Current Office:State Treasurer
Josh Mandel is the 48th Treasurer of the State of Ohio, having been elected as the top vote-getter of all statewide executive candidates, winning 80 of Ohio's 88 counties. Treasurer Mandel is a Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Iraq and served as State Representative from the 17th Ohio House District. He was first elected State Representative in 2006, knocking on 19,679 doors and wearing out three pairs of shoes. In 2008 he was re-elected to a second term, representing a district with a 2:1 Democrat to Republican voter ratio. Treasurer Mandel has a record of advancing the free enterprise system, advocating for limited government, and standing up to bureaucrats who treat businesses as if they're "guilty until proven innocent".
As Treasurer of Ohio, Josh has earned the highest possible rating from Standard & Poor's for the $4 billion government investment fund he manages, and the highest possible rating from Fitch for the state's short-term General Obligation bonds. Applying the principles of fiscal conservatism and common sense decision-making, his liquidity portfolio is up $2.3 billion from the day he took office, and he has navigated the European sovereign debt crisis with a yield on behalf of the taxpayers. These accomplishments came in the wake of the United States credit rating being downgraded for the first time in American history, and at least 14 government funds throughout the country being downgraded.
During his four years in the State Legislature, Treasurer Mandel devoted a significant amount of energy towards the issues of restoring fiscal sanity to government, expanding school choice, improving the state's business climate through free market principles, and protecting family values and The Constitution. Additionally, Treasurer Mandel has been a leader in the area of energy policy, advocating for the responsible exploration of America's natural resources. Due to his leadership on these and other issues, Treasurer Mandel was given the "Legislative Courage Award" by Moms for Ohio, named legislative "Rookie of the Year" by the non-partisan Columbus Monthly Magazine, and named "Watchdog of the Treasury" by the United Conservatives of Ohio.
Treasurer Mandel's previous elected experience includes service as a Lyndhurst City Councilman, where he was elected in 2003 with more votes than any candidate for Council or Mayor. As Councilman, Josh introduced and led the fight for the first municipal property tax rollback in Lyndhurst history, which currently remains one of the only municipal property tax rollbacks in Ohio history.
Inspired by a strong sense of duty to country, Treasurer Mandel enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 2000, where he graduated first in his class from Marine Corps Boot Camp and first in his class from Marine Corps Intelligence School. His Marine Corps career spanned eight years, including two tours in Anbar Province, Iraq. During both tours he was awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal for "superior performance of his duties."
Treasurer Mandel holds a Bachelor Degree from The Ohio State University and a Law Degree from Case Western Reserve University. He is the grandson of a blue collar laborer and a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, who both instilled in him the principles of hard work, integrity and strong family values. Josh and his wife Ilana reside in northeast Ohio.