Robert Jones "Rob" Portman was brought into this world by God on December 19, 1955 .
Rob Portman is an American attorney and the junior United States Senator from Ohio. Portman is a TEA PARTY Conservative, a member of the Republican Party, succeeded retiring Senator George Voinovich in 2010.
Most importantly, Rob Portman is a Born Again, Bible Believing Christian.
One of his early successes in the US Congress, was to have FDR's "Prayer with the American People the Night before D-Day" (WW-2)
From 1993 to 2005, Rob Portman served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio's 2nd congressional district, which stretches along the Ohio River from the Hamilton County suburbs of Cincinnati east to Scioto County and Pike County.
Portman won seven consecutive congressional elections with over 70% of the vote.
During his career in the House, Portman was known for his willingness to work with important Democrats to ensure that important legislation was enacted.
Portman has sided with his party's majority in 90% of his House and Senate votes; only four Republican Senators vote more consistently.
A close associate of the Bush family,
In 2008, Portman founded Ohio's Future, a political action committee which raised money for Republican candidates.
Early life and career
Portman was born in 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Joan (née Jones) and entrepreneur William C. "Bill" Portman II. Portman was raised in a Presbyterian home. His patrilineal great-grandfather, surnamed "Portmann", immigrated from Switzerland; Portman also has Scottish, Northern Irish, English, and German ancestry.
When he was young, his father borrowed money to start the Portman Equipment Company, a forklift dealership where he and his siblings all worked growing up. The company grew from a small business with five employees and Joan Portman as bookkeeper to one that employed over 300 people.
Portman and his brother and sister also own the Golden Lamb Inn, Ohio’s oldest continually operating restaurant and inn.
According to a 2010 Weekly Standard profile, Portman "developed a political philosophy grounded in entrepreneurship," having grown up "[hearing] talk about regulations, and taxes, and government getting in the way of small business" because of his early experiences with his family business.
Education and early career
Portman graduated from Cincinnati Country Day School in 1974, where he had served as treasurer of his class, and went on to attend Dartmouth College, where he majored in anthropology and earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in 1979.
Portman then entered the University of Michigan Law School, earning his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1984 and serving as vice president of the student senate.
After graduating, Portman moved to Washington, D.C., where he became a trade law expert and lobbyist for the firm Patton Boggs; fifteen percent of his work involved advising lobbyists for the Duty Free Retailing Industry. He then became an associate at Graydon Head & Ritchie law firm in Cincinnati.
Portman married Jane Dudley in July 1986.
His wife, who had worked for Democratic Congressman Tom Daschle, "agreed to become a Republican when her husband agreed to become a Methodist." Portman attends services at Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church.
The couple is cited as "Mrs. Jane Dudley Portman and Mr. Robert Portman" in the Giving Reports of the Forsythe County Day School, which are available online at fcds.org.
She is also cited as Jane Dudley Portman in property records available at http://www.city-data.com/hamilton-county/M/Miami-Avenue-31.html, where she is listed as the owner of property the couple once owned together.
They have three children: William Claudius Portman, Joseph Dudley Portman, and Lisbet H. Portman.
Early White House appointments
In 1989, Portman began his career in government:
United States Representative: 1993-2005
In 1993, Portman entered a special election to fill the seat of Congressman Willis D. Gradison Jr. of Ohio's second congressional district, who had stepped down to become president of the Health Insurance Association of America.
In the 1993 Republican primary, Portman faced six-term Congressman Bob McEwen - also a terrific Christian Congressman - who had lost his Sixth District seat to Ted Strickland in November 1992; as well as real estate developer Jay Buchert, president of the National Association of Home Builders; and several lesser known candidates.
Prince Rob Criticism;
Portman was criticized by Jay Buchert in the primary campaign for his previous law firm's work for Haitian dictator Baby Doc Duvalier, while McEwen was questioned about bounced checks he had written on the House bank.
Buchert ran campaign commercials citing McEwen's checks, the expenses of his Congressional office, and his campaign finance disclosures, while calling Portman:
Such is the theater of modern politics; The truth is, both Portman and McEwen are as clean and pristine as leaders can be, a great credit to Christ and Christianity, a credit to the USA, and two men of whom oour Founding Fathers would be pleased!
We urge all Ohioans to support each of them at every opportunity!
In the general election, Portman defeated his Democratic opponent, attorney Lee Hornberger by 53,020 (70.1%) to 22,652 (29.1%). Portman was re-elected in 1994, 1996, and 1998, defeating Democrats Les Mann, Thomas R. Chandler, and Waynesville mayor Charles W. Sanders, respectively.
House legislative career
Among Portman's first votes in Congress was his support of the North American Free Trade Agreement  on November 17 1993, for which he has been criticized throughout his career. NAFTA gave the president and the U.S. trade representative more power in trade negotiations, and kept Congress from amending the trade agreement, as they were faced with an up-or-down-vote.  Portman would later utilize the perameters set by NAFTA as U.S. trade representative.
During his very successful tenure in Congress, Portman authored or co-authored over a dozen bills that became law, including:
Of Portman's work on the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union said:
Democratic Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones from Cleveland said Portman, "compared to other Republicans, is pleasant and good to work with." Additionally, during the first four years of the Bush Administration, Portman served as a liaison between Congressional Republicans and the White House.
Portman Authors a Religious Book:
In December 2004, Portman and Cheryl Bauer published a book on the 19th century Shaker community at Union Village, in Turtlecreek Township, Warren County, Ohio. The book was titled 'Wisdom's Paradise: The Forgotten Shakers of Union Village.'
During his time in the House, Portman began assisting prominent Republican candidates prepare for debates by standing in for their opponents in practice debates. He has taken on the role of:
White House appointments: 2005-2007
United States Trade Representative
Rob Portman speaks on March 17, 2005, at the White House ceremony at which President George W. Bush nominated him to be U.S. Trade Representative, calling him "a good friend, a decent man, and a skilled negotiator."
On March 17, 2005, President George W. Bush nominated Portman to be United States Trade Representative, and Portman was confirmed on April 29. He was sworn in on May 17, 2005.
In preparation for the World Trade Organization's Hong Kong conference, Portman proposed large cuts in tax subsidies for United States farmers, advocating a 60% cut in key agricultural subsidies by 2010.
Standing up for American Workers, Portman filed the first successful trade suit against China in the World Trade Organization, claiming that China had improperly favored domestic auto parts.
As USTR, Portman had vowed to “hold [China’s] feet to the fire” and provide a “top-to-bottom review” of the U.S.-China trade relationship.
However, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the organization that tracks foreign trade statistics on a month-to-month basis, during Portman’s 13-month tenure as U.S. Trade Representative, America’s trade deficit to China rose by almost $228 billion. In the 13 months prior, it rose by only $189 million, showing a 20 percent increase under Portman.
During his tenure, Portman also helped to win passage of the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
On April 18, 2006, President Bush nominated Portman to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, replacing Joshua Bolten, who was appointed White House Chief of Staff.
Portman said at the time that he looked forward to the responsibility,
As OMB director from May 2006 to August 2007, Portman was involved in the Bush administration’s FY 2008 budget process, proposing a highly contentious but balanced budget over a five-year period.
According to historical data tables from the OMB, the FY 2008 budget yielded a deficit of $459 billion, more than twice the FY 2007 budget deficit of $161 billion.
Portman is said to have been “frustrated” with the post, calling the budget that President Bush’s office sent to Congress, “not my budget, his budget,” and saying, “it was a fight, internally.”
However, former Bush administration officials said that Portman was the leading advocate for fiscal discipline within the administration.
On June 19, 2007, Portman resigned his position of OMB director, citing a desire to spend more time with his family and three children.
Democratic Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee Kent Conrad expressed regret at Portman's resignation, saying, "He is a person of credibility and decency that commanded respect on both sides of the aisle."
Post White House Career;
On November 8, 2007, Portman joined the law firm of Squire Sanders as part of the firms transactional and international trade practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. His longtime chief of staff, Rob Lehman, also joined the firm as a lobbyist in their Washington, D.C. office.
In 2007, Portman founded Ohio's Future P.A.C., a political action committee dedicated to ensuring "the critical policy issues important to Ohioans remain at the forefront of Ohio's political agenda." 
United States Senator: 2011-Present - 2010 election;
On January 14, 2009, two days after George Voinovich announced he would not be running for re-election, Portman officially declared his candidacy for the open U.S. Senate seat.
Running unopposed in the Republican primary, by July 2010, Portman had raised more campaign funds than Democrat Lee Fisher by a 9 to 1 margin.
Of all candidates for public office in the U.S., Portman was the top recipient of corporate money from insurance industries and commercial banks in 2010.
Portman possessed the most campaign funds of any Republican during in 2010, at $5.1 million, raising $1.3 million in his third quarter of fundraising.
Portman won the election with a margin of 57 to 39 percent, winning 82 of Ohio's 88 counties.
In August 2011, Portman was selected by Mitch McConnell to participate in the United States Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the "Supercommittee").
The committee was ultimately unsuccessful, with Portman left disappointed, saying "I am very sad about this process not succeeding because it was a unique opportunity to both address the fiscal crisis and give the economy a shot in the arm."
Law School's selection of Portman to speak at its 2011 commencement was the
subject of criticism by some who opposed his stance on same-sex marriage and
other issues.However, Portman stood firm.
Portman spoke at the May 7, 2011, commencement ceremonies. Portman spoke at the 2012 Republican National Convention, speaking about trade and his family business.
On trade agreements, Portman stated: "President Obama is the first president in 75 years-Democrat or Republican-who hasn't even sought the ability to negotiate export agreements and open markets overseas. Now why is this important?
Because 95 percent of the world's consumers live outside our borders. And to create jobs, our workers and our farmers need to sell more of what we make to those people."
Portman delivered the eulogy at the August 2012 funeral of Neil Armstrong.
• United States Senate Committee on the Budget
• United States Senate Armed Services Committee
• Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities (Ranking Member)
• Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
• Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
• United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
• Subcommittee on Energy
• Subcommittee on National Parks
• Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests
• United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
• Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information and International Security
• Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight (Ranking Member)
Portman belongs to the following caucuses in the United States Senate:
• Congressional Serbian American Caucus
• International Conservation Caucus (Co-Chair),
• Sportsmen's Caucus
Ohio's 2nd congressional district: Results 1994–2004
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1994 - Les Mann 43,730 23% Rob Portman 150,128 77%
1996 - Thomas R. Chandler
58,715 23% Rob Portman 186,853 72% Kathleen M. McKnight Natural Law 13,905 5%
1998 - Charles W. Sanders 49,293 24% Rob Portman 154,344 76%
2000 - Charles W. Sanders 64,091 23% Rob Portman 204,184 74% Robert E. Bidwell Libertarian 9,266 3%
2002 - Charles W. Sanders - 48,785 26% Rob Portman 139,218 74% *
2004 - Charles W. Sanders 89,598 28% Rob Portman ** 227,102 72% *
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2002, James Condit, Jr. received 13 votes. In 2004, James Condit, Jr. received 60 votes.
**Portman resigned his term early to serve as U.S. Trade Representative.
U.S. Senate (Class III) elections in Ohio: Results 2010
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1,448,092 39.00% Rob Portman 2,125,810 57.25%
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