Bob Gibbs Congressman in 2002-2010 Ohio District 18, candidate in 2012-2020 District 7
Robert Brian “Bob” Gibbs
Biography of Bob Gibbs
Bob Gibbs is the U.S. Representative for the Eighteenth District of Ohio and was sworn into office January 5, 2011.
Congressman Gibbs sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Agriculture Committee. Gibbs was chosen to chair the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, a subcommittee of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that conducts oversight of the federal regulation of clean water.
Gibbs is also a member of the Republican Study Committee, a group of over 175 House Republicans organized for the purpose of advancing a conservative social and economic agenda in the House of Representatives. The Republican Study Committee is dedicated to a limited and Constitutional role for the federal government, a strong national defense, the protection of individual and property rights, and the preservation of traditional family values.
For more information on Representative Gibbs’ Congressional Committees and Caucuses, see my Committee Assignments page and my Congressional Caucuses page.
A resident of Holmes County for thirty-five years, Bob brings three decades of business and leadership experience to Congress. A graduate of Bay Village Senior High School, Bob graduated from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in 1974. He worked in the animal science department at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster before venturing out on his own as a self-employed farmer, predominately producing market hogs.
As the owner/operator of Hidden Hollow Farms, Bob began to take an active role in promoting agriculture throughout Ohio. 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. He also served as President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation for two terms starting in 1999.
As a small businessman and farmer for over three decades, Bob took his knowledge and advocacy of Ohio agriculture to the next level. Beginning in 2002, he served three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives before being elected to the Ohio Senate in 2009.
During his time in the Ohio Legislature, Bob continued his strong advocacy for both agriculture and small business. Bob served as the Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and was Vice-Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He also served on the the Highways and Transportation Committee, the Education Committee, as well as the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Bob’s legislative priorities have always been to reduce the tax burden on Ohio’s businesses and he achieved that by co-drafting the largest income tax reduction in the state’s history and successfully overhauling the way businesses have to process sales taxes.
Bob is a member of Farm Bureau, many Ohio Chambers of Commerces, Pheasants Forever, the National Rifle Association and the United Methodist Church. He and his wife, the former Jody Cox of Wooster, have been married thirty-five years. They have three grown children, Adam, Amy and Andrew.
A former board member of the Farm Bureau Bank, Bob has held board positions on the Ohio Livestock Coalition, Ohio Cooperative Council and the Ohio Farm Bureau Alliance Group. Bob was president of the Loudonville Farmers Equity where he served on the board for 12 years. He served as president of the Holmes County Extension Advisory Committee, the Holmes County Farm Bureau and is a past supervisor for the Holmes County Soil and Water Conservation Service.
Bob is a recipient of the prestigious “Guardian of Small Business Award” from the National Independent Federation of Small Businesses. He also received the “Pork All-American Award” from the National Pork Producer’s Council for exemplary leadership and service to the nation’s pork industry, the “Watch Dog of the Treasury from the United Conservatives of Ohio, the Legislator of the Year Award from the Ohio Restaurant Association, and was the first recipient of the Ohio State University Extension Leadership Award Holmes County.
Biography from Gibbs for Congress
Over thirty years ago, Bob Gibbs began his version of the American dream. After graduating from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in 1974, Bob founded Hidden Hollow Farms, a livestock production farm located in Holmes County. 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.
As a small businessman and farmer for over three decades, Bob took his knowledge and advocacy of Ohio agriculture to the next level. Bob filed as a candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives in 2002 where he defeated a primary challenger with nearly 70% of the vote and went on to claim victory in the General Election with over 62% of the vote. As proof that Bob Gibbs was serving his district well, his constituents reelected him twice before voting to send him to the Ohio State Senate in 2008.
During his time in the Ohio Legislature, Bob has continued his strong advocacy for both agriculture and small business. Bob currently serves as the Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee and is Vice-Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Other key Committee assignments for Bob include the Highways and Transportation Committee, the Education Committee, as well as the Environment and Natural resources Committee.
Bob’s legislative career has given him the chance to work on many important pieces of legislation including his most recent vote to encourage Congress to vote against the dangerous National Energy Tax (Cap-and-Trade). Bob also helped to protect and enhance property owners’ rights by reforming Ohio’s eminent domain law with HB 5. Bob’s legislative priorities have always been to reduce the tax burden on Ohio’s businesses and he did so by help co-drafting the largest income tax reduction in the state’s history and successfully overhauling the way businesses have to process sales taxes.
Among other awards for his legislative service to Ohio, Bob was chosen as a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Legislator of the Year by the Ohio Restaurant Association, a three time recipient of the Watchdog of the Treasury award from United Conservatives of Ohio, and received the prestigious Pork All-American award from the National Pork Producers Council. Bob Gibbs is proud to have received an A grade by the NRA in the previous election and as a life-member, is strongly in the corner of fellow sportsmen and gun owners. Bob has also previously received an A rating from the Buckeye Firearms Association and the Gun Owners of America. Bob’s dedication to public service is only possible because of the support he has at home with his wife of 33 years, Jody. Bob and Jody also have three grown children, Adam, Amy, and Andrew.