Autumn Commencement Speaker
The Honorable Rob Portman
United States Senator
United States Senator Rob Portman will deliver the commencement address to autumn Ohio State University graduates. He was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and was re-elected in 2016.
Senator Portman was first elected to Congress in 1993, representing the state’s 2nd District in southern Ohio. In 2005, President George W. Bush appointed him United States Trade Representative. In 2006, he was named director of the Office of Management and Budget. He declared his candidacy for U.S. Senate in 2009, after George Voinovich announced he would not run for re-election.
In the Senate, Senator Portman serves on the finance, homeland security and governmental affairs, energy and natural resources, and foreign relations committees. He chairs the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Since entering the Senate in 2011, Senator Portman has authored and passed over 50 bills into law, including anti-human trafficking laws, bipartisan legislation securing additional resources to tackle the heroin and prescription drug epidemic, legislation to protect Lake Erie from harmful algal blooms through scientific research and laws to ensure the National Park Service has the resources needed to maintain the parks. Senator Portman also serves on the board of advisors for the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
In Congress, he worked to enact legislation on welfare reform and a balanced budget. He also authored or co-authored over a dozen bills that became law, including legislation to reform the Internal Revenue Service, curb unfunded mandates, expand drug abuse prevention and treatment and increase pensions.
A native of Cincinnati, Senator Portman earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.