Ralph Regula was elected to the U.S. House in 1972, with 57 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Virgil L. Musser, for the seat given up by retiring Republican Rep. Frank T. Bow.
He has been re-elected every two years since then, defeating Democrat Warner Mendenhall with 59 percent of the vote in 1990.
He was re-elected in 1992 with 63 percent of the vote, defeating Mendenhall again. He was re-elected in 1994 with 75 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat J. Michael Finn. He was re-elected in 1996 with 69 percent of the vote against Democrat Thomas Burkhart.
Regula was re-elected in 1998, defeating Democrat Peter Ferguson with 64 percent of the vote. In 2000, he was re-elected with 69 percent of the vote, defeating William Smith. In 2002, he beat Democrat Jim Rice, again with 69 percent of the vote.
Regula served in the Ohio House, 1965-67, and the Ohio Senate, 1967-73.
He had no opposition in the 16th District for Ohio's March 2, 2004, primary election.