An Ohio congressman who serves as a Colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard is being promoted to Brigadier General.
U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers' promotion comes after a more than 30-year career in the National Guard. Officials say Stivers is one of the highest-ranking National Guard members to simultaneously serve as a member of Congress.
The Republican from Columbus serves Ohio's 15th congressional district, which is made up of 12 counties including, all of Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Madison, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, and Vinton Counties, and parts of Athens, Fayette, Franklin, and Ross Counties.
Stivers served the United States overseas during operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait, Iraq, and Qatar. He was awarded the bronze star for leadership throughout the deployment.