Ohio Women’s Caucus Challenges Portman To Give Back 23 Percent Of His Paycheck

Senator Voted Against Equal Pay for Ohio Women Who Earn 77 Cents on the Dollar Compared to Men

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus is challenging U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to give back 23 percent of his $174,000 Senate paycheck. Ohio women earn just 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, but Portman voted against paycheck fairness four times.

“If Senator Portman believes Ohio women deserve just 77 percent of the paychecks they earn, he ought to be willing to take just 77 percent of his $174,000 Senate salary. So, Ohio women are calling on Portman to put his own money where his mouth is and give 23 percent of his paycheck back to the taxpayers,” said Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Chairwoman Kathy DiCristofaro.

Portman is trailing behind former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland in three polls released this month. Worried about his chances for re-election, Portman’s campaign is launching “Women for Portman” today in an effort to target the key voting block.

But the latest Quinnipiac poll has women supporting Strickland over Portman 52-34, and with Portman’s long history voting against Ohio women it’s no wonder why:

  • Portman has voted four times against the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help ensure that women in Ohio, who earn 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, receive the fair pay that they deserve for themselves and their families. [CQ, 3/24/15; S.Amdt. 362 to S.Con.Res. 11, Vote 82, 3/24/15; CQ, 9/15/14; S. 2199, Vote 262, 9/15/14; CQ, 4/9/14; S. 2199, Vote 103, 4/9/14; CQ, 6/5/12; S. 3220, Vote 115, 6/5/12; National Women’s Law Center, September 2015]
  • Portman voted against raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10, which would have meant a raise for nearly 700,000 women and their families in Ohio. Two-thirds of minimum wage earners in Ohio are women. [CQ, 4/30/14; S. 2223, Vote 117,4/30/14; National Women’s Law Center, 2/10/14]
  • Portman has voted to allow insurance companies to charge women more than men, and to charge women more for birth control and preventive care like breast cancer screenings. And Portman supported letting women’s employers make decisions about their personal, private access to birth control. [CQ, 3/13/13, S.Amdt. 30 to S.Amdt. 26 to H.R. 933, Vote 34,3/13/13; Department of Health & Human Services, 1/27/14; Families USA, 5/13; Vote 24, 3/1/12]
  • Portman has voted for and co-sponsored legislation to defund Planned Parenthood, whose 28 clinics served about 80,000 patients in Ohio in 2013 – even bringing the government to the brink of a shutdown at the end of September over Planned Parenthood.  [S. 1881, Vote 262, 8/3/15]