Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers


Border Insecurity: the Crisis at our Southern Border


We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws.  I support those who go through the proper, legal channels in order to become a citizen of our great nation.  However, in the past months, we have witnessed a growing humanitarian crisis on our nation’s southern border as the number of illegal immigrants only continues to grow.  

There must be accountability at our borders.  In order to address this issue, we must first and foremost secure our borders and ensure the proper interior enforcement of our laws to stop the tidal wave of immigrants illegally crossing into the United States.  Secondly, we must enforce our immigration system in a legal and orderly way- which should not include granting amnesty to those who knowingly and willingly cross our borders illegally.

I believe the Obama Administration has played a large role in creating today’s environment that has encouraged tens of thousands of immigrants to cross our borders. By simply proposing the idea of granting amnesty, the Administration has created an incentive to attempt the treacherous and illegal crossing.  In short, the influx of illegal immigrants are a direct result of policies the President knew wouldn’t work.

So, why are we currently experiencing a crisis?  According to a July 17, 2014 article in USA Today, in this fiscal year, over 40,000 children from Central America have entered into our immigration system after crossing over the U.S. border. In 2011, less than 4,000 children from those same nations came to our country illegally.  This is unacceptable and must be addressed in the right way so that the unsafe and dangerous journey of tens of thousands of minors does not continue.  

President Obama has offered a $3.7 billion plan to address these issues; however, this plan costs too much and is not focused on expediting the return of these children home.  Children belong with their parents, and reuniting these kids with their families must remain the priority in addressing this situation.

Please know that I look forward to working with Members on both sides of the aisle to find a solution that will first and foremost quickly reunite children with their parents and secure our borders to curb the growing number of illegal immigrants on our borders.

As always, I look forward to constituent input.  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 Introduces Bill To Help Children and Youth More Easily Secure Homeless Assistance


WASHINGTON D.C. - Today, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) introduced H.R. 5186 – the Homeless Children and Youth Act – to make it easier for homeless children, youth and families to receive homeless assistance.  Currently, the Housing and Urban Development Department’s (HUD) definition of “homeless” is inconsistent with other federal agencies.  H.R. 5186 would expand HUD’s definition of “homeless” to include all children and youth who already are verified as homeless by several other federal educational and social services programs, ensuring that all homeless children can easily qualify for HUD housing and supportive services.

“No child should ever be without a home, let alone be forced to navigate bureaucratic red tape just to prove that they are actually homeless,” said Rep. Steve Stivers, member of the House Financial Services Committee and lead sponsor of the bill.  “My bill would streamline the definition of ‘homeless’ to make it easier for our nation’s children and youth to more easily secure assistance and access to support services to help kids stay in school and defy the burdens of homelessness.”

“The Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2014 is not only good policy, but also the right thing to do,” said Rep. George Miller, senior Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee and lead Democratic sponsor of the legislation. “Since the economic recession, the number of students identified as homeless by head start centers and schools has increased by more than 50 percent. It makes no sense why the federal government should stand in the way of allowing kids and their families to qualify for housing assistance.  This bill would help stabilize the lives of thousands of our nation’s most vulnerable students, leading to increased academic achievement in school and success in later life. I am proud to join Mr. Stivers in introducing this bipartisan bill, and urge fast action to do right by homeless students and their families.”

H.R. 5186 is a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Rep. George Miller (D-CA).  The Homeless Children and Youth Act comes at no new cost to American taxpayers and is supported by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, the National Parent Teacher Association, the National Network for Youth, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty and the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare.

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House bill would speed approval once EU OKs same product


Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) has introduced the Speeding Access to Already Approved Pharmaceuticals Act of 2014, which would require FDA to expedite the review of pharmaceuticals that are already approved by the European Union (EU). The bill is cosponsored by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH).

“Unfortunately, the United States FDA's red tape causes delays of up to several years in approval for life-saving and life-changing medical treatments,” Stivers says in a statement.

“These delays result in unnecessary death and suffering of American patients. This bill will help speed U.S. approval of drugs and medical devices deemed safe and effective by European Authorities. It ensures the safety of these drugs while saving lives and improving the quality of life for millions of Americans who need cutting-edge medical treatments.”

Specifically, the bill would require FDA to facilitate the development and expedite the review of a drug within 90 days after the EU approves a pharmaceutical product.
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83 US members sign initiative to invite Narendra Modi to address Joint Session of Congress


WASHINGTON, DC: A total of 83 members of Congress have signed on to an initiative spearheaded by Democrat California Congressman Brad Sherman, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, to request Congressional leadership invite the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a Joint Session of Congress in September.

The initiative is being taken forward also by Rep. Ted Poe and Rep. Eni Faleomavaega. In each of the last three decades, a prime minister of India has addressed a Joint Session of Congress.

“I am pleased that 82 of my colleagues have joined me in this effort to invite Prime Minister Modi to speak before a Joint Session of Congress,” said Sherman, in a statement. “The voices in Congress are growing, and the message is clear: the United States and India have a unique relationship based on shared democratic values. Prime Minister Modi’s visit is an opportunity to further expand this relationship.”

The signatories are: Joe Barton, Ami Bera, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Gus Bilirakis, Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Mo Brooks, John Campbell, Tony Cardenas, John Carter, Donna Christensen, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Mike Coffman, Chris Collins, Mike Conaway, Gerald Connolly, Jim Costa, Joe Courtney, Peter DeFazio, Ted Deutch, Eliot Engel, Anna Eshoo, Eni Faleomavaega, Bill Flores, Tulsi Gabbard, John Garamendi, Cory Gardner, Jim Gerlach, Kay Granger, Alan Grayson, Gene Green, Al Green, Michael Grimm, Denny Heck, Jeb Hensarling, Brian Higgins, Mike Honda, Bill Huizenga, Steve Israel, Bill Johnson, David Joyce, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Ron Kind, Peter King, Rick Larsen, Sheila Jackson Lee, Alan Lowenthal, Kenny Marchant, Carolyn B. Maloney, Mark Meadows, Gregory W. Meeks, Grace Meng, Mike Michaud, Randy Neugebauer, Pete Olson, Frank Pallone, Ted Poe, Ed Pastor, Ed Perlmutter, Scott Perry, David Price, Mike Quigley, Dana Rohrabacher, Bobby L. Rush, Loretta Sanchez, Allyson Y. Schwartz, David Schweikert, Pete Sessions, Brad Sherman, Albio Sires, Adam Smith, Lamar Smith, Jackie Speier, Steve Stivers, Steve Stockman, Dina Titus, Michael Turner, Pete Visclosky, Maxine Waters, Tim Walberg, Randy Weber, Roger Williams, and Ted Yoho.

The full text of the letter reads:

Dear Mr. Speaker, Madam Minority Leader, Mr. Majority Leader, and Mr. Minority Leader,

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Washington in late September 2014. Given the importance of our relationship with India, we ask you to invite Prime Minister Modi to address a Joint Session of Congress.

As you know, India recently held the largest democratic exercise in history; about 550 million people voted in free and fair elections.

Since recognizing India’s independence in 1947, the United States and India’s relationship has steadily grown. The United States and India share many core values, including religious pluralism, individual freedom, the rule of law, and electoral democracy.

We have an opportunity to build on the U.S-India strategic partnership to the benefit of both our nations.   India is a growing economic power in a strategically important region of the world. New Delhi plays a critical role in regional peace and security.

In each of the last three decades, a Prime Minister of India has addressed a Joint Session of Congress, and the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Modi will allow us to continue that tradition.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.


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Ohio reflects GOP split on future of Export-Import Bank


WASHINGTON — The latest skirmish in the protracted power struggle in the Republican Party is being waged over a little-known federal agency created to help U.S. companies sell products abroad.

For 80 years, the Export-Import Bank has offered products such as loans and insurance to U.S. companies hoping to break into foreign markets.

In Ohio, 258 businesses benefited from the program between 2007 and 2014, and the bank has supported $2 billion in business.

The bank needs reauthorization by Congress by Sept. 30 to continue its work.

A coalition of conservative groups, including Heritage Action for America, Americans for Prosperity and the Club for Growth, is urging Congress to forgo reauthorization, saying the agency is a perfect example of “crony capitalism” and “corporate welfare.” The groups say the bank picks winners and losers and puts taxpayers at risk. To them, refusing to reauthorize the bank presents a scintillating opportunity: The chance to make a federal agency go away.

“There’s a potential to secure a massive victory for conservatives,” said Dan Holler, Heritage’s communications director. “This would be the biggest victory since the earmark moratorium.”

On the other end of the spectrum are groups such as the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that say ending the bank would be the fiscal equivalent of cutting off your nose to spite your face. They say that in an era in which the U.S faces a huge trade deficit, eliminating a tool that supports U.S. exporters is foolhardy. Most of the employers that use the bank, they say, are small businesses.

“We’re already at a competitive disadvantage in a lot of ways,” said Christopher Wenk, senior director of international policy at the national chamber. “If we were to do away with (the Export-Import Bank), the playing field would be even more unlevel in terms of our ability to compete overseas.”

The disagreement highlights what has become an increasingly fraught relationship between tea party conservatives and more traditional, “Chamber of Commerce conservatives.” It’s just the latest struggle for a party that has become increasingly conflicted over what it wants to be.

It is playing out even among Ohio’s congressional delegation. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, supports ending the bank, while Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, wants it to be reauthorized, albeit with reforms.

“I’m for letting it wind down,” Jordan said. “Let the marketplace work.” He said he’d support allowing all the loans in place to continue, but “once they’re complete, you move on.”

Stivers said the debate is “fairly illustrative” of divisions within the GOP.

“It’s not even philosophical,” he said. “It’s about whether we’re going to be pragmatists. I consider myself to be a center-right conservative, but this is really about whether we’re going to be practical or philosophical, driven by a bunch of college professors or people who live in the real world.”

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, also opposes closing the bank’s doors. He does, however, support making “meaningful improvements” to the bank aimed at ensuring that taxpayers and private financing of exports are protected.

Among Democrats, support for the embattled bank is pretty strong. Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Jefferson Township, who, like Stivers, is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, backs the bank, as does Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee.

“I’ve seen what happens to our state with job loss because we import so much more than we export,” Brown said. The bank “does help, in many cases, Ohio companies to sell products abroad."

Said Beatty: “When you look at number of jobs and job creation, this could be devastating with the post-financial-crisis era we’re in right now.”

Supporters of the bank say that 59 other countries — including China, South Korea and most of those in Europe — have some sort of equivalent institution, and eliminating the Export-Import Bank would hurt U.S. companies.

“The worst thing for us to do is just unilaterally disarm and put our job creators at a competitive disadvantage,” Stivers said.

In Columbus, Yenkin-Majestic Paints in Columbus has used the bank’s insurance to support development of business in eastern Europe, China and South America. The company has never had to draw on that insurance, but it needs it, all the same, in case sales fall through, according to company CEO Merom Brachman.

When foreign companies choose to buy from Yenkin-Majestic, it’s per invoice. The company does credit checks on its foreign customers but would be reluctant to take the risk to expand, were it not for the credit insurance that it receives from the Export-Import Bank.

Over the past three years, Brachman said, the company has paid $10,500 in fees to the bank in return for the development of about $1.6 million worth of sales in the three foreign markets involved. The business is a modest but meaningful part of earnings.

Brachman wonders why a bank supported by Republican and Democratic presidential administrations alike is in danger. “It seems a little shortsighted — in the middle of an economic recovery — to make this a severe issue,” Brachman said.
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Group targets government bank


WASHINGTON — The latest skirmish in the protracted power struggle within the Republican Party is being waged over a little-known federal agency tasked with helping U.S. companies sell products to foreign customers.

For 80 years, the Export-Import Bank has offered products, including loans and insurance, to U.S. companies hoping to break into new overseas markets. In Ohio, some 258 businesses benefited from the program between 2007 and 2014, and the bank has supported $2 billion worth of business.

“It’s an important tool for Ohio companies to maintain global competitiveness,” said Jeff Hoagland, president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition. Hoagland said the Export-Import Bank has assisted in more than $100 million in foreign sales by Dayton area companies.

But the bank is endangered unless Congress reauthorizes it by Sept. 30. A coalition of conservative groups that includes Heritage Action for America, Americans for Prosperity and Club for Growth is urging Congress to cancel the bank’s charter, saying the agency is a perfect example of “crony capitalism” and “corporate welfare.”

Opponents say the bank picks winners and losers and puts taxpayers at risk. And they say private banks can fill any void left by ending the public institution.

“There’s a potential to secure a massive victory for conservatives,” said Dan Holler, communications director for Heritage Action for America. “This would be the biggest victory since the earmark moratorium.”

But groups like the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce say eliminating a tool that supports U.S. exporters is foolhardy when the country faces a huge trade deficit. Most of the businesses that use the bank, they say, are small businesses.

“We’re already at a competitive disadvantage in a lot of ways,” said Christopher Wenk, senior director of international policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “If we were to do away with (the Export-Import Bank), the playing field would be even more unlevel in terms of our ability to compete overseas.”

Bank praised by local company

John Granby, senior vice president at LION, a mid-sized Dayton manufacturer, said the company has used the Export-Import Bank to sell its products in foreign markets, including Mexico.

LION produces safety and training gear for fire and rescue teams, law enforcement and the military.

Without the bank, “it could easily cause us to either slow our own production or lay off a few people,” Granby said of his company, which employs 350 people in Dayton and Kentucky.

Supporters argue the bank is more than self-supporting. According to the chamber, the bank has returned more than $3.4 billion to the Treasury above all costs and loss reserves since 2005. Small businesses account for 87 percent of the bank’s transactions. And borrowers have defaulted on less than two percent of all loans backed by the bank since its creation in 1934.

They also worry about an unfair playing field if the agency is allowed to disappear. About 60 countries, including China, South Korea and most European counties, have some sort of equivalent institution, they say.

“The worst thing for us to do is just unilaterally disarm and put our job creators at a competitive disadvantage,” said Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington.

Internal divisions

Stivers said the debate is “fairly illustrative” of internal divisions within the GOP.

“It’s not even philosophical,” he said. “It’s about whether we’re going to be pragmatists. Because I consider myself to be a center-right conservative, but this is really about whether we’re going to be practical or philosophical, driven by a bunch of college professors or people who live in the real world.”

But a lot of conservatives see the issue in free market terms. One of them is Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana.

“I’m for letting it wind down,” Jordan said. “Let the marketplace work.”

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, and a bank critic, argues that big companies like Boeing gain financing through the bank while small businesses end up with “the crumbs.”

“This is, I think, a make or break time for the Republican Party here in Congress,” he has said. “Who are we going to stick up for? Are we going to stick up for Wall Street or Main Street? And with Ex-Im Bank, it’s pretty clear.”

Ohio’s senators support keeping bank open

Ohio’s two senators — Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown — both support keeping the bank open, though Portman said he wants “meaningful improvements” aimed at ensuring that taxpayers are protected.

Brown, a senior member of the Senate Banking Committee, said the bank plays a vital role for small businesses.

“I’ve seen what happens to our state with job loss because we import so much more than we export,” Brown said, adding that the bank “does help, in many cases, for Ohio companies to sell products abroad.”
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Stivers Statement on Malaysian Flight crash


COLUMBUS - The below statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) on today’s Malaysian Flight crash.

“Many innocent people died in this tragedy.  We await more information about the circumstances; however, in the meantime, we offer our prayers to the loved ones of the victims.”

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Rep. Stivers Pushes SEC To Limit MCDC, Warns of Possible Legislation


WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman is pushing the Securities and Exchange Commission to limit the scope of its disclosure violations self-reporting program to the last two years, warning that if it does not he and other lawmakers may seek a legislative solution.

Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, fired the shot across the SEC's bow during House lawmakers' discussion of H.R. 5016, an appropriations bill for the Treasury on Wednesday.

Stivers had prepared an amendment to bill that would not fund the SEC's MCDC's efforts for more than two years. He did not formally offer it, but discussed his concerns about the program on the House floor with Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., chair of the Appropriations Committee's financial services panel.

The Municipalities Continuing Cooperation Disclosure initiative allows issuers and underwriters to get favorable settlement terms if they voluntarily report, by the end of Sept. 9, any time in the last five years they offered bonds without disclosing failures to meet their continuing disclosure agreements they set up under the SEC's Rule 15c2-12. But Stivers' amendment would have prevented MCDC settlements for deals taking place before March 19, 2012.

That date coincides with a risk alert issued by the SEC's office of compliance inspections and examinations that detailed the commission's view on an underwriter's obligations under 15c2-12. Though that part of the rule was adopted in 1994, the SEC only began to take enforcement actions in this area since the risk alert.

Market groups including the Government Finance Officers Association, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, and Bond Dealers of America have lobbied the SEC to extend the deadline for MCDC participation and restrict its scope to more recent deals, but the commission has refused to budge. House rules prevent legislating in appropriations bills, but Stivers' amendment would have cut off MCDC funding for violations prior to March 2012.

The House has only 10 working days before the end of the MCDC period because the chamber is not scheduled for legislative business in August. But Stivers told colleagues that he is interested in working with them to make changes to the program if the SEC continues to stick to its guns.

"The states and localities that the SEC is trying to protect do not support this program, and feel it's very punitive," Stivers told Crenshaw, noting that the Government Finance Officers Association supported his amendment. Stivers thanked Crenshaw for being willing to work with him and the House Financial Services Committee on a solution "should the SEC not choose to curtail this program on their own."

"We want to make sure it's fair and equitable to our states and local municipalities," Stivers said.

Crenshaw said making sure a large number of bond deals is in compliance is "a huge undertaking," and told Stivers he looked forward to helping him "find some solutions."

Michael Decker, a managing director and co-head of municipal securities at SIFMA, applauded the action.

"We thank Rep. Stivers for his attention to the issues raised by the MCDC Initiative," Decker said. "We, too, believe it would be appropriate for the SEC to focus the program on transactions that were executed after the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations issued their notice in March 2012 focusing the municipal market's attention on compliance issues covered by the MCDC."

There has been only one MCDC settlement so far. The SEC last week charged Kings Canyon Joint Unified School District in California with misleading bond investors in a 2010 deal. Some market participants have pointed out that Kings Canyon was already under investigation when it consented to participate in the MCDC, so it did not actually self-report.

Bond attorneys have also expressed frustration that the settlement does not specify what disclosure failures the SEC focused on. Muni groups have repeatedly sought SEC guidance on what threshold of failure warrants an MCDC confession, but the commission has been silent on that front.

Stivers has shown an interest in muni market issues before, previously sponsoring legislation and lobbying the SEC to narrowly tailor municipal advisor regulations.
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House OKs permanent business tax cuts


WASHINGTON — The U.S. House approved a bill yesterday sponsored by Rep. Pat Tiberi that makes permanent a series of business tax cuts, with Tiberi saying the measure would “give this country a raise.”

By a vote of 258-160, the bill was sent to the Senate, which wants to extend the tax cut for just two years. The measure would allow businesses to continue to deduct 50 percent of the cost of new equipment with a value greater than $5,000.

By making the cut permanent, Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, said he would hope that businesses would continue to have money to invest in their businesses, boost wages, hire workers and create facilities.

“Making it permanent allows employers to effectively plan for their future needs and incentivizes them to grow and create jobs,” Tiberi said.

Although 34 Democrats joined 224 Republicans to pass the bill, Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., denounced it as another “corporate giveaway” that ignores key programs to create jobs, build roads and bridges, and support unemployment insurance.

Davis said he cannot support a bill “when I can’t go to church on Sunday or walk down the street without somebody asking me, ‘When is Congress going to do something about our employment checks?'

“When are we going to provide confidence and hope?” Davis asked. “When are we going to stop the process where the rich continue to get rich and the poor continue to get poor and the middle class gets squeezed into where we almost create two groups and two categories of people: those who have much, those who have little?”

The Joint Committee on Taxation calculates that if the bill became law, it would add $287 billion to the federal deficit in the next decade. Without congressional action, the tax cuts expire at the end of the year.

However, Tiberi said that Ohio businesses told him the measure would encourage hiring, saying, “ I have people who (would) rather have jobs than unemployment insurance.”

Among area lawmakers, Republicans Steve Stivers of Upper Arlington, Bill Johnson of Marietta, Jim Jordan of Urbana and Bob Gibbs of Lakeville voted for the bill, while Democrat Joyce Beatty of Jefferson Township opposed it.
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House resolution supports Israeli defense against Hamas rocket attacks


A bipartisan House resolution introduced on Wednesday by Reps. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) would support Israel’s ability to defend itself against unprovoked Hamas rocket attacks.

The resolution also calls for Hamas to bring an immediate halt to all rocket attacks against Israel.

“Israel is one of America’s most important and loyal friends,” Cole said. “As the world has watched the unrest and tension reach a new height over the last several days with rockets fired into Israel by Hamas, we remain supportive of Israel’s right to combat these terrorist acts. I am pleased to introduce this legislation and reinforce America’s support of Israel.”

More than 500 rockets have been fired into Israel by Hamas since the beginning of June, and the Israeli army estimates six million people may be in danger.

“I vehemently condemn Hamas and its cowardly rocket attacks against the state of Israel,” Israel said. “Despite Israel’s repeated efforts to pursue peace, Hamas has continued its policy of terror and violence against the Israeli people. That’s why I introduced this bipartisan resolution that expresses U.S. support for Israel’s right to defends itself against these unprovoked and unwarranted attacks and ensure its survival. I stand with the people of Israel during this difficult time.”

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) signed on as a co-sponsor of the resolution on Wednesday.

“Israel is our nation’s strongest, most reliable ally in the Middle East, and they deserve no less than the 100 percent backing and support of the United States,” Stivers said.
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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 second 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 has been tapped to serve 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.

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.

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 28 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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