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Rob Portman
Rob Portman.jpg
U.S. Senate, Ohio
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
PredecessorGeorge Voinovich (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$24,349,171
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Representative, United States House of Representatives
Director, White House Legislative Affairs
Associate Counsel to the President
Bachelor'sDartmouth College, 1979
J.D.University of Michigan Law School, 1984
Date of birthDecember 12, 1955
Place of birthCincinnati, OH
Net worth$13,924,561.50
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Rob Portman (b. December 12, 1955, in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from Ohio. Portman was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and is currently serving his first term. Portman was considered to be a possible candidate for Mitt Romney's choice of a vice-presidential candidate in 2012, but ultimately he was not selected.[1][2]

Portman is scheduled to run for re-election in Ohio on November 8, 2016.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Portman served as Director of the Office of Management and Budget for former President George W. Bush.

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


Below is an abbreviated outline of Portman's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1979: Graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover
  • 1984: Graduated from University of Michigan School of Law, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • 1989: Served as associate counsel to President George H. W. Bush
  • 1989-1991: Served as deputy assistant and director, Office of Legislative Affairs, White House Office
  • 1993-2005: Served as Republican to U.S. Congress from Ohio
  • 2005-2006: Served as U.S. Trade Representative, in the cabinet of President of George W. Bush
  • 2006-2007: Served as Director, Office of Management and Budget, in the cabinet of President George W. Bush
  • 2011-Present: U.S Senator from Ohio

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Portman serves on the following Senate committees:[4]

  • Budget
  • Energy and Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on National Parks
    • Subcommittee on Energy
  • Finance
    • The Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
    • The Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia
    • Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce
    • Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations


Portman served on the following Senate committees:[5]

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Portman's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "No" Portman voted against the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[8]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[9][10][11]

According to the website Breitbart, Portman was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[12][13]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[14]


Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Portman voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[16]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "No" Portman voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[17]


Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "Yes" Portman voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[18]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" Portman voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[19]

Gay marriage

Portman reversed his long-held opposition to same-sex marriage in March 2013, saying it was spurred by his son’s disclosure that he is gay.[20] Though his shift has been welcomed by gay rights advocates as an example of how a family’s love can change minds, social conservatives have denounced Portman and vowed to block his re-election.[20]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Portman voted for 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. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[21]


On The Issues Vote Match

Rob Portman's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Portman is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Portman received a score of 25 percent on personal issues and 91 percent on economic issues.[22]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[23]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Neutral
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Unknown Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[22] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

Presidential preference


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

Rob Portman endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [24]



On November 2, 2010, Portman won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Lee Fisher (D), Michael L. Pryce (I), Eric W. Deaton (Constitution), Daniel H. LaBotz (Socialist) and Arthur T. Sullivan (Write-in) in the general election.[25]

U.S. Senate, Ohio General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRob Portman 56.8% 2,168,742
     Democrat Lee Fisher 39.4% 1,503,297
     Independent Michael L. Pryce 1.3% 50,101
     Constitution Eric W. Deaton 1.7% 65,856
     Socialist Daniel H. LaBotz 0.7% 26,454
     Write-in Arthur T. Sullivan 0% 648
Total Votes 3,815,098

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Portman is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Portman raised a total of $24,349,171 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2013.[26]

Rob Portman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (North Carolina) Won $10,868,382
2004 U.S. Senate (North Carolina) Won $11,302,395
2002 U.S House of Representatives (North Carolina District 5) Won $1,210,424
2000 U.S House of Representatives (North Carolina District 5) Won $967,970
Grand Total Raised $24,349,171


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season.

Portman ended 2014 with more than $4.4 million in campaign funds, including a final quarter fundraising total of $1.3 million, a particularly notable sum because Portman will not stand for re-election until 2016. Lists of possible presidential and vice-presidential candidates often feature Portman, and should he run, he would be able to use funds raised for his 2016 re-election to this end.[27]

Below are Portman’s reports.[28]

Rob Portman (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$2,101,854.61$145,306.62$(67,994.42)$2,179,166.81
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$2,179,166.81$467,527.76$(92,258.51)$2,554,436.06
October Quarterly[31]September 30, 2013$2,554,436.06$854,012.00$(140,365.00)$3,267,083.00
Year-End Quarterly[32]September 30, 2013$3,267,083$1,358,161$(173,512)$4,451,699
Running totals


Portman won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Portman's campaign committee raised a total of $16,540,629 and spent $15,054,910.[33]

His top 5 contributors between 2001-2006 were:

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

  • The Net Worth Metric
  • The K-Street Metric (coming soon)
  • The Donation Concentration Metric (coming soon)
  • The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (coming soon)

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Portman's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $7,365,124 to $20,483,999. That averages to $13,924,561.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Senate members in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Portman ranked as the 15th most wealthy senator in 2012.[34] Between 2004 and 2012, Portman's net worth increased by 6.9 percent. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[35]

Rob Portman Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:7%
Average annual growth:1%[36]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[37]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Portman is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 27, 2013.[38]

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.[39]

Portman most often votes with:

Portman least often votes with:

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. Portman tied with one other U.S. Senator, ranking 33rd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. Senate.[40]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Portman ranked 35th in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators.[41]

Voting with party

June 2013

Rob Portman voted with the Republican Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 1 among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[42]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Portman missed 5 of 582 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013, which is 0.9% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[43]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives


The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Portman paid his congressional staff a total of $1,903,924 in 2011. He ranked 11th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 13th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Ohio ranked 8th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[44]


Portman and his wife, Jane Dudley, have three children.[45]

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  1., "Mitt Romney chooses Paul Ryan as running mate," August 11, 2012
  2. New York Times, "A senator who knows Washington’s ways," accessed July 3, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Rob Portman," accessed October 24, 2011
  4. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  5. Project Vote Smart, "Rob Portman's Biography," accessed April 2, 2014
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  9. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  10. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  11. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  12. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  13. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  20. 20.0 20.1 New York Times, "Doubts and downloads in Ohio after Portman’s shift on gay marriage," accessed April 5, 2013
  21. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 On The Issues, "Rob Portman Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  23. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  24., "VP rumors start as Terrace Park's Portman endorses Romney," January 19, 2012
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  26. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Richard Burr," April 2013
  27. Wall Street Journal, "Sen. Portman fills coffers well ahead of ’16 re-election," January 27, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Rob Portman Summary Report," accessed August 5, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Rob Portman April Quarterly," accessed August 5, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Rob Portman July Quarterly," accessed August 5, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Rob Portman October Quarterly," accessed January 30, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Rob Portman Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 20, 2014
  33. Open Secrets, "Rob Portman 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 29, 2011
  34. Open Secrets, "Portman, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  35. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  36. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  37. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  38. GovTrack, "Rob Portman," accessed June 27, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Rob Portman," accessed September 3, 2013
  40. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  41. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  42. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  43. GovTrack, "Rob Portman," accessed April 2013
  44. LegiStorm, "Rob Portman"
  45., "Biography," accessed April 2, 2014
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George Voinovich
U.S. Senate - Ohio
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