John Adams (Ohio politician)
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 78th district
January 2, 2007
|Preceded by||Derrick Seaver|
January 14, 1960 |
|Alma mater||Edison State Community College, Mesa Community College|
|Profession||Small Business Owner, Navy SEAL|
John Adams has been a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 78th District since 2007. He serves as the majority whip. Adams is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, serving as Ohio state leader.
Adams was born in Urbana, Ohio and lives in Sidney, Ohio. He has studied at Mesa Community College and Edison State Community College. Adams was a Navy SEAL and later worked for Bethlehem Steel. He is the owner and operator of a furniture store. Adams has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Shelby County United Way and was elected as president in 1991. He and his wife Tara have six children.
Ohio House of Representatives 
When incumbent Representative Derrick Seaver did not seek another term in 2006, Adams was one of four who sought to replace him. He won the Republican nomination with 50.26% of the electorate. He won the general election with 52.37% of the vote over Democrat Adam Ward.
In his first reelection bid in 2008, Adams ran unopposed. He became the minority whip in the House for the 128th General Assembly.
He won a third term in 2010 with 74.27% of the vote over Democrat Anthony Ehresmann. Soon after, House colleagues elected Adams to be majority whip of the 129th General Assembly. He was sworn in as whip on January 3, 2011. He also serves on the committees of Commerce, Labor and Technology; Insurance and its Subcommittee on Workers' Compensation; Rules and Reference; and State Government and Elections. Adams is also chairing the Tax Structure Study Committee.
Adams won a final term in 2012 unopposed.
Initiatives and positions 
In the 128th Ohio General Assembly, Adams introduced a measure that sought to eliminate the Ohio income tax, but was unsuccessful. Ohio Governor John Kasich afterwards used the same initiative as a campaign talking point, to mixed reviews.
Adams introduced a measure to create a panel that reviews the potential of any state-owned property for possible oil and gas drilling. A similar bill was introduced in the Ohio Senate. It would consist of a five member panel that would open up potential state lands up to the highest bidder for oil and gas exploration. While controversial, the bill passed the Ohio House of Representatives, with the promise that the measure would create jobs and help lower energy prices. The bill was signed into law by John Kasich, allowing for oil and gas to now be taken from state lands.
- Blackwell, Kenneth 2006 primary election results (2006-05-02)
- Blackwell, Kenneth 2006 general election results(2006-11-07)
- Adams sworn in as minority whip
- John Adams elected to House majority leadership
- Area’s state lawmakers take leadership spots
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- Hunt, Spencer (2011-03-16). "Oil, natural-gas drilling proposed for park land". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
- Scott, Michael (2011-03-27). "Ohio poised to take center stage in natural gas drilling debate as it considers tapping park lands". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
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