Robert Jones "Rob" Portman is an American lawyer and the junior United States Senator from Ohio, in office since 2011.
Previously he served as the 14th United States Trade Representative from 2005 to 2006 and as the 35th Director of the Office of Management and Budget from 2006 to 2007.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Portman graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School.
He worked briefly in the White House during the first Bush Administration before entering the U.S.
House of Representatives, representing the eastern half of Greater Cincinnati and neighboring counties along the Ohio River, and serving six consecutive terms.
Portman and his brother and sister own the Golden Lamb Inn, Ohio's oldest continually operating restaurant and inn.
Portman resigned from Congress to serve as U.S.
Trade Representative from May 2005 to May 2006.
As Trade Representative, Portman is cited for initiating worldwide trade agreements between other countries and the United States, and pursuing claims against China and the European Union at the World Trade Organization.