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United States representative , lawyer , politician , member of the Ohio House of Representatives

Ralph Regula, American Congressman, lawyer. Bar: Ohio 1952. Recipient Community Service award Navarre Kiwanis Club, 1963; Meritorious Service in Conservation award Canton Audubon Society, 1965; Ohio Conservation award Governor James Rhodes, 1969; named Outstanding Young Manof Year Canton Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1957, Legislation Conservationist of Year OhioLeague Sportsmen, 1969.


Regula, Ralph Straus was born on December 3, 1924 in Beach City, Ohio, United States. Son of O.F. and Orpha (Walter) Regula.


Bachelor, Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio, 1948. Doctor of Laws, Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio, 1981. Bachelor of Laws, William McKinley School Law, 1952.

Doctor of Laws, Malone College, Canton, Ohio, 1976.


He retired in January 2009 after 18 consecutive terms. The subcommittee's budget, the largest discretionary domestic account, was over $140 billion. Regula also increased by millions of dollars the amount of federal money committed to research in fighting cancer, heart disease and birth defects.

Regula was also a Congressional leader in alternative energy sources. Additionally, Regula was a proponent of clean coal. Ohio and its neighboring states have an abundant supply of coal and Regula believes that it could help alleviate the nation's energy problems because larger energy users, such a large manufacturers, could use clean coal rather than natural gas.

Such utilization would help reduce home energy costs and free up the demand for natural gas. Additionally, he was the impetus behind what was to ultimately become the AmericaView Consortium, started in 1998 as OhioView with the goal of supporting the delivery and use of Landsat imagery for civilian applications. Since 1975, Regula blocked the renaming of Mt.

McKinley to Denali. Canton, in Regula's district, was William McKinley's hometown. The name was eventually changed in 2015. Regula described the change as a political stunt by President Obama and called it ridiculous.

Regula, a former country lawyer, U.S. Navy veteran and state legislator, was first elected in 1972. Previously he had served on the Ohio Board of Education and in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate. Rep. Regula retired from the House of Representatives when his term ended in January 2009.

He was succeeded by John Boccieri, a Democrat from the Ohio General Assembly.


  • He was an early champion of fuel cell technology and he has directed federal funding back to his home state, Ohio, which is recognized as a national leader in fuel cell research and development.


He is a member of the Republican Party. In the 110th Congress (2007–2009), he was the second longest serving Republican member of the House of Representatives (after Bill Young of Florida). Congressman Ralph Regula (R-Ohio) was ranking minority member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health, Human Services and Education funding in the 110th Congress.

Regula was a member of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership and supports stem cell research.


Married Mary Rogusky, August 5, 1950. Children: Martha, David, Richard.

O.F. Regula

Orpha (Walter) Regula

Mary Rogusky

Martha Regula

David Regula

Richard Regula