Endorsed by Concerned Women PAC, Family Research Council Action, Freedom Works, House Conservatives Fund
–Successful businessman and CPA; created jobs by forming multiple businesses
–As Mayor, turned multi-million dollar deficit into balanced budget
A 27 year resident of Ohio’s 16th district, Jim Renacci has dedicated his life to his family and his community. Jim grew up in a working class family outside of Pittsburgh, PA, raised by his father, a railroad worker, and his mother, a nurse. The first in his family to graduate from college, Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Shortly after graduation, Jim moved to Wadsworth, Ohio where he initially worked as a certified public accountant. In 1985, Jim entered the healthcare industry, forming LTC Management Services, which owned and operated nursing home facilities throughout Ohio.
In 2003, Jim formed a financial consulting company that, in addition to taking ownership of several businesses, also provided consulting services to numerous troubled businesses throughout the region. Jim also served as owner and general manager of the Arena Football League’s Columbus Destroyers, and helped manage the team to capture the Eastern Conference Championship in 2007.
In addition to his work in the private sector, Jim has also engaged in a long-term commitment to public service. From 1984-1988, Jim served as a volunteer firefighter in Wadsworth, as well as on the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals from 1993-1994. From 1999-2002, he served two terms as President of Wadsworth’s City Council and then served as Mayor of Wadsworth from 2004-2008. During his time as Mayor, Jim brought his vast business experience to his role in government, converting the city’s multi-million dollar deficit into a surplus and balancing Wadsworth’s $80 million budget—all without raising taxes. Over the course of his career in both the public and private sector, Jim has created over 1,500 jobs in the area and has established a strong record as a sound steward of the economy.
Since entering the race to represent Ohio’s 16th district in Congress, Jim’s campaign has witnessed a groundswell of support both across the district and on a national level. On January 12, 2010, the National Republican Congressional Committee named Jim a “Contender” in its “Young Guns” program, declaring him one of the top 14 challenger candidates in the country. Jim is a strong believer in the virtues of conservative governance and fiscal responsibility and seeks to use his vast experience as a job creator to help implement pro-growth, conservative policies in Washington.
Jim and his wife, Tina, have been married for 26 years and have raised three children, all of whom are now in college or graduate school.