State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) last Friday hosted members of LEADERship Ashtabula County at the Ohio Statehouse for a day of learning about the legislative process and how state government works. Friday’s visit marked the fourth consecutive year that Rep. Patterson has welcomed the county leadership organization to the state capitol. 

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to welcome constituents from the 99th House District down to the ‘People’s House,’” said Patterson. “The work we do at the Statehouse has a direct impact on the quality of life of families in our community and all across the state. I hope seeing how state government works up close will help inspire the next generation of civic leaders from Ashtabula.” 

While in Columbus, the more than four dozen members of both the adult and youth leadership programs heard from a panel of capital square veterans originally from the 99th House District, including State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus), Legislative Inspector General Tony Bledsoe, lobbyist David Hoeffel and Ohio Supreme Court Master Commissioner Lynda Jacobsen.  

The group was also briefed on important state policy initiatives regarding education funding and the statewide opioid epidemic, and toured the Statehouse and visited the floor of the House chambers.  

Founded in 1989, LEADERship Ashtabula County aims to encourage and educate local leaders of all ages to become more familiar with and interested in all facets of civic engagement.  

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