A representative of Ohio in the Congress since 2011, Rep. Steve Stivers, has stated that he plans to step down next month. His decision will most likely lead to a special election for his Congressional seat.
This past Monday morning, Stivers, aged 56, made the announcement that he plans to leave Congress starting May 16th in order to serve in a new role CEO and president of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. He has been the 11-year continuous representative of the state’s 15th Congressional District which heavily leans toward Republican ideals.
“It has been my honor and privilege to serve the people of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District,” Stivers stated in a release early Monday morning. “Throughout my career in public service I’ve worked to promote policies that drive our economy forward, get folks to work, and put our country’s fiscal house in order.”
“That is why I am looking forward to this new opportunity with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, where I can continue my efforts to support free enterprise and economic growth here in Ohio,” Stivers went on to add.
As reported by Politico, the Republican congressman’s resignation will cause a special election to take place in the area that was strongly supportive of former President Donald Trump in 2020.
Back in the general election in 2020, Stivers gathered 243,000 votes to beat out his challenger Joel Newby, who only received about half as many votes. The last time the congressional district was represented by a Democrat was between 2009 and 2011, before that however you had to look back to around the mid-1960s.
Currently, in the House, Democrats have possession of 218 seats, while Republicans only sport a total of 212 seats. In the house, a bill requires a simple majority vote to pass which means that a united Republican minority need only peel three votes from the Democrats in order to block legislation from passing.
Previously according to the Daily Wire:
“On April 24, a special runoff election will be held between two Democrats vying to represent Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District. Troy Carter and Karen Peterson will be competing to replace former Rep. Cedric Richmond, who resigned in order to join the Biden administration as senior adviser and director of the Office of Public Liaison.
On May 1, a special election will be held in Texas’ 6th Congressional District to decide who will fill the seat of Republican Rep. Ronald Wright, who died in February 2021 of COVID-19. On June 1, another special election will be held in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District after former Democratic Rep. Debra Haaland was confirmed as interior secretary.
Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge, who represented Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, was confirmed as Housing and Urban Development secretary, and so yet another special election will be held on November 2.”