|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 81st district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Jeff Wagner|
January 3, 1995 – December 31, 2002
|Preceded by||Dwight Wise|
|Succeeded by||Jeff Wagner|
June 4, 1950 |
|Alma mater||Bowling Green State University, Tiffin University|
|Occupation||Realtor, Small Business Owner|
Rex Damschroder is an American politician who has been a member of the Ohio House of Representatives since 2011. He was also a member from 1995 to 2003. Damschroder is the son of Gene Damschroder, who held the same House seat from 1973 to 1983.
Damschroder has owned several small business throughout the community, and is a licensed realtor. He has served on Fremont City Council and at Terra Community College on the Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and Tiffin University.
Ohio House of Representatives
Damschroder was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1994, representing the 89th district which included parts of Sandusky County and Seneca Counties. He served from 1995 to 2003, when he was required to step down due to term limits.
In 2002, Damschroder unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Congressman Paul Gillmor in the 5th congressional district Republican primary. After that, he remained out of the political realm for eight years.
However, with successor Jeff Wagner termed out in 2010, Damschroder made a comeback. He faced primary opposition from Merrill Keiser and Holly Stacy, but won the nomination with 59.88% of the vote. In the general election, Democrats placed high hopes on Seneca County, Ohio Commissioner Ben Nutter, but Damschroder defeated him with 55.31% of the vote.
Damschroder was sworn in for his fifth term on January 3, 2011. He is serving on the committees of Agriculture and Natural Resources, State Government and Elections, and Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security (as vice chair).
Damschroder will be running for reelection in 2012, facing opposition from Democratic nominee Bill Young.
Initiatives and positions
- Social issues
Damschroder has proposed legislation that would ban reading or writing on any digital device while driving. It passed the House almost unanimously. He has rejected the notion that it takes away from personal freedoms.
Damschroder is currently working to prevent high voltage power lines from being erected through a nature preserve known as Peninsular Farms in Fremont, Ohio.
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- The Ohio House of Representatives: Representative Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont) official site
- Rex Damschroder official campaign site