Senator Stephanie Kunze is currently serving her second term in the Ohio Senate representing the people of the 16th Senate District on the western side of Franklin County including the cities of Dublin, Galloway, Grove City, Hilliard, Upper Arlington, Worthington and portions of Clintonville and Columbus.
Senator Kunze has called Ohio home for more than 25 years. While raising her two daughters with her husband Matt, she dedicated her time to volunteer leadership and service in her community and was elected to the Hilliard City Council in 2009. Her commitment to supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs led her to be a founding member of LocaLevelEvents, which was created to encourage those who live and work in an area to support their local businesses, schools and community. In addition, she volunteers with groups to address the needs and challenges of suburban poverty in her community. She is passionate about advocating for children and families to make Ohio the most attractive state to live, work, and play.
She serves as Co-chair on the Infant Mortality Commission and is committed to helping the state reduce its infant death rate and see more of Ohio’s youngest citizens live to see their first birthday. During her two terms in the Ohio House representing the 24th Ohio House District, she played a key role in the passage of legislation aimed at reducing Ohio’s alarming infant mortality rate. She looks forward to continuing her focus on fighting this heartbreaking issue.
Senator Kunze has successfully championed legislation delivering justice for victims of sexual violence. During her time in the Senate, she has championed bills that have helped those who have been trafficked to expunge their records, gain a certificate of qualification for employment, and increased penalties for promoting prostitution.
Senator Kunze is a member of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce, The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, and Franklin County Farm Bureau. Senator Kunze graduated with a degree in English from Indiana University.
134th General Assembly Committee Assignments:
- Transportation (Chairman)
- Local Government and Elections Committee
- Insurance Committee
- Financial Institutions and Technology Committee
- Rules & Reference Committee
134th General Assembly Appointments:
-Ohio Children’s Trust Fund
-Governor’s Executive Workforce Board
-The Commission on Minority Health
-Former Co-chair of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission