Michael Stinziano

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Michael Stinziano
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 18th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Dan Stewart
Personal details
Born (1979-11-29) November 29, 1979 (age 35)
Columbus, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Residence Columbus, Ohio
Alma mater University of Richmond
Profession Attorney
Religion Catholic

Michael Stinziano is a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the Eighteenth District since 2011.

Life and career[edit]

Stinziano holds degrees from the University of Richmond, George Washington University and Ohio State University.[1]

Stinziano most recently served as the Director of the Franklin County Board of Elections. His prior experience includes work as a congressional intern in Washington; as a research assistant for two members of the British Parliament; as a legal extern for the Supreme Court of Ohio; as a law clerk for the Ohio House Democratic Caucus; and as an assistant to the general counsel for Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

With incumbent Representative Dan Stewart unable to seek another term due to term limits, Stinziano, whose father, Mike Stinziano had held the seat for two decades, entered the race. Stinziano faced a primary challenge in John Sowers, a local business owner, but won by about 3,200 votes. Originally, Stinziano was going to face Republican Scott Hubbard in the general election, however, Hubbard dropped out, leaving Stinziano with a clear path to the Statehouse.[2]

On January 3, 2011, Stinziano was sworn into his first term. He serves on the committees of Insurance, Judiciary and Ethics, Public Utilities, and State Government and Elections. He also serves on the eTech Ohio Commission; and the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority.

Stinziano won a second term in 2012 over Republican Bill Colgan with 73.39% of the electorate.

Initiatives, policies and positions[edit]

Election reform[edit]

Referring to his background in elections, Stinziano is co-sponsoring legislation that will create a uniform, statewide process for dealing with and counting provisional ballots during elections. "We need to make these protections uniform statewide," he said.[3]

In another ballot initiative that proposes to require a photo ID to vote, Stinziano has argued that doing so would sanction voters. He has remained critical of the speed in which the bill is passing through the legislative process. He has stated that issues of fraud have come from provisional ballots not from the polls.[4]

Social issues[edit]

Along with Sean O'Brien, Stinziano has introduced a bill that aims to prevent sports related head injuries. Backed by the NFL, the legislation is aimed at all levels of sports.[5]

Stinziano has introduced a Caylee's Law proposal in Ohio, which would carry a felony punishment if a child death was not reported to law enforcement within an hour, or in the case of a missing child, within 24 hours. It comes after the Casey Anthony trial, in which the defendant claimed that Caylee died accidentally yet failed to contact law enforcement.[6]


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