Richard Adams (U.S. politician)
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 79th district
January 5, 2009
|Preceded by||Diana Fessler|
January 1, 1939 |
|Alma mater||Ohio State University|
Richard Adams is a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the Seventy Ninth District since 2009. As of 2012[update], he serves as Chairman of the House Financial Institutions, Housing, and Urban Development Committee.
Adams previously served two terms as Miami County Commissioner, as well as a member of the Unity National Bank Board of Directors. He also served as a high school agriculture instructor for Northwestern High School|, vice president of Clark State Community College and founding superintendent of the Upper Valley Joint Vocational School District.
Ohio House of Representatives 
When incumbent Diana Fessler was unable to run for another term due to term-limits, Adams, along with Joe Lemaster, sought the Republican nomination to succeed her. In the end, Adams ended up winning the nomination with 73.12% of the vote. He went on to win the general election against Democrat Melissa Stanley with 63.2% of the electorate, and was sworn into his first term on January 5, 2009.
In 2010, Adams opted to run for reelection. Unopposed in the primary, Adams defeated Democrat Howard Payne in the general election with 77.09% of the vote. As of 2012[update], he is serving on the committees of Finance and Appropriations and its Health and Human Services Subcommittee; Health and Aging and its Subcommittee on Retirement and Pensions; Commerce and Labor; and Financial Institutions, Housing, and Urban Development (as chair).