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CONSTITUENTS OF OHIO’S 3RD, 12TH, AND 15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS HOLD TOWN HALL IN COLUMBUS ON IMMIGRATION, TAXES, HEALTH CARE, NATIONAL SECURITY, AND MORE

COLUMBUS—Recently, constituents from Ohio’s 3rd, 12th, and 15th Congressional Districts held a town hall meeting to discuss a range of vital issues facing central Ohio, the state, and the country. Topics included immigration, health care, national security, tax reform, and the Congressional investigations into Russian election interference.

Participants brought questions for Rep. Pat Tiberi (OH12), Rep. Steve Stivers (OH15), and Senator Rob Portman, all of whom were on recess. However, none of these elected members of Congress were willing to attend the public discussion. Tiberi and Stivers avoided town hall meetings organized by their constituents during their previous Congressional recess. Portman continues to skip constituent-organized town halls as well.

A panel of experts volunteered to listen to constituent concerns and share their own views on the Trump administration, our current Congress, and the way forward for our democracy.

Immigration

One event participant shared personal stories about his firsthand experience with discrimination in the Columbus area. Another participant read a troubling account of discrimination suffered by another local resident.

Romin Iqbal, legal director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)–Columbus, recommended tactics that bystanders can use to help combat discrimination when they witness it. Earlier he shared his views on recent attempts to ban citizens of particular countries from entering the United States. “President Trump’s travel ban unfairly targets Muslim-majority countries and violates the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Multiple federal courts across the country have held this ban to be unconstitutional, and we are confident that it will ultimately be struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

National security

Dennis Laich, a retired Army major general, answered questions on national security issues and underscored problems with Trump’s approach to national security. “The national security issues faced by the United States today are the most complex I have seen in my lifetime. The Trump administration has failed to articulate a coherent strategy to address them and is substituting ‘one-off’ tactical actions and disjointed rhetoric for the strategy that is required.”

Health care

Daniel Skinner, assistant professor of health policy at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, answered questions about health care policy and recent attempts by Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He also spoke about the importance of eliminating gerrymandering for preserving our democracy.

Constitutional law

Professor Ruth Colker, Distinguished University Professor and Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law at the Ohio State University, noted conflicts between Trump’s activities and constitutional law. “President Trump is blatantly violating the United States Constitution. He is profiteering in violation of the Emoluments Clause, ignoring his responsibility to make sure the laws are ‘faithfully executed’ by undermining the Affordable Care Act and environmental protection laws, trampling on basic principles of federalism by imperiling the financial security of sanctuary cities, cruelly discriminating against Muslims through his inhumane immigration policies, and violating basic principles of separation of powers by dropping bombs on a Syrian airfield without a proper authorization of force from Congress,” says Colker. “Did Stivers, Tiberi, and Portman really take an oath to uphold the Constitution? If so, they should be drafting articles of impeachment against this lawless president.”

In addition to facilitating discussions among constituents and experts, the event provided an opportunity to educate constituents: The town hall was preceded and followed by an Activist Fair at which groups shared skills and ideas for taking action. Organizers also collected items for Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Pantry.

Follow Indivisible: Ohio District 12 on Twitter @OhioDistrict12 and monitor the hashtags #IndivisibleOH12 and #OH12. Follow constituents from OH3 and OH15 through the handles @OH3Voters and @OH15Constituents.

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I wanted to send you a short update about my visit with President Trump and members of his staff to discuss the lessons we’ve learned in Ohio about healthcare and how this can be very helpful as Congress looks to reform Obamacare.

The President was generous with his time as we also discussed education & job training, the need for the administration to speak with one voice on national security issues, trade, how we can do more to prevent human trafficking, the opioid drug abuse that is straining our communities and the high costs of prescription medicine and various remedies to this growing problem.

BROWN ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $222,000 in federal funds to support and protect FIREFIGHTERS IN DELAWARE COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $222,737 to Delaware County EMS for Operations and Safety upgrades through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

“Ohio firefighters and first responders work every day to protect our families,” said Brown. “We must support our first-responder organizations so that communities like Delaware County have the resources to shield families and homes from fire hazards.”

The AFG program supports fire departments across the country to ensure the safety of both first-responders and the public. The program provides funds for supplemental training, upgrades to protective equipment, facility modifications, and other supplies that protect firefighters and first-responders in moments of crisis.

Stopping at Nothing (email from Donald J. Trump)

Karen Handel for Congress

Friend,

Liberal Democrats are spending millions of dollars trying to steal a Congressional seat from Republicans in Georgia.

They’re fighting to defeat a strong conservative who wants to continue to advance our America First agenda across the country.

Now that we have a Republican nominee, Democrats will stop at nothing to tear down Karen Handel in Georgia.

We must unite and fight back, Friend.

Karen Handel is running against liberal Jon Ossoff. Ossoff is funded by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, who desperately want to land a blow against my presidency.

She is fighting a liberal Democrat who is weak on crime, weak on illegal immigration and wants to raise your taxes.

Initial polls show that the race is neck-and-neck. I hope you can step up right now to support Karen.

Thanks,

Donald J. Trump

President of the United States

BROWN ANNOUNCES $26 MILLION IN FEDERAL RESOURCES TO COMBAT OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN OHIO

Announcement Follows Brown’s Call on Trump Administration to Release Grant Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is finally releasing $26 million in grant funding to Ohio to bolster efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. The grant funding is the first batch of funding made possible by the 21st Century Cures Act, which Brown supported. More money is expected to be released next year. Earlier, Brown joined Senate colleagues in a letter to President Trump calling for the release of critical resources that have been designated to address the nation’s opioid epidemic.

“Ohio communities have long been asking for help to combat the opioid crisis, so I’m glad to see the resources we secured last year have finally been announced and will soon help individuals and families get the treatment they need,” said Brown. “The release of this funding is an important step, but we know that there is more work to be done. Congress and the Administration must continue to support federal treatment, prevention, and recovery efforts, and at the same time, recognize that any cuts to federal addiction resources will only set us back as we work to tackle the opioid epidemic in Ohio.”

While the bill that secured funding for the epidemic was signed into law last December, the distribution of resources was delayed, harming states like Ohio that are in critical need of additional resources. The letter also outlined the Senators’ concerns regarding the use of funding from the 21st Century Cures Act to offset cuts to other federal resources that would address opioid or substance use disorders. The Senators called on Trump to fully fund federal prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts. Brown has also written to President Trump urging him not to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, which provides 900,000 Ohioans with health insurance, and more than 200,000 Ohioans rely on for their addiction treatment.

Brown has worked to combat the scourge of opioid use in Ohio. Brown urged Governor George “Sonny” Perdue, President Trump’s nominee to serve as the Secretary of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to continue USDA’s efforts to fight the opioid epidemic in Ohio communities. USDA has helped in the fight against opioids through its Rural Development grant programs, like the Community Facilities Program—which helps rural communities expand local resources like medical facilities and public safety services. Brown also supported a strong Rural Development title in the 2014 Farm Bill to provide economic support to rural communities.

Last month, Brown worked with his colleagues Sens. Ed Markey (D-MA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to introduce bipartisan legislation to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) keep the deadly synthetic opioid, fentanyl, out of the country. Brown’s bill, the INTERDICT Act, would provide CBP with additional high-tech screening equipment and lab resources to detect fentanyl before it enters the U.S. According to a report from the Ohio Department of Health, fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Ohio more than doubled from 503 in 2014 to 1,155 in 2015. Several state and national law enforcement organizations have endorsed Brown’s bill.

Last Congress, Brown introduced legislation that would address the opioid epidemic from prevention to recovery, filling in gaps that would help: boost prevention, improve tools for crisis response for those who fall through the cracks, expand access to treatment, and provide support for lifelong recovery. Brown supported the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), signed into law last year, which included his provision to combat drug abuse within Medicare by locking those with a history of addiction into one prescriber and one pharmacy to help mitigate the risk of prescribing opioids to at-risk patients. Brown was also a cosponsor of the Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opioid Safety Act, which passed into law as part of CARA and will help provide safer and more effective pain management services to our nation’s veterans. He has also worked to expand use of medication-assisted treatment or MAT, which was included in CARA, and cosponsored The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment (TREAT) Act to further increase access to this form of treatment.

In response to the recent U.S. action in Syria, Gov. John Kasich issued the following statements:

“The Assad regime committed war crimes that can not be tolerated. The U.S. response was appropriate and necessary.”

“Assad must go. And whether he is forced out sooner or later, he must be tried for war crimes. We should begin that process now.”

Gov. Kasich also issued a statement congratulating Judge Neil Gorsuch on his confirmation to be the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. His is a much needed conservative voice on the court.

Gov. Kasich joined Amazon in celebrating the opening of their new fulfillment center near Columbus. Ohio has been a leader in the nation in diversifying our economy and attracting companies like Amazon and others that are creating jobs and opportunities for our labor force.

BROWN SLAMS TRUMP PLANS TO UNDERMINE KEY WALL STREET REFORMS

Senator Warns Against Efforts to Roll Back Inversions Crackdown, Make it Easier for Corporations to Cheat the System

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and a member of the Finance Committee – issued the following statement after news reports that President Trump plans to issue executive orders aimed at dismantling key Wall Street reforms enacted after the 2008 financial crisis, and take steps toward rolling back crackdowns on corporate tax loopholes.

“After the 2008 financial crisis almost destroyed our economy, Wall Street reform put tools in place to protect working Americans from once again bailing out ‘too-big-to fail’ banks and financial institutions. Any actions to undermine these protections encourage Wall Street’s risky behavior and leave taxpayers and our economy exposed to another catastrophe,” Brown said.

According to news reports, the President’s executive orders would call for a review of two key provisions under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform law to prevent another too-big-to-fail financial crisis. The orderly liquidation provision of the law empowers government oversight authorities to wind down a large, complex financial institution that is failing and dismantle it in a way that is less harmful and disruptive than taxpayer bailouts or bankruptcy. Another provision allows the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) to monitor the risks posed by nonbank financial companies, like the insurance conglomerate AIG, and to address these risks through enhanced supervision and stricter rules.

The President is also expected to order the U.S. Treasury Secretary to review all of the tax rules the Treasury Department issued last year. Brown warned against efforts to make it easier for corporations to invert, or move their headquarters overseas on paper simply to avoid paying their fair share in U.S. taxes. Under the Obama Administration, Treasury issued new rules cracking down on these so-called inversions and the tax structures that make them attractive. According to reports, one of the White House’s expected orders today may aim to roll back these important safeguards.

“We should be working to lower taxes for hardworking families and workers across Ohio, not helping multimillion-dollar corporations cheat the system to avoid paying their fair share,” Brown said.

A conservative Navy SEAL

Governor Eric Greitens, US Navy SEAL

Eric Greitens for Governor

Friend,

From my four deployments as a U.S. Navy SEAL with a counter-terrorism US Special Operations Special Mission Unit, to founding The Mission Continues – an organization that helps American veterans return home and find meaning in their new lives – I’ve learned first-hand that we can only accomplish greatness with the help of a team.

Making real, lasting conservative change in America is going to take strong leadership – but it doesn’t start or end with just one person.

That’s why I am reaching out today. Will you join me today and become a member of Team Greitens? More than anything, I need your financial support right now!

Join Our Team

During my time as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan and Iraq, I always knew there was someone to my left and someone to my right that was counting on me. I know now YOU are counting on me to lead and set an example for the rest of the nation of what good leadership can accomplish. But I also know that without your help, our mission isn’t possible.

Join our mission to turn our state – our nation – around by following this link and making a secure campaign contribution right now.

As part of our team, you’ll join the mission to end politics as usual. Career politicians have turned our government into a “go-along-to-get-along” embarrassment. When I decided to run for Governor, I had never run for political office before. I ran as a conservative outsider so I am not beholden to anyone – other than the people of Missouri.

When I was a Navy SEAL, I took an oath to defend our country. Now I am continuing that oath by standing up for the conservative policies that we need to help our nation safe.

I am committed to:

Fighting for the middle class;

Ending the corruption of insider politics;

Supporting our police officers and firefighters;

Cutting out-of-control government spending;

Protecting the second amendment rights of law-abiding citizens;

And much more

Friend, I am fighting for you. I know we can complete the mission to bring meaningful, conservative change to our nation if you join me today. Can I count on you?

Sincerely,

Eric Greitens

Governor of Missouri

P.S. As a Navy SEAL I learned the importance of completing a mission – and it starts with having trust in your team to have your back. Become part of our team once again by joining our team of outsiders by chipping in today.

Join Our Team

Paid for by Greitens for Missouri,

Jeff Stuerman, Treasurer

This information does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Navy or Department of Defense.

Bumping these veterans stories

Since we started our campaign to save veterans’ health care from Donald Trump’s effort to turn it into a voucher system, we’ve received THOUSANDS of stories from veterans who want us to fight for them.

We shared a few below, and they are as powerful as you’d expect.

All our best,

– The team at VoteVets

As an Iraq War veteran, I receive great care at the VA. And I know I’m not alone. According to independent polls, more than 90 percent of veterans approve of their inpatient and outpatient care through the VA.

But Donald Trump wants to privatize veterans health care and turn it into a voucher system just to give some of the richest health care executives in the world a few more bucks.

We’re not going to let him get away with it. In a moment, I am going to share some of the stories we received from thousands of veterans counting on VoteVets to fight to protect their care. I want you to read them, and then help ensure we have the resources we need to elevate their voices in the right ahead.

Make a $3 contribution to VoteVets as a way of standing with veterans who stand to lose so much if Donald Trump is able to get away with privatizing veterans’ health care.

Here are just a few:

“I’ve been with the VA for more than 5 years now and have been treated with everything from a simple cold to having a bone growth removed from my right foot to stenosis in my lower back that made the pain of my left sciatic nerve almost unbearable and crippled me to cancer when my upper left lung lobe was removed. Having experienced these diverse ailments I can absolutely say my treatment and service was first rate.” – Andrew from Florida

“They diagnosed cancer and helped me defeat it in 2010. They take care of my eyes, ears and help me control my Meniere’s disease and Tinnitus. And, they see me annually to fend off any future problem. Without the V.A. I would have little or no healthcare.” – John in California

“They have saved my life on more than one occasion over the past 15+ years. So am I happy with the VA’s role in my life? You bet I am! I wouldn’t go back to Vietnam, but for all the good the VA has done in my life it was almost worth it.” – Larry from North Carolina

Thank you for chipping in to support this campaign. It’s one of the most important pieces of our mission at VoteVets.

All my best,

Rick Hegdahl

Iraq War Veteran

VoteVets

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Urgent Message from Donald J. Trump, Jr.

From the Desk of Donald J. Trump Jr.

Friend,

I’m back on the campaign trail. Why? Because my friend, Greg Gianforte, needs our immediate help.

Greg is running in a Special Election in Montana to replace Secretary Ryan Zinke’s seat in Congress. But he’s facing a tough campaign. Nancy Pelosi, career Democrats, and the rest of the radical Left are desperate to defeat him. They are determined to stop my father and the Trump movement – and that starts with defeating Greg Gianforte.

Greg has been a strong supporter of the Trump Movement – pledging to DRAIN THE SWAMP. I know that Greg will be an ally to my father in Congress, but he can’t get there without our support.

Friend, you see, the Left will stop at nothing to discredit my father’s presidency and their first way of achieving that is by defeating Greg Gianforte. They think that if they can defeat Greg Gianforte in less than 50 days, they will send a clear and loud message to America.

The Liberal Political Machine, along with George Soros-funded special interest groups, are ready to attack. They are prepared to pour millions into this race not only to defeat Greg, but also to sabotage my father’s agenda in Washington.

Friend, Help Us

Stop the Democrats

With such little time until the Special Election in May, we need to act now.

That’s why I’ve set an aggressive fundraising goal to help Greg. While campaigning alongside him, I’ve set a personal goal of helping him raise an additional $100,000. We have just 72 hours to hit this goal.

Will you join me in supporting Greg Gianforte for Congress? You can help by sending $25, $50, $100, $1,000 or more today to help Greg win and continue disrupting the Democrats’ attempt to resist the Trump White House’s agenda.

This Special Election in Montana will be the focus of the Left – so it should be our focus too, Friend.

Friend, Help Us

Stop the Democrats

But you shouldn’t just support Greg because Democrats are desperate to defeat him (just like they were desperate to stop our movement last year). You should support Greg because he’ll bring common sense reform to Washington.

You can count on Greg to support the same values that elected my father in November. In Congress, Greg will:

Help “drain the swamp” and support the agenda of President Donald Trump;

Fight for our constitutional rights to bear and keep arms;

Protect American energy jobs and stop job-killing regulations from the radical Left;

Fight to protect our borders and strengthen our military, keeping our nation safe from those who want to hurt our way of life.

And the list doesn’t end there. We need Greg Gianforte in Congress – but he’ll only win with our support today.

Follow this secure link to help us reach our goal of raising an additional $100,000 while I’m in Montana with Greg.

Greg Gianforte needs our help so he can go to Washington and stand with President Donald Trump!

Thanks,

Donald J. Trump, Jr.

P.S. I am back on the campaign trail because Greg Gianforte needs our help. He’s up against the Democrat Machine that is desperate to win and prove a point. They see this campaign as their comeback story after my father’s historic win in November.

If you are still part of the Trump Team – please help Greg Gianforte. We must raise an additional $100,000 in the next 72 hours. Will you chip in?

Friend, Help Us

Stop the Democrats

Paid for by Greg for Montana

Associations react to House K-12 funding changes

Given the circumstances with the state’s dismal revenue projections, the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA), Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) and Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) are pleased to see that the Ohio House of Representatives has chosen to continue to make K-12 education a top priority. While we are disappointed with aspects of the proposed budget, we believe the House has done the best it could with the executive budget it was given.

We remain concerned about the losses many school districts and educational service centers will experience compared to funding they received in the last budget. We continue to be concerned about using the State Share Index to determine how much state funding schools receive, as well as the significant loss of tangible personal property tax payments some districts are experiencing. Also, we had hoped to see more money for transportation. School district buses drive 158 million miles each year, the cost of which draws away classroom funding, especially in low-wealth rural school districts.

This budget continues to shortchange students in districts that lack the capacity to address the challenges posed by poverty. Year after year, data clearly show that students’ educational attainment in districts with high concentrations of poverty perform starkly below their counterparts in more affluent districts.

We look forward to working with the Ohio Senate to improve education outcomes for all students as the budget continues through the process.

The Best Ideas Come From Ohio

One of my most important jobs as your senator is listening to the Ohioans I represent. I’ve spent the past several weeks hosting roundtables across our state – I recently hosted my 300th Ohio round-table. I talked with manufacturing workers in Cleveland and autoworkers in Toledo. I heard from local leaders about their bus system in Canton and their transportation needs in Akron. I listened to the stories of mine-workers who are fighting for their pensions and health care in Steubenville. And I will continue the conversation in Cincinnati and Dayton in the coming weeks, and across Ohio throughout the year.

The best ideas don’t come out of Washington – they come out of these conversations with Ohioans.

In Toledo and Cleveland, I hosted round-tables with workers to talk about trade and hear your priorities for renegotiating NAFTA. I’ve always stood up to presidents of both parties to fight for better trade deals for Ohio, and today is no different. I’m going to hold NAFTA renegotiation to the same standard I’ve always used for every trade deal, no matter who is in the White House: does it put Ohio workers first? Over and over at these round-tables, that’s what I heard from workers and from labor leaders. They want a trade policy that will stop the job losses, and will crack down on unfair competition.

Of course, we must do more than just stop job losses – we need to create new jobs, and we have the opportunity to do just that by investing in a serious infrastructure plan. Too many of our roads, bridges, and railways have fallen into disrepair. Last month, the American Society for Civil Engineer’s 2017 report card gave the U.S. a dismal D+ grade for our infrastructure.

But this problem is also an opportunity – we have a chance to put Ohioans to work across our state. We can create jobs repaving and repairing our streets, rebuilding bridges, eliminating lead from older homes, upgrading our water and public transit systems, and building broadband networks across Ohio. From Canton to Akron to Youngstown to Columbus, I’ve hosted roundtables and events to hear from Ohio communities what your most pressing infrastructure needs are.

Creating and supporting good jobs is among the most important things we can do for Ohio – but along with that, we must also support workers when they retire. Right now, Washington is failing thousands of Ohio coal-miners who are on the verge of losing the health care and retirement they’ve earned over a lifetime of hard work.

I heard from those miners and their families in Steubenville. I talked with them, and heard their stories – stories of years of backbreaking, dangerous work, but work that had dignity. They put in their time to earn better lives for their families, and they deserve the full health care and pensions they were promised.

I will fight like hell for those miners – and for all the Ohio workers I meet across our great state. I’m working to hear your concerns and your ideas, and turn those ideas into plans that will create good-paying jobs and support Ohio communities.

— Sen. Sherrod Brown

AEP Ohio electricity fee hike met with strong resistance at Utilities Commission hearings

At three public hearings over the past week – in Bucyrus, Marietta and most recently in Columbus on April 17 – residents told the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) not to allow AEP Ohio to raise its fixed “customer charge” on monthly electric bills. The customer charge is a mandatory fee that residents must pay on their bill in addition to charges based on the volume of electricity they use.

“When you’re a low-wage family, every penny counts. I know from experience,” said Rev. Dan Clark with Faith in Public Life at the PUCO hearing in Bucyrus. “And as a Christian, I believe it is wrong to take money out of poor people’s pockets to enrich powerful special interests.”

A steep increase in the fixed monthly charge portion of a household’s electric bill, as AEP has proposed, especially disadvantages lower-income and working class Ohioans because the customer charge is the same for a family living in a small or modest-sized home consuming the least energy as for someone in a very large home consuming the most.

AEP Ohio has proposed a nearly 120 percent increase in its customer charge, from $8.40 a month to $18.40 a month. Other utilities in Ohio also have proposals before the PUCO for significant monthly fixed charge increases. Duke Energy Ohio has proposed a 280 percent increase, from $6 to $22.77 a month. First Energy’s proposal would increase its monthly customer charges from $6-$8 up to $18-$25.

“Everybody’s pretty sick of fees and hidden charges you just get hit with and can’t do anything about,” said Rachael Belz with the consumer and conservation group Ohio Citizen Action. “There’s a basic unfairness in saying to a consumer who wants to conserve energy or maybe invest in a more efficient appliance that you’re still going to have pay more no matter what.”

Steep increases in mandatory fixed charges on electric bills have come under widespread opposition around the country because of their disincentive to energy efficiency or home solar investments as well as their disproportionate impact on low energy users who are often those least able to pay more. Analysis of public utilities commission decisions on utility fixed charge increase proposals in the last year finds that the vast majority – 85 percent – were either rejected or reduced.

At the PUCO hearing in Columbus, Matthew Crouch was among those who spoke about how the rate hike will hurt low and fixed income residents: “When you’re getting paid weekly at my level of work that’s a paycheck,” Crouch said. “This is kind of corporate brutalism. Somebody just needs to say ‘this is how it’s affecting me,’ and that’s all I’m doing.”

Bishoff leaves legislature to focus on growing small business, family

COLUMBUS— State Rep. Heather Bishoff (D-Blacklick) announced she will end her term as state representative on April 25 to focus on her family and work on growing her small business, The Bishoff Financial Group.

“As I face this next chapter in life and what it has in store for me, my family and my private sector business, I will do so with cherished friendships I’ve made along the way,” Bishoff penned in a parting letter to the House. “Sending my best wishes to each and every member on their continued effort to provide the best place for ALL Ohioans to raise a family, earn an honest living, and enjoy a quality of life.”

An Army Reserve Veteran, Bishoff was first elected to the Ohio House in 2012. Prior to her service as state representative, Bishoff served on the Gahanna-Jefferson City School Board.

The two-term Democratic lawmaker represented citizens from the 20th Ohio House District, including the communities of Columbus, Whitehall, Gahanna, Jefferson Township, Reynoldsburg, Groveport, Madison Township, Pickerington, Canal Winchester, Obetz, Hamilton Township and Lockbourne.

The House Democratic Caucus is expected to announce a screening panel in the coming weeks to select a replacement for Bishoff.

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