Undergraduate education: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Jim Renacci grew up near Pittsburgh and has lived in northeast Ohio's 16th Congressional District for 27 years. He earned a bachelor's from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Renacci worked as an accountant in Wadsworth, Ohio, and in 1985 formed a management business that owned and operated nursing homes. He was mayor of Wadsworth, from 2004 to 2008, where he also served as a volunteer firefighter, a zoning board of appeals member and city council president.
He owned and was general manager of the Columbus Destroyers, an Arena Football League team.
Renacci is married and has three children.
In his first term in Congress, Renacci focused on hometown issues and government cost-cutting, reducing regulations to spur job growth and opposition to the 2010 health care reform bill.
"I will proudly continue the fight to defund and dismantle ObamaCare and ensure that this law is replaced with common sense reforms that lower health care costs," Renacci said in 2011 on the first anniversary of the signing of the legislation.
Renacci backed an alternative GOP health care proposal allowing people to buy health insurance across state lines, limit "frivolous" malpractice lawsuits and allow small businesses to pool their health care plans.
He backed a 2012 measure to replace across-the-board Pentagon spending cuts with targeted reductions to "prevent the hollowing out of our nation's military."
Renacci announced in early 2012 that he would return to the treasury $230,000 from his office budget. "Sadly, the sizeable amount my office saved pales in comparison with our staggering $15 trillion national debt, a figure I believe poses a grave danger to America's financial future," he said.
In a nod to hometown interests in his congressional district, Renacci introduced legislation authorizing the government to issue commemorative coins marking the 50th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The cost would be covered by the sale of the coins.
Renacci's professional and political careers have been centered in Wadsworth, a community of about 21,000 alongside Interstate 76 just west of Akron, Ohio.
He says that during his tenure as Wadsworth's mayor, from 2004 to 2008, he converted a multimillion dollar municipal deficit into a surplus without raising taxes. He also says he has created more than 1,500 jobs in the area in his private- and public-sector careers.
American Conservative Union Rating: 80
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 0
Recent winning percentages for office currently held: 52% (2010).
(Last updated by Thomas J. Sheeran on July 24, 2012.)