Three Republican incumbent members of Congress were easily re-elected Tuesday in north central Ohio, according to final, unofficial vote totals from the various county boards of election.
Troy Balderson, Bob Gibbs and Jim Jordan all earned new two-year terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Balderson, 58, received 55 percent of the vote in a district that includes Delaware, Morrow and and Licking Counties, along with parts of Richland, Franklin, Marion and Muskingum counties.
The Zanesville resident got 232,806 votes, besting Democrat Alaina Shearer (174,658) and Libertarian John Stewart (12,142).
In Richland County, Balderson received 20,580 votes while Shearer got 10,294 and Stewart had 1,114.
Balderson is a former state senator and state representative in Ohio, positions he held for 12 years total. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in a high-profile 2018 special election after former Rep. Pat Tiberi announced his resignation from office to lead the Ohio Business Roundtable.
In the special election, Balderson defeated Franklin County Recorder Danny O'Connor by just under one percentage point. A few months later, he defeated O'Connor in the 2018 midterm election by 4.2 percentage points.
Gibbs, 66, who has been in Congress since 2010, earned 68 percent of the vote to gain re-election.
The district includes Ashland, Coshocton, Holmes, and Knox counties and parts of Richland, Huron, Lorain, Medina, Richland, Stark, and Tuscarawas counties.
Gibbs, a Holmes County resident, received 222,864 votes, easily dispatching Democrat Quentin Potter (95,553) and Libertarian Brandon Lape (792).
Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Gibbs served in the Ohio State Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives.
He earned a degree from the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in 1974. In 1976, Gibbs founded the Hidden Hollow Farms, producing mainly market hogs, in Holmes County. He continued to own and operate the business when he entered politics in 2002.
Jordan, 56, received 68 percent of the vote to win another term to represent a district he has served since 2007.
The sprawling, twisting district includes Allen, Auglaize, Shelby, Logan, Champaign, Union, Crawford, Seneca and Sandusky counties, and parts of Huron, Erie, Lorain, Mercer and Marion counties.
Jordan, an Urbana resident, received 230,834 votes to easily defeat Democrat Shannon Freshour (99,663) and Libertarian Steve Perkins (9,436).
A former collegiate wrestler and college wrestling coach, Jordan was the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee from January 2019 to March 2020. He vacated that position to become the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.
An outspoken and close ally of President Trump, Jordan helped found the Freedom Caucus and chaired the caucus from its establishment in 2015 until 2017.