Ohio US House District 5 General ElectionTerm Commencing January 3, 2021Term of Office: 2 yearsSalary: $174,000Responsibilities: To represent the people of Ohio, their district, and the United States in dealing with matters of national and international importance. The general welfare should be a prime concern.(Winner of this race is shown below.)
University of Toledo College of Law,
Bowling Green State University,
Bowling Green High
United States House of Representatives 2007-present,
Ohio House of Representatives 2001-2007,
Ohio Senate 1997-2000,
Wood County Commissioner 1991-1996,
Attorney at Law
The Right to Vote is an essential part of our republic, and it’s important that Americans are able to confidently submit their ballot this year – knowing that their vote will be counted. In Ohio, that means providing the option to safely vote in person, as well as the option to submit an absentee ballot.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has stated that voting in person is as safe as going to the grocery store, a relatively low-risk activity. It’s important that social distancing measures are enforced, but millions of Americans are going to be able to cast their ballots in person this November.
At the same time, it’s critical that those that want to submit absentee ballots can do so as well. I led a letter to the United States Postal Service asking for them to implement procedures to protect Ohioans’ ability to vote in the election and have led the charge to ensure ballots are sent through sorting facilities in Columbus and Cleveland instead of the error-prone facility in Pontiac, Michigan.
I’ve long-advocated for patient-centered health care that increases choice for Ohio families, lowers costs, and improves quality. We can accomplish this while ensuring those with pre-existing conditions are covered.
I’ve been a leader on expanding telehealth, which would address both cost and access issues in the long-term. More broadband and provider reimbursements will make this a reality.
I support legislation that would reduce drug prices without harming innovation by capping out-of-pocket costs under Medicare Part D, increasing transparency, and stopping drug manufacturers from gaming the generic drug system.
Seniors must be taken care of and that means Medicare should be protected and kept solvent. I’ve opposed Democrat-led cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage program that millions of Americans utilize.
I oppose single-payer proposals that will kick 150 million people off of their private health insurance, increase taxes, and devastate many of our rural hospitals.
Our current immigration system is broken. In order to truly address our immigration problems, we need to have an accurate view of who is coming into our country. That means first, securing our border. Without a secure border, any other changes to the immigration system don’t work. We also need an improved visa tracking system, so that we know who is overstaying their visas, and we can address it. We also need to have e-verify in place for businesses to ensure that jobs are going to citizens and legal residents of the United States.
With those changes in place, we can ensure that we have a legal immigration system in place that works. America is the greatest country in the world, and it’s not surprising that people from all over want to come here. Unfortunately, the current system rewards lawbreakers while making it difficult for those that want to come here legally.
Protecting the environment and growing our economy do not have to be mutually exclusive ideas. We’ve seen how advancements in technology alone can reduce pollution. For instance, emissions have fallen by more than 20% on a per capita basis since 2005 – the largest decrease in the world – thanks to the advancement of hydraulic fracturing and the emergence of American-produced natural gas.
Smart Nuclear technology presents an opportunity to produce clean, reliable, energy and it’s why I’ve been a leader in that space in Congress. I recently introduced legislation to ensure that we have a Strategic Uranium Reserve to support nuclear energy production in the U.S.
We should support other technology-based policies that can reduce emissions, without the side effects of raising costs on consumers, killing jobs, and harming our economy. For example, there is potential in both energy storage and carbon capture technology, and we should look at policies that advance their development.