Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Rep. Stivers Applauds Announcement of Appalachian Regional Commission Grants to 15th District

2018/10/11

ATHENS, OH – Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced two grants benefitting Ohio University’s Voinovich School and the Buckeye Hills Regional Council.  Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH), who worked in tandem with the benefitting entities to secure the funding, applauded the announcement.

The Voinovich School at Ohio University is the recipient of $750,000 grant in support of the Social Enterprise Ecosystem (SEE) program.  SEE, which has just completed its one-year pilot project, works to encourage the use of for-profit business strategies to improve social outcomes in communities.  Key areas include entrepreneurial and business development, workforce development and preparedness, and critical infrastructure, including broadband access.

“By employing for-profit business tactics to achieve social progress, communities benefit from proven strategies,” Stivers said.  “I’m thrilled that SEE and the Voinovich School will have the resources they need to promote market-based solutions to the social challenges local communities face.”

In its second year, it is projected that SEE will provide $3.8 million in services and subsequent local economic growth.  As many as 32 local communities will be served, and upwards of 59 social enterprise businesses will be launched or improved as a result of the grant.  The grant is expected to yield at least $6 million in leveraged private investment.

“Today’s announcement is continued support for the work already underway to create new opportunities for those living in communities hardest hit by changes in the coal industry,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas. “These grants are a commitment to long-term diversification and economic growth in Appalachian Ohio.”  

Additionally, a grant was also awarded to the Buckeye Hills Regional Council totals $78,624 and will be used to determine feasibility and obstacles to the bridging the digital divide along Route 33 between Groveport and Belpre.  By analyzing the current barriers to broadband, the Council hopes to attract new jobs and investments to the region, a project that could ultimately be replicated in surrounding counties.  

“These grants are the latest example of a continued investment in Southeast Ohio.  I am confident that these efforts will lead to revitalized communities and economic growth for those who deserve it most,” Stivers concluded.
For more information about federal grants, visit www.stivers.house.gov/constituentservices/grants.

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Getting a Head Start

2018/10/09

As the father of two kids, I understand the importance of supporting our schools in order to provide opportunities for every student – regardless of zip code or household income. I also believe it is important for education programs to be flexible enough to serve the needs of each individual community. A strong educational foundation starts from the very beginning, and that’s why I’m working in Congress to support early childhood education.

For example, earlier this year, I led a letter with nearly 40 Members of Congress to the Appropriations Committee in support of funding for the Head Start program. Starting over 50 years ago, Head Start offers programs for kids from newborns to five years old, primarily from lower income families, to provide comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and other services. Head Start partners with the community to provide for the specific needs and preferences of the area they serve in, as well as involve the whole family to ensure kids have the support they need at home.

Most importantly, Head Start works. Head Start has been proven to improve educational outcomes throughout kids’ lives, and increases the chances students will graduate from high school, attend college, and receive a post-secondary degree, license, or certification. Head Start has also been shown to contribute to emotional, social, and behavioral development of children throughout school. Moreover, Head Start is far-reaching – over a million children every year benefit from the services offered by Head Start.

Last week, the House passed legislation that included funding for multiple programs to provide services to low-income families. In addition to Head Start, this funding will be used for the Child Care and Development Block Grant – which improves access to affordable early care and afterschool programs – as well as the Preschool Development Grants, which are used to build high-quality preschool programs.

Overall, this bill funded the programs at a total of $50 million above the previous year, demonstrating a strong, bipartisan commitment to our children. Moving forward, I will continue working to support education programs that are flexible for our communities and prepare our kids for the future.

To read the letter of support for Head Start, click here. If you have any questions about what I am working on to support education, or any other issue facing the federal government, I invite you to 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. You can also subscribe to my enewsletter at www.stivers.house.gov.

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Stivers, Beatty Applaud Ohio School Safety Grant Award

2018/10/01

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a nearly $700,000 grant to the State of Ohio under the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program. Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) led a letter on July 30 along with the entire Ohio Delegation to the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in support of the grant application.

Passed in March, the STOP School Violence Act created grant programs to train students, teachers, school officials, and local law enforcement how to identify and intervene early when signs of violence arise, create a coordinated reporting system, and implement FBI & Secret Service-based school threat assessment protocols to prevent school shootings before they happen.

“As a father, I want to ensure the safety of all of our kids as we send them off to school, and I was proud to be a supporter and cosponsor of the STOP School Violence Act when it was considered in March,” Stivers said. “This grant will provide critical resources for students and teachers to recognize and prevent acts of violence to keep our kids safe. I was proud to support this grant application, and look forward to continue supporting Ohio schools as they strive to create safer environments for students."

“We owe it to every student, in every classroom across America, to do everything in our power to minimize the threat of gun violence,” Beatty said. “Unfortunately, many children and their parents are rightly concerned and are calling on Congress to act.” Beatty continued, “That is why I am proud to help lead the effort to secure the needed resources and support to ensure that Ohio schools and those in every community are safer places of learning.”

“We are proud to work with Ohio’s Department of Education to help keep Ohio’s students safe and prevent violence before it happens,” said Mark Barden, the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sandy Hook Promise and father of Daniel who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. “The funding available under the STOP School Violence Act will build on our work in the state to train every school in our Safety Assessment and Intervention program that has proven to save lives. We are also thankful for the leadership of Representatives Stivers and Beatty, as well as the entire Ohio delegation, for their strong support of Ohio’s application.”

Specifically, the STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program provides funding to develop threat assessment and crisis intervention teams, anonymous reporting systems, and training for students, school personnel and local law enforcement officers so they can partner in preventing violence events.

The grant award can be viewed by clicking here. The letter sent by Stivers and Beatty can be viewed by clicking here.

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Rep. Stivers Applauds Announcement of Grant for Fairfield County to Combat Opioid Epidemic

2018/09/28

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a nearly $500,000 grant for Fairfield County to implement the Fairfield County Overdose Response Team (F.O.R.T.), who will help support survivors of non-fatal drug overdoses, and their families. This is 50 times the amount the County was originally seeking. Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) applauded this announcement as another important step in curbing the drug abuse epidemic in Fairfield County.

“The drug abuse epidemic has taken its toll on counties across Ohio’s 15th District, and it is important we provide communities with the resources they need to help those struggling with addiction receive treatment,” Stivers said. “I was proud to support this grant to ensure Project F.O.R.T. can continue providing holistic treatment in our communities well into the future, and help those in recovery. Thank you to the Fairfield County Commissioners, Commander Dennis Lowe at the Fairfield-Hocking-Athens Major Crimes Unit, Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen, Fairfield County Prosecutor Kyle Witt, and all of those who are working so hard to combat the opioid epidemic.”  

“Like so many other communities across Ohio and the nation, we in Fairfield County have experienced the negative effects of the opioid epidemic,” Steve Davis, President of the Fairfield County Board of Commissioners said. “In Fairfield County, we see hundreds of unintentional overdoses each year.  CARA funding for Fairfield County will go a long way in the fight against the opioid epidemic by enhancing multi-disciplinary teams who are there to help families respond to overdoses and get on the road to recovery. We greatly appreciate the partnership with the federal government.”

“Project FORT is an important piece to our full community effort to combat the opioid epidemic,” Sheriff Phalen said. “I want to thank Congressman Stivers, and all of those who were involved in securing this incredible grant for Fairfield County.”

“We at ADAMH congratulate Project F.O.R.T. on its success in this grant competition; the new funds will allow Project F.O.R.T. to expand the important work it does in the community,” Rhonda Myers, the Executive Director of the Fairfield County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board said. “We deeply appreciate the ongoing partnership between Project F.O.R.T. and ADAMH.”

The grant, made possible under the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which Stivers supported, is awarded to community entities that form successful collaborations to assist their neighbors in overcoming addiction.  F.O.R.T. is a prime example of that type of partnership: the combination of follow-up visits to those who have suffered a non-fatal overdose, expedited access to treatment, and data collection using the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) is a model rooted in cooperation.  

“There is no one-size-fits-all solution to this epidemic, but it is clear that when neighbors are able to unite and collaborate, the result is a healthier community,” Stivers concluded.

You can read the letter of support Stivers sent by clicking here, and the announcement by clicking here.

For entities that are also seeking a federal grant and need assistance, contact Representative Stivers’ Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968.

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Reps. Stivers, Engel Evidence-Based Treatment Legislation Included in House-Passage of Opioids Package

2018/09/28

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, bipartisan language from H.R. 5272 introduced by Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) was included in the final passage of a larger bipartisan opioids package agreed upon by the House and Senate.  This legislation was originally passed in the House on June 22, 2018 as part of H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act, and on June 12, 2018 as a stand-alone bill. Today's vote on the conference agreement will be the final vote in the House, to be followed by the Senate’s approval before heading to the President's desk for signature.

Stivers’ and Engel’s language, found in Section 7111 of the package, will require the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to issue information to grantees seeking to treat mental health and substance use disorders in order to promote the use and replication of evidence-based practices.

“In Ohio and across the country, opioids have derailed careers, broken friendships, separated families, and taken lives. Those who have sought treatment have already taken a tremendous step in the right direction, and we owe it to them to help them get their lives back,” Stivers said. “Today, we took another important step in combatting the addiction epidemic by passing a comprehensive opioids package, and I was proud my bipartisan bill was included to help ensure people are receiving treatments that are proven to work to beat drug addiction. Too many people have been let down by treatment that doesn’t work. It’s time to help them get their lives back. I want to thank Congressman Engel – who sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee – for joining me in this effort, and helping to advance this important provision.”

“In Westchester County, 124 people died due to opioids in 2016, and in the Bronx, more New Yorkers died of overdoses than in any other borough,” Engel said. “I am pleased to see this package moving forward, and I am particularly pleased that the RESULTS Act was included. This is a straightforward step that will make it easier for those fighting the opioid epidemic in communities across the country to implement solutions that work. I am grateful to Congressman Stivers for his partnership.”

Specifically, under this provision, SAMHSA is required to issue and periodically update information for entities applying for grants through the Administration to encourage increased use of treatments that have been proven to work. Under this act, SAMHSA will assist grantees around the country in designing their substance use treatment programs by incorporating the most up-to-date science. By increasing the use of science and evidence-based treatments, we can increase the chance to successfully treat our communities battling this epidemic and save millions of American lives in the years to come. Enacting this legislation will help grantees and the treatment community at large replicate treatments and practices that are proven to work.

This bill will also require SAMHSA to inform grantees on how to best identify and communicate the effectiveness or outcome of their program or activity. This will further advance the effort to build a catalogue of treatment options with proven success to guide future grantees, and ensure treatments are evidence-based, while providing transparency and accountability to funding decisions.

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Statement from Congressman Steve Stivers on House Passage of the Appropriations Bill and Continuing Resolution

2018/09/26

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

“Today, the House voted to keep the government open, extend the Violence Against Women Act, and provide critical resources to help the victims of Hurricane Florence. Moreover, this legislation fully funds our nation’s defense, increases our military readiness, dedicates nearly $7 billion to combat the opioid epidemic, and provides important funding for medical research, education, and job training. I was proud to support this legislation, and hope we can use this time to find a permanent solution to provide long-term reauthorization to programs like the Violence Against Women Act.”

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Keeping Our Kids Safe

2018/09/24

Our kids represent the future of our country, and as a father, I want to ensure the safety of all of our kids as we send them off to school.

That’s why, in March, I was a cosponsor and supporter of the STOP School Violence Act, which has created a grant program to train students, teachers, school officials, and local law enforcement how to identify and intervene early when signs of violence arise, create a coordinated reporting system, and implement FBI & Secret Service-based school threat assessment protocols to prevent school shootings before they happen.

Now, I am working to secure some of this grant funding for Ohio. I was proud to send a bipartisan letter along with 14 Members of the Ohio Delegation to the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in support of the State of Ohio’s applications for grant awards under this law.

However, this grant program is only the first step. Keeping our kids safe is a collaborative effort, and will require action from local, state, and federal government, law enforcement, individual school districts, and our communities as a whole.  

To facilitate this collaborative effort, I have held two school safety summits in my district to bring together law enforcement and school administrators, along with local officials, to discuss what is currently being done to keep our schools safe, and what resources are still needed. While not every school district is the same, our goal to keep our kids safe is the same in every district.

At the most recent summit last week, I came away with a number of issues I am taking back to Washington to work to address at the federal level.

For example, some of the school districts discussed that the complexity of the grant process is preventing from being able to apply – particularly when they cannot afford a full-time grant writer. Moreover, once the schools receive the grants, it can be difficult to pay for the upkeep of the new security measures and technology installed. Moving forward, I believe we must work to make the grant process less complicated so that all schools have an opportunity to receive funding, as well as provide opportunities for schools to receive grants to sustain security upgrades.

We also discussed challenges to proactively addressing the emotional and behavioral concerns with students. Some schools districts are fortunate to have the ability and resources to hire mental health counselors, however, many do not. We should ensure our schools are able help their students in this way, because without this help, it will be more difficult for students to reach their full potential in the classroom.

I appreciated the opportunity to hear directly from schools on what they are seeing, and how I can help support them as they strive to keep their students safe. As this school year continues, we must remain eternally vigilant and maintain this collaborative effort.

If you have any questions about what I am working on to address school safety, or any other issue facing the federal government, I invite you to 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. You can also subscribe to my enewsletter at www.stivers.house.gov.

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National Recovery Month: Ohio is Rising to the Challenge

2018/09/20

In 1989, the first Recovery Month was recognized – then called Treatment Works! Month.  In 1989, 5,035 people in the United States lost their lives to unintentional drug overdose.  Nearly 30 years ago, it become evident that people needed to be informed about the tools available to help them reclaim their lives from the grips of addiction.  And now, in 2017, it has never been more apparent just how far we still have to go: overdoses claimed the lives of 72,306 Americans last year.  National Recovery Month has never been more relevant and efforts to make our communities healthier have never been more important.

Our state has been disproportionately impacted by this crisis, but Ohioans are tough, and they are rising to the challenge.  Nowhere is that more evident than in Nelsonville, Ohio.  Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections announced the closure of the Hocking Correctional Facility.  During a recent tour of the facility, I was immensely impressed, once again, by the way Nelsonville and the surrounding communities rallied together, and created a solution that is not just a trade-in, but a trade-up. 

In February, I was glad to bring together community leaders and local stakeholders to facilitate a conversation that was focused on the future and what this facility could mean for Southeast Ohio.  In just six short months, nineteen local entities have truly risen to the challenge and created a plan that will not only mitigate the job-losses and economic side effects caused by the closure, but will fill a crucial need of the community: a wrap-around treatment center for those struggling for recovery.

The Appalachian Recovery Center Project will be a comprehensive center that tackles several issues affecting individuals battling addiction and, simultaneously, the region at large: the need for facilities to jail female misdemeanants and low-level felons, community diversion programs, mental health treatment, residential in-patient and non-intensive out-patient drug treatment, job training and education, and transitional housing services. 

Perhaps what is most impressive about the Project is the expansive collaboration that is making it possible.  Organizations like Hopewell Health Centers, Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Program, AHV 317 Board, Ohio Health, Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime (TASC) of Southeast Ohio, Ohio Health, and the Foundation for Appalachia are joining forces with Hocking College and Ohio University, as well as local services from Hocking, Athens, and Vinton County.  Under the guidance of Hocking County Municipal Court Judge Fred Moses, each organization brings a new thread of perspective and expertise to the recovery process.  Combined, this will create a blanket of services that can wrap around individuals and give them the best chance to reclaim their lives.

Beginning National Recovery Month with a tour of the former Correctional Facility and the future home of the Project was inspiring.  It is abundantly clear that there is no one solution to this crisis, but when communities are able to unite and collaborate, they can help their neighbors through recovery.  The Project has the potential to revolutionize the way we approach recovery not just for Appalachia, not just for Ohio, but for our entire nation. I am proud to serve as a resource for the courageous and committed community activists who are rising to the challenge. 

If you would like to learn more about the Appalachian Recovery Center Project, please call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, my Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, my Lancaster office at (740) 654-26545, or my Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049.

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Programs to help violence victims would be hurt if legislation is allowed to expire, advocates say

2018/09/17

As Congress heads into its last few days in session this month, some fear an act that funds services for hundreds of thousands of domestic violence and sexual assault victims won’t be reauthorized before it expires on Sept. 30.

In total, 17 agencies in Ohio shared more than $10.5 million in fiscal year 2017 from the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which funds crisis and prevention services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Local advocates say that some of the central Ohio programs would have to make cutbacks or would cease to exist without the money.

“We live in a very volatile world,” said Mandi Crist, director of the Fairfield County Visitation Center, which provides supervised visits to children affected by abuse and other challenges and receives funding from the act. “It’s become increasingly more violent and unpredictable. If we don’t have some safeguards in our community to protect women and children, there’s going to be no (safety).”

The act was signed into law in 1994 and reauthorized by Congress with bipartisan support in 2000, 2005 and 2013. On July 26, Texas Democrat Sheila Jackson Lee introduced a bill that would extend the act, but it only has Democratic sponsors so far. However, with the clock ticking, nearly 50 House Republicans, including Rep. Steve Stivers of Upper Arlington, who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, called on Speaker Paul Ryan this past week to take action before the act expires.

Other Ohio lawmakers who have said they support the reauthorization include Republican Sen. Rob Portman, Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Joyce Beatty, a Columbus Democrat who co-sponsored the act.

Qudsia Raja, policy director at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, is urging lawmakers not to play partisan politics with the act.

“It’s a very polarized time we live in right now,” she said. “Issues that have been traditionally bipartisan are unfortunately caught in the polarization of issues right now.”

Yet she said the letter sent by Stivers and other House Republicans gives her hope.

“There is some movement there,” said Raja. “We really need to make sure we keep our eye on the prize.”

In years past, when Congress struggled to find agreement, and the act hasn’t been reauthorized before it expired, Congress continued funding programs that benefited from the act through appropriations bills and other means, Raja said. There is funding included for VAWA in House and Senate appropriations bills.

The continuation of funding without a full reauthorization happened in 2013 and is “generous,” Raja said. But it isn’t an effective way of keeping programs supported by the act going long-term since funding is usually just for a year, she said.

The Violence Against Women Act created the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which answered over 320,000 calls, texts and chat requests for help in 2017, Raja said.

The act also funds local hotlines across the country as well as other outreach and prevention efforts, and helps support shelters and visitation centers for victims of violence, Raja said.

If it expires, several local programs will be affected, including the family care program at Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS), which caters to refugee and immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, advocates said.

The program was launched because of money from the act in 2014, but it is now mostly funded by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, said Amy Harcar, the agency’s family care manager. Without the federal funding, ETSS would lose a part-time advocate who reaches out to the immigrant and refugee community, she said.

Harcar said the need is great. So far this year, the program has helped 80 victims, up from 10 its first year. An Ohio State report, done at the request of the city and released in July, also identified addressing domestic violence as an important need for refugee youth.

Green Dot, a training program that addresses bullying, dating violence and sexual assault being offered at area high schools, is also funded by the federal act.

“VAWA is the only dedicated prevention funding source in Ohio,” said Susan Wismar, a prevention coordinator at the OhioHealth Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio who coordinates the Green Dot training. “It’s so substantial. Other sources of money are so small in comparison. ... If VAWA went away, I don’t know what would be left for survivor resources.” Read More

Editorial: Good to have more care we all hope we never need

2018/09/15

We don’t want to think the incidence of trauma is increasing in central Ohio, but it’s good to have more specialized care available for gunshot and auto-accident victims when they need it.

Columbus is fortunate to have a new Level III trauma center opened this week at University Hospital East. The addition may take some pressure off Downtown’s OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, which as a Level I center already handles the most seriously injured patients.

And spreading trauma services even farther east, Mount Carmel in August transferred its Level II trauma care from Mount Carmel West in Franklinton to Mount Carmel East between Whitehall and Reynoldsburg.

Who can provide trauma care and where is strictly regulated in state law and according to standards set by the American College of Surgeons.

To win coveted trauma-center designations, hospitals must commit to staffing, facility and research requirements to ensure that appropriate care for each type of trauma is available whenever it is needed. Hospitals without recognized trauma centers are required to have agreements lined up to transfer trauma patients to hospitals that maintain standards for their specialized care.

The new Mount Carmel East trauma designation makes sense in light of its emergency department long being one of the busiest in Columbus. The transfer of the specialized services is part of the Mount Carmel wind-down of inpatient care from Franklinton to the health system’s new Grove City campus, coupled with a $310 million investment at the East campus. An emergency department will remain at Mount Carmel West with other outpatient care.

We hope the move is not shortsighted as a reawakened Franklinton begins attracting residents to one the city’s coolest new neighborhoods, just west of Downtown.

The additional trauma center at OSU East’s medical campus represents the fifth adult trauma center in central Ohio. Grant and the OSU Wexner Medical Center treat the most serious cases as Level 1 centers; Mount Carmel East joins OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital as Level II centers and University East is the area’s only Level III center. Nationwide Children’s Hospital carries a pediatric Level I trauma designation.

Sick-leave loophole

fixed for VA providers

In an oversight akin to the cobbler’s children going barefoot, the 2015 Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act left out a key group of military veterans when it granted sick time off to new federal employees needing treatment for military-service injuries.

Kudos to U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, and a cavalry of several other Congress members for coming to the rescue with a bill signed into law last Saturday.

Front-line Veterans Administration health-care providers who are also veterans are now eligible for paid sick leave while getting treatment for conditions related to their military service, if those conditions are responsible for making them 30 percent or more disabled.

The legislative fix helps VA physicians, nurses, chiropractors, dentists and other providers.

Until the corrective bill was enacted, veterans in their first year of providing medical care for the Veterans Administration had to go on unpaid leave or use accrued overtime for their own service-related medical treatment. Read More

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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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