GOP Stivers Unseats Democratic Congresswoman Kilroy

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After a second run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Republican Steve Stivers unseated his Democratic opponent.

After spending only one term in the U.S. House, 15th District Democratic Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy was defeated Tuesday by her Republican challenger Steve Stivers.

Kilroy was gracious during her concession speech at the Hyatt Regency near the Arena District.

“It has been such an incredible honor to represent the wonderful people of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District,” Kilroy said.

In his acceptance speech, Stivers told a packed ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Columbus that he almost did not run again after he was defeated by Kilroy two years ago.

“But after just a few months of this last Congress I knew what I had to do. They made the decision real easy,” Stivers said.

Stivers, who ran much of his campaign by criticizing the current Congress’ actions like the stimulus bill, laid out his first plan when he gets to Washington.

“My first vote is going to be to fire Nancy Pelosi.”

Then Stivers said he plans in his words to work, work, work’ to tackle unemployment and spending.

“I want to focus on jobs by giving businesses certainty. The things I said during the campaign. And I also think we need to try to reduce the spending,” Stivers said.

Kilroy, who supported President Obama’s health care reform legislation and the stimulus bill, lost by a large margin: 40 percent to Stivers’ 54 percent. Kilroy’s biggest losses were in the rural counties, Union and Madison, where she received only 21 and 25 percent of the vote, respectively.

In her speech, Kilroy stood by her decisions as a representative, including Wall Street reform legislation. And she maintained the stimulus bill prevented a second Great Depression.

“We had the foresight and the courage and the grit to do what was right, to pass an economic recovery bill which stopped the bleeding of jobs and stabilized our economy,” she said.

Kilroy, an attorney, and former Franklin County Commissioner, did not indicate what her plans are after her term is up.