U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi | Representing the 12th District of Ohio

Pat Tiberi Short Bio
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Congressman Patrick J. Tiberi

Proudly Serving Ohio’s 12th District

The son of Italian immigrants and the oldest of three children, Pat Tiberi (TEE-berry) is a life-long resident of the 12th Congressional District.  His working class parents found a home in the Northland area of Columbus, started a family, and made certain to instill in their children the value of a good education.  Pat and his sisters attended the Columbus Public Schools’ Northland High School where Pat became the first in his family to graduate from high school.  Next, Pat enrolled in The Ohio State University, where he played the trumpet in The Ohio State University Marching Band.  In addition to his studies and band commitments, Pat worked at various jobs around town to earn the money to pay for his tuition.  He graduated with a degree in journalism, but instead found himself serving his future constituents as an aide to then-Congressman John Kasich.  He later decided to expand his opportunities to serve the community through election to public office and was chosen to serve in the Ohio Legislature where he eventually rose to the position of majority leader.

Pat was first elected to serve the people of Ohio’s 12th Congressional District (comprised of Delaware, Licking, and Morrow Counties and portions of Franklin, Marion, Muskingum, and Richland Counties) in November 2000.  Since entering the U.S. House, he has worked to further policies seeking a smaller, less intrusive government, lower taxes, greater national security and a growing and expanding economy that creates jobs.  The Columbus Dispatch has written Pat’s constituents have "expressed their confidence in Tiberi and his common-sense principles" while The Newark Advocate has praised his "record, experience, work ethic and temperament."  

Pat's position on the House Committee on Ways and Means allows him opportunities to influence issues that affect us all like taxes, Social Security, Medicare, trade and health care. Pat serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health and is a member of the Tax Policy Subcommittee. He previously served as the Chairman of the Tax Policy Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Trade, where he helped usher the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill through the House to ensure accountability and transparency in future trade agreements. He is also the vice-chairman of the Joint Economic Committee where Members examine economic conditions and recommend improvements to economic policy. The chairmanship and the vice-chairmanship alternate between the House and the Senate every Congress.

Pat works to produce real results for Central Ohio residents.  He believes families know better than the federal government how to spend their hard-earned money and fights to protect their wallets.  For his work looking out for taxpayers, he has received the Hero of the Taxpayer Award presented by Americans for Limited Government.

Pat knows that in order to create jobs in Ohio, businesses need a level playing field and a stable economic and regulatory environment.  Pat Tiberi also believes misguided government policy often creates an uncertainty in the marketplace that discourages business owners from hiring more workers and expanding their businesses.  To address these concerns, Pat wrote and introduced three pieces of legislation that were signed into law. Two of these bills allow businesses to more quickly depreciate certain investments, which creates stability for American employers, allowing them to better plan and expand their businesses, encouraging job creation and economic growth. America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act permanently extended increased small business expensing levels outlined in Section 179 of the tax code. The other bill extended bonus depreciation for five years, allowing employers to take increased deductions for certain equipment and allowing more companies to use Alternative Minimum Tax credits for capital investment. Pat also introduced the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, which modernizes our customs processes, making it easier for our businesses to sell American-made products overseas, and strengthens enforcement of our trade laws so that American businesses can compete on a level playing field in the global marketplace. This bill was signed into law in 2016. For his leadership initiatives, Pat has received numerous awards including the Tax Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award, the National Federation of Independent Business’ Guardian of Small Business Award, and the Emergency Committee on American Trade’s Trade and Investment Leadership Award.  

Pat also led the effort to extend tax provisions that increase investment in community development and affordable housing. His bill, the New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act, laid the groundwork for a five year extension of this tax credit that helps attract private capital to some of the most distressed communities in the country where access to capital is often limited. Additionally, he introduced a bill that was signed into law that provides a permanent floor for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, which spurs investment in affordable rental housing projects. This bill removes uncertainty in the tax code and boosts the availability of affordable housing.

Pat has numerous other accomplishments during his time in Congress. He is a leader in the fight to reform pork-barrel spending, not having requested earmarks since 2007. As the Chairman of the Select Education Subcommittee, Pat wrote and helped pass the Older Americans Reauthorization Act of 2006, which funds social and nutritional programs for the country’s seniors that help individuals stay in their own home rather than move to institutional care, while improving their quality of life. Additionally, he worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to change one of its reimbursement rules to allow The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center’s James Cancer Hospital to receive a fair reimbursement rate for their treatment of Medicare patients, allowing them to treat even more patients and conduct even more important research.

While Pat travels to Washington, D.C. for votes and hearings in the House of Representatives, he lives in Central Ohio and returns home every weekend.  He remains committed to the people of Central Ohio and wants to hear directly from them.  He takes his responsibility to serve constituents very seriously, whether it’s helping a family adopt a baby from a foreign country, assisting a veteran to get the benefits he/she earned, or helping a widow cut through red tape at the Social Security Administration.  This mentality is why the non-partisan Cook Political Report called Pat “one of the hardest working incumbents in the country.”  Pat remains active in the community, speaking at schools, at Rotary club meetings, and holding office hours for his constituents.  In fact, a local columnist wrote, “every groundbreaking, every parade, every ribbon cutting with a pair of scissors to spare…is likely to find Pat Tiberi.”

Pat, his wife, Denice, and their four daughters live in Genoa Township, a suburb of Columbus, and attend St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Delaware County. 

Awards and Honorary Titles List
View a list of awards and honorary titles Congressman Tiberi has received since he began serving Ohio's 12th District.