State Rep. John Patterson Welcomes Kristin Boggs To Ohio General Assembly
Daughter of former Ashtabula representative and senator to represent Columbus area at statehouse
January 27, 2016
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State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) this week welcomed Kristin Boggs to the state legislature after the Ohio House Democratic Caucus swore in the former assistant attorney general as state representative for the 18th House District during Tuesday’s House session.

Boggs, a 1996 graduate of Jefferson Area High School, is the daughter of Bob Boggs, who represented Ashtabula County both in the Ohio House and as Senate Minority Leader, and served as Ohio Department of Agriculture Director under former Governor Ted Strickland. Her uncle, Ross Boggs, also served as Minority Leader in the Ohio House. 

“Today was a very special day for me,” said Patterson. “Every teacher lives for the day when their former students pick up the torch of public service and light the way for the next generation. Kristin, a former student of mine at Jefferson Area High School, has done just that.”

Boggs will take over the seat most recently held by former Rep. Michael Stinziano, who left at the end of 2015 to serve on Columbus City Council. A screening committee led by Caucus Dean Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) and including Reps. Kevin Boyce (D-Columbus), Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus), Heather Bishoff (D-Blacklick) and Assistant Democratic Whip Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), recommended Boggs to fill the vacancy.

“I am looking forward to going to work for the people of the 18th House District, it will be an honor to serve the community. There are many important issues being debated at the statehouse, and I will strive to advance policies that keep central Ohio growing in the direction that our residents expect and deserve,” Boggs said. “Columbus enjoys a world class university system, a growing economy and thriving cultural community— I will work hard to make sure that all individuals and families have opportunity, equality, and success.”

After graduating from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Boggs, 37, joined the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, serving as an assistant attorney general for nearly 10 years. A native of Ashtabula, she attended Kent State University and served as an AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) volunteer before attending law school.

Along with her extensive background in public service, policy and legal issues, Boggs has served as a board member for the American Constitution Society since 2010, she volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Franklin County, and she was a working committee member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association 2013 Leadership Institute.

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