Kevin Bacon (politician)
|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 3rd district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||David Goodman|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 21st district
January 2, 2007-December 31, 2010
|Preceded by||Linda Reidelbach|
|Succeeded by||Mike Duffey|
November 27, 1971 |
|Alma mater||Miami University, Capital University Law School|
Kevin Bacon is a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the Third District since 2011. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2007 to 2010. He is serving as the Chairman of the Senate Insurance Commerce and Labor Committee.
After graduation from Miami University and Capital Law School, Bacon, a private practice attorney, previously worked for Farmer's Insurance and the Ohio Department of Commerce and as a prosecutor for the City of Lancaster, Ohio. He currently is an attorney, of counsel, with the law firm of "Appel & Hellstedt," located in Worthington, Ohio. He also served as a Blendon Township Trustee.
When incumbent Linda Reidelbach announced that she would not seek another term, Bacon was among three who sought to replace her. Bacon faced a clear shot in the primary. With the district being one that Democrats sought to pick up, Bacon faced a somewhat difficult challenge in the 2006 general election, and it was one of the most closely targeted races in the cycle. The campaign was subject to many attack ads from both sides. He bested Democrat Dean Hernandez by fewer than 1000 votes. In his first term, Speaker of the House Jon Husted appointed Bacon Vice Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
In 2008, Bacon was targeted again as a potential target by Democrats, and faced Jay Perez in the 2008 general election. Again, both were targets of negative campaigning. He beat Perez 51%-45% in an overwhelmingly Democratic year.
Ohio Senate 
With incumbent Senator David Goodman unable to seek another term, Bacon announced in May 2009 that he would run for the Ohio Senate. After no competition in the primary, he faced Democrat Mark Pfeifer and Libertarian William Yarbrough in the general election, and won the election 50%-43%-7%.
On January 3, 2011, Bacon was sworn in as the Senator from the Third District. He is serving on the committees of Finance; Financial Institutions; Insurance, Commerce and Labor (as Chairman); Judiciary; and Ways and Means and Economic Development, the Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council, and as Chairman of the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund Board.
- Siegel, Jim (2005-12-15). "Reidelbach won't seek final term in legislature". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- "Ohio House Of Representatives: November 7, 2006". Ohio Secretary of State. 2006-11-07. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- "Ohio House Of Representatives: November 4, 2008". Ohio Secretary of State. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- "Bacon to run for Senate seat". Columbus Dispatch. 2009-05-12. Retrieved 2011-02-20.
- The Ohio Senate: Senator Kevin Bacon (R) - District 3
- Bacon for Senate, official campaign website
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