From staff and wire reports
U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, is the second Republican congressman from Ohio to be appointed to the powerful tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee.
Renacci, who won election to a second term in November, was appointed Thursday by committee Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan.
Renacci called the appointment an “honor.”
“As a Certified Public Account and business owner, I have dealt firsthand with the complexity of our tax code and its more than 4 million words,” Renacci said in a prepared statement. “Both Congressional Republicans and Democrats — and even President Obama — agree we must reform our massive, confusing and inefficient system of taxation.
“I look forward to bringing my expertise to the front lines of how we can accomplish that goal.”
Renacci’s district stretches from Canton west to Ashland and north into the eastern portion of Medina County, including the cities of Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth.
Because of House rules on committee assignments, Renacci will leave the House Financial Services Committee.
Renacci fills a Ways and Means vacancy created when South Carolina Republican Tim Scott was appointed to a Senate vacancy.
Ohio’s Pat Tiberi, of suburban Columbus, also serves on the Ways and Means Committee.