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Patrick Joseph Tiberi (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 10/21/1962 (Columbus, OH)
Race: White
Religion: Catholic
Residence: Columbus, OH
Education: BA in Journalism from Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Office Type: U.S. House -- Ohio District 12 

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The son of Italian immigrants, Patrick J. Tiberi was born in 1962 in Columbus, Ohio, where he still lives. Tiberi was in the marching band at Ohio State University, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism in 1985.

He worked in real estate and, for eight years, as an aide to Republican Rep. John Kasich of Ohio's 12th District. He was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1992 and quickly moved up the ranks to become majority leader in 1998. Tiberi was elected to replace Kasich in the U.S. House in 2000 and re-elected in 2002.

Tiberi and his wife, Denice, have a daughter. The family attends St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Columbus, where Tiberi is a lector.

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Patrick J. Tiberi was elected to the Ohio legislature in 1992 and subsequently re-elected. In 1995, he was the youngest committee chairman in the Ohio House; in 1996 he became assistant majority floor leader; in 1998 he moved up to majority floor leader, No. 3 in the hierarchy; and in 1998 became majority leader.

Tiberi ran for the U.S. House in 2000 after incumbent Republican Rep. John Kasich announced he would retire. He earned 53 percent of the vote to beat Columbus city Councilwoman Maryellen O'Shaughnessy. Tiberi was re-elected in 2002 with 64 percent of the vote to Democrat Edward S. Brown's 36 percent. He had no opposition in the 12th District for Ohio's March 2, 2004, primary election.

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