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.