Rob Portman, former U.S. trade representative and congressman, is in the race for U.S. senator from Ohio as the Republican nominee. His opponent is Democrat Lee Fisher, lieutenant governor of Ohio. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in the 2010 elections, here are answers to some questions about Portman's life.
What is Rob Portman's religion?
Portman is a Methodist.
Where does Rob Portman worship?
Portman is a member of the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Was Rob Portman born a Methodist or did he convert?
Portman used to be a Presbyterian but converted to Methodism when he married his wife, Jane.
What has Rob Portman said about religion?
Portman does not speak publicly about matters of faith.
What is Rob Portman's position on the Islamic center planned near the World Trade Center site in Manhattan?
Portman opposes the project. When a Columbus, Ohio, newspaper asked Portman
for his position on the project, his campaign issued a statement saying: "It's not a question of whether or not they have a right to build it. It's a question of whether or not they should. I think building a mosque at this site is the wrong thing to do. It is disrespectful to the families who have lost loved ones on 9/11 to build a mosque on that sacred ground. [New York] Gov. Paterson's solution to build at an alternative site has the right balance, which is respectful of religious freedom and is not offensive to families who have borne the terrible sacrifice and tragedy of 9/11."
What rating has Rob Portman received from the Christian Coalition?
The Christian Coalition, a conservative Christian advocacy group, gave
Portman a score of 92 percent for his years in the House of Representatives.
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Is Rob Portman Married?
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Read Rob Portman's full bio at his official website.