Ohio ALEC Politicians

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For a list of politicians with known ALEC ties, please see ALEC Politicians.

This is a partial list of Ohio politicians that are known to be involved in, or previously involved in, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It is a partial list. (If you have additional names, please add them with a citation. The names in this original list were verified as of posting.)

Legislators who have cut ties with ALEC publicly are also listed here.

Ohio Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Cindy Abrams (R-29), Paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on November 1, 2019.[1]Attended 2019 ALEC States and Nation Policy Summit[2]
  • Rep. Tom Brinkman (R-27)Paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on November 24, 2018.[3][4][5]
  • Rep. James Callender (R-61), attended ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting[6]
  • Rep. Jon Cross, (R-83), Paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on September 3, 2019.[3]
  • Rep. Robert. C. Cupp (R-04) former OH Supreme Court Justice.[7]
  • Rep. Bill Dean (R-74), Attended 2019 ALEC States and Nation Policy Summit[2]
  • Rep. Tim Ginter (R-5), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on February 13, 2015.[8]
  • Rep. Jennifer Gross (R-52), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where she participated in "State Chair Meeting", "Opening General Session", "Workshop: Reducing Red Tape: Lessons Learned from Successful State Strategies", "CARE Constituent Management Training", "Workshop: AB5/ABC/Prop-22... What’s Happening, What’s Next and What you Need to Know in the States and DC?", "Suburban Caucus Meeting", "Workshop: Post-Election Panel: The Future of Energy and Environmental Policy", "Workshop: Growing Momentum for Personalize Health Care: Health Care Choices 2020", "General Session - Morning", "Communications and Technology Task Force Meeting", "Workshop: State Budget Reform Toolkit: Policy Best Practices to Help Legislators Navigate the Fiscal Uncertainty of COVID-19", "Training: Let's Talk about Education and Opportunity with Frank Luntz", "Workshop: Against Critical Theory’s Onslaught: Reclaiming Education and the American Dream", "Thursday General Session - Afternoon", "Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Meeting", "Jefferson Awards Ceremony" and "Friday General Session - Afternoon"[9]
  • Rep. Kris Jordan (R-67), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member.[10] Paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on March 29, 2017.[11]
  • Rep. Jeffrey LaRe (R-77), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[12]
  • Rep. Scott Lipps (R-62), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on November 29, 2018[1]; registered member
  • Rep. Riordan McClain (R-87), Paid $100 in campaign expenditures to ALEC in 2017,[13] paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on January 18, 2013.[11]
  • Rep. Derek Merrin (R-47), Paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on November 10, 2018[3]. Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[12], registered member, paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on March 10, 2017.[11]
  • Rep. Jena Powell (R-80), Paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on June 14, 2019.[3] Attended 2019 ALEC States and Nation Policy Summit[2] as well as ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting[6]
  • Rep. Craig Riedel (R-82), registered member
  • Rep. William "Bill" Seitz (R-30), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in "Process Working Group" and "Thursday General Session - Afternoon"[9], paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on November 16, 2018[3]; Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[12],[14] ALEC Civil Justice Task ForceCo-Chair.[15] Spoke on "Saving Dollars and Protecting Communities: State Successes in Corrections Policy" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[16] As a state Senator, Seitz paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on October 22, 2014, and on February 7, 2013.[8]
  • Rep. Dick Stein (R-57), registered member. Paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on March 8, 2017.[8]
  • Rep. Nino Vitale (R-85), ALEC member[17]
  • Rep. Scott Wiggam (R-01), attended ALEC's 2020 States and Nation Policy Summit where he participated in "Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Meeting"[9], paid ALEC membership fee February 7, 2019.[3] Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[12], registered member, State Chair
  • Rep. Shane Wilkin (R-91), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on February 28, 2019.[3]Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[12]
  • Rep. Paul Zeltwanger (R-64), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on February 17, 2015.[11][5]

Senate

  • Sen. Andrew Brenner (R-19)paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on February 1, 2018.[3][14]. Paid ALEC $1,550 in conference and membership fees since 2013, including ALEC conferences in 2016 and 2017, and paying ALEC 2-year membership fees on July 2, 2015 and on April 23, 2013.[8]
  • Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R-2), paid ALEC $50 one-year membership fee on April 3, 2017.[11]
  • Sen. Bob Hackett (R-10)[18]
  • Sen. Frank Hoagland (R-30) paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on March 20, 2017.[11]
  • Sen. Jay Hottinger (R-31) paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on June 10, 2018[3]; paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on February 11, 2015, and on January 25, 2013.[8][5]
  • Sen. Matt Huffman (R-12), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on November 12, 2018.[3]; [19], ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member, registered member. Campaign finance expenditure filings with the Ohio Secretary of State show Sen. Huffman spent $1,300 on ALEC events and membership in the year 2017.[8]
  • Sen. Robert McColley (R-01), State Chair, Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[12], registered member, paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on April 26, 2017 and on February 4, 2015.[8]
  • Sen. Bob Peterson (R-17), paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on November 20, 2017, and on May 3, 2017.[11] ALEC Member since at least 2011[20]
  • Sen. Kristina D. Roegner (R-27), ALEC Education Task Force Member,[21] paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on January 28, 2017.[11]
  • Sen. Tim Schaffer (R-20), paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on March 29, 2017, and on March 31, 2015.[8]
  • Sen. Kirk Schuring (R-29), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on April 21, 2017, along with a $150 ALEC conference registration fee.[8]
  • Sen. Steve Wilson (R-7) paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on Jan. 16, 2018[22]

New Carlisle City Council

  • Councilman Ethan Reynolds[4]

Former Representatives

Former Senators

  • Sen. Kevin Bacon (R-3), paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on September 28, 2016, on October 16, 2014, and on February 20, 2013.[8]
  • Sen. David Burke (R-26), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member[31]
  • Sen. John Eklund (R-18)[42][43]
  • Sen. Michael A. Fox. (R) was director Butler County Children's services, currently serving prison term for corruption.[7]
  • Sen. Randy Gardner (R-2), [7] paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on March 11, 2013[8]
  • Sen. Cliff Hite (R-1) paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on October 15, 2016.[8] Hite who was previously a member of the Ohio House of Representatives.
  • Sen. William P. Coley, II (R-4), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on April 1, 2019 and paid 2018 and 2019 ALEC Conference fee[3];Attended 2019[12] and 2020[6] ALEC Annual Meetings; State Chair, ALEC Civil Justice Task Force. II (Sen. Coley has disclosed $3,925 in payments to ALEC for events and membership since 2013.[8][11] Member since at least 2011[15]
  • Sen. Shannon Jones (R-7)[8]
  • Sen. Frank LaRose (R-27), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force member. [37]. Paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on October 22, 2014, and on June 13, 2013.[8]
  • Sen. Tom Niehaus (R-14), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member[10]
  • Sen. Larry Obhof (R-22), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on Feb. 21, 2018[44]
  • Sen. Louis Terhar (R-08); State Chair, paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on November 17, 2017[8], on January 19, 2015, and on January 17, 2019.[11] Member since at least 2011.[45]
  • Sen. Joseph W. Uecker (R-14)[23][14], ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force. Paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on April 11, 2017, on February 3, 2015, and on February 27, 2013.[8] Member since at least 2011.[27]

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  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, Public Safety & Elections Task Force 2011 Spring Task Force Summit April 29, 2011 Minutes, organizational document, June 30, 2011, p. 5, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  38. American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational task force membership directory, March 31st, 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  39. Joseph Kara, Senior Legislative Aide, Office of NewbRep. John Adams (Ohio House Majority Whip), Records from Ohio per January 6, 2012 request, Part 8, Email to Danielle Muckley, Manager of Member Relations, ALEC, November 10, 2011, p. 69, obtained and released by DBA Press, accessed May 2012
  40. Ohio Secretary of State's Office, ALEC Campaign Finance Expenditures, legislative dues paid to ALEC, 2001-2011.
  41. BatcRep. William Batchelder's legislative aid, RE: ALEC Membership, email to constituent, July 15, 2013, on file with CMD.
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  43. confirmed by his staff, June 28, 2013
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