Current Office:Secretary of State
Jon Husted was first elected to the legislature in 2000, representing Ohio’s 37th House District. In 2005 and again in 2007, Husted’s colleagues honored him by electing him Speaker of the Ohio House. As speaker, Husted was responsible for all of the functions of the Ohio House. In addition, he served as the chair of the House Rules and Reference Committee and of the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee.
Serving in his first term in the Ohio Senate, Senator Husted continues to remain committed to making sure each child has the best opportunities available for a quality education and advocating for policies that will help improve Ohio’s economy and create better jobs. During the 127th General Assembly, Husted strengthened education in Ohio by leading the efforts to create the Choose Ohio First Scholarship, which will provide $100 million in STEM (science, technology, mathematics and medicine) scholarship funds to Ohio students attending Ohio colleges and universities.
Husted led the legislative effort to reform the tax code and the passage of the most fiscally conservative budget in more than 40 years that included a 21 percent income tax cut – the largest income tax cut in Ohio history. He has championed efforts to improve education by expanding school choice options for Ohio children and families. Husted furthered these efforts in the 126th General Assembly with the unveiling of the Ohio Educational Choice Scholarship Program – a nationally recognized initiative that provides educational options to children and families.
Husted attended the University of Dayton, where he earned All-American Defensive Back honors as a member of the 1989 Division III National Championship football team. After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at UD, Husted stayed in the Dayton area and worked for the Montgomery County Commissioners and later as Vice-President of Business and Economic Development at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. It was while serving in this position that he decided to run for political office.
Senator Husted serves as Chairman of the Government Oversight Committee, a newly created committee to ensure the Ohio Senate has an appropriate venue to promote increased accountability and transparency in the operation of state government offices and agencies. In addition, Husted serves as a member of the Senate Education; Energy and Public Utilities; and Rules Committees.
Husted resides in Kettering where he represents the 6th Ohio Senate district. After serving as Speaker of the House, Husted returned to work at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and serves as the Director of Workforce Education and Employer Services. With all of his responsibilities, however, Senator Husted considers his most important roles as that of husband to his wife Tina and father to his children, Alex, Katie and Kylie.