The featured speaker at the 51st-annual Fayette County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner on Feb. 17 will be U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH).
Portman was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, running a campaign on conservative ideas to help create jobs and get the deficit under control. He won with a margin of 57 to 39 percent, winning 82 of Ohio’s 88 counties.
He was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he lives today with his wife Jane, and their three children, Jed, Will and Sally.
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, where he represented the diverse, seven-county Second District in southern Ohio. He served the Second District for 12 years.
In 2005, Portman left Congress when he was asked to serve as the United States Trade Representative, the Cabinet-level official responsible for implementing and enforcing U.S. trade policy. In his one year on the job, he was successful in reducing barriers to U.S. exports and increasing enforcement of trade laws to help level the playing field for American farmers, workers and service providers.
Following his accomplishments as Trade Representative, Portman was asked to serve in another Cabinet post, this time as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Portman succeeded George Voinovich as Ohio’s U.S. Senator on Jan. 5, 2011.
“We are very happy to have Senator Portman at this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner,” said Robin Beekman, a Fayette County Republican Central Committee member and the organizer of the Lincoln Day Dinner. “He is a dynamic speaker and is well-known throughout the nation.”
The Lincoln Day Dinner will be held on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 17 at the Mahan Building. The social hour will begin at 6 p.m. and the dinner at 6:30 p.m.
The Willow is catering the event and a local Republican of the Year will be named during the program.
Tickets are $30 per person and the public is welcome. Contact Jim Ward at 335-5009 for more ticket information.