COLUMBUS – Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) announced the following changes to House Standing and Special Committees:


House Standing Committees:


Aging and Long-Term Care:


Appoint: Representative D.J. Swearingen (R-Port Clinton) as Vice-Chair


Appoint: Representative Cindy Abrams (R- Harrison)


Remove: Representative Bill Reineke (R-Fremont)


Agriculture and Rural Development:


Appoint: Representative Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester)


Remove: Representative Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati)


Civil Justice:


Appoint: Representative Derek Merrin (R-Sylvania)


Remove: Representative Laura Lanese (R-Grove City)


Commerce and Labor:


Appoint: Representative Cindy Abrams (R-Harrison)


Remove: Representative Anthony DeVitis (R-Green)


Economic and Workforce Development:


Appoint: Representative Jason C. Stephens (R- Kitts Hill)


Remove: Representative Anthony DeVitis (R-Green)


Federalism:


Appoint: Representative Craig Riedel (R-Defiance)


Appoint: Representative Candice Keller (R-Middletown)


Remove: Representative Doug Green (R- Mt.Orab)


Finance:


Appoint: Representative Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) 


Finance Subcommittee on Primary and Secondary Education


Appoint: Representative Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg)


Financial Institutions:


Appoint: Representative Derek Merrin (R-Sylvania)


Appoint: Representative Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati)


Health


Appoint: Representative Adam Holmes (R-Nashport)


Remove: Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Mansfield)


Higher Education:


Appoint: Representative Cindy Abrams (R-Harrison)


Primary and Secondary Education:


Appoint: Representative Don Jones (R-Freeport) as Chair


Appoint: Representative Susan Manchester (R- Waynesfield) as Vice-Chair


Appoint: Representative Bill Roemer (R-Richfield)


Appoint: Representative Jason C. Stephens (R-Kitts Hill)


Public Utilities:


Appoint: Representative Cindy Abrams (R-Harrison)


State and Local Government


Appoint: Representative Jason C. Stephens (R-Kitts Hill) as Vice-Chair


Appoint: Representative D.J. Swearingen (R-Port Clinton)


Remove: Representative Timothy Ginter (R-Salem)


Ways and Means:


Appoint: Representative Jason C. Stephens (R-Kitts Hill)


Remove: Representative Bill Reineke (R-Fremont)


Remove: Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Westerville)


House Special Committees:


Ohio Cystic Fibrosis Legislative Task Force:


Appoint: Representative Scott Lipps (R-Franklin)


Appoint: Representative Timothy Ginter (R-Salem)


Appoint: Representative Randi Clites (D- Ravenna)


Appoint: Chad Hawley (Public Member)


Appoint: Christopher Gerdes (Public Member)


Appoint: Lauryn Tubesing (Public Member)


Study Committee on Dropout Prevention and Recovery Schools:


Appoint: Representative Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville)


Legislative Committee on Public Health Futures:


Appoint: Representative Scott Lipps (R-Franklin)


Appoint: Representative Beth Liston (D-Dublin)


Appoint: Amy Bush Stevens (Public Member)


Appoint: Veronica Sims (Public Member)


Commission on Infant Mortality:


Appoint: Erika Clark Jones (Public Member)


Report Card Study Committee


Appoint: Representative Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo)


 

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – Jason C. Stephens (R-Kitts Hill) was sworn in today to represent the 93rd District in the Ohio House of Representatives, Speaker Larry Householder announced today.


Stephens replaces Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) in the 93rd District, which includes Gallia and Jackson counties, most of Lawrence County and part of Vinton County. Smith resigned to become president of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College.


Joining Stephens for the swearing in were his grandmother, father, mother, mother-in-law, wife, and two of their three sons with his eldest son unable to attend.


“It was a very special moment having my family and friends there supporting me, and I look forward to serving the 93rd district,” said Rep. Stephens.


Stephens has an extensive background in local government, most recently serving as Lawrence County auditor. He previously served as Lawrence County commissioner. Stephens is a small business owner as well. He is currently is a licensed insurance agent and owner at Stephens & Son Insurance Agency, Inc.


“Representative Stephens is a hardworking public servant and small businessman,” said Speaker Householder. “He will serve the people of the 93rd District well.”


Stephens received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics/Finance and Business Management from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is an active member of the Rome Church of Christ in Proctorville. He has been married to his wife Juli for 25 years and they have three sons.


Stephens was sworn in today at the Ohio House session.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – Cindy Abrams was sworn in today to represent the 29th District in the Ohio House of Representatives, Speaker Larry Householder announced today.


Abrams replaces Louis W. Blessing III (R-Colerain Township), who has been sworn in to serve in the Ohio Senate.


Joining Abrams for the swearing in was her mother, her husband and their two sons and numerous close friends.


“Today was an exciting day for my constituent’s in House District 29 and for the state of Ohio,” said Rep. Abrams. “I’m humbled and honored to serve and I look forward to continuing to be a strong voice for my constituents here at the statehouse.”


Abrams has served as a City Councilwoman for the City of Harrison since 2016. She previously served as a Police Officer for the Cincinnati Police from 1996 to 2003.  With years of both public and private sector work experience, she is well-equipped to advocate for the people of Ohio’s 29th House District.


“I was pleased to swear in Representative Abrams today,” said Speaker Householder. “She will be a great advocate for the 29th District.”


Abrams received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University and is a graduate of the Public Leadership Academy of The Ohio State University.


Abrams was sworn in today at the Ohio House session.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – State lawmakers have given final approval to a plan creating the “Ohio Cyber Reserve” to help better protect Ohioans from cyberattacks, State Representative Mark Romanchuk announced today. 


The measure, Senate Bill 52, was unanimously approved by both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate.


Romanchuk (R-Ontario), who introduced the legislation in the 132nd General Assembly and helped shepherd it through the Ohio House this year, applauded the measure’s passage.


“The safety and security of Ohioans needs to keep pace with the times,” Romanchuk said. “This legislation will not only protect our state from cyberattacks but help ensure the integrity of our elections.”


Senate Bill 52 allows the governor to organize and maintain the Ohio Cyber Reserve, which will be trained to educate and protect state and local governments, businesses and citizens from cyberattacks.


The measure also will help protect critical infrastructure from cyberattacks, including Ohio’s election systems. The bill makes Ohio’s secretary of state a member of the Department of Public Safety’s Homeland Security Advisory Council.


The bill now goes to Governor Mike DeWine for his signature.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS - Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) today announced that Cindy Abrams (R-Harrison) has been selected by the House Majority Caucus to represent the 29th House District, which covers part of southwestern Hamilton County.


Abrams will replace Louis W. Blessing III (R-Colerain Township), who has been recommended for appointment to a seat in the Ohio Senate. Abrams will be sworn in on Thursday, October 10th and begin representing the 29th District at that time.


“With her background in law enforcement, local government and community involvement, Cindy Abrams has an outstanding record of community leadership and I believe she will do an outstanding job of representing the 29th District in Columbus,” Householder said.


Abrams has served as a City Councilwoman for the City of Harrison since 2016. She previously served as a Police Officer for the Cincinnati Police from 1996 to 2003.  With years of both public and private sector work experience, she is well-equipped to advocate for the people of Ohio’s 29th House District.


“I’m humbled and honored to be chosen to represent the 29th District in the Ohio House,” Abrams said. “I am committed to making sure our community continues to have a strong voice at the Statehouse.”


Abrams received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University and is a graduate of the Public Leadership Academy of The Ohio State University.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS - Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) today announced that Jason C. Stephens (R-Kitts Hill) has been selected by the House Majority Caucus to represent the 93rd House District, which includes Gallia and Jackson counties, most of Lawrence County and part of Vinton County.


Stephens will replace Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell), who resigned to become president of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College. Stephens will be sworn in on Thursday and begin representing the 93rd District at that time.


“Jason Stephens has a strong record of community service both as a small businessman and in local office,” Householder said. “He has the experience to hit the ground running and represent his constituents in the Ohio House.”


Stephens has served as Lawrence County auditor since March 14, 2011. He had previously served as Lawrence County commissioner. He currently is a licensed insurance agent and owner at Stephens & Son Insurance Agency, Inc.


“I am extremely honored and humbled to be selected,” Stephens said. “I will work extremely hard to represent the good people of the 93rd district. I look forward to serving and doing my best.”


Stephens received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics/Finance and Business Management from David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is an active member of the Rome Church of Christ in Proctorville. He has been married to his wife Juli for 25 years and they have three sons.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – State Representative Tim Ginter (R-Salem) was appointed today by Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) to Chair the House Aging and Long-Term Care Committee. The committee will consider legislative issues that are pertinent to older adults.


“I am honored to be appointed chairman of the Aging and Long Term Care Committee by Speaker Householder and I look forward to working with the other members of this committee on the issues that impact our aging population,” said Rep. Ginter. “Today, our state has 2.5 million residents over the age of 60, and our 60-plus population is growing more than 20 times faster than our overall population. Our objective is to do our best to meet the current needs of this population and also prepare for the challenges we will face in the near future.”


Representative Ginter serves on Health and State and Local Government committees, as well as the Ohio Advisory Council on Aging, the Governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives and the Ohio Child Support Guideline Advisory Council.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – State Representative Derek Merrin (R- Monclova Township) has been named Chairman of the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax policy committee in the Ohio House.


The appointment was made today by Speaker Larry Householder.


“This is a tremendous honor and I appreciate Speaker Householder’s confidence in asking me to lead this important committee,” said Merrin (R-Monclova Township).


Merrin has a strong record working to protect tax dollars, improve transparency and lowering taxes. He was previously chairman of the House Health Committee.


“My philosophy is that it’s not the government’s money, it’s the taxpayers’ money,” Merrin said. “I’ve always taken seriously my role as a watchdog to protect tax dollars and look forward to continuing my efforts to make the tax code simpler to lower compliance costs for families, farmers and businesses in Northwest Ohio.”


Merrin is the author of the new law repealing the sales tax on prescription eyewear, which took effect on July 1. The plan will save taxpayers $30 million annually. He has also advanced several measures to support taxpayers and keep our economy strong, including advocating for cutting income tax rates 4 percent across the board in the state budget approved earlier this year.


He has an extensive background in government finance. Prior to joining the Ohio House, he served on city council and later as mayor in Waterville. He was also tapped by the state auditor’s office to conduct performance audits for financially strapped schools and cities throughout Ohio.


Merrin represents the 47th District, which includes portions of Lucas and Fulton counties.

 
 
  

COLUMBUS – State Representative Jeff LaRe (R-Violet Township) today was named Vice-Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee by Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder.


The committee is the chief tax policy committee in the Ohio House.


“Protecting tax dollars is a top priority of mine as state representative,” LaRe said. “I appreciate Speaker Householder’s confidence in naming me to help lead this important committee.”


Representative LaRe also serves on the Agriculture and Rural Development, Insurance, and Transportation and Public Safety Committees.

 
 
  
[Pictured, left to right: Linda Fisher, Union County Neighbor to Neighbor (UCN2N) Volunteer Coordinator; Tessa Fite, UCN2N Program Manager; Jim Cesa, UCN2N Board Member, Representative Tracy Richardson]

COLUMBUS – Representative Tracy Richardson (R-Marysville) today celebrated the creation of Good Neighbor Day in Ohio with staff from Union County Neighbor to Neighbor.


Representative Richardson sponsored House Resolution 222, which designates September 28, 2019 as Good Neighbor Day in Ohio.


Good Neighbor Day has been recognized federally since 1978, when President Carter issued Proclamation 4601.


Representative Richardson participated in a service request for assistance along with a local volunteer and Union County Neighbor to Neighbor Board Chair Holly Novak. The experience inspired her to pursue a resolution designating Good Neighbor Day in Ohio.


Union County Neighbor to Neighbor connects volunteers with seniors who need assistance such as transportation, home and yard maintenance, and coordinating with state and local services. They also help seniors stay connected to the community, offering outings such as book clubs, art classes, concerts in the park, and potluck dinners.


“I join with my fellow members of the Ohio House of Representatives in celebrating and encouraging all of us in the great State of Ohio to commit to helping one another and to building stronger communities,” said Representative Richardson.

 
 
  
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