Democrat Tim Ryan will serve his ninth term in the U.S. Congress after defeating Republican challenger Christopher DePizzo in the Ohio District 13 race Nov. 6.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Ryan had polled 148,890 votes to DePIzzo’s 95,955, according to unofficial results from the Ohio Secretary of State’s website. District 13 includes parts of Portage, Mahoning, Stark, Summit and Trumbull counties.

Ryan was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002. He serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which controls the expenditure of money by the federal government.

He also is co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus and remains a leader in the fight to strengthen America's manufacturing base and reform U.S. trade policies.

His primary focus, he has said, remains on the economy and quality of life in Northeast Ohio, adding he works closely with local officials and community leaders to advance local projects that enhance the economic competitiveness and help attract high-quality, high-paying jobs.

He holds a law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly the Franklin Pierce Law Center), studied abroad as part of the Dickinson School of Law's international law program in Florence, Italy, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from Bowling Green State University. He resides in Howland with his wife Andrea and three children.

DePizzo, a Cuyahoga Falls resident who grew up in Youngstown, received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a certificate from Wharton’s School of Business. He is an attorney who has practiced law at prestigious firms in Cleveland and New York City.

According to his campaign website, DePizzo ran for Congress to vocally and aggressively promote and pursue policies that protect Northeast Ohio, its families and its businesses.

"This includes providing a better tax system for our middle class to allow them to prosper, a regulatory environment that allows small businesses to thrive, grow our workforce and improve the local economy and an education pipeline that will provide the next generation with the abilities to reshape the world," he said.