Ohio ALEC Politicians

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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

U.S. Representative

  • Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-7) [1]

House of Representatives

  • Rep. John Becker (R-65), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[2] registered member
  • Rep. Tom Brinkman (R-27)[3][4]
  • Rep. James Butler (R-41), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member[5][6] and Communications and Technology Task Force Alternate.[7] Paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on February 19, 2015, and reported $525 spent on ALEC conferences in 2013.[8]
  • Rep. Robert. C. Cupp (R-04) former OH Supreme Court Justice.[9]
  • Rep. Tim Ginter (R-5), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on February 13, 2015.[8]
  • Rep. Doug Green (R-66), paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on March 9, 2017, on February 2, 2015, and on March 24, 2013.[8]
  • Rep. Ron Hood (R-78), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[2], registered member. Paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on December 7, 2016, on November 14, 2014, and on January 24, 2013.[8][4]
  • 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. Candice Keller (R-53), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on March 17, 2017[8]
  • Rep. George Lang (R-52), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. Jeffrey LaRe (R-77), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. Scott Lipps (R-62), registered member
  • Rep. Riordan McClain (R-87), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on January 18, 2013.[11]
  • Rep. Derek Merrin (R-47), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[2], registered member, paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on March 10, 2017.[11]
  • Rep. Rick Perales (R-73), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[2], paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on October 6, 2016, and on March 18, 2015.[11][4]
  • Rep. Bill Reineke (R-88), registered member
  • Rep. Craig Riedel (R-82), registered member
  • Rep. Mark Romanchuk (R-2)[12]
  • Rep. Scott Ryan (R-71), registered member, paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on March 24, 2015.[11]
  • Rep. Gary Scherer (R-92), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[2],,[3] paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on January 27, 2015.[8]
  • Rep. Ryan Smith (R-93), paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on January 20, 2015, on October 13, 2014, and on January 23, 2013.[8]
  • Rep. J. Todd Smith (R-43), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. William "Bill" Seitz (R-30), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[2],[12] ALEC Civil Justice Task ForceCo-Chair.[13] Spoke on "Saving Dollars and Protecting Communities: State Successes in Corrections Policy" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[14] 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. Reggie Stoltzfus (R-50), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. Scott Wiggam (R-01), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[2], registered member
  • Rep. Donald Wilkin (R-91), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[2]
  • Rep. Paul Zeltwanger (R-64), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on February 17, 2015.[11][4]

Senate

  • Sen. Andrew Brenner (R-19)[12]. 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. David Burke (R-26), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member[6]
  • Sen. William P. Coley, II (R-4), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[2]; State Chair, ALEC Civil Justice Task Force. Sen. Coley has disclosed $3,925 in payments to ALEC for events and membership since 2013.[8][11] Member since at least 2011[13]
  • Sen. John Eklund (R-18)[15][16]
  • Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R-2), paid ALEC $50 one-year membership fee on April 3, 2017.[11]
  • Sen. Bob Hackett (R-10)[17]
  • 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 February 11, 2015, and on January 25, 2013.[8][4]
  • Sen. Matt Huffman (R-12)[1], 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), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[2], registered member, paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on April 26, 2017 and on February 4, 2015.[8]
  • Sen. Larry Obhof (R-22), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on Feb. 21, 2018[18]
  • 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[19]
  • Sen. Kristina D. Roegner (R-27), ALEC Education Task Force Member,[20] 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[21]

New Carlisle City Council

  • Councilman Ethan Reynolds[3]

Former Representatives

Former Senators

  • 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.[39]
  • Sen. Joseph W. Uecker (R-14)[27][12], 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.[22]
  • Sen. Brian Hill, paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on December 12, 2017, on January 30, 2015, and on January 16, 2013.[8][11] Hill has been an ALEC Member since at least 2011[40]
  • Sen. Frank LaRose (R-27), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force member. [35]. Paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on October 22, 2014, and on June 13, 2013.[8]
  • Sen. Randy Gardner (R-2), [9] paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on March 11, 2013[8]
  • 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. Grace L. Drake(R)[9]
  • 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. Michael A. Fox. (R) was director Butler County Children's services, currently serving prison term for corruption.[9]
  • Sen. Shannon Jones (R-7)[8]
  • Sen. Tom Niehaus (R-14), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member[10]
  • Sen. Lynn Wachtmann [33]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid, RE: the EPA’s plan to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, March 10, 2010
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Nick Surgey 2019 Annual Meeting Attendees - Legislators Documented August 2019
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 ALEC, State and Local Legislators Urge Congress to Eliminate State and Local Tax Deduction in Exchange for Pro-Growth Lower Rates, ALEC, October 16, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Jamie Corey NEW ALEC MEMBERSHIP LIST NAMES MORE LEGISLATORS TIED TO THE GROUP Documented June 6, 2019
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 David Armiak ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force Legislative Members ExposedbyCMD Sept. 25, 2019
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Health and Human Services Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Communications and Technology Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 8.17 8.18 8.19 8.20 8.21 8.22 8.23 8.24 8.25 8.26 8.27 8.28 8.29 8.30 8.31 8.32 8.33 8.34 8.35 8.36 8.37 8.38 8.39 8.40 8.41 Ohio Secretary of State, search results for "American Legislative Exchange Council", sourced from Ohio campaign finance database, republished by Greenpeace USA on DocumentCloud
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 ALEC 1995 SB
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Membership Directory, December 2010, obtained and released by Common Cause
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 11.11 11.12 11.13 11.14 11.15 11.16 11.17 11.18 11.19 11.20 11.21 11.22 11.23 11.24 11.25 11.26 Ohio Secretary of State, search results for "ALEC", sourced from Ohio campaign finance database, republished by Greenpeace USA on DocumentCloud
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 American Legislative Exchange Council, Durbin Response Letter, signatory letter to Senator Richard Durbin, August 8, 2013.
  13. 13.0 13.1 organizational member spreadsheet, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  14. American Legislative Exchange Council, "Saving Dollars and Protecting Communities: State Successes in Corrections Policy," annual meeting speaker biographies and materials, August 3, 2011, on file with CMD
  15. New Hampshire News Herald John Eklund, candidate for Ohio Senate 18th District, November 2016 general election The NewsHerald Sept. 30, 2016
  16. confirmed by his staff, June 28, 2013
  17. Ohio Senate 10th District bio, Senator Bob Hackett, Ohio State Senate, accessed Feb. 18, 2019
  18. Ohio Secretary of State, search results for "Legislative Exchange", sourced from Ohio campaign finance database, republished by Greenpeace USA on DocumentCloud
  19. Bob Peterson, Records from Ohio per January 6, 2012 request, Part 8, American Legislative Exchange Council Membership Application, October 26, 2011, p. 76, obtained and released by DBA Press, accessed May 2012
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 American Legislative Exchange Council, Education Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  21. Ohio Secretary of State, search results for "ALEC", sourced from Ohio campaign finance database, republished by Greenpeace USA on DocumentCloud
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named OrganizationalAug2011
  23. Jaime Corey ENERGY TASK FORCE MEMBERS UNCOVERED Documented, Sept. 27, 2019
  24. ALEC, ALEC-FreedomWorks Legislator of the Week, ALEC, May 3, 2017.
  25. ALECDirectory – Full Name and Address, organizational task force membership directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  26. Ohio Rep. Wes Goodman, Tweet, Twitter, July 18, 2017.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 27.5 27.6 27.7 American Legislative Exchange Council, Letter to Robert C. Byrd and Nancy Pelosi RE: Federal health reform efforts, June 24, 2009
  28. American Legislative Exchange Council, "ALEC State Chairmen, organization website, accessed April 2012
  29. American Legislative Exchange Council, Full Name and Address, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Membership Directory, August 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause
  30. Rep. William Batchelder's legislative aid, RE: ALEC Membership, email to constituent, July 15, 2013, on file with CMD.
  31. American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational task force membership directory, June 30, 2011, p. 31, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  32. American Legislative Exchange Council, Directory – Full Name and Address, Education Task Force Membership Directory, December 2010, obtained and released by Common Cause
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 American Legislative Exchange Council, ’99 ALEC Leaders in the States, organizational document, archived by the Wayback Machine December 8, 2000, accessed November 2012
  34. ALEC History, ALEC.org, accessed July 22, 2015.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 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
  36. American Legislative Exchange Council, organizational task force membership directory, March 31st, 2011, obtained and released by Common Cause April 2012
  37. Joseph Kara, Senior Legislative Aide, Office of Rep. 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
  38. Ohio Secretary of State's Office, ALEC Campaign Finance Expenditures, legislative dues paid to ALEC, 2001-2011.
  39. Louis Terhar, Records from Ohio per January 6, 2012 request, Part 8, American Legislative Exchange Council Membership Application, October 22, 2011, p. 75, obtained and released by DBA Press, accessed May 2012
  40. Brian Hill, Records from Ohio per January 6, 2012 request, Part 8, American Legislative Exchange Council Membership Application, October 18, 2011, p. 74, obtained and released by DBA Press, accessed May 2012