Bill Beagle

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Bill Beagle
Bill Beagle 2011 CROPPED.jpg
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 5th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – December 31, 2018
Preceded byFred Strahorn
Succeeded bySteve Huffman
Personal details
Born (1964-12-06) December 6, 1964 (age 54)
Syracuse, New York U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Karen Beagle
Alma materMiami University
Cleveland State University

Bill Beagle (born December 6, 1964) is the former state senator for the 5th District of the Ohio Senate, serving from 2011 to 2018. For part of his tenure, Beagle served as the Chairman for the Senate Workforce and Economic Development Committee. He is a Republican.

Life and career[edit]

Beagle graduated from Miami University with a degree in finance and from Cleveland State University with a M.B.A. He has worked as a financial analyst, but has since remained at home to raise his three children. After being actively involved in the community, he was appointed to the Tipp City Council in 2003, and was reelected in 2005.[1]

Ohio Senate[edit]

When incumbent Senator Tom Roberts resigned in 2009, former Representative Fred Strahorn was appointed to the Senate to replace him. While at first not considered vulnerable due to the presence of heavily Democratic Dayton, Republicans began to target Strahorn's seat as a potential pickup early in 2010. Beagle entered the race to try to oust him, and first faced a primary challenge from ultra-Conservative Joe Lemaster. He won by about 2,500 votes.[2] Soon after, the strong Republican sentiment allowed for the seat to become contentious, and in the general election, Beagle was again successful, winning a close race against Strahorn by 1,700 votes.[3]

He was sworn into office for his first term on January 3, 2011, taking the oath of office from Justice Robert Cupp.[4] Beagle easily won re-election in 2014 with 57% of the vote.[5]

Key legislation[edit]

In 2018 he voted down the controversial "heartbeat bill" that would have defined the life of a fetus at the first sound of a heartbeat. Causing it to fail of the governor had originally vetoed it. The move is largely regarded as a political power grab, as Beagle immediately got a job working for the State of Ohio in an appointed position (by Kasich). The bill ultimately was passed in 2019, with a new governor vowing to sign it into law. Many statehouse watchers state that Beagle ruined his reputation for naught.

In June 2013, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law a bill that requires judges to report to law enforcement when they sentence a violent offender to mental-health treatments rather than prison. Senator Beagle cosponsored the bill, which later passed in the legislature, with a vote of 32–1 in the Senate and 92–0 in the House.[6]

Electoral history[edit]

Ohio Senate 5th District: Results 2010 & 2014
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2010 Fred Strahorn 47,681 49.15% Bill Beagle 49,339 50.85%
2014 Dee Gillis 37,817 42.72% Bill Beagle 50,711 57.28%

Personal life[edit]

Beagle is married to Karen Beagle and together they have three children. They reside in Tipp City, Ohio.


  1. ^ "About Bill". Retrieved 2011-03-30.
  2. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2010 primary election results Archived 2010-12-27 at the Wayback Machine (2010-05-04)
  3. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2010 general election results (2010-11-02)
  4. ^ Beagle takes state Senate seat
  5. ^ "County Commission race a squeaker, Beagle wins, AP says". Dayton Daily News. November 4, 2014.
  6. ^ Wendel, Kim (June 5, 2013). "Reporting requirements for mentally ill offenders now Ohio law". Archived from the original on July 10, 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013.

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