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.
- 1 Record and controversies
- 2 Bio
- 3 Money in politics
- 4 Committees and Affiliations
- 5 More Background Data
- 6 Contact
- 7 Articles and Resources
Record and controversies
Chabot voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.
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Partial-birth abortion ban
- 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. 
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).
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."
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.  (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.) He was defeated in the general election by Driehaus.
Money in politics
- Revolving door profile for Steve Chabot from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Steve Chabot from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Steve Chabot from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and Affiliations
- Congressional Advisory Board, Humpty Dumpty Institute
- House Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommitee on Asia and the Pacific
- Subcommitee on Middle East and Central Asia
- House Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property
- Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
- House Committee on Small Business, Ranking Member
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
- House Committee on International Relations
- Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
- Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia
- House Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on Task Force on Antirust
- Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
- Subcommittee on the Constitution - Chair
- Subcommittee on Crime Terrorism and Homeland Security
- House Committee on Small Business
- Subcommittee on Tax Finance and Exports
- Congressional Representative to the 56th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, appointed by George W. Bush
More Background Data
District Office - Cincinnati:
3003 Carew Tower
441 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Articles and Resources
- Jonathan Allen, "Chabot aims earmarks at places linked to donors," The Hill, September 19, 2005.
- Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
- David DeWitt, "Chabot gets Move America Forward endorsement," PolitickerOH.com, October 24, 2008.
- See, e.g., http://mediamatters.org/research/200707210001
- "Ohio 2008 General Election", TheGreenPapers.com, November 4, 2008