Over 30 years ago, Jim Renacci moved to Ohio with a few hundred dollars, dreaming American dreams of starting a family and launching a business. Growing up in a blue-collar union family in western Pennsylvania, Jim Renacci was the first in his family to graduate from college.
Not only did the blue-collar entrepreneur realize his own dream, but Jim also became the answer to countless Ohioans.
Marrying his childhood sweetheart Tina, Jim started implementing his entrepreneurial vision of owning a small business, providing jobs and livelihoods for local families. As can only happen in America, the Ohioan entrepreneur soon laid claim to operating over 60 businesses, creating 1,500 new jobs, employing over 3,000 people statewide.
But politics had other plans. In 2009, the Obama Administration took over General Motors, shuttering dealerships across the country— including Jim’s in Northeast Ohio. Shutting down Jim’s dealership killed 50 good-paying jobs in his community — and Jim wasn’t going to stand by while neighbors were going hungry. How could Washington blatantly interfere in the everyday lives of hard-working Americans who wanted nothing more but their own chance at the American Dream?
In 2010, Jim filed to run for U.S. Congress in Ohio’s 16th Congressional District, taking on a well funded Democratic incumbent. Jim won the election by 9 percent.
While in Congress, Jim earned a reputation for being a principled conservative and effective legislator. He quickly rose through the ranks to serve on the Committee on Financial Services, as vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, and as a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. After just two years, Jim was named to the powerful Ways and Means Committees and Budget Committees.
Jim’s track record as a blue-collar entrepreneur demonstrates his only allegiance has ever been to the very people who D.C. bureaucrats forcibly unemployed that fateful day in an Ohio car dealership — the everyday Americans forgotten by the Swamp. He represents the people’s hopes and fears, bringing actionable results back to the working people who gave him a voice.
Joe Knopp - Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
Joe Knopp is a conservative Christian businessman and filmmaker, whose path in life has taken him from homelessness as a child to candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
Knopp is self-made, but he spent his earliest years barely surviving. Joe’s mother struggled with severe substance abuse, which led to a period of homelessness for Joe before he found refuge in an orphanage outside of Philadelphia at age 7—where he grew up.
Knopp’s remarkable life story has shaped his faith-driven, conservative values and fuel his commitment to answer the call to service—a commitment which began during his time on active duty in the U.S. Air Force at Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force base.
After high school Joe served on active duty in the Air Force from 1993-99 and graduated from Wright State University with a degree in finance. Later, Knopp applied his finance education to secure the funds to write and produce a series of high-profile films. In 2018 he produced “I Can Only Imagine” starring Dennis Quaid, which remains the fourth highest grossing music biopic in American film history. In 2019 Knopp produced the pro-life feature film “Unplanned” and followed that by writing and producing the documentary “The Trump I Know”—during which time he developed a very close relationship with President Trump and the Trump family.
Joe lives outside of Dayton, Ohio with his wife, Angie, and their three children.