Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has appointed State Representative Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek) to serve as Vice Chair of the House Economic and Workforce Development Committee, which will become effective May 1st.

“I am excited to serve Ohioans in this role,” said Perales. “I have an opportunity to continue the work of my colleagues in ensuring that businesses have the climate and the workforce they need to thrive in Ohio.”

The House Economic and Workforce Development Committee addresses legislation that pertains to expanding job growth, supporting small businesses and fostering economic investment within Ohio’s workforce.

Perales retired from the United States Air Force in 1997, his military career culminating as Commander of the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  He has also served as the Mayor of the City of Beavercreek from 2002-2003, and then served as Greene County Commissioner for eight years.  As Executive Director of Facilities at the University of Dayton, Representative Perales led the unprecedented campus expansion and revival from 1998-2013.

Perales will continue to serve on the Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee, the Finance Committee, as well as the State Government Committee. He will also continue to serve as the Chair of the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee, which has is focused on economic and workforce development in Ohio’s aerospace and aviation industry.

The 73rd House District includes the western portion of Greene County, including Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

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