Saturday, November 19th, 2011 at 1:41am

A Closer Look At VP Prospect Rob Portman

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Pete Sepp of theRob Portman is a strong VP contender mentioned by both Democrats and Republicans in a National Journal poll last month. If his name sounds familiar, then perhaps it’s because he was also floated as a possible McCain running mate back in 2008.

Most Recent Credentials…

Rob Portman is currently serving as Ohio Senator, elected this very year on a “common sense Conservative” job creation and fiscal responsibility platform. His senate committee assignments include:

Senate Committee On The Budget

Senate Armed Services Committee:

  • Ranking Republican On The Emerging Threats And Capabilities Subcommittee
  • Member Of The Subcommittee On Readiness And Management Support
  • Member Of The Subcommittee On Strategic Forces

Senate Energy And Natural Resources Committee

  • Member Of The Subcommittee On Energy
  • Member Of The Subcommittee On National Parks

Senate Committee On Homeland Security And Governmental Affairs

  • Member Of The Subcommittee On Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, And International Security
  • Ranking Republican On The Ad Hoc Subcommittee On Contracting Oversight


Prior to that, he spent a year as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, but he soon left to “spend more time with his wife and kids.” Before that, he spent a year as the 14th US Trade Representative and he was a member of the US House of Representatives from 1993 to 2005, where he seemed most comfortable. Before joining Congress, he was a lawyer.

In the House, he co-authored dozens of bills that were passed into law, including bipartisan initiatives to “increase retirement savings, reform the IRS, add taypayer rights, curb unfunded mandates, reduce taxes, and expand drug prevention and land conservation efforts.” Two of his main interests include fiscal discipline and foreign trade — two very pertinent issues today.

What People Are Saying About Rob:

  • Pete Sepp, National Taxpayers Union: “He set a professional work environment that rose above partisanship and ultimately gave taxpayers more rights.”
  • Rep Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH): “Compared to other Republicans, [he] is pleasant & good to work with.”
  • Former President George W. Bush: “He’s a good friend, a decent man, and a skilled negotiator.”
  • David Brooks, NY Times columnist: “Portman is an Ohioan with the mind of a budget director and a mild temperament that is a credit to his Midwestern roots. His resumĂ© is ideal… he excelled in every role.”

What He Brings To A GOP Ticket:

While he doesn’t garner quite the national star power of a Chris Christie or a Marco Rubio, to know Rob Portman is to like him, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican. He has a good track record of “getting things done,” which isn’t always easy in a largely divisive Congress. Portman is a rather popular Senator from the crucial swing state of Ohio, having won by a landslide 57 to 39 percent, picking up 82 of Ohio’s 88 counties. In the House, he never received less than 70 percent of the vote. He’s likely to excite the Conservative base with his ideas on balancing the budget and job creation. Yet, he can reach across the table on issues like taxpayer rights and conservation.


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