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Record and controversies
Regula voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.
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DC voting rights
From 1989 through 2004, Rep. Regula introduced eight separate bills calling for the retrocession of the District to the state of Maryland. Each would allow District residents, for the purpose of representation in Congress and the election of the president and vice president, to be treated as citizens of, and vote in federal elections in the state of Maryland. None of Regula’s retrocession bills have ever made it out of committee.
- Main article: Voting rights in the District of Columbia
On June 19, 2006, the Washington Post reported that Regula, a senior member of the House Committee on Appropriations, helped create a historical site to be operated by his wife, Mary. In 2000, his subcommittee created the First Ladies National Historic Site in his district in Canton, Ohio. Mary Regula is the founding president of the nonprofit National First Ladies' Library, which operates the historic site for the National Park Service for no salary. Since its creation, Regula's subcommittee has inserted more than $2 million in earmarks for the first ladies project into federal spending bills, including $800,000 to buy a mansion that once belonged to President William McKinley and his wife. In addition, the panel allotted a $2.5 million federal grant to renovate a nearby bank building that his wife's group owns. 
Regula was born December 3, 1924 in Beach City, Ohio. He holds a BA in Business Administration from Mount Union College in Alliance, OH (1948) and an LLB from William McKinley School of Law in Canton, OH (1952).
Prior to his service in the US House of Representatives, Regula was a teacher and principal in the public school system, a lawyer in his own private practice, a member of the Ohio Board of Education.
He served in the US Navy (1944-46), the Ohio House of Representatives (1965-67) and the Ohio State Senate (1967-73) before his election to Congress in 1972.
When the first quarter, 2007, fundraising figures were released in April 2007, there was widespread speculation that Regula's anemic fundraising indicated that he would retire at the end of the 110th Congress.    Other analysts, including Jonathan Riskind of the Columbus Dispatch, called this an "unreliable signal," considering how "safe" Regula was considered. 
On October 12, 2007 Regula announced that he was not running for reelection in 2008. Roll Call called Regula's district "a prime pickup opportunity for Democrats in an open-seat scenario." President Bush won the district with 54% of the vote in 2004 but Democrats were reportedly optimistic that their candidate, state Sen. John Boccieri, would do well. Republican state Sens. Kirk Schuring and Ron Amstutz had expressed interest in the seat if Regula retired in addition to already declared candidate and Ashland County Commissioner Matt Miller, who lost to Regula in the 2006 Republican primary. 
Money in politics
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- Revolving door profile for Ralph Regula from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Ralph Regula from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Ralph Regula from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and Affiliations
Committee assignments in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)
- House Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
- House Committee on Appropriations
- Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies - Chair
- Subcommittee on Transportation Treasury and Housing and Urban Development The Judiciary District of Columbia
Coalitions and Caucuses
- Congressional Steel Caucus
- Co-chair, Older Americans Caucus
- Republican Steering Committee
- Republican Main Street Partnership
Boards and other Affiliations
- Member, Beach City American Legion
- Trustee, McKinley Museum
- Trustee, Mount Union College
- Member, Navarre Kiwanis Club
- Board of Regents, Smithsonian Institution
- Trustee, Stark County Historial Society
- Trustee, Stark Wilderness Society
- Member, United State's Holocaust Memorial Council
- Honorary Advisor, Walsh College.
- Ripon Society
- On the board of reagents for the Smithsonian Institution
More Background Data
District Office- Canton:
4150 Belden Village Street Northwest
Canton, OH 44718-2553
TollFree: 800-826-9015 (OH only)
District Office- Medina:
124 West Washington Street, Suite 1A
Medina, OH 44256
Articles and Resources
- ↑ Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
- ↑ "Campaign 2008: State by state," The Hill, April 10, 2007.
- ↑ 2010 Buckeye, "Q1--Ohio's Congressional Dollars," Buckeye State Blog, April 15, 2007.
- ↑ Kos, "Q1 fundraising in the House and Senate," DailyKos, April 16, 2007.
- ↑ Jonathan Riskind, "Candidates' campaign coffers say a lot about how they'll face '08," Columbus Dispatch, April 22, 2007.
- ↑ "GOP Sources: Regula to Retire," Roll Call, October 11, 2007.
- Matt Stearns, "Many wives receive jewelry, but Mary Regula gets a national park," The Kansas City Star, June 18, 2006.
Local blogs and discussion sites
|Current Office: None|
Ranking Member On:
Ranking Member On:
Congressional Steel Caucus, Co-chair, Older Americans Caucus, Republican Steering Committee, Republican Main Street Partnership
|Committees: House Committee on Appropriations, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, House Committee on Appropriations/Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services Education and Related Agencies|
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 1972
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1973
January 6, 2009
|Previous Political Work?
Ohio State Senate, Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio State Board of Education
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Date of Birth: December 3, 1924