Steve Stivers

Steve Stivers

OHIO's 15th DISTRICT

Stivers Nominates Franklin County Students to Military Academies

2018/12/06

From left to right: Gavin Shafer, Emma Wood, Rep. Steve Stivers, Jason June, Joseph Orlando. Not Pictured: Jacob Hamilton, William Ciesinski

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) this week announced his nomination of six Franklin County students to the United States military academies.

“One of my highest honors in Congress is to nominate students who want to serve their country to the United States military academies,” Stivers said. “We had an impressive group of candidates this year, and I am confident that each one of these nominees would serve our country well and make Ohio’s 15th District proud.”

Stivers nominated the following students:

•    William Ciesinski was nominated to West Point. Ciesinski graduated from Bishop Watterson High School, and currently attends Marquette University. He is the son of David and Patricia Ciesinski.

•    Jacob Hamilton was nominated to the Naval Academy, West Point, and the Air Force Academy. Hamilton graduated from Grove City High School, and currently attends Hillsdale College. He is the son of R. Kelly and Traci Hamilton.

•    Jason June was nominated to the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy. He attends Grove City High School and is the son of James and Kimberly June.

•    Emma Wood was nominated to the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and West Point. She attends Hilliard Davidson High School and is the daughter of Timothy and Lisa Wood.

•    Joseph Orlando was nominated to the Air Force Academy and West Point. He attends Upper Arlington High School and is the son of George Orlando and Jackie Lawless.

•    Gavin Shafer was nominated to the Naval Academy, West Point, the Air Force Academy, and the Merchant Marine Academy. He attends Upper Arlington High School and is the son of Scott and Natalie Shafer.

To receive a service academy nomination from Congressman Stivers, candidates must be unmarried residents of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, United States citizens and between the ages of 17 and 23. In pursuit of a nomination, students submitted an application and were interviewed by Congressman Stivers’ Military Academy Review Board. The Board evaluates the students on the basis of academic performance, leadership ability, and community involvement.

Congressman Stivers is exceedingly grateful to all of the nominees for their willingness to serve, and to the Military Academy Review Board for all their time in interviewing the students and making recommendations.

He encourages qualified persons interested in pursuing a nomination to one of the United States Service Academies in the future to visit www.stivers.house.gov for more information, or contact his Lancaster Office at (740) 654-2654.

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Congressman Stivers represents the 15th Congressional District. He has also served more than 30 years in the Ohio Army National Guard, currently holding the rank of Brigadier General.

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Stivers Nominates Perry County Student to Naval Academy

2018/12/06

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) this week announced his nomination of Abigail Ball to the United States Naval Academy. Abigail graduated from Sheridan High School and currently attends the Naval Academy Prep School. She is the daughter of Joe and Jessica Ball.

“One of my highest honors in Congress is to nominate students who want to serve their country to the United States military academies,” Stivers said. “We had an impressive group of candidates this year, and I am confident that Abigail would serve our country well and make Ohio’s 15th District proud.”

To receive a service academy nomination from Congressman Stivers, candidates must be unmarried residents of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, United States citizens and between the ages of 17 and 23. In pursuit of a nomination, students submitted an application and were interviewed by Congressman Stivers’ Military Academy Review Board. The Board evaluates the students on the basis of academic performance, leadership ability, and community involvement.

Congressman Stivers is exceedingly grateful to all of the nominees for their willingness to serve, and to the Military Academy Review Board for all their time in interviewing the students and making recommendations.

He encourages qualified persons interested in pursuing a nomination to one of the United States Service Academies in the future to visit www.stivers.house.gov for more information, or contact his Lancaster Office at (740) 654-2654.

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Congressman Stivers represents the 15th Congressional District. He has also served more than 30 years in the Ohio Army National Guard, currently holding the rank of Brigadier General.

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Stivers Nominates Fairfield County Students to Military Academies

2018/12/06

From left to right: Kennedy Turnbull, Tyler Goodwin, Rep. Steve Stivers, Jacob Nauman, John VerDow

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) this week announced his nomination of four Fairfield County students to the United States military academies.

“One of my highest honors in Congress is to nominate students who want to serve their country to the United States military academies,” Stivers said. “We had an impressive group of candidates this year, and I am confident that each one of these nominees would serve our country well and make Ohio’s 15th District proud.”

Stivers nominated the following students:

•    John VerDow was nominated to the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and Merchant Marine Academy. VerDow attends Fairfield Union High School and is the son of David and Julie VerDow.

•    Jacob Nauman was nominated to the Merchant Marine Academy, West Point, and the Naval Academy. Nauman attends Lancaster High School and is the son of Jay and Kim Nauman.

•    Tyler Goodwin was nominated to the Air Force Academy, West Point, and the Merchant Marine Academy. He attends Pickerington North High School and is the son of Gregg and Julie Goodwin.

•    Kennedy Turnbull was nominated to the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy. She is the daughter of Jeff and Brittany Turnbull and attends Pickerington North High School.

To receive a service academy nomination from Congressman Stivers, candidates must be unmarried residents of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, United States citizens and between the ages of 17 and 23. In pursuit of a nomination, students submitted an application and were interviewed by Congressman Stivers’ Military Academy Review Board. The Board evaluates the students on the basis of academic performance, leadership ability, and community involvement.

Congressman Stivers is exceedingly grateful to all of the nominees for their willingness to serve, and to the Military Academy Review Board for all their time in interviewing the students and making recommendations.

He encourages qualified persons interested in pursuing a nomination to one of the United States Service Academies in the future to visit www.stivers.house.gov for more information, or contact his Lancaster Office at (740) 654-2654.

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Congressman Stivers represents the 15th Congressional District. He has also served more than 30 years in the Ohio Army National Guard, currently holding the rank of Brigadier General.

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Stivers Nominates Ross County Students to Military Academies

2018/12/06

From left to right: Kieran Place, Rep. Steve Stivers, Andrew Dombrowski

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) this week announced his nomination of two Ross County students to the United States military academies.

“One of my highest honors in Congress is to nominate students who want to serve their country to the United States military academies,” Stivers said. “We had an impressive group of candidates this year, and I am confident that each one of these nominees would serve our country well and make Ohio’s 15th District proud.”

Stivers nominated the following students:

•    Andrew Dombrowski was nominated to the Air Force Academy, West Point, and the Naval Academy. Dombrowski attends Soli Deo Gloria Academy. He is the son of Michael and Kristel Dombrowski.

•    Kieran Place was nominated to West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy. He attends Zane Trace High School and is the son of Matthew and Angela Place.

To receive a service academy nomination from Congressman Stivers, candidates must be unmarried residents of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, United States citizens and between the ages of 17 and 23. In pursuit of a nomination, students submitted an application and were interviewed by Congressman Stivers’ Military Academy Review Board. The Board evaluates the students on the basis of academic performance, leadership ability, and community involvement.

Congressman Stivers is exceedingly grateful to all of the nominees for their willingness to serve, and to the Military Academy Review Board for all their time in interviewing the students and making recommendations.

He encourages qualified persons interested in pursuing a nomination to one of the United States Service Academies in the future to visit www.stivers.house.gov for more information, or contact his Lancaster Office at (740) 654-2654.

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Congressman Stivers represents the 15th Congressional District. He has also served more than 30 years in the Ohio Army National Guard, currently holding the rank of Brigadier General.

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Statement from Rep. Stivers on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

2018/12/01

The following statement can be attributed to Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH), regarding the passing of President George H.W. Bush:

“Our country woke up this morning to the loss of a true American patriot. George H.W. Bush was the representation of what it means to be a servant leader. Whether it was serving in the Navy in World War II, as CIA Director and UN Ambassador, or in the White House during the Cold War and Desert Storm, President Bush spent his life dedicated to advancing our country’s standing on the world state during challenging times. My prayers are with the Bush family and friends.”

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Creating Opportunities

2018/11/30

The 15th Congressional District spans from the suburbs of Columbus to Clinton County in the Southwest region, and to the foothills of Appalachia, and it is full of remarkable communities with untapped potential.  I am proud to represent each and every one of them, and to pursue policies that will tap into the best natural resource we have: our people. 

This time last year, historic tax reform, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, was signed into law.  This legislation had one simple goal: improving the lives of all Americans and creating opportunities in every corner of our country.  Nowhere is that goal more evident than in two particular provisions: qualifying opportunity zones (QOZs) and the new markets tax credits (NMTC).  Both the opportunity zones and NMTC were designed to help revitalize the communities that need it most and create opportunities for those individuals who will seize them.

Opportunity zones were originally created by H.R. 828, the Investing in Opportunity Act, a bill I was proud to cosponsor, and that was included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Opportunity zones seek to leverage public-private partnerships in the areas that stand to benefit the most.  Using input from local leaders, each state nominated specific neighborhoods where capital investment has the potential to dramatically improve lives.  Those opportunity zones are designed to spur capital investments by offering tax incentives to businesses that open locations in the opportunity zones. While the final implementation is still being designed, it is anticipated that opportunity zones could bring as much as $2.2 trillion in investments to communities around the nation. 

With a similar goal in mind, I recently led thirty-five of my colleagues encouraging the House Committee on Ways and Means to include a permanent extension of the new markets tax credit.  Established in 2000, the NMTC increases the flow of capital to credit-starved businesses and revitalization projects in economically distressed communities.  To date, NMTC has created approximately 1,000,000 jobs and nearly 75 percent of funds have been invested in America’s poorest communities.

NMTC has allowed the creation of thousands of hospitals, schools, daycare centers, and treatment facilities, in addition to nearly one thousand manufacturing and industrial businesses.  It works. It creates tangible impact in the lives of the people who need it most and helps us create stronger, healthier, and more vibrant neighborhoods.  Coupled with opportunity zones, we have the potential to bring new partners into our communities who will believe in the potential and make the type of long-term investment necessary to help them grow and thrive.  Together, we can all create a future for all.

To learn more about opportunity zones or the new market tax credits, please call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2015, my Hilliard office at (614) 771-4968, my Lancaster office at (740) 654-2654, or my Wilmington office at (937) 283-7049.

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Stivers, Beatty Secure Support for Central Ohio Youth in Foster Care

2018/11/27

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently awarded $30 million to public housing authorities, including more than $485,000 for the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority, to assist young people at risk of homelessness and their families obtain affordable housing. The $30 million in federal funding was made available through HUD’s Family Unification Program (FUP), a national initiative to prevent family separation due to homelessness, as well as homelessness among foster care aging-out youth.

Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) are longtime champions of FUP and have led the coordinated, comprehensive effort to tackle youth homelessness in Congress. In fact, Stivers and Beatty spearheaded a congressional letter urging their fellow lawmakers to provide $20 million federal funds for FUP, a request that was ultimately included in the government funding bill, H.R. 1625, passed on March 28, 2018.

“This is not a partisan issue: no child should ever be without a home, and we need to do everything we can to help young people at risk of homelessness and their families,” Stivers said. “This critical funding for the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority will help families right here in our community receive the help they need to stay together and work their way out of homelessness. I am proud to continue partnering with Congresswoman Beatty, and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, in combatting youth homelessness in our country.”

“Throughout my time in Congress, I have worked with Democrats and Republicans alike to shine a light on the countless young people and their families who do not know where they will sleep at night,” Beatty said. “That is why I am working with Congressman Stivers to do something about it.” She continued, “This new funding will help the City of Columbus better address and meet the needs of countless Central Ohio families who simply need a helping hand to get off the streets. Going forward, I pledge to do everything in my power to ensure Congress continues to play a leading role in assisting our most vulnerable Americans.”

In addition to their FUP appropriations request, Stivers and Beatty joined forces to introduce the Homeless Children and Youth Act, H.R. 1511, a bill to expand federal assistance eligibility to young people bouncing from house to house—commonly referred to as “couch surfing.” Further, the bipartisan pair sent another letter in May 2017 to HUD urging them to allocate federal funds for the creation of a demonstration project in Ohio to fight youth homelessness. This strong advocacy proved crucial to securing a $6.07 million two-year funding agreement earlier this year for the City of Columbus’ Community Shelter Board to tackle area youth homelessness.   

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Bring Civility to the Thanksgiving Table

2018/11/16

One year ago, I joined Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and former Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) to participate in the “Setting the Table for Civility” program, organized by the Faith and Politics Institute and the National Institute for Civil Discourse. During the conversation, we talked about how we were able to work together as Representatives for Central Ohio, despite coming from different backgrounds and not agreeing on every issue. We talked about how the rise of social media and the anonymity it allows has led to a breakdown in civil discourse. And we talked about the importance of bringing civility to the forefront of discussion for our colleagues on Capitol Hill.

This conversation led to Congresswoman Beatty and me taking on a bold new initiative to show our communities and colleagues that we can disagree without being disagreeable: The Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus. Our vision for this Caucus, which we rolled out in January, was to bring together our colleagues from both sides of the aisle to spread the message of civility in our districts and in Washington. We didn’t want to avoid disagreements. Instead, we wanted to encourage having civil conversations and listening to each other, because often the conversations alone makes us better.

Now nearly a year into our effort, we have visited schools, businesses, and civic organizations together, and have recruited Members of Congress – who must join with a Member from the opposing party – to join us in spreading this message in their respective districts. Moreover, we have partnered with the Honor and Civility Caucus, and Civility Caucus to host events for Members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

Unfortunately, last month, we saw the ultimate result of incivility: acts of violence. With bomb threats against former presidents, elected officials, public figures, and news outlets, and a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue, we saw incivility at its worst. The bottom line is that violence CANNOT be the answer, and we as a nation need to come together and not allow political or policy disagreements lead to violence.

That’s why this Thanksgiving, as we gather with our friends and families, I am calling on everyone to bring civility to their Thanksgiving table. We can be from different backgrounds, have different beliefs, belong to different political parties, and still treat each other with respect and be civil. We have so much to be thankful for and celebrate in America – especially our freedoms and opportunity – and we need to focus on these values that unite us as we engage in tough conversations about issues in our country.

I hope you will join me in the effort to revive civility. By working to spread this message together in our homes, schools, and places of work, I believe that we can make a difference.

From my family to yours, I want to wish all of the constituents of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District a Happy Thanksgiving.

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

2018/11/13

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Congressman Steve Stivers (R – OH) today announced that his Ohio District Offices will once again serve as drop-off sites this year for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.
From now until December 14, 2018, members of the community may drop off new, unwrapped toys Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 4:00pm at any of the following locations:

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

•    Lancaster District Office: 104 East Main Street, Lancaster, OH, 43130

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

“Since 1947, Toys for Tots has supported 251 million children, and I am excited to once again partner with them to help more children in our communities experience the joy of Christmas,” Stivers said.

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.

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100 Years After the Armistice, America Continues to Honor Veterans

2018/11/09

At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, 100 years ago, World War I ended with Germany signing an armistice agreement with the allied forces.  Once thought to be “the war to end all wars,” World War I took the lives of nine million soldiers, in addition to millions of innocent civilians.

One year after the armistice, on November 11, 1919, America celebrated Armistice Day as a time to commemorate all of those who fought for our country. This marked the birth of what has become rich tradition in our country to honor veterans every year on a designated date. By 1954, it became apparent that we needed to not only celebrate those who served in World War I, but all those who have served in our armed forces. Through an act of Congress and Proclamation of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, November 11 officially became “Veterans Day” as we know it today.

As a Brigadier General in the Ohio Army National Guard and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Veterans Day has always been a personally important day to remember and thank all of those who came before me in service to the United States. This year being the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice is even more meaningful, as my grandfather served in World War I. Because of this, from a very young age, the importance of honoring our veterans was instilled in me. That’s why, since coming to Congress, I have worked to ensure veterans receive the recognition and benefits they have earned and deserve.

For example, I was proud to lead the effort with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) to support and secure the national designation for the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in downtown Columbus.  This Memorial and Museum will allow Americans from across the country to hear the stories of veterans from all eras, conflicts and branches of the military throughout the year. This project represents America’s continuing commitment to honoring our veterans.   

I have also worked on other bipartisan initiatives to help veterans, such as legislation to provide therapy dogs to veterans, help veterans struggling with homelessness, and ensure veterans receive the mental health care they need. Moving forward, I remain committed to supporting efforts like these to assist veterans.

As we observe Veterans Day again this year, I hope that you will join me in thanking veterans in your community, and commemorating those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. To veterans across the country: THANK YOU for your service and sacrifice, and Happy Veterans Day.

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Contact Information

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

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Financial Services

Raised in Ripley, Ohio, Steve Stivers learned from his mother and father the importance of family, hard work and public service, which have been the values he has carried with him through his life, whether as a student at The Ohio State University, a soldier serving overseas, as a State Senator, or as a Member of Congress.

Stivers is currently serving his third term as a Member of Congress and represents Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, which is made up of 12 counties including: all of Athens, Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Madison, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, and Vinton counties, and parts of: Fayette, Franklin, and Ross counties.

Stivers is serving his third term his third term on the Financial Services Committee, which oversees the banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities industries. Members who serve on the committee also work on housing and consumer protection legislation and oversee Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Reserve Bank.

In addition, Stivers has been tapped to serve on the Committee on Rules, which is charged with determining which bills reach the House Floor for a vote. Historically, the Committee is often known as “The Speaker’s Committee” because it was chaired by the Speaker up until 1910 and is the means through which the Speaker of the House manages the House Floor. The Committee also determines how long and under what rules the full body of the House will debate each bill.

Throughout his career, Steve Stivers has led the way supporting programs and initiatives to encourage job creation, promote economic development, and put our country’s fiscal house in order. As he wrapped up a successful first term in office, two of Stivers veterans bills, the HIRE at Home Act and TRICARE for Kids, were rolled into the National Defense Authorization Act and signed into law by the President. In his second term in office, Stivers had two bills make their way to the President’s desk. These two bills, H.R. 1391 and H.R. 4189,would re-name two postal facilities located in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District after our fallen veterans. These bills are a small measure Congress can take to honor the lives of brave service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Prior to running for Congress, Stivers served in the Ohio Senate and before that worked in the private sector for the Ohio Company and Bank One, where he focused on promoting economic development and encouraging job creation.

A career soldier, Stivers has served 29 years in the Ohio Army National Guard and holds the rank of Colonel. He served the United States overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar and Djibouti where he led 400 soldiers and contractors and is proud that each and every one returned home safely to the United States. Stivers received the Bronze Star for his leadership throughout the deployment.

Stivers received both his bachelor’s degree and his MBA from The Ohio State University and resides in Columbus with his wife, Karen, and children, Sarah and Sam.


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