Jim Renacci

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James B. Renacci
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U.S. House, Ohio, District 16
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorJohn Boccieri (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,727,454
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Wadsworth
President of the City Council of Wadsworth, Ohio
Wadsworth, Ohio, Board of Zoning Appeals
High schoolRinggold High School
Bachelor'sIndiana University of Pennsylvania
BirthdayDecember 3, 1958
Place of birthMonongahela, Pennsylvania
Net worth$39,382,836
Office website
Campaign website
James B. Renacci (b. December 3, 1958, in Monongahela, Pennsylvania) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Ohio. Renacci was first elected by the voters of Ohio's 16th congressional district in 2010. He won re-election in 2012.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Renacci served as mayor of Wadsworth, Ohio.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Renacci is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Renacci was born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.S. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1980.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Renacci's academic, professional and political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Renacci serves on the following committees:[2]


Renacci served on the following committees:[3]

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Financial Services)


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jim Renacci endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Renacci voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]



See also: Ohio's 16th congressional district elections, 2012

Renacci won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, to represent Ohio's 16th District.[6] He ran unopposed in the March 6, 2012 Republican primary.

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats retake the House or Republicans hold its majority in 2013.[7] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[7] Renacci faced Democratic incumbent Betty Sutton in November, and was considered a vulnerable incumbent.[8]

In the final two weeks before the election, Renacci changed his plans to air TV advertisements. He had slots reserved for these two weeks, but since Cleveland is home to close races for Senate, House and Presidential elections, he decided that the market was saturated and that continuing to advertise on TV would not help him reach undecided voters. His opponent, 13th District incumbent Betty Sutton, continued to advertise.[9]

U.S. House, Ohio District 16 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Betty Sutton 48% 170,600
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames B. Renacci Incumbent 52% 185,165
Total Votes 355,765
Source: Ohio Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


A Normington, Petts and Associates poll, conducted June 26-28, 2012, showed Renacci barely trailing rival and fellow incumbent Rep. Betty Sutton (D).[10]

Pennsylvania's Congressional District 16, 2012
Poll Betty Sutton (D) Jim Renacci (R)Margin of ErrorSample Size
(June 26-28, 2012)
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Renacci is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Renacci raised a total of $5,727,454 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[12]

Jim Renacci's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 16) Won $3,274,194
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (Ohio District 16) Won $2,453,260
Grand Total Raised $5,727,454


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Renacci’s reports.[13]

James B. Renacci (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 15, 2013$39,817.55$290,998.41$(30,706.11)$300,109.85
July Quarterly[15]July 15, 2013$300,109.85$350,596.77$(107,773.23)$542,933.39
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Renacci's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Renacci won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Renacci's campaign committee raised a total of $3,274,194 and spent $3,284,373.[16]

Cost per vote

Renacci spent $17.34 per vote received in 2012.


Renacci won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Renacci's campaign committee raised a total of $2,453,260 and spent $2,403,263.[17]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Congressional District 16 Election, 2010 - Jim Renacci Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,453,260
Total Spent $2,403,263
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,071,652
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,102,854
Top contributors to Jim Renacci's campaign committee
Timken Co$42,600
Murray Energy$25,600
Littlejohn & Co$14,400
Diversified Employee Solutions$12,000
Massilon Cable TV$12,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$108,700
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$86,100


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Renacci is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 24, 2013.[18]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[19]

Renacci most often votes with:

Renacci least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Renacci missed 16 of 1,714 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Apr 2013, which is 0.9% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[20]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Renacci paid his congressional staff a total of $799,655 in 2011. Overall, Ohio ranked 30th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[21]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Renacci's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $33,472,883 to $45,292,790. That averages to $39,382,836, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 6.37% from 2010.[22]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Renacci's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $32,345,756 to $51,775,662. This averages out to $42,060,709 which was higher than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[23]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Renacci tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 185th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[24]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Renacci was tied with three other members of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 87th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[25]

Percentage voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, James B. Renacci has voted with the Republican Party 96.2% of the time, which ranked 100th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[26]


Renacci resides in Wadsworth, Ohio, with his wife of 28 years, Tina. Together they have raised three children, all of whom are now in college or graduate school.[27]

Recent news

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Renacci," Accessed June 24, 2013
  2. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  3. Congressman Jim Renacci, Representing the 16th District of Ohio "Committees and Caucuses"
  4. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved December 22, 2011
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Politico "2012 Election Map, Ohio"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  8. New York Times"House Race Ratings"Accessed October 3
  9. NYT: The Caucus "Ohio House Candidate Cancels Advertising Buy" Accessed October 26, 2012
  10. www.Cleveland.com "Poll shows Rep. Betty Sutton with slight lead over Rep. Jim Renacci" Accessed July 6, 2012
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jim Renacci" Accessed March 2013
  13. Federal Election Commission "James B. Renacci Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
  14. Federal Election Commission "James B. Renacci April Quarterly," Accessed August 1st, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission "James B. Renacci July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Jim Renacci 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "James B. Renacci 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  18. Gov Track "Jim Renacci," Accessed June 24, 2013
  19. OpenCongress, "James Renacci," Accessed August 8, 2013
  20. GovTrack, "Jim Renacci" Accessed April 2013
  21. LegiStorm, "James B. Renacci," Accessed September 25, 2012
  22. OpenSecrets.org "Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "James Renacci (R-Ohio), 2010," Accessed September 25, 2012
  24. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  27. Congressman Jim Renacci, Representing the 16th District of Ohio "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
John Boccieri
U.S. House of Representatives - Ohio, District 16
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mayor of Wadsworth, Ohio
Succeeded by
Preceded by
President of the City Council of Wadsworth, Ohio
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Wadsworth, Ohio, Board of Zoning Appeals
Succeeded by