What Ohio Lawmakers, Others are Saying about Trump’s Speech
"He was aspirational, he thought about what we can be as a people, what we can do as a people ...with the goal of 2026 as a measuring stick...""I thought it was great to have a message of unity, to have a message that America is strong again, that the American spirit is being reforged and rebuilt. He gave so much hope to so many Americans that have been left behind in the last decade by politicians ... , that saw their jobs and their opportunities shrink. He spoke to them in a way that was positive and optimistic. ... He spoke to Congres in a way that we can unite around some principles that most of us agree on.I was impressed by what I heard and I hope we can all rise above petty party politics and come together as Americans, because it is a time for American renewal."
"We can all agree that creating jobs and rebuilding our nation's infrastructure should be top priorities, and it was promising to hear President Trump renew his commitments to overhauling our trade policy and using American steel to rebuild our public works. But now we need to see action. ... I'm ready to get to work with President Trump whenever he's willing to do what's right for Ohio. ... At the same time, I will fight against policies that are wrong for Ohio. I agree with Gov. Kasich that it is dangerous and irresponsible to double down on efforts to throw 900,000 Ohioans off their insurance without a plan to replace it."
— Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio
"I thought he had a lot of sound bites that played well to certain populations of the United States ... but he didn't really deliver a plan."
— Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Jefferson Township
"Our country is in need of infrastructure upgrades, maintenance and rebuilding throughout our entire highway systems...I'm on board with President Trump's proposal 1—percent. I hope we see this come to fruition."
– Fairfield County Engineer Jeremiah Upp, a guest of Stivers' talking about Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan.
"Tonight, President Trump laid out a bold, optimistic vision for the country that proves once again why Ohioans overwhelmingly supported him in November." The president explained how his administration is fulfilling campaign promises, such as saving American jobs and nominating a mainstream conservative to the Supreme Court. He also expanded on his plans to work with Congress to pass an aggressive agenda that will solve real problems for real people and put our nation's security first. I truly hope that Democrats, including Sen. Sherrod Brown, will join President Trump to help fix our problems and Make America Great Again."
— Ohio Republican Party chairwoman Jane Timken
"I thought it was presidential I thought he struck the right tone.I thought he was inspirational, he was hitting pol issues and he was positive and uplifting. I think he really turned the page on his presidency from past speeches.I thought it was the right message at the right time, and I think he's begun reaching out, which is really important."
— Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township
"As Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I appreciate President Trump putting the issues that affect America's 28 million small businesses front and center in his first address to Congress. Chief among those issues are the skyrocketing costs of Obamacare, which have fallen disproportionately on the backs of our small businesses."After the last eight years, small businesses cannot afford to wait much longer for solutions that will provide them with relief. Fortunately, this unified Republican government will continue to work quickly and efficiently to give our small businesses the tools they need to thrive."
"Tonight we saw the same steadfast Donald Trump we saw during the campaign: a businessman looking to make American great again, through economic opportunity and job creation." The people of Ohio voted for those campaign promises and he's not letting the media or D.C. politics hamper his commitment to delivering on them. I am hopeful that both sides of the aisle will come in tomorrow excited about what we can accomplish together with this new administration."
— Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth
"Tonight President Trump laid out how he'll turn his campaign promises into policy. While I did not approve of President Trump's proposed budget, I do agree with much of what he laid out this evening. Congress and the White House have an opportunity to make some big changes, including tax reform, health care reform, and obviously rebuilding our military. I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to implement President Trump's agenda."
- Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton
"I liked what he said about helping the most vulnerable among us — particularly those who are suffering from drug addiction. He talked about the need for us to keep the poison out of our communities but also how to help those who are in the grip of addiction get better treatment and recovery."
— Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio
"We have a fundamental task: Do what the voters of this great country sent us here to do. President Trump understands that, and it's time for all of us to get to work."
– Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana
"The most unconventional president in modern times gave the most uplifting and uniting speech that's been heard in the House chamber in at least a decade."
— Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta