The Ohio House of Representatives kicked off another legislative term, officially the 130th General Assembly in the state’s history. I am honored and humbled to serve as your voice in Columbus.

The new General Assembly brings with it a number of changes that I am especially excited about. For instance, a lot of work has been done in recent months to make the governmental process more transparent for Ohioans interested in following what we do at the Statehouse. Citizens have long been able to watch House session online, but beginning this year they will also have the ability to watch hearings taking place in the Finance Committee.

While I do not serve on the House Finance Committee, the budget is obviously something I will be studying closely because it is probably the largest and most important piece of legislation we will be dealing with. The hearings, as well as session, can be found at and

A lot of credit for increasing transparency is due to House Speaker Bill Batchelder from Medina County. Besides his great leadership experience, one thing I have already recognized about the speaker is that he is true to his word. He has stated that he wanted more transparency in state government, and this is a great step toward meeting that goal.

It is also important that constituents are able to connect with their legislators. I will be making a strong effort to reach out to constituents in many different ways. Constituents are always welcome to call my office, meet with me in my office in Columbus, or perhaps we can set up meetings somewhere in the district.

Again, I am eager to work hard on your behalf in Columbus to build on momentum from the past two years. Many people are clearly frustrated with the federal government right now, so I think it is important that Ohio and other states do everything in their power to restore confidence in government. By opening up the committee process online, every Ohioan will have the opportunity to see what the state government is doing and be able to offer comment.

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