Christina M. Hagan
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives|
from the 50th district
|Assumed office |
March 2, 2011
|Preceded by||Todd Snitchler|
|Born||December 11, 1988|
|Alma mater||Malone University|
|Profession||Legislator since 2011|
|Website||Ohio House of Representatives website|
Early life and education
Ohio House of Representatives
Hagan had previously run against Snitchler in 2008, losing in the Republican primary to replace her father John Hagan. As part of her lobbying efforts for the appointment, Hagan's father called six legislators and asked that they not hold his daughter's age against her. Being a state representative was something Hagan had wanted since she was 12 years old, when she would ask her father, "Dad, when can I take that seat?" Indeed, Hagan informed party officials that her interest in the appointment was "undying." Hagan was previously a high school tennis coach while working her way through school. Her father John Hagan represented the district from 2000 to 2008. Christina M. Hagan is the youngest female to have ever served in Ohio's legislature and is currently the second youngest Republican female state representative in the nation. When she was 23 years old, Hagan beat her opponent by approx. 9,949 votes, keeping her seat in House District 50. Following her election in 2012, she was married in Ohio's Statehouse Rotunda, where several of her colleagues in the General Assembly served as ushers.
Hagan serves Ohio's House District 50, while working as a waitress and a HVAC Apprentice for Hagan Heating and Plumbing, a family owned and operated business in Marlboro Township. As Hagan herself said, "I've been in the statehouse since I was 12 years old. I sat in on meetings of the caucus, committees, and with lobbyists."
In 2015, Hagan was the primary sponsor of House Bill 69- the Fetal Heartbeat Bill, which would ban all abortion in Ohio after 6 weeks, even in cases of rape and incest.
In the 2016 GOP Presidential Primary, Hagan "lean[ed] toward a Kasich or a Cruz."
Candidacy for Congress
According to online news source Cleveland.com on February 11, 2018 Hagan wrote a tweet that brought controversy. Hagan's tweet said: "Armando Gonzalez and 2 other suspects have been charged in illegal immigrant drug ring. We need to clean up our streets and secure our borders. Now!" The tweet was perceived as a smear of political opponent Anthony Gonzalez, who is also running for Ohio's 16th congressional seat. Ohio Republican Party leader Jane Timken has written an email to Hagan asking that she remove the tweet. Timken said in her message to Hagan "Whether it was your intent or not, the outcome has drawn negative attention to you for veiled references to your opponent's last name being mixed up with illegal immigration and crime." As of March 2, 2018, Hagan has not removed or clarified her tweet and has not rebutted Timken's statement. Hagan was also rebuked for this action by Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis.
Hagan lost in the Republican Primary on May 8, 2018 to Gonzalez by over twelve percent.
Hagan is married to Adam Nemeth, who works in heating and plumbing. Hagan gave birth to her first daughter, Josaphine Jane, in 2015.
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