|Member of the United States House of Representatives|
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Frank Bow|
|Succeeded by||John Boccieri|
|Member of the Ohio Senate|
from the 29th district
January 3, 1967–January 3, 1973
|Preceded by||Districts Created|
|Succeeded by||Richard Reichel|
|Born||Ralph Straus Regula|
December 3, 1924
Beach City, Ohio
|Died||July 19, 2017 (aged 92)|
Bethlehem Township, Stark County, Ohio
|Spouse(s)||Mary Regula (b. 1926)|
|Alma mater||Mount Union College, William McKinley School of Law|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1944–1946|
Ralph Straus Regula (December 3, 1924 – July 19, 2017) was the United States Representative for Ohio's 16th congressional district from 1973 to 2009. He retired in January 2009 after 18 consecutive terms. He was a member of the Republican Party. In the 110th Congress (2007–2009), he was the second longest serving Republican member of the House of Representatives (after Bill Young of Florida).
Regula was ranking minority member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health, Human Services and Education funding in the 110th Congress. The subcommittee's budget, the largest discretionary domestic account, was over $140 billion. Regula, a former teacher and principal, was a Congressional leader in pushing for alternative solutions in improving reading skills, developing teacher training and increasing Pell Grant funding so that poorer and middle class students can obtain two and four year degrees. He increased by millions of dollars the amount of federal money committed to research in fighting cancer, heart disease and birth defects. Regula was a member of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership and supports stem cell research.
Regula was also a Congressional leader in alternative energy sources. He was an early champion of fuel cell technology and he has directed federal funding back to his home state, Ohio, which is recognized as a national leader in fuel cell research and development. Since 1975, Regula blocked the renaming of Mount McKinley in Alaska, named for President William McKinley, to Denali. This was, in part, because Canton, McKinley's long-time hometown and resting place, fell within the boundaries of Regula's congressional district. The name was eventually changed in 2015. Regula described the change as a political stunt by President Obama and called it ridiculous.
Regula, a former country lawyer, U.S. Navy veteran and state legislator, was first elected in 1972. Previously he had served on the Ohio Board of Education and in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate. An alumnus of Mount Union College, he is married to Mary whom he met there, and they have three children and four grandchildren.
Regula retired from the House of Representatives when his term ended in January 2009. He was succeeded by John Boccieri, a Democrat from the Ohio General Assembly. After retiring from Congress, Regula joined Dawson & Associates in Washington, D.C. as an advisor on federal budget and permitting matters.
- Election Results, U.S. Representative from Ohio, 16th District
- List of United States Representatives from Ohio
- Loewen, James W (2010). Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong.. New York: The New Press. p. 53. ISBN 9781595586766. OCLC 811491442. http://www.worldcat.org/title/lies-across-america-what-our-historic-sites-get-wrong/oclc/811491442/viewport.
- "Obama 'thinks he is a dictator', says former Ohio congressman after Mt. McKinley name change". The Columbus Dispatch. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/08/31/ralph-regula-denali-mckinley-obama.html. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
|United States House of Representatives|
Frank T. Bow
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th congressional district
January 3, 1973–January 3, 2009
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