Steve Chabot

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Steve Chabot is a former member of Congress

Steve Chabot, a Republican, represented the First Congressional District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1992-2009. He was defeated in the November 2008 general election by Steven Driehaus (D). On November 2, 2010, Driehaus lost his bid for a second term, when the 1st Congressional District of Ohio re-elected Chabot to serve an eighth term in Congress.

Record and controversies

Iraq War

Chabot voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Partial-birth abortion ban

Chabot sponsored the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 which outlaws a specific late-term abortion procedure. On November 5, 2003, President George W. Bush signed it into law.

Main article: Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003


In 2006, Chabot earmarked $1.6 million to be distributed among several institutions in his district whose board of directors' members had made contributions to his campaign fund. The funding of several of the organizations-----the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Center-----appeared incongruous with Chabot's previous stance regarding federal funding of the humanities. In the past, he sharply criticized pork-barrel spending and co-sponsored legislation that would have elimated both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. [1]


Chabot was born January 22, 1953 in Cincinnati. He was educated at the College of William and Mary where he earned a B.A. in 1975. He went on to obtain a Juris Doctor degree from Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law (in Highland Heights, KY) in 1978. He worked as a school teacher (1975-1976), was a member of the Cincinnati city council (1985-1990), and the Hamilton County, Ohio, commission (1990-94).

Congressional career

According to his House biography, "Chabot is one of Congress's leading advocates for fiscal responsibility -- voting consistently to eliminate wasteful spending and reduce the excessive tax burden on hard-working Americans. Nonpartisan taxpayer advocacy groups such as Citizens Against Government Waste, the Concord Coalition, and the National Taxpayers Union consistently rate Chabot as one of the most pro-taxpayer members of Congress.

Congressman Chabot, also served as a House Manager during the Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton. Chabot received praise for his even-handed and thoughtful approach to the trial.

Chabot has helped lead efforts to block taxation of the Internet, pass product liability reform measures, and toughen anti-drug laws. He is an outspoken defender of individual privacy rights."[2]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated John Cranley to face Chabot in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [3] Chabot retained his seat.

2008 elections

In the 2008 race for Ohio's First Congressional District, the MAF Freedom PAC endorsed Chabot over his Democratic challenger, State Representative Steven Driehaus. The PAC is affiliated with the conservative pro-war group Move America Forward. [2] (MAF describes itself as created to merely support the troops and the global "War on Terror," but its leaders have made an array of extreme statements supporting war and the Bush Administration's terror policies. For example, in 2006, MAF's chair Melanie Morgan suggested that New York Times editor Bill Keller should be murdered in a "gas chamber" for alleged "treason" for allowing the Times' to publish a story on the extensive spying on American by the Bush Administration in violation of US law--spying that was so controversial the Acting Attorney General and the Director of the FBI almost resigned from the administration over some of the program's legal problems.)[3] He was defeated in the general election by Driehaus.[4]

Money in politics

Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Steve Chabot. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


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Articles and Resources




  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. David DeWitt, "Chabot gets Move America Forward endorsement,", October 24, 2008.
  3. See, e.g.,
  4. "Ohio 2008 General Election",, November 4, 2008

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