Birthdate: Jan. 22, 1953
Birth Place: Cincinnati, OH, United States
Residence: Cincinnati, OH
Religion: Roman Catholic
First Elected: 2010
District: District 1
Steve Chabot was born in Cincinnati, where he still lives. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from the College of William & Mary in 1975 and a law degree from Northern Kentucky University in 1978.
Chabot taught school in Cincinnati from 1975 to 1976. He served on the Cincinnati City Council from 1985 to 1989, and on the Hamilton County Commission from 1990 to 1994.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 1994, and was re-elected six times until his defeat in 2008, after which he resumed his law practice in Cincinnati. He was re-elected to the House in 2010.
Chabot and his wife, Donna, have two children.
Republican Steve Chabot (pronounced SHA'-biht) reclaimed his hold in 2010 on the seat he had lost in 2008 after seven terms. He bounced back to win the western Cincinnati-based House District 1 _ and looked to have an even friendlier district for 2012, after the 2010 Republican-led remap of Ohio reflected two lost seats for the Democrats.
Returning to the House in 2010, Chabot also returned to the Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Foreign Affairs, chairing the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.
Chabot got caught in a controversy during the summer of 2011 when he had cameras confiscated during one of his town hall meetings. Criticized by Democrats, libertarians and others, Chabot has in future town halls allowed cameras while inviting camera-shy constituents to ask their questions in private after the public session.
Chabot has again picked up his conservative, anti-spending mantle in Congress, drawing good marks from anti-tax groups.
Though Democrat Steve Driehaus unseated Chabot with 52 percent of the vote in 2008, Chabot chalked up the loss to "the Obama factor" _ the presidential candidacy of then-Sen. Barack Obama _ which he said boosted Driehaus in what was then the state's most heavily black congressional district held by a Republican. Chabot filed his papers to run in 2010 just weeks after Driehaus took office.
Chabot won by 7 percentage points in 2010 as Republicans dominated Ohio in that year's general election.
He has carved out a conservative record in Congress, scoring a legislative victory in 2003 when President George W. Bush signed into law a Chabot-sponsored ban on the procedure critics call "partial birth" abortion.
"It's horrific, it's barbaric, it's infanticide," Chabot said of the procedure. Congress passed the ban in 1996 and 1997, but President Bill Clinton vetoed it both times.
Another bill from Chabot, which passed the House but not the Senate, would have made it illegal to take a minor across state lines for an abortion to circumvent parental consent laws. He is anti-tax, anti-regulation and anti-subsidy.
Chabot also was one of the House impeachment "managers" in the proceedings against President Clinton.
Chabot drew international attention in 2003 when he suggested at a congressional hearing that leaders in France who opposed the war in Iraq needed a history lesson. The comment sparked the ire of the majority leader of the French Senate, Josselin de Rohan Chabot (pronounced shay-'BOW).
Source: Associated Press