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Reid James Ribble (born April 5, 1956)[1] is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district from 2011 to 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Reid Ribble
Reid Ribble, Official Portrait, 112th Congress 2.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 8th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2017
Preceded bySteve Kagen
Succeeded byMike Gallagher
Personal details
Reid James Ribble

(1956-04-05) April 5, 1956 (age 63)
Neenah, Wisconsin, U.S.[1]
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Deana Ribble
ChildrenTwo children, five grandchildren
ResidenceSherwood, Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma materCornerstone University
OccupationRoofing Contractor

Early life, education, and business careerEdit

Ribble is a third generation Wisconsin resident. He was born in Neenah, Wisconsin. He graduated from Appleton East High School. After high school, he attended Cornerstone University.[2]

Ribble was employed by the Ribble Group, his family's commercial and residential roofing company in Kaukauna, and became the company's president. He also served as president of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) from 2005 to 2006.

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit



Ribble defeated two other candidates to win the Republican primary in September.[3] Ribble defeated Democratic incumbent Steve Kagen for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district on November 2, 2010 in the general election.[4]


Ribble defeated Democratic nominee Jamie Wall, a business consultant.


Ribble defeated Democratic nominee Ron Gruett, a professor of physics and chemistry.



Ribble believed that we should utilize the "wide variety of available domestic sources to put our country on a path to energy independence."[5] Reid Ribble voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases.[6] To become self-sufficient, Ribble wanted to expand the usage of both renewable and fossil fuels, so that the U.S. will not rely too much on any single source or foreign region.[5][7] In June 2012, he voted for the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, which would increase oil and gas drilling in the U.S., and decrease environmental restrictions.[8] In addition, Ribble also supported the Offshore Leasing Act in May 2011, and required "the Secretary of the Interior to conduct offshore oil and gas lease sales."[9]


Coming from a state with a great economic emphasis on agriculture, Ribble advocated for continued success in the farming sector of Wisconsin. He favored less government regulation on farming, and wanted to reform several Environmental Protection Agency restrictions, believing that "Wisconsin's dairy farmers, livestock producers, and growers all will benefit from efforts to roll back EPA's overreach."[10] He was a vocal member of the House Agriculture Committee,[11] and has received a rating of 94% from the American Farm Bureau Federation as of 2011.[12]


Ribble voted (March 2015) to support the Republican Study Committee budget. This was the most conservative of the various budget proposals considered by the House and was defeated by 294 to 132. Ribble went on to support the mainstream Republican budget proposed by Republican leadership, which was passed by the House.[13]

Health Care

Ribble strongly disagreed with the 2010 Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.[14] In July 2012, he voted for the Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010,[15] stating that "instead of fixing the systematic flaws in our country's healthcare system it makes it even more costly and dysfunctional."[16] He believed instead, that government should not be involved in the market and encourage greater competition between insurance companies.[17]

Social Security

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner dated October 8, 2013, Ribble proposed sweeping changes to Social Security, including continuing and accelerating increases in the retirement age, implementing the chained CPI benefit cut to Social Security, and means testing for Social Security recipients. Ribble's letter also proposed "gradually restoring the cap on wages subject to FICA to its Reagan-era levels."[18]


In June 2015, Congressman Ribble introduced the Bridge to Sustainable Infrastructure Act. Congressman Jim Renacci co-sponsored the bill with Ribble. If signed into law, the bill would provide long-term funding to the Highway Trust Fund and federal programs to rebuild roads, highways and bridges.[19] After introducing the bill, Ribble wrote in an opinion editorial on, " Our transportation infrastructure is ubiquitous, but it is not free."[20]


On September 20, 2013, the House passed a bipartisan measure championed by Ribble. The measure, titled the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, aims to manage commercial timberland and the yields each field can produce. Backers of the bill say that the bill would foster job growth in rural communities where the paper industry is prevalent, such as the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin.[21]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit

  • Liberty Caucus
  • Problem Solvers Caucus, Co-Chair and Founder
  • Dairy Caucus, Co-Chair
  • Paper Caucus, Co-Chair and Founder
  • Cranberry Caucus, Co-Chair and Founder
  • Fix Congress Now! Caucus, Co-Chair and Founder


On January 30, 2016, Ribble announced that he would not seek re-election for a fourth term to Congress, retiring based on a pledge that he would retire after his fourth term or eighth year in Congress, and expressed a desire to return to the private sector.[22]

Electoral historyEdit

United States House of Representatives Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District – Election 2010[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Reid Ribble 144,050 54.8
Democratic Steve Kagen (incumbent) 118,617 45.2
Republican gain from Democratic
United States House of Representatives Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District – Election 2012[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Reid Ribble (incumbent) 198,874 55.95 +1.15
Democratic Jamie Wall 156,287 43.97 -1.23
Republican hold
Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District, 2014[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Reid Ribble (incumbent) 188,553 65.01
Democratic Ron Gruett 101,345 34.94
No party Scattering 150 0.05%
Total votes 290,048 100
Republican hold


  1. ^ a b "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). CQ Roll Call. November 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 8, 2011. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  2. ^ Ribble's official House of Representatives profile Archived December 5, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Espino, J.E. (September 15, 2010). "Reid Ribble rolls in Republican primary, will face Democrat Steve Kagen for Congress". Appleton Post Crescent. Gannett. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2010. Political newcomer Reid Ribble defeated his two Republican rivals in Tuesday's primary race for the 8th Congressional District, ending an amicable GOP runoff and setting the stage for a showdown against Democratic incumbent Steve Kagen.
  4. ^ a b "Wisconsin Election Results". The New York Times.
  5. ^ a b "Energy". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  6. ^ "Reid Ribble on Energy & Oil". Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  7. ^ "Issue Position: Energy Policy". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  8. ^ "HR 4480 – Domestic Energy and Jobs Act – Key Vote". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  9. ^ "HR 1230 – Offshore Leasing Act – Key Vote". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  10. ^ "Agriculture". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  11. ^ "Representative Reid J. Ribble's Biography". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  12. ^ "American Farm Bureau Federation – Positions". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  13. ^ Green Bay Press Gazette/Thomas Voting Reports March 29, 2015
  14. ^ "Health Care". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  15. ^ "HR 6079 – Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 – Key Vote". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  16. ^ "Ribble Votes to Repeal President's Health Care Law". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  17. ^ "Issue Position: Health Care Reform". Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  18. ^ Letter from Congressman Reid J. Ribble to House Speaker John Boehner, October 8, 2013 (PDF) [1], Accessed October 11, 2013
  19. ^ "House duo introduce bill to fund infrastructure needs for 10 years | Ripon Advance News Service". Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  20. ^ Wisconsin, Reid. "Fix our roads and bridges now: Rep. Ribble". Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  21. ^ "Ribble's Restoring Health Forests for Healthy Communities Act passes in bipartisan vote". The Ripon Advance. September 25, 2013. Archived from the original on October 11, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  22. ^ McCardle, Ellery (January 30, 2016). "U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble not seeking re-election". WBAY-TV, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  23. ^ State of Wisconsin 2013–2014 Blue Book p. 886
  24. ^ "Wisconsin Statewide Results General Election - November 4, 2014 Official Results". Wisconsin Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved February 14, 2015.

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