Birthdate: March 24, 1965
Birth Place: Cincinnati, OH, United States
Residence: Columbus, OH
First Elected: 2010
District: District 15
Steve Stivers was born and raised in Ripley, Ohio, and now resides in Columbus. He received both a bachelor's and master's degree from Ohio State University.
Stivers has served for more than 25 years as a lieutenant colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his work as a battalion commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He was a lobbyist for Bank One and a chairman of the Ohio Public Works Commission. He also worked for the Ohio Company, was an Ohio Senate staffer and served as finance director of the Franklin County Republican Party.
Stivers was a state senator from January 2003 to December 2008. He also worked as a self-employed consultant.
He and his wife, Karen, have a daughter.
Steve Stivers, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, sponsored more than 20 bills during his first term in Congress representing Ohio's 15th District.
A lieutenant colonel in the Ohio National Guard, Stivers has an interest in veterans' issues. Two of the bills he sponsored reflect that interest. One piece of legislation, introduced in May 2012, would create a Tomb of Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery for unidentifiable, cremated fragments of troops killed in Afghanistan, Iraq, or later conflicts. The other, introduced in February 2012, would make it easier for returning veterans to get certain certifications for work as commercial drivers, nurses or emergency medical technicians, using skills they already have.
Stivers won his seat in 2010, defeating Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy in a rematch of a 2008 race. That contest, which Stivers narrowly lost, wasn't decided until a month after the election and after both candidates had gone to Washington for new-lawmaker orientation.
Stivers opposes what he calls "a one-size-fits-all, government-run health care system" and supports allowing patients to choose doctors and treatment options. He also wants to expand access to health savings accounts, offer incentives for healthy living and allow small businesses to pool health care risk.
He supports energy independence, green energy technology, nuclear energy and clean coal. He opposes the current cap-and-trade proposal in Congress.
As a state senator, Stivers sponsored a bill limiting pain-and-suffering damages in lawsuits involving defective products. He said the law was "carefully crafted to reduce the threat and financial uncertainty of frivolous lawsuits while preserving the rights of Ohioans to seek redress through our court systems." The law was upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court.
Stivers was the first to introduce a plan in the state Senate to allow slots-style instant-racing terminals at Ohio's seven horse racing tracks without a constitutional amendment. He said one of the goals of the measure was to help boost the state's ailing horse racing industry. The proposal died in 2007 after then-Gov. Ted Strickland promised to veto it, but Strickland's Republican successor, John Kasich, moved forward with a plan for slots-like terminals at seven horse tracks in 2011.
Stivers sponsored a bill in 2007 to allow disabled people to earn more and still receive Medicaid assistance. At the time, he said 34 other states had such a waiver in place and that he acted after Ms. Wheelchair Ohio of 2003 turned down his offer of a job because she was concerned she would lose her coverage.
He was among three Senate Republicans in 2006 who voted against a bill that rewrote the state's concealed weapons law, including a clause that wiped out local weapons bans and gun sales regulations. Then-Gov. Bob Taft, also a Republican, objected to overruling local gun laws and vetoed the bill, prompting the Legislature to override the veto, with Stivers voting against the override.
In 2004, he was among four Senate Republicans who voted against a bill that would have given Ohio one of the country's most far-reaching laws banning same-sex marriages. A lobbyist for Columbus-based Limited Brands called Stivers at the time to express concerns about the bill's effect on hiring.
Source: Associated Press