The deepest impact has come in New England, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Alabama, with rates about two-and-a-half times the national average. Another study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the use of neonatal intensive care units due to NAS has spiked; in fact, more than 40 percent of the beds in some neonatal intensive care units in the US are occupied by infants with the syndrome.

Hospital stays for NAS can last months. Because of the explosive rise in cases, doctors are desperate to find the most effective method of diagnosis and treatment. With little coordinated work among states, health care systems, and practitioners, no medications have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Incomplete data about NAS births further complicates matters and severely hampers states’ ability to identify the scope of the problem and apply public health solutions effectively.

With hospital resources, medical personnel, and taxpayer dollars being stretched at unprecedented levels, the search for a standardized approach to NAS is a race against the clock. As the study shows, one more year without identifying the best standard of treatment for NAS can have devastating effects.

This is where Congress can help.

Congress can pass the Protecting Our Infants Act, cosponsored with Congressman Steve Stivers and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Bob Casey and supported by a wide range of medical groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is the first federal legislation to take far-reaching steps to help the doctors and nurses, hospitals, and health agencies struggling to address the epidemic of newborns suffering from opioid dependency.

The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop recommendations to prevent and treat prenatal opioid abuse and NAS, review its programming to develop a coordinated strategy to address this crisis, and provide assistance to states in the collection of public health data.

The Protecting Our Infants Act helps us increase efficiency in our hospitals by identifying the best ways to diagnose and treat these newborns and in our state and national health agencies by coordinating programming and ensuring that we have the information we need.

This bill is not partisan or political. But it provides innocent babies the care they desperately need, and helps families rebuild their lives. All that is needed to pass this bill is the advocacy of our communities and the will of the Congress. We have the ability to help thousands of our nation’s mothers and infants. Why not start now?
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Bill Introduced to Require Bank Regulators to Treat Munis as HQLA

2015/05/04

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan coalition of House members has introduced legislation that would require federal banking regulators to treat certain municipal securities held by large banks and other financial institutions as high-quality liquid assets.

The bill, H.R. 2209, is sponsored by Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., with at least nine other co-sponsors, including several who have been prominent on muni issues such as: Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio; Rep. Randy Hultgren, R- Ill.; Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wisc.; and Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass. All 10 sponsors are members of the House Financial Services Committee, including high-ranking members Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.

The bill is a response to a rule jointly adopted by the Federal Reserve, Comptroller of the Currency, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation late last year that requires the country's largest banks and other financial institutions to maintain a certain liquidity coverage ratio, or LCR, to ensure they can better deal with periods of financial stress. An LCR is defined as the ratio of HQLA to total net cash outflows. Assets would qualify as HQLA if they could be easily and quickly convertible to cash with or no loss of value during a period of liquidity stress.

Bank regulators failed to include munis as HQLA in the rules, contending are not liquid or easily marketable. They also said banks don't hold munis for liquidity.

The rule, which banks have to comply with by Jan. 1 2017, is designed to protect the U.S. financial system during times of stress by ensuring that banks with at least $250 billion of total assets or consolidated on-balance sheet foreign exposures of at least $10 billion have the flexibility to weather the storm.

Market groups and lawmakers have warned that the exclusion of munis will raise borrowing costs for issuers, as well as decrease liquidity and increase volatility in the muni market.

The Fed has seemed receptive to amending the rule to include at least some investment grade munis as HQLA, and Fed chair Janet Yellen told the Financial Services committee earlier this year that Fed staff were working "very expeditiously" to identify the munis that could qualify. But the OCC and the FDIC have been reluctant to make the change, though they have not ruled it out.

The Messer bill would require that the LCR rule treat munis that are investment grade and actively traded in the secondary market as "2A" liquid assets, the same tier as some sovereign debt and claims on U.S. government entities like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Securities and bonds in the 2A category can account for up to 40% of a bank's HQLA under the rule. It is the second highest level of HQLA, below federal government securities and the strongest foreign debt.

Market groups are welcoming the bill.

"Bond Dealers of America supports efforts by legislators and regulators to accurately define municipal bonds as high-quality liquid assets," said BDA chief executive officer Mike Nicholas. "In times of extreme market stress, as in 2008 and 2009, highly-rated municipal bonds were a solid store of value, and to exclude municipal bonds from the liquidity coverage ratio would negatively impact demand and raise the cost of infrastructure and other job-producing municipal projects for issuers."

Dustin McDonald, director of the Government Finance Officers Association's federal liaison center, said his group's members support the Messer bill.

"The GFOA applauds the introduction of this important legislation and appreciates Congressman Messer's leadership on this issue," McDonald said. "GFOA and a number of our association partners have presented a very strong case to regulators about the need to admit muni securities as HQLA, and the liquidity of munis. There is no reason why investment grade munis should not be classified as HQLA."

Michael Decker, managing director and co-head of municipals at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, also applauded the bill.

"We are encouraged that Congress is focused on the issue of bank investment in the municipal market," Decker said. "Banks provide a key source of demand for municipal securities, and the liquidity coverage ratio rule as finalized last fall will over time discourage bank investment in the market, to the detriment of state and local governments."

Sources said that a unilateral move by the Fed to amend the rule to include munis as HQLA, without the OCC or the FDIC, would probably not do much to resolve the HQLA problem because most of the banks big enough to impact liquidity are nationally-chartered institutions primarily regulated by the OCC.

According to Fed data, all but two of the nine institutions with more than $250 billion in holdings at the end of 2014 were banks primarily regulated by the OCC, and sources said such institutions would probably not feel free to count munis as HQLA just because the Fed alone amended the rule.

"It doesn't solve for what the market needs," said one bank analyst who asked not to be identified. The banks that would get some flexibility from a unilateral Fed change are those that control "a much smaller portion of the liquidity," then the OCC-regulated institutions, the analyst said.

Messer's bill is awaiting action before the Financial Services Committee, and could have a bright outlook there due to the support of the high-ranking Republicans as well as Democrats who co-sponsor it.
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Stivers' Amendment to Help Veterans Passes House

2015/05/01

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stivers’ (R – OH) amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations passed the House on April 29, 2015.  The amendment will help ensure veterans who are fitted for prosthetics at the VA are seen by certified professionals.

“Our service men and women risk their lives and safety to protect the United States and its freedoms.  As a nation, we share a moral obligation to care for our veterans when they return home and to provide them with meaningful care to help them deal with any service-related injuries they may have,” said Stivers.  “My amendment would help ensure our veterans receive the care they earned and deserve from properly trained professionals.”

Stivers’ amendment would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enforce its own stated credentialing policies for orthotists, prosthetists and other staff members included on VA Amputee Clinic teams. To enforce this, the amendment would also prohibit the VA from paying salaries to uncertified prosthetists and orthotists.  If the amendment remains in the appropriations bill during the Senate process and is signed by the President, it will go into effect on October 1, 2015—the beginning of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.

The issue was first brought to Stivers’ attention by local news reports exposing flaws at the Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Facility and revealing dozens of veterans who received ineffective care from uncertified staff.

The legislation passed last night by a vote of 255-163. CLICK HERE for the full text of H.R. 2029, the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill.

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

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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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