|Education||Juris Doctorate - Franklin Pierce Law Center 2000 Concord, New Hampshire Bachelor of Arts, Political Science – Bowling Green University 1995|
|Employer||Member of The United States House of Representatives|
|Family||Spouse: Andrea Ryan|
Children: Mason & Bella
|Reasons for running||I am seeking office to focus on the economy and quality-of-life for the people of the 13th Congressional District of Ohio.|
|Priorities||There are many priorities that I will focus on if elected, a few include: that affordable and accessible health care is a basic right for all Americans, and that health insurance is an investment not only in quality of life for our citizens, but also in our economy, that the nation should move towards the expansion of and support for renewable energy sources that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and advancements in childhood nutrition, after-school programs, technology in schools, as well as teacher salaries and teacher recruitment and training must be a priority for success.|
|Qualifications||I served in the Ohio State Senate where I spearheaded efforts to establish a state-based earned income tax credit, standardized community school data reporting, and brought college students into the debate over higher education funding. Before my election to public office, I served as President of the Trumbull County Young Democrats and as Chairman of the Earning by Learning program in Warren, Ohio. I began my career in politics as a congressional aide with the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995 and later served as an intern for the Trumbull County Prosecutor's Office. I hold a law degree from the University of New Hampshire School Of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center), studied abroad as part of the Dickinson School of Law's International Law Program in Florence, Italy, and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.|
|Positions on the issues||Clearly, our nation is experiencing a time of great uncertainty. Over the last decade, unbridled corporate greed led to the near-collapse of our economy and global recession. The past four years have been defined by unprecedented job loss and economic stagnation. Millions of Americans lost their jobs, and many of those who did not are struggling to help a friend or family member who is unemployed. We are only now beginning to see our economy rebound; I believe that continuing to protect our economy and put citizens back to work should remain one of our highest priorities. I believe that fundamental change results from innovative, broad-reaching legislation that will grow the economy, reward businesses that keep jobs in the United States, reduce the deficit, and create a level playing field for American workers in the global market.|
In order to combat recession and restore the United States economy, I also voted in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009. This legislation was a direct response to the economic crisis – and over the past year has spurred local economic activity, encouraged community investment, and retained and created good-paying jobs for millions of Americans. Indeed, the Recovery Act will have secured a total of 3.5 million existing and new jobs by the close of 2010. In Ohio’s 13th Congressional District, we have already benefitted from approximately $107 million in grants, loans, and contracts that are promoting community development and assisting in regional economic recovery.
The destruction wreaked by the housing and credit crisis on our economy and its resultant effect requires nothing short of complete financial overhaul. Since the recession began, I have called for an overhaul of the national financial regulatory system. Congress is committed to reform, and is currently considering legislation that would address the poor practices of the industry. I believe that financial institutions cannot be allowed to become “too big to fail” and bet the economic future of this nation on shoddy business practices. Salaries for executives must no longer distort the incentive structures at these firms – so that in future, employees are not encouraged to take irresponsible risks with individuals’ savings and investments. I also support the enforcement of strict limits on firms who leveraging their finances; the improvement of mortgage regulations to protect borrowers from predatory lenders; and enhancement of consumer protections, including the credit rating system, that will protect investors and other individuals from potentially uncertain financial obligations.
Also, I co-sponsored the Employment Non-Discrimination Act which bans employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity by private and public sector employers. Not only do all of our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews deserve to love and marry whomever they choose without fear of discrimination or prejudice by employers, they must also have the opportunity to achieve their dreams and help build our economy. Right now—in 29 states, those dreams can be denied by employers. This must end.