Jim Renacci was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November of 2010 and is serving his second term representing the 16th district of Ohio. Currently he serves on the House Ways and Means Committee.
Jim grew up in a working class, union family in western Pennsylvania—his father was a railroad worker and his mother was a nurse. He was the first in his family to graduate from college and paid his own way through school by working a wide range of jobs, including as a truck driver, a mechanic and on a road crew. In 1980 he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
After graduating college, Jim became a Certified Public Accountant and went to work for Grant Thornton in Pittsburgh, specializing in their health care accounting practice. In 1983, Jim left Pittsburgh for Wadsworth, OH, where he founded LTC Management Services, a company that owned, operated and managed nursing facilities throughout the region. Jim also founded a CPA firm in 1989, along with several other business ventures. Throughout his 30-year business career Jim owned and operated over 60 entities, created more than 1,500 jobs and employed over 3,000 people.
In addition to his work helping grow northeast Ohio’s economy as a private sector business owner, Jim has also dedicated much of his life to public service. He spent five years as a volunteer firefighter in Wadsworth, served on the city’s Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and was later elected to two terms as President of the City Council. In 2004, Jim was elected Mayor of Wadsworth, where he successfully balanced the city’s $80 million dollar budget and converted a multi-million dollar deficit into a surplus, without raising taxes.
Outside of his work in the business world and public service, Jim and his wife Tina have raised three children, one daughter and two sons. Jim is a faithful member of his local Parish and has ushered in Mass for over twenty years. For Jim, serving in Congress is an opportunity to give back to his country and his community, while seeking to advance the common sense conservative principles we need to restore strength to our economy and accountability to our government. He is deeply proud of his working class roots, where he learned the value of hard work and developed his unyielding commitment to preserving the American Dream. He is honored to serve the people of the 16th district as their voice in Washington and hopes to continue his work with both Republicans and Democrats to help our nation meet the many challenges it faces today.