William G. Batchelder
|101st Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives|
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Armond Budish|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 69th district
January 2, 2007
|Preceded by||Chuck Calvert|
January 3, 1969 – December 31, 1998
|Preceded by||Dennis Dannley|
|Succeeded by||Chuck Calvert|
December 19, 1942 |
|Spouse(s)||Alice M. Batchelder|
|Alma mater||Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio State University|
William G. Batchelder, III (born December 19, 1942) is the 101st Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving since 2011. He also represents the 69th District of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving since 2007, and served in the House from 1969 to 1998 previously. He is a Republican.
Life and career
Batchelder was born in Medina, Ohio and grew up in the town, graduated from Medina High School. He earned his undergraduate degree in history at Ohio Wesleyan University and his J.D. from the Ohio State University College of Law. In law school he was a member of the moot court team.
He began his public service career as an aide to and protege of the late Ohio Lt. Governor John W. Brown, who was from his home town of Medina. Batchelder was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives while on active duty with the United States Army. He served in the office of the Judge Advocate General at the headquarters of the Third Army in Fort McPherson, Georgia; he was honorably discharged in 1974.
Batchelder practiced law in Medina, Ohio for 31 years with the law firm of Williams & Batchelder. His practice focused on personal injury defense litigation, corporate law, probate, and estate planning. Batchelder was elected to the Medina County Court of Common Pleas and served briefly on that court before Governor Bob Taft appointed him to the Ninth District Ohio Court of Appeals. Batchelder was elected to the appellate bench in November 2000. He served as presiding judge from January 2000 to December 2001.
He has also been selected by the Supreme Court of Ohio to serve on the Ohio Board of Bar Examiners. He is the recipient of the Ohio State Bar Public Service Award and an honorary graduate of the University of Akron School of Law. Batchelder is currently a member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Office of Criminal Justice Services, Ohio Court of Appeals Association and the Ohio, Akron, Lorain County, Medina County, and Wayne County Bar Associations. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Akron School of Law and at the College of Urban Affairs of Cleveland State University.
Ohio House of Representatives
Batchelder served in the Ohio House of Representatives for more than 30 years, serving as chairman of the Joint Committee on Ethics and Vice-Chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee, as well as ranking member at various times on the House Judiciary Committee and House Financial Institutions Committee. From 1995 to 1998, Batchelder served as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House and Vice-Chairman of the Reference and Rules Committee.
During the Savings and Loan Crisis in the 1980s, Batchelder worked with Democratic Governor Dick Celeste to draft legislation to save depositors' savings at stricken Savings and loan associations, causing Celeste to thank Batchelder during his State of the State speech. During the pay-to-play scandal of the mid 1990s, as chair of the Joint Committee on Ethics, Batchelder referred both the Republican President of the Ohio Senate and the Democratic Ohio Speaker of the House to a prosecutor; both were convicted. He is the only ethics committee chair ever to have referred the heads of both legislative chambers to a prosecutor.
After leaving the bench in 2005, Batchelder again was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2006, defeating Jack Schira.  He would be reelected in 2008. By 2009, Batchelder was serving as Minority Leader, and when Republicans retook the Ohio House in 2010, he was elected as the 101st Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives. He would remain as Speaker for the 130th Ohio General Assembly.
|2006||Jack Schira||21,116||44.53%||William G. Batchelder||26,302||55.47%|
|2008||Jack Schira||22,505||36.78%||William G. Batchelder||38,684||63.22%|
|2010||Jack Schira||13,666||29.66%||William G. Batchelder||32,406||70.34 %|
|2012||Judith Cross||23,047||39.37%||William G. Batchelder||35,486||60.63%|
Batchelder is the husband of Judge Alice Batchelder, currently a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
- "William G. Batchelder, Speaker of the House". Ohio House of Representatives. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
- Speaker of the House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) official site
- Batchelder for Ohio campaign site
- William G. Batchelder's file at PolitiFact Ohio
- Profile at the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Ninth Appellate District
- William G. Batchelder, Jr. at Canada.lawyers.com
- William Batchelder collected news and commentary at The Plain Dealer