CAREER HIGHLIGHTS (Click here for a printable copy)
Held elected office for 26 years. After being elected in 1976 to the Ohio state legislature, went on to serve as Mayor of Akron, Ohio, and for 16 years as a U.S. Congressman.
Gained knowledge of the legislative and political process. Extensive career includes not only experience as an elected official but also work on the professional staff of campaigns for President and Ohio Governor and participation in inter-parliamentary and legislative exchanges with Japan and the European Union.
Provided leadership on Census issues in the United States Congress. As Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Census and Population, conducted oversight of the 1990 Census and helped prepare for the 2000 Census. Encouraged the Census Bureau to use up-to-date methods to ensure the accuracy of the Census.
Overhauled the use of racial categories in federal reporting. As Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Census and Population, spearheaded a comprehensive review of the measurement of race and ethnicity in the Census and other federal data collection activities. This led to significant revisions to these policies which included new and more flexible standards for reporting on race and ethnicity.
Established innovative education programs. Drawing upon experience as a teacher in the Cleveland Public Schools, provided leadership in education at the state and federal levels. Helped establish innovative federal programs to improve adult literacy, the professional development of teachers, the teaching of math and science, and the use of technology in public schools.
Led effort to foster civility in the Congress. Helped create and lead the House Bipartisan Retreat, an annual event designed to foster civility and to help establish working relationships between the political parties.
Instrumental in shaping energy policy. Leveraged experience as a member of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission staff to develop an expertise in energy policy. Continued to focus on energy issues as an Ohio State Legislator and as a U.S. Congressman. Fought to assure that any federal electricity restructuring plan included provisions protecting the reliability of transmission networks.
Orchestrated economic growth and change. As Mayor of the city of Akron, Ohio, put the city on a sound financial footing and helped resolved major capital investment issues that resulted in the rebirth of the city. Akron was able to escape the economic downturn that hurt most of the rust belt and the city was transformed from a rubber town to a polymer and information age city.
Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives, 1987-2002
Member of House Committee on Energy and Commerce, 1997-2002. This committee has oversight over a broad range of issues and government functions including energy, telecommunications, consumer protection, the environment, health care, and trade.
Member of House Committee on Education and Labor, 1987-1996. Now known as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, this committee has oversight of federal education, job training, and worker benefit and protection programs.
Member of House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service. Chairman of Subcommittee on Census and Population, 1989-1994. The Subcommittee had oversight of the U.S. Census and the use and collection of data throughout the federal government.
Member of House Committee on International Relations, 1993-1996. This conunittee has oversight of U.S. foreign policy and the programs and institutions which support U.S. activities abroad.
Member of House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, 1993-1996. Also known as the Ethics Committee, this committee hears matters pertaining to the conduct of Members of Congress and their staff.
Member of House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 1996. This committee has oversight of federal transportation programs and other programs including the Cont Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Participant in the U.S.- European Parliamentary Exchange and the U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange
Census and Population
Chairman of Subcommittee on Census and Population.
Oversaw implementation of the 1990 Census and initial planning for the 2000 count.
Following the 1990 Census, conducted oversight hearings that resulted in key improvements in census methods and the collection of data about our nations communities and population.
Spearheaded discussions about the need to collect more current, relevant information to support policymaking and planning. These discussions led to the development of the Census long form known as the American Community Survey.
In planning for the 2000 Census, urged the Census Bureau to employ more modern counting techniques to address the persistent undercount of the poor, children, and minorities.
Spearheaded a comprehensive review of the measurement of race and ethnicity in the Census and other federal data collection activities. The subcommittee held a series of hearings that led the Office of Management and Budget (0MB) to reassess the categories used to collect data on race and ethnicity.
Leveraged knowledge of the Census in considering other important social and economic issues. Advised colleagues on how population trends are affecting Social Security, teacher shortages, and other critical public policy issues.
Authored and built a bipartisan coalition to enact the National Literacy Act of 1991(P.L.102-73). The goal of this legislation was to reduce the incidence of adult illiteracy. This legislation:
Authored and enacted the Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Improvement Act (P.L. 102-325). This legislation was aimed at improving elementary and secondary education in math and science. This legislation created:
Authored several sections of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Building on previous legislative accomplishments, these sections included provisions:
Member of the House-Senate conference committee on legislation to revamp our nations workforce development and training programs, 104th Congress.
Leader in integrating the National Student/Parent Mock Election Program into the Election Reform legislation (P.L. 107-252)
Spokesman on energy issues in face of federal and state restructuring of the nations electricity systems.
Introduced legislation (H.R. 2786, 106 Congress) to assure that the expansion, improvement, and reliability of transmission networks are part of any federal electricity restructuring legislation.
Carefully monitored developments at the state level and the role of the federal government in energy restructuring.
Oversaw implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which overhauled U.S. telecommunications policy.
Leader in advocating for a national uniform wireless emergency 911 number for mobile phone users to access in emergency situations.
Supporter of increasing access to the internet and the use of advanced telecommunicationstechnologies. Supported legislation to provide financial support to connect schools and libraries to the internet and to allow legal documents to be signed with an electronic signature.
Leader in oversight and reauthorization of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA)
Instrumental in ensuring that laws governing tire recalls are based on a clear understanding of the nature of automotive performance and the stress it places on tires.
Key player in working toward international harmonization of tire production standards.
Health Care Issues
Author of the Administrative Simplification Act which was signed into law as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 19% (P.L. 104-191).
Mayor, City of Akron, 1984-1986
First Democrat to win mayoral election in 20 years.
Set a new course for the citys growth that resulted in its rebirth.
Supported research and development in the global rubber and tire industries.
Elevated the role of polymers and other synthetic materials in the economic future of Northeast Ohio.
Balanced the citys budget without raising taxes. Resolved major capital investment issues by restructuring the citys $43 million in debt.
Received financial management awards for his efforts. Restructured and modernized the citys fiscal reporting systems.
Improved the delivery of municipal services.
Strengthened police, fire, and paramedic forces.
Member of Ohio State Legislature, 1977-1983
Distinguished achievement on a wide-range of issues, with a focus on education and energy policies.
Chairman of the Ohio House Education Committee.
Represented the Ohio House on the Ohio State Board of Regents, the governing authority of Ohios state-run institutions of higher education.
Vice Chair of the Public Utilities Committee.
Vice Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee.
Member of the Ohio House Finance Committee.
Named one of the 10 best Ohio legislators by the Columbus Monthly magazine.
Candidate for Ohio State Legislature 1976
Legislative Analyst, Ohio Public Utilities Commission 1975-1976
Professional Field Organizer and Fundraiser, Gilligan for Governor Campaign 1973-1974
Personnel Administrator, Cuyahoga School for Boys 1973
Professional Staff, McGovern for President Campaign 1972
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