Bob Gibbs

Robert Brian Gibbs[1] (born June 14, 1954) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 7th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Bob Gibbs
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded byZack Space
Constituency18th district (2011–2013)
7th district (2013–present)
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
January 5, 2009  December 31, 2010
Preceded byRon Amstutz
Succeeded byLarry Obhof
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 97th district
In office
January 3, 2003  December 31, 2008
Preceded byBryan Flannery
Succeeded byDave Hall
Personal details
Robert Brian Gibbs

(1954-06-14) June 14, 1954
Peru, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Jody Cox (m. 1977)
EducationOhio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (AAS)

Early life, education, and agricultural career

Gibbs was born on June 14, 1954 in Peru, Indiana. His family moved to Cleveland in the 1960s, and Gibbs graduated from Bay Village Senior High School. In 1974, he graduated from the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute[2] and moved to Lakeville, Ohio where he co-founded Hidden Hollow Farms, Ltd. Formerly a producer of swine, Hidden Hollow Farms currently produces corn and soybeans.[3]

Gibbs served as president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation,[4] Ohio's largest agriculture organization which has over 210,000 members. Gibbs first joined the Ohio Farm Bureau board of trustees in 1985. Gibbs also served as a board member of the Farm Bureau Bank, the Ohio Livestock Coalition, the Ohio Cooperative Council, and the Ohio Farm Bureau Alliance. Gibbs was also president of the Loudonville Farmers Equity Company[5] in Loudonville, Ohio, where he served on the board for 12 years. Gibbs has also served as president of the Holmes County (Ohio) extension advisory committee, the Holmes County Farm Bureau, and as a supervisor for the Holmes County Soil & Water Conservation Service.[6]

Ohio House of Representatives


Gibbs was first elected to the Ohio General Assembly in 2002, defeating Democrat Tom Mason of Ashland for a newly drawn district in the Ohio House.[7] He was re-elected in 2004 in a rematch against Mason.[8] During the 2006 statewide election, Gibbs was re-elected, receiving 60% over Democratic challenger James P. Riley,[9] a former township trustee from Sullivan, Ohio. Gibbs began his third term in the Ohio House of Representatives on January 2, 2007 and decided to run for Ohio Senate in 2009 to fill the seat vacated by state senator Ron Amstutz, due to term limits.


In 2006 Gibbs was appointed to serve as a member of the special task force to study eminent domain and its use and application in Ohio. The committee spent most of the year studying the issue and issued its final report in August 2006 with recommendations to the General Assembly.[10]

Committee assignments

During his last term Gibbs was chairman of the House ways and means committee. He was also a member of the agriculture & natural resources committee, financial institutions, real estate and securities committee, health care access and affordability committee, and the insurance committee.

Ohio Senate


Gibbs won election to the Ohio Senate in 2008, and began his first term in 2009. On August 16, 2007, Gibbs formally announced that he would be a candidate for the 22nd district senate seat being vacated by the term limited incumbent senator, Ron Amstutz, (R- Wooster). Gibbs originally expected to face a primary challenge from state representative Jim Carmichael (R-Wayne County), but Carmichael dropped out of the race on October 21, 2007 in order to run for Wayne County commissioner. Gibbs faced Democrat James E. Riley, a job/security representative for the U.A.W. international union. Gibbs won with 59% of the vote.[11]

However, due to winning election to Congress in 2010, Gibbs resigned from the senate only serving half of one term.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives



Gibbs faced Democratic incumbent Zack Space and Constitution Party nominee Lindsey Sutton in the general election. He won the Republican primary in an 8-way field. Following close results and a recount, Gibbs was certified the winner on June 4, 2010, a month after the primary election.[13]

On November 2, 2010, Gibbs defeated Space in the general election by nearly 14%. Gibbs won 14 of the 16 counties in the 18th congressional district.[14]


After redistricting, Gibbs decided to run in the newly redrawn Ohio's 7th congressional district.[15][16] He faced Joyce Healy-Abrams, the Democratic nominee.[17] Gibbs went on to defeat Healy-Abrams in the November general election.[18]


Gibbs won re-election to a third term unopposed.[19]


On March 4, 2013, Gibbs introduced the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013 (H.R. 935; 113th Congress), a bill that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and states authorized to issue a permit under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) from requiring a permit for some discharges of pesticides authorized for use under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).[20][21] In 2018, Gibbs was supported by the Great America Committee, a political action committee registered by Vice President Mike Pence.[22]

Committee assignments

Gibbs is a member of the Republican Study Committee,[23] the Republican Main Street Partnership,[24] the Congressional Constitution Caucus[25] and the Congressional Western Caucus.[26]

Personal life

He is married to Jody Cox of Wooster, Ohio. They have three grown children and are members of the Nashville United Methodist Church in Nashville, Ohio.

Electoral history

Election results[27]
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2002 Ohio House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 18,182 62.44% Thomas Mason Democratic 10,939 37.56%
2004 Ohio House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 30,097 64.80% Thomas Mason Democratic 16,352 35.20%
2006 Ohio House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 21,853 60.48% James E. Riley Democratic 14,280 39.52%
2008 Ohio Senate General Bob Gibbs Republican 90,111 59.05% James E. Riley Democratic 62,504 40.96%
2010 U.S. House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 107,426 53.86% Zack Space Democratic 80,756 40.49% Lindsey Sutton Constitution 11,244 5.64% *
2012 U.S. House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 178,104 56.40% Joyce Healy-Abrams Democratic 137,708 43.60%
2014 U.S. House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 143,959 100.00%
2016 U.S. House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 198,221 64.04% Roy Rich Democratic 89,638 28.96% Dan Phillip Independent 21,694 7.01%
2018 U.S. House of Representatives General Bob Gibbs Republican 150,317 58.85% Ken Harbaugh Democratic 105,105 41.15%

*In 2010, write-in candidate Mark Pitrone received 20 votes.


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  25. "Members". Congressional Constitution Caucus. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  26. "Members". Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  27. "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Archived from the original on August 15, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Zack Space
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Steve Austria
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 7th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Bill Flores
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Paul Gosar
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