Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Congressman Steve Stivers Pays Tribute to John Glenn

2016/12/08

Regarding the passing of John Glenn, all of the following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio):
 
“Our hearts go out to Annie and the entire Glenn family as we mourn the loss of Ohio’s favorite son, John Glenn – a true hero and statesman.
 
“Through his aeronautical pursuits he was able to transcend the Earth, and he later served ably in the United States Senate."
 
“Today, I join with countless others across the county in honoring his life and service. ‘Godspeed, John Glenn.’”

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21st Century Cures Act Will Unleash American Ingenuity & Save Lives

2016/12/02

Frequently, I get letters from my constituents who either are struggling with or have a loved one fighting a disease or illness for which we do not yet have a cure.  The diseases are wide ranging -- Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, celiac disease, fibromyalgia, among many others -- but their pleas are the same – they are asking for more support so that we can develop life-saving or life-changing treatments.  

The data confirm what I’ve been seeing in my inbox. I recently learned that there are more than 10,000 known diseases, but only 500 treatments available. While on its face, that may seem an insurmountable statistic, I choose to see it as a great opportunity to unleash and direct the talent and ambition of American science. Perhaps I am optimistic because I have seen that talent first-hand in Ohio where we have outstanding universities, hospitals and a robust biomedical industry. It’s for these reasons that I supported the 21st Century Cures Act, which we advanced in the U.S. House last week.

The 21st Century Cures Act invests $4.8 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health to aid in the development of life-saving cures. As a legislator who is also focused on reducing our debt and balancing our budget, I was pleased that we could offset this investment by reprioritizing existing dollars. In addition, we are spending those dollars strategically, with a focus on the high-risk, high-reward research that has the potential to transform the scientific field. The bill incentivizes researchers to focus on serious diseases that impact great numbers of Americans, including pediatric diseases; to precisely tailor cures to individuals, rather than one-size-fits-all treatments; and to expedite the development and review of drugs.

The bill would also modernize the Food and Drug Administration in order to eliminate bureaucracy and make it more effective and flexible in testing and approving treatments, while always putting patient safety first. It’s time to break down the silos and encourage more collaboration amongst doctors, researchers, and insurers so that we can get safe, effective, and affordable treatments to the patients who need them the most.

I am also pleased that with both parties and both chambers of Congress prioritizing medical research and innovation, we also were able to incorporate other shared priorities within this legislation, including critical funding to combat the opiate epidemic and needed reforms to our mental health system. In fact, it is my hope that the work we did on the 21st Century Cures Act can be a model for the future. I believe it is possible to do big things and solve big problems when we work together.

In future columns, I’ll talk more about what this legislation means for the fight against opiates and to improve our mental health care system, but if you have additional questions about the 21st Century Cures Act or any other legislation before Congress, please 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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Steve Stivers is a Member of Congress from Ohio’s 15th Congressional District and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus

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Rep. Stivers' Statement on the Passage of the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act

2016/12/01

Regarding the passage of HR 6392 – the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act of 2016 -- in the U.S. House of Representatives, all of the following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio):
 
“The one-size-fits-all approach to financial regulation under the Dodd Frank Act has choked off access to capital and made financial services more expensive, thereby hurting the small businesses and families it purported to protect.
 
“This bill ensures a safe and sound banking system, while getting more money into the hands of small businesses and other job creators to grow our economy."

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Congressman Stivers serves as a member of the House Financial Services Committee.
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Rep. Stivers' Statement on the Passage of the 21st Centruy Cures Act

2016/11/30

Regarding today’s passage of HR 34 – the 21st Century Cures Act -- in the U.S. House of Representatives, all of the following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio):
 
“By investing in cutting edge research and expediting life-saving treatments and cures, this bill will help ensure the U.S. remains the undisputed leader in medical innovation. And for Ohio, with its universities, hospitals, and a robust biomedical industry, there is great potential to be the tip of the spear.
 
“I am also pleased that at a time when our state leads the nation in deaths from opiate overdoses, we are providing critical funding to combat addiction, and adopting significant reforms to address the mental health crisis.
 
“With both parties prioritizing medical research and innovation, we have found a way to ensure the new, targeted investments we are making through the 21st Century Cures Act are fully offset. This is a model I hope we can replicate in 2017 and beyond with other important priorities.”

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Additional information regarding the 21st Century Cures Act:  https://energycommerce.house.gov/cures

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Rep. Stivers' Statement Regarding the Events at Ohio State

2016/11/28

Regarding events on November 28, 2016 at The Ohio State University, the following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):
 
"My thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by today’s events at Ohio State. Thank you to all of the law enforcement and first responders who acted quickly to protect the students and faculty on campus. I will continue to monitor updates from the investigation, and hope for a speedy recovery for those who were injured.”

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This Holiday Season, Consider How You Can Give Back

2016/11/21

From the beginning of our nation’s history, Thanksgiving has been that annual tradition where we set aside time to reflect and give thanks for the past year. For many, this marks the beginning of the holiday season in which family and friends look forward to gathering and celebrating with one another. Unfortunately, for too many of our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet, the holidays can also be a very difficult time.

With these families in mind, one of the best ways to give thanks for our many blessings is to come together as a community and help support one another. Whether through area food banks or other organizations, there are many ways you can help give back throughout this holiday season.

My office will once again be participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. For over 50 years, Toys for Tots’ mission has been to unite communities to bring a message of hope through the gift of toys to children in need. Toys for Tots began in Los Angeles when, after searching for an organization to donate toys to children for Christmas, Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks and his wife Diane realized no such organization existed. The Hendricks took matters into their own hands, and came together with other Marine Corps Reservists to collect and distribute 5,000 toys on Christmas Day 1947.

The idea for the organization caught on quickly, and was expanded to Reserve Centers nationwide by 1948. Today, Toys for Tots averages over eight million donated toys each year, for more than four million children. Even some local community groups without Reserve Centers have coordinated with the Marine Corps to conduct Toys for Tots programs.

All three of my district offices are serving as drop off locations for Toys for Tots this year. From now until December 15, anyone can drop off new and unwrapped toys between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.:

•    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

Whether through this program or other charitable endeavors, thousands of people in our community will give of their time and resources to serve others during this holiday season, and I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude for their generosity. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you will consider how you can give back and help those most in need.

For more information about Toys for Tots, or questions about any other issues before the federal government, please 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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Stivers Announces Toys for Tots Drop-Off Sites in Ohio District Offices

2016/11/14

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) 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 15, 2016, 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. Read More

Honoring a Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient

2016/11/10

On New Year’s Eve 1862, then-First Lieutenant Frederick Phisterer, while under heavy fire in the Battle of Stones River (Tennessee) during the American Civil War, conveyed information to a battalion commander and ultimately protected the unit from capture or annihilation.
 
For this act of valor that went beyond the call of duty, Phisterer was awarded the Medal of Honor – our nation’s highest military honor – by President Grover Cleveland. He went on to serve as an officer in the New York Militia and played a role in its reorganization as part of the National Guard. He helped to train soldiers for the Spanish-American War and served as New York’s Adjutant General in 1901 and 1902.
 
Upon his death in 1909, Brevet Major General Phisterer came home to Ohio and was laid to rest in Green Lawn Cemetery. The New York National Guard honored him by providing a special grave marker in hopes that future generations could know of his service to our nation.
 
The descendants of BMG Phisterer have since moved on to other states, but are grateful that fate has provided us an opportunity to recognize him and tell his story once again.
 
Recently, my office learned that his marker had been knocked over and broken by vandals. With the permission of his descendants, we were able to work closely with the Green Lawn Cemetery Association, the Ohio History Connection, Columbus Art Memorial and local veteran organizations to see the monument properly repaired and restored. On Veterans Day we will have a short ceremony to rededicate his marker and honor his service.
 
In the more than 240 years we have been a country, there have been countless acts of bravery performed by thousands of men and women in uniform. This Veterans Day, I encourage you to take a moment and honor one or more of these patriotic Americans whether they are in your family or, like BMG Phisterer, belong to the ages. As for me, I’ll be honored to place a flag on his newly-restored, final resting place. Read More

Rep. Stivers' Statement on Vinton County Grocery Store Announcement

2016/10/28

Regarding the announcement of a preliminary agreement between the Finance Fund and Campbell’s Market to bring a grocery store to Vinton County, the following can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH):
 
"For too long, families in Vinton County have been without a full-service grocery store and burdened with traveling up to 30 minutes or more to buy fresh foods. Today’s announcement represents an important step to end the food desert. This effort has been a true public-private partnership with both state and federal funding, and I am hopeful a final deal will be reached to bring a grocery store back to Vinton County.”

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Rep. Stivers' Statement Regarding DOD Announcement on Enlistment Bonuses

2016/10/27

Regarding the announcement by the Department of Defense today that they will no longer require soldiers to pay back enlistment bonuses due to a government error, all of the following may be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-Ohio):
 
"I’m pleased that the Department of Defense used common sense to end the claw back of enlistment bonuses granted to soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan; however, I support and will work towards a more permanent legislative solution to ensure this can’t happen again.
 
“The Pentagon’s initial position sent the wrong message to our men and women in uniform. Our soldiers should never be in doubt that their service is valued and appreciated.”
 
Congressman Steve Stivers represents the 15th District of Ohio and has served more than 30 years in the Army National Guard, currently holding the rank of Colonel.

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Contact Information

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

Committee Assignments

Financial Services

Rules

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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Brad Wenstrup

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Bob Gibbs

OHIO's 7th DISTRICT

Warren Davidson

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Michael Turner

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Pat Tiberi

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