Pat Tiberi

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Pat Tiberi
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2001
Preceded by John Kasich
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 26th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – December 31, 2000
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Linda Reidelbach
Personal details
Born (1962-10-21) October 21, 1962 (age 59)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Denice Tiberi
Alma mater Ohio State University
Religion Roman Catholicism

Patrick Joseph "Pat" Tiberi (born October 21, 1962) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 12th congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party. He previously served in the Ohio House of Representatives.

The district includes many Columbus suburbs north and east of the City.

Early life, education and career

The son of Italian immigrants, Tiberi was born in Columbus and attended the city's Woodward Park Middle school, then Northland High School. Tiberi attended The Ohio State University where he was a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1985 with a degree in journalism and was the first in his family to graduate from college.[1] He was later awarded an honorary doctorate in the Humanities by Capital University in May 2005.

Upon graduation from college, Tiberi worked as a realtor for RE/MAX Achievers, a franchise of RE/MAX, located in Lewis Center, Ohio. He was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1993, and he soon rose to the position of House Majority Leader.

U.S. House of Representatives

Tiberi has authored legislation that made it easier for returning military veterans to receive federal jobs and provided for more federal assistance to caregivers of incapacitated adults. Both of the bills were passed in 2006.

Tiberi voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, saying the bill was "loaded with Nancy Pelosi's grab bag of big spending wishes." Following passage of the bill, Tiberi wrote a letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in an effort to bring stimulus money to his district.[2][3]

Tiberi has been described as loyal to Speaker John Boehner.[4]

Policy positions

Older Americans

Then-chairman of the Select Education Subcommittee, Pat Tiberi wrote the bill that reauthorized the Older Americans Act through fiscal year 2011. This bill provides most of the funding for social services and nutritional programs for the nation’s seniors.[5] Pat Tiberi received an 86 from the Retire Safe-Positions and a 10 from Alliance for Retired Americans-Lifetime Score.[6] Congressman Tiberi has introduced other legislation to improve care for older Americans including writing and sponsoring The Older Americans Act Amendments of 2006. Pat Tiberi supports a full repeal of Obamacare under the statement that “government has no place in getting between a patient’s relationship with their doctor."[7]

Education reform

Pat Tiberi supports reform to the No Child Left Behind bill. He has introduced legislation to improve local flexibility by allowing some school districts to go to the Secretary of Education and present their own plan for the allocation of Title 1 federal funding for approval. This amendment was signed into law in 2002.[8] During the 109th Congress, Congressman Tiberi served as the Chair the Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Select Education—a subcommittee with jurisdiction over issues related to international and graduate education programs. The Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)-Positions rated Congressman Tiberi at 50%.[6]

Government reform

During his first Congressional campaign, Pat Tiberi made the campaign promise to make government more accountable to citizens. During the 110th Congress he supported proposed reforms to make earmarks, lines inserted into a bill that direct money to a member of Congress, more transparent. Congressman Tiberi’s goal is to introduce reform to give the president the authority to rid congressional bill of unrelated spending in bills.[9] Congressman Tiberi also wants to bring reform through a searchable database that would include an assessment of every piece of federal funding and the Education Oversight Subcommittee that he was appointed Vice-Chairman to in his first year in Congress. Citizens Against Government Waste-Positions gave Pat Tiberi a 78% rating.[10]

IRS investigation

Tiberi spoke at a Ripon Society forum and addressed the 2013 IRS scandal and tax reform. Tiberi declared the IRS is one of the worst scandals he has seen in American history, stating that "’s not like any other. It has Democrats, non-political independents, business owners, other individuals and people who don’t pay attention to government, kind of on their toes, because they know it can happen to them." The Congressman went on to say that the only way out was to show bipartisan partnership among the Administration in order to "...get this scandal off the front page [and] working with Republicans to get comprehensive tax reform done in a way that simplifies our code."[11]

Committee assignments


School safety

Tiberi introduced a bill with Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) that gives a tax credit to law enforcement officers for any income they earn doing substitute teaching. Tiberi and Kind introduced the bill as one way to add security to schools. The bill was introduced in Washington, D.C. on April 12.[12]


In 2014, Tiberi cosponsored legislation called the Save American Workers Act of 2013 that would make a 40 hours, instead of 30, the standard definition of full-time work.[13]

Tax policy

On April 10, 2014, Tiberi introduced the America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014 (H.R. 4457; 113th Congress), a bill that would amend section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code, which mostly affects small- to medium-sized businesses, to retroactively and permanently extend from January 1, 2014, increased the cap on the amount of investment that can be immediately deducted from taxable income.[14] The bill would return the tax code to its 2013 status and make the change permanent.[15]

Political campaigns

In 2000, Tiberi ran for and won the House seat that was vacated by nine-term incumbent and Chairman of the House Budget Committee John Kasich, who retired to work as a consultant for Lehman Brothers. He only won by nine points in a district that had long been considered to be far friendlier to the Democrats than the neighboring 15th, despite Kasich's long tenure. However, Tiberi hasn't faced a close race since, in part because his district was redrawn after the 2000 census. In 2006, Tiberi won reelection after defeating former Democratic Congressman Bob Shamansky.


Tiberi defeated Democrat David Robinson.


Tiberi defeated Democratic nominee Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks in the general election.


Tiberi defeated Democratic nominee James Reese and Green party nominee Robert Fitrakis in the general election.

Electoral history

Ohio's 12th congressional district: Results 2000–2012[16][17]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2000 Maryellen O'Shaughnessy 115,432 44% Pat Tiberi 139,242 53% Nick Hogan Libertarian 4,546 2% Gregory Richey Natural Law 2,600 1% *
2002 Edward S. Brown 64,707 36% Pat Tiberi 116,982 64%
2004 Edward S. Brown 122,109 38% Pat Tiberi 198,912 62% *
2006 Bob Shamansky 108,746 43% Pat Tiberi 145,943 57%
2008 David Robinson 152,234 42% Pat Tiberi 197,447 55% Steven Linnabary Libertarian 10,707 3%
2010 Paula Brooks 110,307 40% Pat Tiberi 150,163 56% Travis M. Irvine Libertarian 8,710 3%
2012 Jim Reese 134,614 37% Pat Tiberi 233,874 63%

*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2000, Charles Ed Jordan received 1,556 votes (1%). In 2004, Chuck Spingola received 25 votes.

Italian knighthood

Tiberi received the title of Knight, which was conferred by the Italian ambassador to the United States Claudio Bisogniero, in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in May 2013.[18] The Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (Italian: Ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana) was founded as the senior order of knighthood by the second President of the Italian Republic, Luigi Einaudi in 1951.[19]


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  18. "Tiberi, Pascrell receive Italian Knight of Order title", The Ripon Advance, May 24, 2013. (Retrieved August 26, 2013)
  19. Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (this version)

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Kasich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th congressional district

Succeeded by
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Adam Schiff
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Bill Shuster