Troy Balderson

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Troy Balderson
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 20th district
Assumed office
July 13, 2011
Preceded by Jimmy Stewart
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 94th district
In office
January 5, 2009-July 13, 2011
Preceded by Jim Aslanides
Succeeded by Brian Hill
Personal details
Born (1962-01-16) January 16, 1962 (age 52)[1]
Zanesville, Ohio[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Angela Balderson (Divorced)
Residence Zanesville, Ohio
Alma mater Zanesville High School
Profession Farmer, and Automotive dealer[1]
Religion Christian[1]

Troy Balderson is the state Senator for the 20th District of the Ohio Senate. Formerly, he was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He is the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He is a Republican.

Life and career[edit]

Born and raised in southeastern Ohio, Senator Balderson graduated from Zanesville High School in 1980 and attended both Muskingum College and The Ohio State University. His family has owned and operated a farm in Salem Township for several generations. He also co-owns an automotive dealership that has been in the family for three generations.

Having competed in many races and triathlons, Balderson leads a very active lifestyle. He has one son, Joshua, and remains very involved with community organizations. He resides in Zanesville, Ohio.[2] When incumbent Jim Aslanides became term-limited, Balderson sought the Republican nomination for State Representative of the 94th Ohio House District. He won the nomination by 67.63% of the vote against Dr. Patrick Johnson.[3] Balderson faced Democrat Jennifer Stewart in the general election. Democrats hoped that Stewart would build on solid party showings from the previous election cycle.[4] Having received 54.01%, Balderson was elected to his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives.[5]

Balderson was unopposed for his seat in the 2010 general election and was awarded a second term.[6]

While serving in the Ohio House of Representatives, Balderson was appointed to the powerful House Finance Committee and also presided as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Ohio Senate[edit]

In late May 2011, State Senator Jimmy Stewart announced that he planned to resign his seat in the 20th Senate District at the end of the fiscal year.[7] Stewart continued his service as majority floor leader until he resigned.[8]

On July 12, 2011, Senate President Tom Niehaus announced that Balderson would be appointed to the vacant Senate seat. He was sworn into office on July 13, 2011. On November 6, 2012, Balderson won a full 4-year term in his Senate Seat, defeating Democrat Teresa Scarmack by 59.79% of the vote.[9]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Energy and Natural Resources—Chair
  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Finance: General Government Subcommittee
  • Public Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Workforce and Economic Development

Electoral history[edit]

Election results
Year Office Election Votes for Balderson % Opponent Party Votes %
2008 Ohio House of Representatives General 27,917 54% Jennifer Stewart Democrat 23,628 46%
2010 General 28,236 100% Unopposed
2012 Ohio Senate General 87,755 60% Teresa Scarmack Democrat 59,012 40%


  1. ^ a b c d
  2. ^ "Ohio Senate". Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2008 primary election results (2008-05-04)
  4. ^ OH House-94: Stewart (D) to Face Johnston (R) and Balderson (R)
  5. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2008 general election results (2008-11-04)
  6. ^ Brunner, Jennifer. "Ohio Secretary of State". Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  7. ^ Richards, Holly (2011-05-25). "Sen. Jimmy Stewart resigning from Senate seat". Coshocton Tribune. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  8. ^ Hershey, Bill (2011-05-27). "State Sen. Stewart, number three leader, to resign". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  9. ^ Husted, John. "Ohio Secretary of State". Retrieved 17 December 2012. 

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