Congressman David Hobson, described as a friend to Whitehall by Mayor Lynn Ochsendorf, announced last week that he will not seek re-election when his term ends at the close of 2008.
He said that he has been honored to serve the 7th District and Ohio in both the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Ohio Senate.
"It has been a challenging, exciting and rewarding job," said Hobson. "It is difficult to walk away from a job where you feel that you have made a difference in improving the lives of others and shaping national policy. But after careful thought and consideration, I believe that it is time for me to do this. Therefore, I am announcing that I will not file for re-election."
Hobson is the second high-ranking Republican from central Ohio to announce plans to leave Washington, after Deborah Pryce decided not to run for re-election.
Hobson offered that some of his proudest accomplishments have been the establishment of the central Ohio Veterans Administration ambulatory clinic in Whitehall, because it will make a real difference in improving access to veterans’ health care.
"I’m also proud that we were able to help protect thousands of jobs at the Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC), and bring new jobs during the last base closure round.
Another highlight has been the work that we’ve done to help find a way to relieve the flooding in Whitehall," Hobson added.
Hobson shared a memorable event during the debate on the Balanced Budget Act of 1997.
"Then-Congressman John Kasich, who was the chairman of the budget committee at the time, talked about my granddaughter Katie’s future without bringing the federal budget into balance," Hobson recalled. "It really personalized for me about how what we do in Congress has a real impact on the lives of future generations."
And there have been several constituents who have had an impact on his career.
"Most recently, Andrew Larochelle, a Boy Scout from my district, was able to have a policy changed to allow the word ‘God’ to appear on certificates accompanying U.S. flags flown over the U.S. Capitol," said Hobson.
Ochsendorf described the congressman as a wonderful friend to the city of Whitehall.
"There was never a time that I felt any of his motives were anything but more than fair," the mayor said. "His actions proved that everything he did was strictly for the benefit of our city, and not accolades for himself. He was able to obtain an $800,000 appropriation to study our city’s flood issues, which I think is going to make a difference with our flooding problems. I’ve enjoyed my working relationship with Congressman Hobson, and don’t know anyone who has ever worked so hard for us in Washington, D.C. I thank him, and wish him a happy retirement with his family," concluded Ochsendorf.
Hobson added, "I’m grateful to the hardworking staff who has worked for me over the years, and to the people who have supported me throughout my career in public service."
Hobson was first elected to Congress in 1990, and has served for 14 years on the House Appropriations Committee.
He is a ranking member of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee and has been chairman of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Committee from 2003 to 2007.
He has been senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee since 1995 and chairman of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee from 1999 to 2002 .
Before going to Washington, Hobson served in the Ohio Senate from 1982 to 1990, holding positions as President Pro Tempore, Majority Whip, and Health and Human Services Committee Chairman.
A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Ohio State University College of Law, he was also a member of Ohio Air National Guard from 1958 to 1963, serving on active duty overseas during Berlin Wall crisis.
He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Springfield, and he has three children and six grandchildren.