OH-15: Mike Carey (R)
Steve Stivers (R)[i]
US House of Representatives (Representative, OH-15); American Consolidated Natural Resources (Vice President); Ohio Coal Association (Board Chair); Murray Energy Corporation (Vice President); American Council for Affordable & Reliable Energy (President); Move Ohio (Principal); US Army Reserves (Officer); US House of Representatives (Staffer); Ohio State Senate (Staffer)[ii]
Diploma, East Clinton High School; AS, Marion Military Institute; BA, The Ohio State University[iii]
Stop CRT; Election Integrity; Protect the Unborn; Defend Our 2nd Amendment; Back the Blue; Securing Our Border; American Energy Independence; Strong Economy & Workforce[iv]
ON THE ISSUES
Carey is pro-life and celebrated the overturning of Roe v. Wade. He has criticized Democrats who have “caved to Planned Parenthood and tried to exclude the Hyde Amendment from spending bills.” He is a cosponsor of the Life at Conception Act.[v]
ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:
Carey strongly supported Trump’s economic policies and opposed Biden’s “failed fair left agenda,” arguing it has led to record inflation, high gas prices, and “stagnant economic growth.” He supports “responsible spending, lowering taxes, cutting red tape, demanding fair trade deals, supporting a robust free enterprise system, and putting American workers first.”[vi]
HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:
Carey has criticized Democratic proposals of “socialized medicine” and putting “government in control of your healthcare.” He is a co-sponsor of the Lower Costs, More Cures Act, which he asserts is a bipartisan proposal to make lifesaving medicine “more affordable.”[vii]
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:
Carey is highly critical of the “Biden Border Crisis,” arguing it has led to “a humanitarian crisis, a crime crisis, and a fentanyl crisis.” In Congress, he commits to “fighting for tough border policies” and co-sponsoring bills including the Border Security for America Act, Migrant Relocation Transparency Act, and the Border Czar Accountability Act.[viii] He supports building a wall along the southern border.[ix]
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:
Carey has criticized “the radical left” who have “demonized and attempted the defund our police.” He argues there has been “a systemic failure to contain crime in America.” In Congress, Carey is currently a co-sponsor of the Protect and Serve Act to establish a new criminal offense for knowingly assaulting a law enforcement officer.[x]
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:
Carey supports voter ID laws “that make voting hard to cheat.” Carey further claims that arguments that voter ID laws “somehow cause voter disenfranchisement [are] intellectually dishonest and easily disproved.” Has criticized ballot harvesting and “strongly stands against” the For The People Act.[xi]
Carey strongly opposes critical race theory and pledges to co-sponsor bills including the Parents Bill of Rights Act, the CRT Transparency Act, and the Crucial Communism Teaching Act.[xii]
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
Carey asserts the Green New Deal will “destroy our economy” and “give the Chinese Communist Party the advantage it needs to expand its role as the world’s largest energy producer.” He believes the US “must invest in new fossil fuel technologies as well as renewables.” In Congress, Carey commits to fighting for US energy independence and co-sponsoring bills including the Powering America Through Domestic Energy Act and the Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act.[xiii]
BIG TECH & DATA PRIVACY:
Carey criticized Facebook’s decision to suspend Donald Trump’s account following the Capitol riots. He argued, “Big-Tech censorship must stop!”[xiv]
Carey strongly supports gun rights and argues “strict gun regulations only make things harder for law abiding citizens.” He commits to always “defend your right to bear arms and oppose any legislation that infringes on your rights.”[xv]
Carey has criticized Biden for his “failure to hold China accountable,” asserting he has “sent signals of weakness to our global adversaries.”[xvi] He criticized Nancy Pelosi for warning US Olympians to not speak out against communist China while in Beijing, questioning, “Why are Democrats putting China first and America last?”[xvii]
[i] “Former Rep. Steve Stivers,” LegiStorm, accessed November 7, 2022, available at https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/151790/Steven_Ernst_Stivers.html.
[ii] Michael T.W. Carey LinkedIn, accessed October 15, 2022, available at https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-t-w-carey-9b6b4242/?locale=de_DE.
[iii] “Rep. Mike Carey,” LegiStorm, accessed October 15, 2022, available at https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/404369/Michael_Todd_Whitaker_Carey.html.
[vii] Rep. Mike Carey Facebook, March 31, 2022, available at https://www.facebook.com/RepMikeCarey/posts/pfbid0tiGg2AZ5UEX5NxUjkGbRZvCZquVrHiRJxcP3Kzjs39CERZynThNRg7kDFAEvE5hDl.
[ix] Carey for Congress Twitter, June 10, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/MikeCareyOH15/status/1402973118776360960.
[xiv] Carey for Congress Facebook, June 4, 2021, available at https://www.facebook.com/CareyforCongress/posts/pfbid07sYLUbf1S9aFZxVwEmE7RtKyqn99xADCqYusZ8oS36BPiFGxjcaCaeUZrbgoHAAKl.
[xvi] “On the Floor: Congressman Carey on Ukraine, Southern Border,” Office of US Representative Mike Carey Press Release, February 9, 2022, available at https://carey.house.gov/media/press-releases/floor-congressman-carey-ukraine-southern-border.
[xvii] Rep. Mike Carey Facebook, February 4, 2022, available at https://www.facebook.com/RepMikeCarey/posts/pfbid02a3n8ks5iCS5EnLrSnTZU2WJBZ85vD4cSVmPGjwChiAphXWTqjVABACeJUNh5JLJCl.