State Representative Connie Pillich (D-Montgomery) is serving her third term as the voice of the 28th Ohio House District.
The youngest of five siblings, Rep. Pillich grew up in a working class neighborhood. She graduated from public schools with honors and put herself through college with an ROTC Scholarship, student loans, and part-time work. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, obtained her MBA from the University of North Dakota, and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Law.
The Armed Forces veteran served eight years on active duty in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Captain. She served in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Among the many military honors Rep. Pillich earned was an Officer of the Year award at Tempelhof Air Base in West Berlin, Germany. She is a three-time recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Rep. Pillich has always been actively involved in her community, donating her time to organizations such as United Cerebral Palsy, Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor, Kennedy Heights Montessori Center, and Sycamore Schools. She has successfully fought to get preventive healthcare measures covered by insurance, and to get mandatory arrest policies for domestic violence on the books. She sees her role in the Ohio House as an extension of this lifetime of service to her family, country, and community.
One of Rep. Pillich’s most notable achievements as a lawyer was winning a case before the Ohio Supreme Court concerning voting rights on local land use. The ruling confirmed the rights of citizens to help decide what their community looks like.
All of Rep. Pillich’s major priorities as a legislator include: aiding veterans, improving access to quality education and health care, replacing lost jobs, helping hometown businesses compete in the 21st-century economy, and ensuring the middle-class lifestyle for Ohioans. She will continue to work hard to maintain a balanced budget while protecting our children, veterans, education, jobs, and healthcare.
Rep. Pillich serves as Ranking Minority Member of the Veteran Affairs committee and is a member of the Criminal Justice and the Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development committees.
Rep. Pillich lives in Montgomery with her husband, Paul Forshey, and their two children.