Barbara Sears

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Barbara Sears
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 47th district
Assumed office
January 15, 2008
Preceded by Mark Wagoner
Personal details
Born (1966-12-05) December 5, 1966 (age 48)
Toledo, Ohio
Political party Republican
Residence Sylvania, Ohio
Alma mater University of Toledo
Occupation Legislator
Religion Christian

Barbara R. Sears (born December 5, 1966) is a Republican politician currently representing the 47th District of the Ohio House of Representatives. She serves as the Majority Floor Leader in the Ohio House of Representatives. Her district includes much of suburban Toledo, Ohio.

Life and career[edit]

Sears graduated from the University of Toledo in 1983.[1][2] [1] She served on the city council of Sylvania, Ohio from 1998–2008, serving as president of the council from 2004–2008.[1] She is a co-owner of Noble and Sears, Inc.[1][2]

Currently, she lives in Monclova Township, Ohio.[1] She has two sons.[1]

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

In 2008, Sears was appointed to the Ohio House to succeed Mark Wagoner, who had resigned to serve in the Ohio Senate. She won reelection in 2008 and 2010.[3]

In 2012, Sears won election to a third term, defeating Democrat Jeff Bunck with 60.18% of the vote.[2] Sears came under fire from ultra-conservatives in 2014 for her outspoken support for Medicaid expansion, which many saw as a facet of Obamacare. Regardless, she easily won a primary for her seat to take another term in 2014.[4]

Sears won a final term in 2014 unopposed. She is serving as House Majority Leader for the 131st Ohio General Assembly.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Barbara R. Sears, Assistant Majority Floor Leader State Representative (R)". Member Details. Ohio House of Representatives. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Representative Barbara R. Sears's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ Ohio Chamber of Commerce, "2012 General Assembly Primary Candidates," January 17, 2012
  4. ^ "Kasich: Compassion trumps ideology". Toledo Blade (Toledo, Ohio). 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 

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