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Bob Gibbs

About Bob Gibbs

Over thirty years ago, Bob Gibbs began his version of the American Dream. As a graduate of Bay Village High School, Bob went on to earn his degree from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in 1974. From OSU, Bob founded Hidden Hollow Farms, a livestock production farm located in Holmes County, mostly producing market hogs.

As the owner/operator of Hidden Hollow, Bob began to take an active role in promoting agriculture throughout Ohio, leading him to serve as President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation for two terms starting in 1999. Since 1985 Bob has served on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Farm Bureau, making him one of the more well-known and informed advocates of agriculture in Ohio.

In 2002, Bob used his small business and farming background to earn a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. After being reelected by his constituents twice, he went on to win election to the Ohio Senate in 2008. In the Ohio Legislature Bob served as Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

In 2010, like many Ohioans, Bob was fed up with Washington. Bad policies like Cap-and-Trade, Obamacare, and many more examples of over-regulation by out-of-control federal agencies were instrumental in Bob’s decision to run for Congress. Bob went on to defeat a two-term incumbent by 14 points and was sworn in as a member of the historic class of 86 freshmen.

Once in Congress, Bob was named to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Agriculture Committee, earning the highly sought-after position of Chairman of the Water Resources and the Environment Subcommittee. As a Subcommittee on Transportation, Bob’s Committee has sole jurisdiction over the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA as it relates to the Clean Water Act.

Bob Gibbs has been fighting the status quo of Washington and trying to give the American people a voice in their own government once again. He has introduced three pieces of legislation. Two of these bills have since passed the House with bipartisan support and are aimed at reducing the government’s intrusion and regulatory burden that hurts our families, job creators, and our communities.

Bob is a member of the Farm Bureau, a life-member of the National Rifle Association, various Chambers of Commerce throughout Ohio, Pheasants forever, and the United Methodist Church.

Bob is a former board member of the Farm Bureau Bank and has held positions on the Ohio Cooperative Council, the Ohio Farm Bureau, and the Ohio Livestock Coalition. Bob served as President of the Loudonville Farmers Equity where he served on the board for over a decade. He also served as President of the Holmes County Extension Advisory Committee, the Holmes County Farm Bureau and is past supervisor of the Holmes County Soil and Water Conservation Service.

Bob is a recipient of the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Independent Federation of Small Businesses, the “Watchdog of the Treasury” from the United Conservatives of Ohio, and was named the Legislator of the Year (2012) by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force.

Bob and his wife, Jody, have been married for 36 years and have three grown children: Adam, Amy, and Andrew.

Jobs and The Economy

Under the Trump administration, our economy roared to life. We saw incredible economic growth, but more importantly, we saw stronger and more secure families. American workers flourished with new opportunities and unemployment was at some of its lowest rates for women, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans.

Under the Trump administration, our economy roared to life. We saw incredible economic growth, but more importantly, we saw stronger and more secure families. American workers flourished with new opportunities and unemployment was at some of its lowest rates for women, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans.

Under the Trump administration, our economy roared to life. We saw incredible economic growth, but more importantly, we saw stronger and more secure families. American workers flourished with new opportunities and unemployment was at some of its lowest rates for women, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans.

Government Spending

It’s no secret Washington spends too much. Biden’s tax and spend socialist agenda will cripple our economy and put “Big Government” on steroids, all while increasing the debt and raising taxes on American families. I will always make fiscal responsibility a priority and have consistently supported a constitutional amendment requiring Congress to balance the budget every year.

Regulatory Reform

I hear from businesses and local organizations all the time about the bureaucratic hoops they have to jump through just to do business. Regulatory red tape can make life a nightmare for farmers, business owners, and entrepreneurs. Unnecessary and burdensome regulations are a hidden tax on Americans with the innovate drive to build a business and contribute to their community. Worse yet, it drives up prices for their customers, which is precisely the wrong thing to do with Biden’s inflation hitting a 40-year high. I am on record supporting legislation requiring Congress give an up or down vote on costly new regulations that will hurt Americans. If we want to change Washington, we have to change the way the bureaucrats use regulations.

Tax Reform

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by President Trump, helped set our economy off on a booming trajectory. Pay raises, new opportunities, and record low unemployment helped lift millions of Americans up because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Now, Biden and the Socialist Squad want to reverse these tax cuts, sending millions of American jobs overseas and taking more out of hardworking Americans’ paychecks. We cannot let that happen. Our tax policy should reward hard work and be a catalyst for lifting people up out of poverty, not part of social science experiment that gives tax breaks and handouts to progressive activists.

The Second Amendment

The Second Amendment is not a suggestion; it is a God-given right of the people to self-defense. I have consistently supported legislation that protects and expands an American’s right to keep and bear arms. Gun control regulations will only hurt law-abiding citizens while doing nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. I am proud of my record of supporting the right of sportsmen to carry concealed firearms on government lands and expanding the ability of Americans who follow the law to carry concealed firearms.

Protecting the Right to Life

Every life is precious, a gift from God. We should do everything we can to protect the lives of the unborn, those who are the most vulnerable and voiceless. I have always supported pro-life efforts and believe groups that perform abortions, like Planned Parenthood, should not get one dime of taxpayer dollars. I have also supported legislation that stops abortions later than 20 weeks, which is when babies are able to begin feeling pain. We must do more to protect those who cannot speak for themselves.


North America has been blessed with an abundance of natural resources. Our energy renaissance is the result of new technologies and private sector innovation that allowed us to utilize our natural resources safely and efficiently. As a result, we not only produced affordable energy for ourselves, we started exporting our energy. Obama’s war on coal had a devastating effect on our region but the natural gas boom helped us recover. Now, Biden and his anti-energy allies are trying to shut off our energy production, raising prices and making us rely on countries that don’t like us for energy. I opposed Biden’s killing of the Keystone XL pipeline and support efforts to sanction the Putin cronies who will benefit from a pipeline in Europe approved by Biden.

Our energy policy should promote U.S. energy independence so that we can safely develop our natural resources

export it, creating jobs and empowering American families in the process.


The COVID-19 pandemic shocked the entire world. Thanks to Operation Warp Speed, the American medical industry responded in record time with life-saving vaccines. It shows the power of our medical innovation capabilities and is further evidence that we need less government intervention in health care, not more.

I strongly opposed vaccine mandates. You shouldn’t have a bureaucrat standing in between you and your doctor, and you shouldn’t have a government regulator mandating you get a vaccine. Federal public health bureaucrats must be reined in and their powers limited.

Health care reform must focus on these principles:

  • Strengthen the doctor-patient relationship
  • Encourage the use of health savings accounts for routine visits and preventive care
  • Implement market-based reforms that encourage private sector competition

National Security

A strong and prosperous America depends on a military force that is the best in the world. I will continue to support pay raises for our troops, funding for the most advanced equipment and weapons, and training to ensure they remain the best fighting force in human history.

We are facing serious threats from a rising China and Russia bullying Eastern Europe. We must face these threats with purpose and clarity. A strong and unequivocal American foreign policy is required to deter our adversaries from action against the United States and our allies.

We must confront and counter Chinese espionage and cyber warfare, and make it clear we will not tolerate any hostile actions towards Taiwan, Japan, or anyone else. I supported the strongest sanctions on Russia in response to their actions in Ukraine and elsewhere.

The United States cannot allow a nuclear-capable Iran. The Obama-Biden Iran Nuclear Deal was a capitulation to Tehran, and President Trump did the right thing by removing the United States from the deal. Biden’s efforts to reinstate the deal is a disaster in the making and is the greatest threat to stability in the Middle East and our ally Israel.