Michael J. Skindell
|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 23rd district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Dale Miller|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 13th district
January 3, 2003-December 31, 2010
|Preceded by||Mary Rose Oakar|
|Succeeded by||Nickie Antonio|
|Alma mater||Walsh College (B.A.)
Cleveland Marshall College of Law (J.D.)
Life and career 
Skindell graduated from Walsh College (now Walsh University) in North Canton, Ohio with a B.A. in Business and Political Science in 1983. He received his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland in 1987. He is a practicing attorney with the firm of Friedman, Damiano and Smith in Cleveland, specializing in personal injury and product liability.
He is a past president of the Lakewood Jaycees, and past Chairman of Lakewood Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development Block Grant. He is a former Assistant Attorney General of Ohio, and former member of Lakewood City Council. In 2004, he received the award for Ohio Environmental Council Public Servant of the Year.
After an unsuccessful run in the primary election in 1996, Skindell was first elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2002 taking the place of Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar who retired after serving one term in the State House.
Skindell ran unopposed in 2004 for a second term, and won a third in 2006 with 77.26% of the vote over Republican John Patrick Hildebrand. He won a fourth term in 2008 with 75.29% over Republican Mary Louise Kirk.
Ohio Senate 
Term limits prevented Skindell from seeking a fifth term in 2010. However, Senator Dale Miller did not run for another term, and Skindell was one of four who sought the Democratic nomination to replace him. Skindell won the nomination over former Rep. Ron Mottl Jr., Parma Councilman Nicholas Celebrezze and John Harmon with 46.82% of the vote. He won the general election easily with 60.77% of the electorate.
Skindell was sworn into his first term as Senator on January 3, 2011.
Committee assignments 
- Public Safety, Local Government & Veterans Affairs--RMM
- Civil Justice
- Finance: Education Subcommittee
- Insurance & Financial Institutions
- Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review
- State Government Oversight & Reform
- Ways & Means
- Workforce & Economic Development
Electoral history 
|2012||Michael J. Skindell||1,252,688||30.87%||Terrence O'Donnell||2,804,629||69.13%|
|2010||Michael J. Skindell||49,406||60.77%||Dave Morris||31,892||39.23%|
|2008||Michael J. Skindell||27,010||75.29%||Mary-Louise Kirk||8,865||24.71%|
|2006||Michael J. Skindell||19,943||77.26%||John Patrick Hildebrand, Jr.||5,869||22.74%|
|2004||Michael J. Skindell||29,322||100.0%||Unopposed|
|2002||Michael J. Skindell||13,241||63.86%||Ryan Dro||7,495||36.14%|
Personal life 
Skindell is single and resides in Lakewood, Ohio.
- The Ohio Senate: Senator Michael J. Skindell (D) - District 23
- Project Vote Smart profile
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