Dave Hobson was elected to the U.S. House in 1990, defeating Democrat Jack Schira with 62 percent of the vote. He was re-elected in 1992 with 71 percent of the vote over Democrat Clifford Heskett. He was unopposed in 1994.
He won in 1996 with 68 percent of the vote against Democrat Richard Blain. He twice defeated Democrat Donald Minor, winning in 1998 with 67 percent of the vote and in 2000 with 68 percent. In 2002, Hobson defeated Kara Anastasio with 68 percent of the vote. Hobson faces Anastasio again in November.
He had no opposition in Ohio's March 2, 2004, primary election for the 7th District.