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

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. John Becker (R-65), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3] registered member
  • Rep. Tom Brinkman (R-27)Paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on November 24, 2018.[4][5][6]
  • Rep. James Butler (R-41), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member[7][8] and Communications and Technology Task Force Alternate.[9] Paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on February 19, 2015, and reported $525 spent on ALEC conferences in 2013.[10]
  • Rep. James Callender (R-61), attended ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting[11]
  • Rep. Jon Cross, (R-83), Paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on September 3, 2019.[4]
  • Rep. Robert. C. Cupp (R-04) former OH Supreme Court Justice.[12]
  • 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.[10]
  • Rep. Doug Green (R-66), paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on March 9, 2017, on February 2, 2015, and on March 24, 2013.[10]
  • Rep. Stephen Hambley (R-69), ALEC member[13]
  • Rep. Ron Hood (R-78), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on January 16, 2019.[4]Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3], registered member. Paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on December 7, 2016, on November 14, 2014, and on January 24, 2013.[10][6]
  • Rep. Kris Jordan (R-67), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member.[14] Paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on March 29, 2017.[15]
  • Rep. Candice Keller (R-53), paid ALEC 2 year membership fee on August 12, 2019[4]; paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on March 17, 2017[10]
  • Rep. George Lang (R-52), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Jeffrey LaRe (R-77), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Sarah LaTourette (R-76), ALEC member[13]
  • 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,[16] paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on January 18, 2013.[15]
  • Rep. Derek Merrin (R-47), Paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on November 10, 2018[4]. Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3], registered member, paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on March 10, 2017.[15]
  • Rep. Rick Perales (R-73), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3], paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on October 6, 2016, and on March 18, 2015.[15][6]
  • Rep. Jena Powell (R-80), Paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on June 14, 2019.[4] Attended 2019 ALEC States and Nation Policy Summit[2] as well as ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting[11]
  • Rep. Bill Reineke (R-88), registered member
  • Rep. Craig Riedel (R-82), registered member
  • Rep. Mark Romanchuk (R-2)[17]
  • Rep. Gary Scherer (R-92), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3],,[5] paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on January 27, 2015.[10]
  • Rep. J. Todd Smith (R-43), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. William "Bill" Seitz (R-30), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on November 16, 2018[4]; Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3],[17] ALEC Civil Justice Task ForceCo-Chair.[18] Spoke on "Saving Dollars and Protecting Communities: State Successes in Corrections Policy" at the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[19] As a state Senator, Seitz paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on October 22, 2014, and on February 7, 2013.[10]
  • Rep. Dick Stein (R-57), registered member. Paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on March 8, 2017.[10]
  • Rep. Reggie Stoltzfus (R-50), Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Nino Vitale (R-85), ALEC member[13]
  • Rep. Scott Wiggam (R-01), paid ALEC membership fee February 7, 2019.[4] Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3], registered member, State Chair
  • Rep. Shane Wilkin (R-91), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on February 28, 2019.[4]Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3]
  • Rep. Paul Zeltwanger (R-64), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on February 17, 2015.[15][6]

Senate

  • Sen. Andrew Brenner (R-19)paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on February 1, 2018.[4][17]. 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.[10]
  • Sen. David Burke (R-26), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member[8]
  • 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[4];Attended 2019[3] and 2020[11] ALEC Annual Meetings; State Chair, ALEC Civil Justice Task Force. Sen. Coley has disclosed $3,925 in payments to ALEC for events and membership since 2013.[10][15] Member since at least 2011[18]
  • Sen. John Eklund (R-18)[20][21]
  • Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R-2), paid ALEC $50 one-year membership fee on April 3, 2017.[15]
  • Sen. Bob Hackett (R-10)[22]
  • Sen. Frank Hoagland (R-30) paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on March 20, 2017.[15]
  • Sen. Jay Hottinger (R-31) paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on June 10, 2018[4]; paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on February 11, 2015, and on January 25, 2013.[10][6]
  • Sen. Matt Huffman (R-12), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on November 12, 2018.[4]; [23], 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.[10]
  • Sen. Robert McColley (R-01), State Chair, Attended 2019 ALEC Annual Meeting[3], registered member, paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on April 26, 2017 and on February 4, 2015.[10]
  • Sen. Larry Obhof (R-22), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on Feb. 21, 2018[24]
  • Sen. Bob Peterson (R-17), paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on November 20, 2017, and on May 3, 2017.[15] ALEC Member since at least 2011[25]
  • Sen. Kristina D. Roegner (R-27), ALEC Education Task Force Member,[26] paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on January 28, 2017.[15]
  • Sen. Tim Schaffer (R-20), paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on March 29, 2017, and on March 31, 2015.[10]
  • Sen. Kirk Schuring (R-29), paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on April 21, 2017, along with a $150 ALEC conference registration fee.[10]
  • Sen. Steve Wilson (R-7) paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on Jan. 16, 2018[27]

New Carlisle City Council

  • Councilman Ethan Reynolds[5]

Former Representatives

Former Senators

  • Sen. Louis Terhar (R-08); State Chair, paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on November 17, 2017[10], on January 19, 2015, and on January 17, 2019.[15] Member since at least 2011.[45]
  • Sen. Joseph W. Uecker (R-14)[33][17], 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.[10] Member since at least 2011.[28]
  • Sen. Brian Hill, paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on December 12, 2017, on January 30, 2015, and on January 16, 2013.[10][15] Hill has been an ALEC Member since at least 2011[46]
  • Sen. Frank LaRose (R-27), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force member. [41]. Paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on October 22, 2014, and on June 13, 2013.[10]
  • Sen. Randy Gardner (R-2), [12] paid 2-year ALEC membership fee on March 11, 2013[10]
  • Sen. Kevin Bacon (R-3), paid ALEC 2-year membership fees on September 28, 2016, on October 16, 2014, and on February 20, 2013.[10]
  • Sen. Grace L. Drake(R)[12]
  • Sen. Cliff Hite (R-1) paid ALEC 2-year membership fee on October 15, 2016.[10] 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.[12]
  • Sen. Shannon Jones (R-7)[10]
  • Sen. Tom Niehaus (R-14), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member[14]
  • Sen. Lynn Wachtmann [39]

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