Bill Coley

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Bill Coley
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 4th district
Assumed office
May 24, 2011
Preceded by Gary Cates
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 55th district
In office
January 3, 2005 – May 23, 2011
Preceded by Gary Cates
Succeeded by Margaret Conditt
Personal details
Born (1960-08-05) August 5, 1960 (age 56)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence West Chester, Ohio, U.S.
Alma mater University of Dayton
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Profession Attorney
Religion Catholic

Bill Coley (born August 5, 1960) is a Republican member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 4th District since 2011. Formerly, he was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011.


After graduation from the University of Dayton and Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Coley now works as an attorney at the law firm of Strauss & Troy, where he represents a number of small and large businesses. He is also a private pilot.

With incumbent Gary Cates term limited and running for the Ohio Senate, Coley sought to replace him. Unopposed in the primary, he faced Democrat Tyrone Sims in the general election. He won his first term against Sims, winning 70.08% of the electorate.[1]

In 2006, Coley faced his first reelection bid, and was unopposed. He won a third term against Democrat Tony Kilmek in 2008 with 62.81% of the vote.[2] Coley won his final term in 2010 against Suzi Rubin with 69.31% of the votes.[3] During his time in the Ohio House of Representatives, Coley has championed numerous conservative causes and authored the legislation that created the Digital Learning Clearing House, now part of

Ohio Senate[edit]

In early May 2011, Ohio Governor John Kasich announced that he would appoint Senator Gary Cates to a position within the Ohio Board of Regents. As a result, the Senate seat was to be vacant and Coley announced that he would seek the vacant seat in the Ohio Senate.[4]

Coley, along with Timothy Derickson and three other citizens of Butler County, sought the seat, but in the end, Coley received the recommendation of the Butler County Republican Party and was chosen by Senate Republicans to succeed Cates in representing the Fourth District. He took his seat on May 24, 2011, and was required to resign his seat in the Ohio House of Representatives to do so.[5]

Now in the Senate, Coley is serving as chairman of the Government Oversight and Reform Committee as well as serving on the committees of Education; Finance; Energy and Public Utilities and Financial Institutions. He also serves on the eTech Ohio Commission as well at the permanent joint committee on gaming and wagering.

In 2012, Coley won a full term in the Senate. He was unopposed in the general election.

Policies, positions, and initiatives[edit]

Collective Bargaining[edit]

Coley has also come out to ensure that all public employees are able to still collective bargain for safety equipment, and to remove a ban on public workers talking to their local elected officials during negotiations. Such changes were widely regarded as improvements to S.B. 5, which passed the Ohio Senate 17-16.[6] Coley supported the bill, and voted for its passage out of committee.[7] During the House floor debate on SB 5, Coley delivered a passionate argument in support of the bill[8] and he voted for the bill to pass out of the full Ohio House of Representatives.[9]


  1. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth. 11-02-2004 2004 general election results Ohio Secretary of State
  2. ^ Brunner, Jennifer. 11-04-2008 2008 general election results Ohio Secretary of State
  3. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 11-02-2010 2010 general election results Ohio Secretary of State
  4. ^ "6 seek Cates' Senate seat". Dayton Daily News. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2011-05-10.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ Pitman, Michael D. (2011-05-19). "GOP recommends Coley to be next state senator". Middletown Journal. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  6. ^ Siegel, Jim (2011-03-20). "House will adjust union bill". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  7. ^ Craig, Jon (2011-03-30). "House set to OK SB5". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  8. ^ Siegel, Jim; Joe Hardon (2011-03-31). "Assembly sends SB 5 to Kasich". Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on 10 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  9. ^ Kovac, Marc (2011-03-31). "Tempers flare as SB 5 approved". Youngstown Vindicator. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 

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