My second term in the Ohio House of Representatives is already well underway, and I could not be more thankful for the opportunity to be your voice at the Ohio Statehouse. I was recently appointed to the House committees I will serve on over the next two years, and I would like to take a moment to fill you in on the kind of issues I expect to encounter in my work and research on these committees.


Committee designations are assigned for a variety of reasons, often based on each member’s experience, interests, and district-specific needs. In my case, I have been appointed to five committees, including a subcommittee of Finance, and was honored to be selected to chair the House Aging and Long-Term Care Committee. My past experience with the Northwest Area Office on Aging has given me the insight and expertise to lead on the issues this committee will delve into. I look forward to addressing the needs of Ohio’s elderly and finding solutions that will benefit this aging population.


In addition to this considerable responsibility, I will sit on the State and Local Government and Economic Development, Commerce, and Labor committees. After serving as an Ottawa County Commissioner for 27 years with a focus on local economic development, I am vastly familiar with the issues and needs localities, from townships to counties, deal with on a day-to-day basis. I hope to bring my knowledge to the table when considering legislation at the state level that would improve communication between local governments and their economic outlook.


Finally, I have the chance to serve on the Finance Committee, which is especially important as the Governor and the legislature consider the biennial state operating budget over the next several months. Finance is already in full swing, having held multiple hearings to review and discuss the different aspects of the state budget. Moreover, I will also sit on the Finance Subcommittee on State Government and Agency Review, which will study a specific subset of the state budget and spending priorities of state agencies.


The next two years are sure to be full of diverse topics and matters, especially considering the array of committees I have the privilege to serve on. I have already taken these new challenges head-on, and more than anything, am looking forward to learning new things and representing you in Columbus. I certainly cannot do this job without your help, so I encourage you to contact my office with input as the 132nd General Assembly carries on.

 
 
 
  
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