Steve Stivers (born March 24, 1965) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 15th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. Stivers previously served in the Ohio Senate, representing the 16th district. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard and served active duty in Iraq as Battalion Commander until December 2005.
Early life, education, and career
Steve grew up in the town of Ripley, Ohio. Steve is a recipient of the Eagle Scout Award.
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.
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. Stivers has worked as a Series 7 licensed securities trader with the Ohio Company.
Stivers has served in the Ohio National Guard since 1985 and holds the rank of Lieutenant 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.
After redistricting, incumbent Republican Priscilla Mead decided to resign after only serving in the Ohio Senate for a year.
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. Stivers won a special election in January 2003 unopposed. He then won re-election in 2004 to a full senate term with 58% of the vote.
Stivers served in the Ohio Senate from January 9, 2003 until December 2008.
U.S. House of Representatives
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.
Stivers won the Republican primary with 82% of the vote. 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 is married to Karen Stivers and has a daughter, Sarah. They live in Columbus, Ohio with their dog.
January 17th, 2012