Ron Amstutz

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Ron Amstutz
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 1st district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 5, 2009
Preceded by Jim Carmichael
In office
January 3, 1981-December 31, 2000
Preceded by John Johnson
Succeeded by Jim Carmichael
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 22nd district
In office
January 3, 2001-December 31, 2008
Preceded by Grace L. Drake
Succeeded by Bob Gibbs
Personal details
Political party Republican
Residence Wooster, Ohio
Alma mater Capital University(B.A.)
Occupation Writer, Photographer

Ronald Amstutz is the state representative for the 1st District of the Ohio House of Representatives. He previously served in the same seat, as the state Senator for the 22nd District of the Ohio Senate, and the Mayor of Orrville, Ohio. He is the Chairman of the House Finance & Appropriations Committee. He is a Republican.

Life and career[edit]

A lifelong resident of Wayne County, Representative Amstutz was raised on a dairy farm between Dalton and Kidron. In 1971, he moved to Orrville and has lived in Wooster since 1981. He served on the Orrville City Charter Commission in 1974 and 1975. His political career began in 1976 when he was elected Mayor of the City of Orville. He held the position through 1980, when he ran successfully for the Ohio House of Representatives. Prior to his career in public service, Representative Amstutz worked for five years in the Orrville office of The Daily Record. Amstutz is a graduate of Central Christian High School and holds his bachelor’s degree in government communications from Capital University.

Amstutz won his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives in 1980, replacing five term representative John Johnson. The original district was composed of all of Wayne County, and portions of Stark County and Holmes County. Term limits went into effect in Ohio in 1992, allowing legislators from that point on to only serve eight consecutive years in one chamber. With the completion of his tenth term in 2000, Amstutz was ineligible to run again in the House. However, Senator Grace L. Drake of the 22nd District of the Ohio Senate was also facing term limits. Amstutz ran for her seat, and won. He was sworn in as a state Senator on January 8, 2001. In the Ohio Senate, Amstutz served as Chairman of Senate Ways and Means from 2003 to 2008. In 2004, Amstutz ran for reelection, and won easily.

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

Amstutz initially discussed running for Congress, in the 16th Congressional District, which incumbent of 18 terms, Ralph Regula, was planning to vacate. However, he soon after decided he would return to the Ohio House of Representatives. He faced primary opposition from Charlie Hardmen, but won the election with 64% of the vote.[1] He went on to win the general election handily. Amstutz was chosen to be Ranking Member of the House Finance and Financial Institutions Committee for the 128th General Assembly.

When Republicans regained control of the House for the 129th General Assembly, Amstutz serves as Chairman of the Finance and Appropriations Committee.[2] He will again serve as Chairman in the 130th General Assembly.

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Finance & Appropriations--Chair
  • State Controlling Board

Electoral history[edit]

Ohio House of Representatives 1st District: 1998 to 2012
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2012 John Maglio 16,626 34.11% Ron Amstutz 32,110 65.89%
2010 Unopposed Ron Amstutz 29,003 100.0%
2008 Merle Miller 17,199 34.93% Ron Amstutz 32,034 65.07%
1998 Unopposed Ron Amstutz 25,328 100.0%
Ohio Senate 22nd District: 2000 to 2004
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct Independent Votes Pct Libertarian Votes Pct
2004 Unopposed Ron Amstutz 116,588 100.0%
2000 Elizabeth Kelley 55,951 35.50% Ron Amstutz 91,542 58.10% Randy Jotte 6,977 4.40% Cheryl Neufer 3,014 1.90%

Personal life[edit]

Representative Amstutz and his wife have two grown children and live in Wooster, Ohio.

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