Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Representing the 9th District of Ohio

National Security


As a member of the Defense Subcommittee of House Appropriations, Congresswoman Kaptur is guided by two major themes: guaranteeing national security and restoring energy independence. Congress must make sure our servicemen and servicewomen are the best trained and best equipped soldiers in the world. We must provide the most modern defense systems and equipment for our forces, including Guard and Reserve units.

It is also critical that our government secure the defense industrial base and recapture key defense technologies from foreign outsourcing.


Northern Ohio is the “#1 Green Energy Community” in the U.S. and our technology and experience in alternative energy allow us the opportunity to showcase projects that restore our nation’s energy independence.

We hope to lead our nation’s efforts to secure energy independence at all U.S. military bases and installations. That leadership is on display at the 180th Fighter Wing in Toledo. Its 783-kilowatt solar electric generation plant last year provided an annual utility savings of $150,000 and used 99.7% local content—which means jobs in the community.

Congresswoman Kaptur has championed creation of a federal policy on strategic metals. A $90 million beryllium plant in Elmore, Ohio is a prime example of public-private partnership. The Department of Defense and Materion Corporation (formerly Brush Wellman) collaborated on the factory with federal funding under Title III of the Defense Production Act.


Congresswoman Kaptur has always supported strong Buy America provisions in defense legislation in order to support the defense industrial base, which is critical to our nation’s national security.

Buy America provisions help small companies, such as tool and die manufacturers, foundry operators and machinists in Northern Ohio, compete with larger defense contractors on Pentagon contracts.

More on National Security

May 24, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation and Member of the House Defense Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the planned summit with North Korean leaders.

March 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) will both participate in a ceremony honoring members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian distinction awarded in the United States.

March 5, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) cosponsored the Election Security Act, H.R. 5011, which provides cybersecurity resources and guidance to states to protect election systems. The bill currently has 52 cosponsors.

February 2, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Ranking Member of the Energy and Water Appropriations Committee, which has oversight over the U.S. Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Agency and a senior member of the House Defense Appropriations Committee, released the following statement regarding the Nuclear Posture Review released by the Department of Defense today:

January 22, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee and Dean of the Ohio Delegation, issued the following statement after voting YES on the House passage of a three-week spending bill:

“What matters most at this juncture is reopening the government of the United States to serve the American people. Funding the government is the sworn obligation of Congress, and I cast my vote despite serious misgivings.

December 21, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and 171 Members of Congress, sent a letter to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, Rod J. Rosenstein, to express their support for the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III. The effort was led by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43).

December 19, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and Members of Congress from 18 states targeted by Russian hackers in 2016 called on House Speaker Paul Ryan to take immediate action to protect state voting systems from cyberattacks and to bolster state election infrastructure.

November 30, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) and 20 House Democrats today requested answers from Senior White House Advisor Stephen Miller about his knowledge of Russian meetings and contacts during the 2016 presidential campaign. Their inquiry came after a series of news reports revealed that Miller, then a senior aide on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was alerted to Russian offers of assistance to that campaign by his subordinate George Papadopoulos, who later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about Russian meetings and contacts.