Rob Portman, U.S. Senator from Ohio

Rob Portman

U.S. Senator from Ohio

Robert Jones Portman was born in December 1955 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He entered the private practice of law. 

His political career began as an associate White House Counsel under President George H.W. Bush. He served as the president’s deputy assistant and director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, during which time he visited China, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. 

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election, serving from 1993 to 2005.  

He was nominated by President George W. Bush to be U.S. Trade Representative, confirmed by the Senate, and assumed his position in May 2005. A year later, President Bush nominated him as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. He was confirmed in a unanimous voice vote of the Senate. He resigned after a year citing a desire to spend more time with his family and children. He rejoined a law firm in Cincinnati. 

Portman was elected to the United States Senate and assumed office in January 2011. 

He is married to Jane and they have three children. He is a Methodist. 

In the News…

Title 42, a policy enacted in March 2020 as a response to the pandemic, allows border officers to swiftly turn away migrants on public health grounds. Over the last two years, hundreds of thousands have been turned away, although many have also been allowed entry. With the lifting of that measure, a surge of immigrants is expected at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security estimates as many as 18,000 migrants per day may make their way to the southern border seeking entry into the United States. That could mean 540,000 in a single month. 

A  group of senators has warned about what could happen based on the change that has already occurred. “Look at these numbers, folks. These are with Title 42 in place,” said Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. 

The senators claim that these days, every state is a border state. They also cautioned about the amount of drugs coming across the border, and how America is seeing more overdoses and more deaths month after month. They stated President Biden’s administration is responsible for three decisions: halting the construction of the wall, reinstating the failed policy of catch and release, and ending the successful Remain in Mexico policy. 

Even before the coming surge, “there’s a 1.5 million backlog for dealing with asylum claims,” Senator Portman said. “This means that when you’re allowed into this country to await an immigration judge looking at your case, there will be anywhere from four to six years before your case is considered.” 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Portman today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Rob Portman 
Senator from Ohio 
448 Russell Senate Office Building 
Washington, DC 20510 


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