Kevin Bacon (politician)

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Kevin Bacon
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by David Goodman
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 21st district
In office
January 2, 2007-December 31, 2010
Preceded by Linda Reidelbach
Succeeded by Mike Duffey
Personal details
Born (1971-11-27) November 27, 1971 (age 42)[1]
Defiance, Ohio[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Divorced
Children 3
Residence Columbus, Ohio
Alma mater Miami University (B.A.) Capital University Law School (J.D.)
Profession Lawyer[1]
Religion Catholic[1]

Kevin Bacon is the state Senator for the 3rd District of the Ohio Senate. Formerly, he served in the Ohio House of Representatives. He is the chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor committee. He is a Republican.


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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Ohio Senate[edit]

With incumbent Senator David Goodman unable to seek another term, Bacon announced in May 2009 that he would run for the Ohio Senate.[5] After no competition in the primary, he faced Democrat Mark Pfeifer in the general election, and won the election 50%-43%.

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Commerce and Labor—Chair
  • Insurance and Financial Institutions
  • Civil Justice
  • Finance: Medicaid Subcommitee
  • Public Safety, Local Government & Veterans Affairs
  • Reference
  • State Government Oversight and Reform

Key legislation[edit]

Senator Bacon was the primary sponsor of Senate Bill 9, which updates Ohio’s insurance laws to reflect recent changes in federal health care laws. SB 9 suspends the Open Enrollment Program, the Ohio Health Reinsurance Program, and the conversion of health insurance policies option. The bill was signed into law by Governor John Kasich on June 4, 2013.[6]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results
Year Office Election Votes for Bacon % Opponent Party Votes %
2001 Blendon Township Trustee General 1,042 35%
2005 General 1,556 46%
2006 Ohio House of Representatives General 19,866 51% Dean Hernandez Democrat 18,900 49%
2008 General 27,494 52% Jay Perez Democrat 24,073 48%
2010 Ohio Senate General 72,337 51% Mark Pfeiffer Democrat 63,844 45%


  1. ^ a b c d
  2. ^ Siegel, Jim (2005-12-15). "Reidelbach won't seek final term in legislature". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  3. ^ "Ohio House Of Representatives: November 7, 2006". Ohio Secretary of State. 2006-11-07. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  4. ^ "Ohio House Of Representatives: November 4, 2008". Ohio Secretary of State. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  5. ^ "Bacon to run for Senate seat". Columbus Dispatch. 2009-05-12. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  6. ^ ["Bacon Initiative Updating Ohio Insurance Laws Signed By Governor"], Press Release - The Ohio State Senate, June 4, 2013 (Retrieved July 9, 2013)

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