Over thirty years ago, Bob Gibbs began his version of the American Dream. As a graduate of Bay Village High School, Bob went on to earn his degree from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in 1974. From OSU, Bob founded Hidden Hollow Farms, a livestock production farm located in Holmes County, mostly producing market hogs.
As the owner/operator of Hidden Hollow, Bob began to take an active role in promoting agriculture throughout Ohio, leading him to serve as President of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation for two terms starting in 1999. Since 1985 Bob has served on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Farm Bureau, making him one of the more well-known and informed advocates of agriculture in Ohio.
In 2002, Bob used his small business and farming background to earn a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. After being reelected by his constituents twice, he went on to win election to the Ohio Senate in 2008. In the Ohio Legislature Bob served as Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
In 2010, like many Ohioans, Bob was fed up with Washington. Bad policies like Cap-and-Trade, Obamacare, and many more examples of over-regulation by out-of-control federal agencies were instrumental in Bob’s decision to run for Congress. Bob went on to defeat a two-term incumbent by 14 points, and was sworn in as a member of the historic class of 86 freshmen.
Once in Congress, Bob was named to the Transportation and Infrastructure Commiittee and the Agriculture Committee, earning the highly sought after position of Chairman of the Water Resources and the Environment Subcommittee. As a Subcommittee on Transportation, Bob’s Committee has sole jurisdiction over the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA as it relates to the Clean Water Act.
Bob Gibbs has been fighting the status quo of Washington and trying to give the American people a voice in their own government once again. He has introduced three pieces of legislation. Two of these bills have since passed the House with bipartisan support and are aimed at reducing the government’s intrusion and regulatory burden that hurts our families, job creators, and our communities.
Bob is a member of the Farm Bureau, a life-member of the National Rifle Association, various Chambers of Commerce throughout Ohio, Pheasants forever, and the United Methodist Church.
Bob is a former board member of the Farm Bureau Bank and has held positions on the Ohio Cooperative Council, the Ohio Farm Bureau, and the Ohio Livestock Coalition. Bob served as President of the Loudonville Farmers Equity where he served on the board for over a decade. He also served as President of the Holmes County Extension Advisory Committee, the Holmes County Farm Bureau and is past supervisor of the Holmes County Soil and Water Conservation Service.
Bob is a recipient of the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Independent Federation of Small Businesses, the “Watchdog of the Treasury” from the United Conservatives of Ohio, and was named the Legislator of the Year (2012) by the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force.
Bob and his wife Jody have been married for 36 years and have three grown children; Adam, Amy, and Andrew.