|Residence||Russell Township, OH|
|Education||West Geauga High School, 1976 University of Dayton, BA in Accounting, 1979 University of Dayton, Juris Doctor, 1982|
|Employer||U.S. House of Representatives|
|Family||Spouse - Kelly
Children - Trenton, Keighle, Bridey
|Family in office?||N/A|
|Reasons for running||When I was elected in 2012, I pledged that I would fight every single day in Washington for Northeast Ohio. Since then, I’ve woken up every morning remembering that promise and the people I represent in Ohio's 14th Congressional District.
That’s why I’ve fought to get Washington on a budget, repeal the affordable care act, and improve the economy so we can bring more jobs back to Northeast Ohio. We’ve accomplished a lot, but the job isn’t done yet.
I'm running because we need the American people to lead America's economic recovery, not politicians. I'm running to fight for the American dream – where if you work hard and play by the rules, you can get ahead. I'm running because we need to re-establish American economic independence. If we owe less, we own more of our own future. And when the American people are free to succeed, there’s no limit to what we can accomplish.
My wife Kelly and I have 3 kids in college, and every year we sit down to put together a budget because, like all American families, we don’t spend what we don’t have. That's not how it has always worked in our nations capital. There’s still more to do, but we’ve finally forced Washington sit down and put together its budget – and I’m proud to be a part of that solution.
|Priorities||I will continue to focus on stopping wasteful government spending, preserving and protecting the Great Lakes, creating good jobs, getting Washington to operate on a budget, repealing ObamaCare, and shrinking our nation’s debt.
One of the best ways to do that is to rebuild our country. For every $1 billion spent on infrastructure, we create or retain about 35,000 jobs. Those are jobs that can’t be outsourced to India or China. If we are going to spend our taxpayer dollars, we should be spending them on American made products. The best thing about rebuilding our infrastructure, is that it isn’t partisan - because there aren’t any Republican roads or Democrat bridges.
I’ve made cutting wasteful spending a top priority, and not just by talking about it. I actually introduced a bill that would cut $200 billion in government waste and duplicative programs. That’s just Northeast Ohio common sense. Additionally, just like I did every year when I returned money back to Geauga County, this year I returned over $100,000 of my office budget back to the U.S. Treasury to reduce our debt.
As a member of the influential Appropriations Committee, I worked to help finally get Washington on a budget and reduce discretionary spending by $165 billion, the largest reductions since post WWII. Getting back to ‘regular order’ and the appropriations process is critical to getting our nation’s fiscal house in order.
I’ve led the charge to preserve and protect the Great Lakes, Northeast Ohio's greatest economic and environmental engine, which is directly connected to 1.5 million jobs, generating $62 billion in wages. I’ve fought to ensure Lake Erie receives the funding it needs to continue to be an economic powerhouse and source of job creation.
I’ve worked to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law. The administration has written over 20,000 pages of regulations, raised 19 different taxes and spent 1.2 trillion and we are still going to have 31 million people in the US w/out health care insurance. Clearly ObamaCare is not working and I’m reminded by my constituents every day that Ohioans deserve easier access to better care, not lost coverage and skyrocketing health costs.
|Qualifications||As a lifelong Ohioan, I have dedicated my life to family and community. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1957. My father, a WWII veteran, was a salesman and mother a proud housewife. I graduated from West Geauga High School and went on to receive my BA in Accounting and Juris Doctorate from The University of Dayton. Upon graduation, I moved back to Cuyahoga County and worked as a public defender.
I was appointed, and then elected as the Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney in 1988. During my 24 years in that office, I built a reputation as being a protector of both Geauga County families and Geauga County taxpayers. I made it a priority to provide the highest quality legal work in the most cost-efficient manner possible. The evening I was appointed in 1988, I told the crowd I would fight crime and work to develop the county in the way the people saw fit, not the developers or the courts.
In 2005, the Ohio State Women’s Bar Association presented me with the Family Friendly Workplace Award for providing his employees a family-oriented office environment. In 2008, Forbes magazine named Geauga County the 4th best county in the nation to raise a family, citing the low crime rate and solid housing stock. Throughout my career, I assisted in numerous counties throughout Ohio as a special prosecutor and some of my case and trial work has been featured on national shows such as CBS 48 Hours.
In November 2012, I was elected to the 113th Congress to represent the 14th district of Ohio. I serve on the influential House Committee on Appropriations where I make it a priority to reduce the scope and size of government and protect American tax dollars. I live in Russell Township, OH with my wife Kelly and three children - Trenton, KK, and Bridey.
|Positions on the issues||See above.|