Over 30 years ago, Jim Renacci moved to Ohio with a few hundred dollars, dreaming American dreams of starting a family and launching a business.

Growing up in a blue-collar union family in western Pennsylvania, Jim Renacci was the first in his family to graduate from college.

Not only did the blue-collar entrepreneur realize his own dream—but became the answer to countless Ohioans.

Marrying his childhood sweetheart Tina, Jim started implementing his entrepreneurial vision of owning a small business to providing jobs and livelihoods for local families. As can only happen in America, the Ohioan entrepreneur soon laid claim to operating over 60 businesses, creating 1,500 new jobs, employing over 3,000 people statewide.

“I came to Ohio and lived the American Dream. Ohio provided me the best opportunity to grow and succeed. We must stand up for the state we all love.

But politics had other plans. In 2009, the Obama Administration took over General Motors, shuttering dealerships across the country—including Jim’s in Northeast Ohio.

Shutting down his dealership killed 50 good paying jobs in his community—and Jim wasn’t going to stand by while neighbors were going hungry. How could Washington blatantly interfere in the everyday lives of hard-working Americans who wanted nothing more but their own chance at the American Dream?