Senator Rob Portman at the 2014 Annual Meeting

“Why I Believe in Home Care and Hospice”

Rob Portman is a United States Senator from the state of Ohio. He has been a long-time advocate for hospice and home care and together with Ben Cardin (D-MD) (now a U.S. Senator) helped write amendments that created and modernized the hospice benefit. Portman serves on the Committees on Finance (oversees Medicare and Medicaid), Budget, Homeland Security & Government Affairs and Energy and Natural Resources. He is also Vice Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Portman grew up in a small business family, his father, and then his brother, built the family business from a small forklift truck dealership to one that employed more than 300 people. Portman became a lawyer and developed his own private practice. In 1993, he was a partner in the Cincinnati law firm of Graydon, Head and Ritchey when he was elected to Congress. He was proud to serve the Second District for twelve years, and in seven elections, he never received less than seventy percent of the vote.

Portman has earned a reputation as a serious leader who focused on results. He was actively involved in crafting and promoting the welfare reform efforts, and he was an advocate of the balanced budget that passed in 1997. Portman led bipartisan legislative initiatives, including several measures he authored to increase retirement savings, reform the IRS and add over fifty new taxpayer rights, curb unfunded mandates, reduce taxes, and expand drug prevention and land conservation efforts.

In 2005, Portman was asked to serve as the United States Trade Representative. Following his accomplishments as Trade Representative, he was asked to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget.