Birthdate: April 5, 1956
Birth Place: Neenah, WI, United States
Residence: De Pere, WI
First Elected: 2010
District: District 8
Reid Ribble was born in Neenah, Wis., and currently resides in De Pere.
He briefly studied to become a minister, but decided to join his family's roofing business in 1976. He became its president in 1981, and led the firm until he sold it to a nephew. The company, Ribble Group Inc., operates mostly in the region and employs several dozen workers.
Ribble was elected in 2005 to be the president of the National Roofing Contractors Association, an unpaid post helping lead the industry's trade group. For 20 years, he worked as a volleyball coach at East High School in Appleton.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 2010.
Ribble and his wife, DeaNa, have two children.
Reid Ribble kept a low profile during his first term in Congress, after being elected in 2010 as part of a Republican wave that knocked out incumbent Democrat Steve Kagen.
Ribble, the past president of the National Roofing Conractors Association, has broad support in the business community. He positions himself as a pro-business, fiscal conservative.
Ribble said his goal during his first term was to break the "cycle of dysfunction" in Washington. Ribble pointed to his work on the Transportation Committee passing a highway bill and on a budget-balancing proposal as highlights of his first term. The budget proposal passed the House but died in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Ribble also worked with other members of Congress who are small business owners to form a Job Creators Caucus, saying he's focused on "streamlining our nation's regulatory structure to give small businesses a better opportunity to emerge from this economic downturn and spur job creation."
As a member of the Transportation Conference Committee he said he also worked to improve funding formulas for Wisconsin and streamline construction projects that had been slowed by "bureaucratic red tape."
Ribble also teamed up with two Democrats and a Republican to form a caucus dedicated to finding bipartisan solutions. Together they supported a bill that would prevent members of Congress from getting paid until a budget is passed.
Ribble is also a supporter of term limits and has promised to remain in Congress no more than eight years if he wins re-election. Ribble faces a challenge from Republican Jamie Wall in November 2012.
Source: Associated Press