Steve, who served 18 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Northeast Ohio, is President of McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies™, a Washington-based subsidiary of McDonald Hopkins LLC that provides strategic counsel at the federal government level. A fiscally conservative, moderate Republican who strove to take a bipartisan and regional approach to governing, he is widely credited with leading the successful effort to save more than 1,100 jobs at Cleveland’s Defense Finance and Accounting Service and in assisting auto dealers impacted by the bankruptcy and bailout of GM and Chrysler.
Steve also is president of the Republican Main Street Partnership, which is dedicated to supporting a pragmatic, fiscally conservative “governing majority” where political debate is encouraged to promote solutions to improve the lives of all Americans.
Before deciding not to seek re-election to a 10th term in Congress, Steve had become one of Speaker John Boehner's closest colleagues in the House. In 2007, Boehner asked Steve to serve as the Dean of the Ohio Republican Delegation and Ohio representative on the Republican Steering Committee, which chooses committee chairs and members. He was appointed in 2009 to the prestigious House Appropriations Committee, which provides funding for all federal government programs with the exception of mandatory spending programs like Social Security and Medicare.
For 12 years, Steve served on the Financial Services Committee. He wrote the identity theft portion of the reauthorization of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, including the provision that now truncates the credit card number on customer receipts.
He also served on three subcommittees – Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD); Interior, Environment and Related Agencies; and Legislative Branch. He served 14 years on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in several leadership positions and was Vice Chair of the Transportation subcommittee during the 112th Congress. As a member of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee, he played a role in the funding priorities for national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and other public lands, water resource protection, and cultural agencies, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center. And as a member of the subcommittee responsible for funding the legislative branch of government, he was especially interested in the effective use of legislative resources in serving constituents.
Steve was also actively involved in Great Lakes and environmental issues and served as Co-Chair of the influential Great Lakes Task Force for a decade. In 2005, he was named co-chair of the Northeast Midwest Coalition (NEMW) and its Manufacturing Task Force, which has oversight of the Great Lakes Task Forces. NEMW focuses on economic competitiveness and environmental quality in the Northeast and Midwest states. He was also co-founder of the Nursing Caucus and was a leading advocate for nursing issues in Congress.
Prior to his election to the House of Representatives, Steve served from 1989 to 1995 as the Lake County (Ohio) Prosecutor. In 1990, he was named Prosecuting Attorney of the Year in Ohio for his successful prosecution of 13 members of a murderous religious cult. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Cleveland Marshall College of Law.