Governing the States and Localities, a publication dedicated to covering politics, policy, and management for state and local government leaders, recently named Senator Frank LaRose (R–Copley) a “State Legislator to Watch.”
Governing has annually assembled a list of top legislators to watch since 2012. In the January 2014 issue, LaRose was named in their ranking ,“12 State Legislators to Watch in 2014,” which includes six Democrats and six Republicans from Statehouses across the nation.
The article, authored by Governing writer Louis Jacobson, states, “It’s a tough time to be a politician, but these state lawmakers are really making a mark.”
“I’m honored to have been recognized by Governing for the work we are doing in Ohio to restore civility to government and foster a political environment that encourages elected officials to put partisan politics aside and work together to solve problems for the good of the people we serve and represent,” stated LaRose. “This list includes some truly outstanding leaders who have dedicated themselves to the honorable business of public service; I’m humbled to be counted among them.”
Governing stated that the lawmakers chosen for this year’s recognition “have shown a keen ability to strike alliances across party lines,” or have “racked up significant accomplishments during their time in office.”
Senator LaRose has been a member of the Ohio Senate since 2010 where he currently serves as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Public Safety, Local Government, and Veterans Affairs. Senator LaRose is a decorated Veteran of the U.S. Army and has served in the U.S. Special Forces as a Green Beret. He resides in Copley Township, Ohio with his wife, Lauren, and their two daughters.
You can read the full Governing article by clicking here or by visiting http://www.governing.com/topics/politics/gov-2014-state-legislators-to-watch.html.
“Transportation issues touch the lives of all Ohioans," said LaRose. "I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to craft a transportation budget that invests in Ohio's diverse transportation infrastructure to enhance prosperity and improve safety for Ohio’s families.”
"The concept is pretty straightforward," said Senator LaRose. "This bill will update Ohio's campaign finance law to allow local entities to join a system that has operated smoothly for over 15 years. There is no good reason to deny the public the opportunity to view local campaign finance reports online when state reports are already available."
"Our county boards of elections work hard to stretch every taxpayer dollar as far as it will go to ensure efficient, fair elections," said LaRose. "Forcing them to hold uncontested primary elections is a clear waste of time and taxpayer resources. This commonsense, bipartisan bill would remove the unnecessary cost burden placed on local communities and improve efficiency in the administration of our elections."
"This stuff is lethal and it affects every corner of our state. Our fellow Ohioans want us to address this scourge on our communities," added LaRose. "I believe that addicts need to be in treatment and drug dealers belong behind bars. This legislation was crafted to punish traffickers without ensnaring addicts."