At a Glance
- Career History: State Senator (January 2003-December 2008); Vice President of Government Relations, Bank One; Licensed trader, Ohio Company
- Birthday: March 24, 1965
- Hometown: Ripley, Ohio
- Alma Mater: Ohio State University, B.A., 1989; Ohio State, M.B.A., 1996
- Spouse: Karen
- DC Office: 1007 Longworth HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 T (202) 225-2015 F (202) 225-3529
Path To Power
Stivers was born in 1965 in Ripley, Ohio, a small town abutting the Ohio River.
While in college at Ohio State University, Stivers worked for trading and banking companies while serving in the Ohio Army National Guard. Stivers graduated with a bachelor's in economics and international relations in 1989. He earned an MBA from the school in 1996.
While Stivers still considers himself a moderate Republican, he ran on a more conservative platform in 2010 than he did in 2008, shifting his position on some key issues. "I'm trying to reach out to folks from 70 degrees of each side, and the folks on both extremes probably are going to do what they're going to do," said Stivers early in the 2010 campaign.
Though he supported cap-and-trade measures to address climate change during the 2008 House race, Stivers came out against them in 2010. His opponent, Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio), voted in June 2009 to approve such measures. Stivers said such policies would increase energy costs and would be a "big wealth transfer" from coal-powered states such as Ohio to other states with multiple energy sources.
As a lobbyist for Bank One, Stivers lobbied successfully for a 2002 Ohio bill that blocked Ohio cities from enacting local ordinances intended to stop predatory mortgage lending.
As a state senator, Stivers was one of four lawmakers to opose a 2006 bill that gave consumer protections against mortgage lenders. His spokesman during the 2008 House campaign said the bill "was nowhere near tough enough."