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.
“This legislation will provide avenues of relief for peace officers and firefighters who have valiantly served the public and suffer from PTSD originating from the performance of their duties,” said Senator LaRose. “This commonsense change gives our brave men and women time to recover and help them begin the journey back to work."
"This legislation affects all Ohioans, our communities and our economy, and I'm proud of the bipartisan work we accomplished in the Senate," said Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) Chair of the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee. "Our priorities were to ensure safe and efficient transportation for our citizens, enhance public transit funding and send additional funds to local governments for the maintenance of our local roads and bridges."
"Transportation issues touch the lives of all Ohioans, which is why I am thrilled to announce this enhanced access and transparency," 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, and now as we recognize Sunshine Week, we are making it easier for Ohioans to participate in the process.”
"Forcing our county boards of election to hold uncontested primary elections is a clear waste of their time and taxpayer resources," said LaRose. "This commonsense, bipartisan bill would remove the unnecessary cost burden placed on local communities and improve efficiency in the administration of our elections."