Senator Rob Portman Confirmed as a General Session Speaker at NAHC’s Annual Meeting and Exposition
September 12, 2014 09:29 AM
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) has been confirmed as another speaker at NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition this year being held October 19 – 22 in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. Portman has been a long-time advocate for hospice and home care and together with Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) helped write amendments that created and modernized the hospice benefit.
Senator Portman serves on the Committees on Finance, which oversees Medicare and Medicaid, Budget, Homeland Security & Government Affairs and Energy and Natural Resources. He is also Vice Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and has been mentioned as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016.
Rob Portman grew up in a small business family, where he learned early on the value of hard work, leadership, and fiscal responsibility. When he was young, his dad, Bill Portman, borrowed money to start Portman Equipment Company, where Portman and his brother and sister all worked while growing up. His father, and then his brother, built the family business from a small forklift truck dealership with five employees, with his mom as the bookkeeper, to one that employed more than 300 people. Portman became a lawyer and developed his own private practice, representing Portman Equipment Company and other small businesses. In 1993, he was a partner in the Cincinnati law firm of Graydon, Head and Ritchey when he was elected to Congress. He was proud to serve the Second District for twelve years, and in seven elections, he never received less than seventy percent of the vote.
Senator Portman has earned a reputation as a serious leader who focused on results. He was actively involved in crafting and promoting the welfare reform efforts as a member of the committee that wrote the legislation, and he was an advocate of the balanced budget that passed in 1997. Portman gained the respect of both Republican and Democratic colleagues through his successful, bipartisan legislative initiatives, including several measures he authored to increase retirement savings, reform the IRS and add over fifty new taxpayer rights, curb unfunded mandates, reduce taxes, and expand drug prevention and land conservation efforts.
In 2005, Portman was asked to serve as the United States Trade Representative. Following his accomplishments as Trade Representative, he was asked to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Rob Portman was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he lives today with his wife Jane, and their three children, Jed, Will and Sally.
To hear NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris announce Senator Portman as an Annual Meeting speaker, click here.