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Steve Stivers
Steve Stivers, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the United States House of Representatives

Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Mary Jo Kilroy
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 16th district

In office
January 6, 2003-December 31, 2008
Preceded by Priscilla D. Mead
Succeeded by Jim Hughes
Personal details
Born Steven Ernst Stivers
March 24, 1965(1965-03-24) (age 54)
Ripley, Ohio[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Karen Stivers.[1]
Residence Upper Arlington, Ohio[2]
Alma mater Ohio State University (B.A./Master)[1]
Religion United Methodist[1]
Military service
Service/branch Ohio Army National Guard
Years of service 1985–present
Rank Colonel US-O6 insignia[3]
Commands 371st Sustainment Brigade[4]
Awards Bronze Star ribbonBronze Star
Meritorious Service ribbonMeritorious Service
Army Commendation Medal ribbonArmy Commendation
U.S. Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal ribbonReserve Good Conduct
National Defense Service Medal ribbonNational Defense Service Medal

Steven Ernst "Steve" Stivers (born March 24, 1965) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 15th congressional district[5] since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. Stivers previously served in the Ohio Senate, representing the 16th district. He is a Colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard and served active duty in Iraq as Battalion Commander until December 2005.

Early life, education, and careerEdit

Stivers was born and grew up in Ripley, Ohio, the son of Carol Sue (née Pulliam) and Ernst Bambach Stivers.[6] Steve is a recipient of the Eagle Scout Award.[7]

Stivers attended The Ohio State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and international relations in 1989 and an Master in 1996.[8] While attending Ohio State he joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.

Stivers spent seven years at Bank One, three years at the Ohio Company, two years as Finance Director for the Franklin County Republican Party and five years as a staff member in the Ohio Senate.[9] Stivers has worked as a Series 7 licensed securities trader with the Ohio Company.[9]

Military serviceEdit

Stivers has served in the Ohio National Guard since 1985 and holds the rank of Colonel in the Logistics branch. Stivers was called to active duty while serving in the Ohio Senate in October 2004. It was then that Stivers served in Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, and Djibouti as Battalion Commander until December 2005. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his accomplishments as a battalion commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom.[9]

Ohio SenateEdit


After redistricting, incumbent Republican Priscilla Mead decided to resign after only serving in the Ohio Senate for a year.[10] Stivers was the "compromise candidate" after a Senate screening committee could not agree on him and fellow State Representative Jim Hughes, who were both running for the district.[11] Stivers won a special election in January 2003 unopposed.[12] He then won re-election in 2004 to a full senate term with 58% of the vote.[13]


Stivers served in the Ohio Senate from January 9, 2003 until December 2008.


He sponsored 12 bills while in office which became law, 11 of which were bipartisan.[7] He was the lead sponsor of the following bills:
- A comprehensive tort reform bill which was enacted in 2004.[8]

  • Allowed members of the Armed Forces Reserves who are called to active duty to defer paying property taxes during the length of a deployment.[8]
  • Provided doctors limited civil protections if they choose to give free care to uninsured people, resulting in more than $1 million of free care in Franklin County alone.[8]
  • Worked to ensure those with disabilities in need of healthcare have the option to buy into Ohio’s Medicaid system.[8]
  • Worked to strengthen Ohio's sex offender laws.[8]

He also passed a balanced, fiscally conservative state budget, provided the largest personal property tax cut in Ohio history, and froze tuition rates for Ohio’s college students.[8]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Senator Stivers sat on a variety of Ohio Senate committees. He was the Chairman of the Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee, Vice-Chair of the Finance and Financial Institutions Committee, served on the Ways and Means Committee, the Judiciary Committee on Civil Justice, the Judiciary Committee for Criminal Justice, and also the Controlling Board.[14]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit



In November 2007, Stivers announced he would run for election to Congress in Ohio's 15th District, a seat held by retiring Republican member Deborah Pryce. He won the Republican nomination and ran against Democratic nominee Mary Jo Kilroy, Libertarian Mark Noble and Independent Don Elijah Eckhart. Stivers lost by 2,311 votes, conceding on December 7, 2008 after a long vote recount.


John Boehner, the then House Minority Leader, campaigning for fellow Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers (left) during the 2010 midterm elections

Stivers won the Republican primary with 82% of the vote.[15] [16] He again faced Democratic incumbent Mary Jo Kilroy along with Constitution Party nominee David Ryon and Libertarian nominee William J. Kammerer. November 2, 2010 Kilroy conceded to Stivers.


Stivers ran again in 2012 against Democratic nominee Pat Lang.[17] He was endorsed by the NRA, National Right to Life, Ohio State Medical Association and United States Chamber of Commerce. Stivers was re-elected by 76,397 votes.[18]


Despite the urging of several political and media organizations as well as prominent leaders, Stivers refused to disclose any of his stances for the 2012 Political Courage Test.[19]


Stivers voted against raising the debt limit and supports prioritizing spending in the even that the debt limit is reached.[20][21] He was part of a proposal to add a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution.[20][21] Stivers voted to offset the costs of disaster relief spending through discretionary budget cuts.[21]

On April 25, 2013, Stivers introduced a bill that would alter the composition of the penny, nickel, dime and quarter to steel with a copper coat, which would save an estimated $433,000,000 over the course of ten years.[22]

He voted to audit the Federal Reserve and its recent actions, specifically its involvement in mortgage loans.[20]


Stivers supports all energy options, including green, nuclear, and clean coal and supports tax benefits for renewable energy usage.[20][23] However Stivers opposes federal regulations on efficiency standards[20]

Gun Control

Stivers is a strong supporter of gun rights and opposes any limits to Second Amendment rights.[20] He supports loosening regulations for interstate gun purchases and supports veterans registering unlicensed firearms acquired from outside the United States.[20]


Stivers is an opponent of government-run healthcare and has voted on numerous occasions against such.[20][24] He supports privatized healthcare options opposes the use of federal funds for any healthcare program expansions or acts.[20][24]

Social Security

Rep. Stivers opposes the privatization of social security.[20] In addition, he also opposes raising the retirement age from its current state.[20]


Stivers took the Taxpayer Protection pledge, insuring he would not support any tax raises.[20] He supports a flat federal tax rate across the board for all income brackets.[20]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit

  • Congressional Arts Caucus

Electoral historyEdit

Election Results 2004–2010[25]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
Ohio Senate Election 2004 Katherine Thomsen 55,656 33.65% Steve Stivers 95,251 57.58% Don Eckhart Non-Partisan 14,509 8.77%
U.S. House election, 2008 Mary Jo Kilroy 139,584 45.94% Steve Stivers 137,272 45.18% Mark M. Noble Libertarian 14,061 4.63% Don Eckhart Non-Partisan 12,915 4.25%
U.S. House election, 2010 Mary Jo Kilroy 86,815 40.78% Steve Stivers 116,290 54.62% William Kammerer Libertarian 5,831 2.74% David Ryon Constitution 3,728 1.75%
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2008, Travis Casper received 6 votes (<1%). In 2010, Bill Buckel (<1%) received 240 votes.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Starkey, Melanie (November 6, 2010). "112th Congress: Steve Stivers, R-Ohio (15th District)". Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  3. "Ohio National Guard Deputy Chief of Staff for Exercises and Training and Upper Arlington, Ohio, resident Steve Stivers receives promotion to colonel". Ohio National Guard Public Affairs. Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  4. "Once a Soldier... Always a Soldier". Legislative Agenda. Association of the United States Army. 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  5. [1]
  7. 7.0 7.1 [2]
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Steve Stivers Biography
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Senator Steve Stivers - Website". Archived from the original on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2009-10-28. 
  11. "Steve Stivers". Fox News. [dead link]
  14. Freedom Speaks Official Profile
  16. [3]
  17. "Ohio Secretary of State". 
  18. "Stivers for Congress". 
  19. "Representative Steve Stivers's Issue Positions: (Political Courage Test)". Vote Smart. 
  20. 20.00 20.01 20.02 20.03 20.04 20.05 20.06 20.07 20.08 20.09 20.10 20.11 20.12 "Steve Stivers: (Republican, district 15)". On the Issues. 
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 "Representative Steve Stivers's Voting Records: Budget, Spending and Taxes". Vote Smart. 
  22. Zielinski, M. (April 29, 2013). "Bill Seeks Steel Cents, Nickels, Dimes, and Quarters". Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  23. "Representative Steve Stivers's Voting Records: Energy". Vote Smart. 
  24. 24.0 24.1 "Representative Steve Stivers's Voting Records: Health and Healthcare". Vote Smart. 
  25. "Election Statistics". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 

External linksEdit

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mary Jo Kilroy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th congressional district

January 3, 2011 – present
Succeeded by
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Steve Southerland
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Scott Tipton
Unrecognised parameter
Preceded by
Priscilla Mead
Ohio State Senator, 16th District
2003 – 2009
Succeeded by
Jim Hughes

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