ENG: Robert Brian "Bob" Gibbs (born June 14, 1954) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 7th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life, education, and agricultural career
Gibbs was born on June 14, 1954 in Peru, Indiana. His family moved to Cleveland in the 1960s, and Gibbs graduated from Bay Village Senior High School. In 1974, he graduated from the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute and moved to Lakeville, Ohio where he co-founded Hidden Hollow Farms, Ltd. Formerly a producer of swine, Hidden Hollow Farms currently produces corn and soybeans.
Gibbs served as President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio's largest agriculture organization which has over 210,000 members.
Gibbs first joined the Ohio Farm Bureau Board of Trustees in 1985. Gibbs also served as a board member of the Farm Bureau Bank, the Ohio Livestock Coalition, the Ohio Cooperative Council, and the Ohio Farm Bureau Alliance. Gibbs was also president of the Loundonville Farmers Equity in Loudonville, Ohio, where he served on the board for 12 years. Gibbs has also served as president of the Holmes County (Ohio) Extension Advisory Committee, the Holmes County Farm Bureau, and as a supervisor for the Holmes County Soil & Water Conservation Service.
Ohio House of Representatives - Elections
Gibbs was first elected to the Ohio General Assembly in 2002, defeating Democrat Tom Mason of Ashland for a newly drawn district in the Ohio House. He was re-elected in 2004 in a rematch against Mason.
During the 2006 statewide election, Gibbs was re-elected, receiving 60.48% over Democratic challenger James P. Riley, a former township trustee from Sullivan, Ohio. Gibbs began his third term in the Ohio House of Representatives on January 2, 2007 and decided to run for Ohio Senate in 2009 to fill the seat vacated by Senator Ron Amstutz due to term limits.
Gibbs introduced nine bills during his first term in 2003-2004, four of which were signed into law by Governor Bob Taft. He was the lead sponsor of House Bill 223 which introduced rebutable presumption laws to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. In August 2005, Gibbs introduced House Bill 331 (companion bill to enacted Senate Bill 167), which prevents Eminent Domain takings for private entities following the Kelo v.
New London decision in the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2005.
In 2006 Gibbs was appointed to serve as a member of the Special Task Force to Study Eminent Domain and Its Use and Application in Ohio. The committee spent most of the year studying the issue and issued its final report in August 2006 with recommendations to the General Assembly.
During his last term Gibbs was Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. He was also a member of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, Financial Institutions, Real Estate and Securities Committee, Health Care Access and Affordability Committee, and the Insurance Committee.
Ohio Senate - Elections
Gibbs won election to the Ohio Senate in 2008, and began his first term in 2009. On August 16, 2007 Gibbs formally announced that he would be a candidate for the 22nd District Senate seat being vacated by the term limited incumbent, Senator Ron Amstutz, (R- Wooster).
Gibbs originally expected to face a primary challenge from Representative Jim Carmichael (R-Wayne County), but Carmichael dropped out of the race on October 21, 2007 in order to run for Wayne County Commissioner. Gibbs faced Democrat James E. Riley, a Job/Security Representative for the U.A.W. International Union. Gibbs won with 59.04% of the vote.
However, due to winning election to Congress in 2010, Gibbs resigned the Senate only serving half of one term.
Tenure - Bills sponsored
During his first term in the Ohio Senate Bob Gibbs sponsored and passed Senate Joint Resolution 6, which is commonly known as the Livestock Care Standards Board.
SJR 6, once passed, became certified as ballot initiative "Issue 2" which was approved in the November 2009 election.
U.S. House of Representatives - Elections - 2010
Bob Gibbs faced Democratic incumbent Zack Space and Constitution Party nominee Lindsey Sutton in the general election. He won the Republican primary in an 8-way field. Following close results and a recount, Gibbs was certified the winner on June 4, 2010, a month after the primary election.
On November 2, 2010, Gibbs defeated Space in the general election by nearly 14%. Gibbs won 14 of the 16 counties in the 18th Congressional District.
After redistricting, Gibbs decided to run in the newly redrawn Ohio's 7th congressional district. He faced Joyce Healy-Abrams, the Democratic nominee. Gibbs went on to defeat Healy-Abrams in the November general election.
Bob is married to the former Jody Cox of Wooster, Ohio. The two have been married for 30 years and have three grown children. Bob and Jody are members of the Nashville United Methodist Church in Nashville, Ohio.
January 14, 2013