Steve Stivers

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Steve Stivers
Steve Stivers, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Leader Paul Ryan
Preceded by Greg Walden
Succeeded by Tom Emmer (Designate)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Mary Jo Kilroy
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 15th district
In office
January 6, 2003 – December 31, 2008
Preceded by Priscilla Mead
Succeeded by Jim Hughes
Personal details
Steven Ernst Stivers

(1965-03-24) March 24, 1965 (age 53)
Ripley, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Karen Tabor (m. 2007)
Children 2
Education Ohio State University (BA, MBA)
United States Army War College (MA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1985–present
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Commands 371st Sustainment Brigade
Awards Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Meritorious Service
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Army Commendation Medal
U.S. Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Reserve Good Conduct
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal

Steven Ernst Stivers /ˈstvərz/ (born March 24, 1965) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 15th congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party, and became chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2017. Stivers previously served in the Ohio Senate, representing the 16th district. He is a Brigadier General in the Ohio Army National Guard and served active duty in Iraq as Battalion Commander until December 2005.

Early life, education, and career

Stivers was born and grew up in Ripley, Ohio, the son of Carol Sue (née Pulliam) and Ernst Bambach Stivers.[1] Steve is a recipient of the Eagle Scout Award.[2]

Stivers attended The Ohio State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and international relations in 1989 and an MBA in 1996.[3] 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.[4] Stivers has worked as a Series 7 licensed securities trader with the Ohio Company.[4]

Military service

Stivers has served in the Ohio Army National Guard since 1985 and holds the rank of Brigadier General 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.[4]

Ohio Senate


In December 2002, incumbent Republican Priscilla Mead decided to resign after only serving in the Ohio Senate for a year.[5] Stivers was recommended by a Senate screening committee and was appointed by election of the Senate Republicans on January 4, 2003. He then won re-election in 2004 to a full senate term with 58% of the vote.[6]


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

Committee assignments

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.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives


Steve Stivers shaking hands at the Grandview Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

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 Franklin County Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy, who had nearly unseated Pryce in 2006, 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.[8] [9] He again faced Democratic incumbent Mary Jo Kilroy along with Constitution Party nominee David Ryon and Libertarian nominee William J. Kammerer. On November 2, 2010, Kilroy conceded to Stivers, who won by a 54% to 42% margin.


Redistricting after the 2010 census made the 15th much friendlier to Stivers. During his first term, he represented a fairly compact district covering all of Union and Madison counties, as well as most of downtown and western Columbus. The new map, however, pushed the 15th into more rural and exurban territory south and west of the capital.

Stivers ran again in 2012 against Democratic nominee Pat Lang.[10] 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.[11]


Stivers ran in 2014 against Democratic rival Scott Wharton. Gaining more than 66 percent of the vote, he was reelected for a third term.[12]

Steve Stivers District Office in Hilliard, Ohio

Stivers ran in 2016 against Democrat Scott Wharton for the OH-15 seat. Winning 66.2% (222,847) of the vote to Wharton's 33.8% (113,960).[13]



Stivers has voted against raising the debt limit when there was no offset or systemic reform and supports prioritizing spending in the event that the debt limit is reached.[14][15] He was part of a proposal to add a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution.[14][15] Stivers voted to offset the costs of disaster relief spending through discretionary budget cuts.[15]

On December 15, 2011, Stivers introduced a bill that would alter the composition of the penny, nickel, dime and quarter to steel, with a copper coat for the penny, which claimed to save an estimated $433,000,000 over the course of ten years. The bill was referred to committee and was rejected, but Stivers has resubmitted it twice more, once in April 2013 (again rejected in committee) and again in January 2015 (once more referred to committee).[16] In spite of the US Mint releasing a technical report in December 2014 for its Alternative Metals Study in which it reported that steel is an unacceptable material for US coins (due to difficulty in minting, lack of security, and severe impact on both the public and the coin vending industry),[17][18] Stivers kept the wording of his bill identical to the previous two versions.

He voted to audit the Federal Reserve and its recent actions, specifically its involvement in mortgage loans.[14]


Stivers supports all energy options, including green, nuclear, and clean coal and supports tax benefits for renewable energy usage.[14][19] However Stivers opposes federal regulations on efficiency standards[14]

Gun control

Stivers is a strong supporter of gun rights and opposes any limits to Second Amendment rights.[14] He supports loosening regulations for interstate gun purchases and supports veterans registering unlicensed firearms acquired from outside the United States.[14]

National security

Stivers opposed President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. He stated that "While I agree with the President that we must improve our visa vetting process in order to better protect Americans, I believe the executive order risks violating our nation's values and fails to differentiate mainstream Islamic partners from radical Islamic terrorists — setting back our fight against radical Islam. I urge the Administration to quickly replace this temporary order with permanent improvements in the visa vetting process."[20]

Social security

Stivers opposes the privatization of social security.[14] In addition, he also opposes raising the retirement age from its current state.[14]


Stivers took the Taxpayer Protection pledge, insuring he would not support any tax raises.[14] He supports a flat federal tax rate across the board for all income brackets.[14]


Stivers was ranked as the 36th most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress (and the second most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio) by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy.[21]

National Republican Congressional Committee

Stivers beat Rep. Roger Williams to be elected chair the National Republican Congressional Committee on November 18, 2016. In his position to support Republican congressional candidates, Stivers said his goal is to "defy history" in protecting his party's majority in the House.[22] In June 2018, Stivers did not denounce the use of hacked materials in election campaigns, saying that as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee he wouldn't "run down one of my candidates for using something that's in the public domain."[23] In a later interview in September 2018, Stivers made it clear he did not condone the use of hacked material, telling the press, “We are not seeking stolen or hacked material, we do not want stolen or hacked material, we have no intention of using stolen or hacked material.” [24]

Candidate conduct

In response to congressional candidate Greg Gianforte being charged with assault on the eve of Montana's special election,[25] Stivers characterized the assault as "out of character." He said, "we all make mistakes" and "need to let the facts surrounding this incident unfold."[26] The assault was witnessed by four Fox News reporters and the victim's account corroborated by their audio recording.[27]

Throughout the election cycle, Stivers was not afraid to call out candidates and withdraw support based on behavior. In July 2018, Stivers and the NRCC withdrew support from New Jersey candidate Seth Grossman following reports he shared a post from a white supremacist.[28]

Additionally, days before the midterm elections, Stivers sent a tweet condemning white nationalist comments and actions from Congressman Steve King, saying “We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms can and I strongly condemn this behavior.” [29]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Election results[33]
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2004 Ohio Senate General Steve Stivers Republican 95,251 57.58% Katherine Thomsen Democratic 55,656 33.65% Don Eckhart Independent 14,509 8.77%
2008 U.S. House of Representatives General Steve Stivers Republican 137,272 45.18% Mary Jo Kilroy Democratic 139,584 45.94% Mark M. Noble Libertarian 14,061 4.63% Don Eckhart Independent 12,915 4.25% *
2010 U.S. House of Representatives General Steve Stivers Republican 119,471 54.16% Mary Jo Kilroy Democratic 91,077 41.29% William Kammerer Libertarian 6,116 2.77% David Ryon Constitution 3,887 1.76% **
2012 U.S. House of Representatives General Steve Stivers Republican 205,277 61.56% Pat Lang Democratic 128,188 38.44%
2014 U.S. House of Representatives General Steve Stivers Republican 128,496 66.02% Scott Wharton Democratic 66,125 33.98%
2016 U.S. House of Representatives General Steve Stivers Republican 222,847 66.17% Scott Wharton Democratic 113,960 33.84%
2018 U.S. House of Representatives General Steve Stivers Republican 166,632 58.54% Rick Neal Democratic 112,546 39.54% Jonathan Miller Libertarian 5,477 1.92%

*Write-in candidate Travis Casper received 6 votes (<1%)
**Write-in candidate Bill Buckel received 45 votes (0.02%)


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  28. ^ "House Republicans withdraw support of N.J. candidate after report says he shared racist screed". Retrieved 2018-11-12.
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Preceded by
Priscilla Mead
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 16th district

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

Party political offices
Preceded by
Greg Walden
Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee
Succeeded by
Tom Emmer
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Terri Sewell
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