Peter Beck (politician)

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Peter Beck
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 54th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
September 20, 2009
Preceded by Shannon Jones
Personal details
Born (1952-12-11) December 11, 1952 (age 61)
Butler, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Residence Mason, Ohio
Alma mater University of South Florida
Profession Auditor
Religion Christian

Peter Beck (born 1952) is a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 54th District[1] since 2009.

Career[edit]

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran and graduate of the University of South Florida, Beck was the audit manager for the firm Donohoo, Cupp & Beck until he left in 2012. Prior to his service in the House, Beck served as Mason's mayor from 2003–2005 and served on Mason City Council from 1999-2003.

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

When Representative Shannon Jones vacated her seat to take Bob Schuler's seat in the Ohio Senate, Beck announced his plans to seek an appointment to the vacant house seat. He was up against Lebanon City Councilman Jeffrey Monroe and law clerk Michael Eshleman. Ultimately, he was chosen for the appointment, and was seated on October 6, 2009.

In his first election bid, Beck easily won a full term with 70.74% of the vote over Libertarian Robert Waters and Democrat Anne Howard.[2] He was sworn into his first full term on January 3, 2011, and serves on the committees of Economic and Small Business Development; Finance and Appropriations and its Transportation Subcommittee; Public Utilities; and Ways and Means (as Chairman). He also is a member of the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee; and the Warren County Transportation Improvement District Board of Trustees.

Beck won a second term in 2012 unopposed.

In May 2014, Beck lost his reelection bid during the state primaries to local businessman Paul Zeltwanger. Beck only accumulated 9% of the votes cast while opponents Paul Zeltwanger and Mary Jo Kubicki acquired 51% and 40%, respectively. [3] His term will expire in January 2015.

Legal troubles[edit]

On Friday, July 19, 2013, Beck was indicted on 16 counts of securities fraud and theft for his alleged role in the now-defunct company Christopher Technologies, a company that sold early warning software. He was allegedly the Chief Financial Officer.[4] The charges claim Beck cheated investors out of about $200,000 related to his role in the former tech company. His former business partner, John W. Fussner, faces seven seven securities fraud and theft charges. Fussner was president of the former company. Beck's attorney had requested an extension after the Ohio Attorney General and Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office, who are jointly prosecuting case, entered 60,000 pages worth of discovery documents into the record. Beck will be in court on Oct. 31 to either enter a plea or have a trial date set.

Ohio Speaker of the House Williman Batchelder and the Ohio Republican Party Chair Matt Borges asked Beck to resign his seat in the Statehouse. He refused.[5]

A civil suit, filed in January 2013, has been delayed until after the trial. The civil suit, who Beck is being defended by Warren County attorney Konrad Kircher, claims Beck and others bilked investors in Christopher Technologies out of $1.2 millions. Fussner was not named in the civil case.[6]

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