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  • Investing in Our Students
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on May 31, 2019 | Preview rr

    As the son of a kindergarten teacher, and now as the father of a kindergartner and third-grader, I’ve seen first-hand the value of a well-rounded education. Every student should have access to high quality, effective education to prepare them for success. I have, and will, continue to place a high priority on education, so that children can grow up with properly trained educators, a well-rounded education, and effective technology. With these resources, children can focus on innovating and advan... Read more

  • Guest Column: Beyond Equal Pay Day
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on April 2, 2019 | Preview rr

    April 2nd is Equal Pay Day, marking how many extra days a woman must work in order to earn as much as her male coworker did in the previous year. It highlights the unacceptable pay disparity for women in our country, however, Equal Pay Day also gives us the opportunity to celebrate and lift up the ladies in our lives for the incredible things they do. And that is not something we should limit to one day. We should support and encourage women and girls each and every day of the year, and I want t... Read more

  • Joining Forces to Revive Civility
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on March 27, 2019 | Preview rr

    Joining Forces to Revive Civility This month, I was honored to be named the 37th most bipartisan Member of Congress by the Lugar Center, among the top 8 percent of all Representatives. Working across the aisle, leads to better policies that benefit all Americans, we will never be able to work together if we are not able to talk to each other, and we cannot talk to each other if we don’t respect each other. For over a year now, I have led the Civility and Respect Caucus alongside Congresswoman Jo... Read more

  • MLK and Civility
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on January 25, 2019 | Preview rr

    "We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools." -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read more

  • New Year, New Congress
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy, Drug Abuse and Treatment, Infrastructure

    As 2018 quickly comes to a close, everyone’s attention turns towards 2019 and what the new year can mean for them. It is a chance for a fresh start; to set new goals, new priorities, and tackle new challenges. The same is true as we begin the 116th Congress. Read more

  • Choosing to Serve
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on December 10, 2018 | Preview rr

    In the late 1830s, an Ohioan who would go on to be a Civil War hero and President of the United States was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point. There was just one issue: he did not know that his father had submitted his name for consideration. Read more

  • Creating Opportunities
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs and the Economy

    The 15th Congressional District spans from the suburbs of Columbus to Clinton County in the Southwest region, and to the foothills of Appalachia, and it is full of remarkable communities with untapped potential. I am proud to represent each and every one of them, and to pursue policies that will tap into the best natural resource we have: our people. This time last year, historic tax reform, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, was signed into law. This legislation had one simple goal: improving the lives... Read more

  • Bring Civility to the Thanksgiving Table
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 16, 2018 | Preview rr

    One year ago, I joined Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and former Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) to participate in the “Setting the Table for Civility” program, organized by the Faith and Politics Institute and the National Institute for Civil Discourse. During the conversation, we talked about how we were able to work together as Representatives for Central Ohio, despite coming from different backgrounds and not agreeing on every issue. We talked about how the rise of social media and the anonymity it allows has led to a breakdown in civil discourse. And we talked about the importance of bringing civility to the forefront of discussion for our colleagues on Capitol Hill. Read more

  • 100 Years After the Armistice, America Continues to Honor Veterans
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on November 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, 100 years ago, World War I ended with Germany signing an armistice agreement with the allied forces. Once thought to be “the war to end all wars,” World War I took the lives of nine million soldiers, in addition to millions of innocent civilians. Read more

  • See It Through
    Posted in Opinion Pieces on October 31, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans

    Great things take time. It is frustrating truth for many Americans, including myself. However, during my time as your Representative, I have learned that when people are willing to come together and persevere, we can deliver results for the 15th District, and the nation. Take, for example, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum that opened just last weekend. This is a project that has been years in the making. When the decision was made to replace the Franklin County Veterans Memorial, a yea... Read more

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