Represented South-West Ohio in the US House of Representatives for 12 years. Worked across party lines to pass landmark legislation on unfunded mandates, IRS reform and retirement savings. 2005, appointed and confirmed by the Senate to serve in two cabinet-level positions. As United States Trade Representative, worked to expand American exports and increase enforcement of the nation's trade laws. Later, as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, proposed a balanced budget, fought irresponsible earmarks and put in place new transparency for federal spending. Jan. 2011, sworn in to the US Senate. Has fought for legislation that would reduce spending, lower taxes and reform America's system of international taxation, reduce government regulation, expand exports, and provide creators of jobs. Experience and expertise in tackling tough economic issues.