Jason Wilson (politician)

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Jason Wilson
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 30th district
In office
January 2, 2007-November 18, 2011
Preceded by Charlie Wilson
Succeeded by Lou Gentile
Personal details
Born (1968-08-12) August 12, 1968 (age 49)
Martins Ferry, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Leah Wilson
Residence Columbiana, Ohio
Alma mater Ohio State University, Wheeling Jesuit University
Profession Small Business Owner

Jason Wilson (born August 12, 1968 in Martins Ferry, Ohio) is a Democratic politician who was a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 30th District from his appointment in January 2007 to November 2011. He serves as the Director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia.[1] Wilson is the son of former Ohio Senator and United States Congressman Charlie Wilson.


Wilson holds a B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University, and an MBA from Wheeling Jesuit University.[citation needed]

Ohio Senate[edit]

When Wilson's father, Charlie Wilson was elected to Congress in 2006, Senate Democrats appointed him to the unfinished term.[2] Up for reelection in 2008, Wilson won his first full term with 60.86% of the vote over Republican Tim Ginter.[3] For the 128th General Assembly, Wilson served as ranking member of the Agriculture Committee, and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Highways and Transportation Committee, and the Energy and Public Utilities committee.

For the 129th General Assembly, Wilson was again appointed by colleagues to serve as assistant minority whip,[4] and as a member of the committees on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources (as ranking member); Energy and Public Utilities; Financial Institutions; Highways and Transportation (as ranking member); and Rules and Reference. He is also serving on the Ohio Rail Development Commission; the Council on Unreclaimed Strip Mined Lands; and the Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation.

Policies and initiatives[edit]

In a measure that banned abortions late term, Wilson was the sole Democrat to support the legislation. The bill later passed the Senate.[5]

An opponent of limiting collective bargaining, Wilson has introduced legislation that would also lower the pay for legislators, stating that everyone needs to share in sacrificing for the state.[6]

One of three Democrats to do so, Wilson crossed party lines to vote for a bill that would allow individuals with concealed carry licenses to have them while in a bar or restaurant, as long as there was not alcohol being consumed. Wilson said the bill just brings Ohio's law into compliance with a federal ruling. It also heads to the House for consideration.[7]


  1. ^ http://www.development.ohio.gov/Appalachia/
  2. ^ Democrats name replacements in two pro-gun Senate districts Buckeye Firearms Association Retrieved 11-2-2009
  3. ^ Brunner, Jennifer. 11-04-2008 2008 general election results Ohio Secretary of State Retrieved 11-02-2010
  4. ^ Calfee Report Ohio House and Senate Chambers choose their leaders Calfee Report Retrieved 11-20-2010
  5. ^ Siegel, Jim (2011-04-07). "Senate OKs abortion ban after 20 weeks". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  6. ^ Guillen, Joe (2011-04-08). "Ohio lawmakers unlikely to cut their own pay while Senate Bill 5 expected to hit public workers in the pocketbook". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  7. ^ Marshall, Aaron (2011-04-14). "Ohio Senate passes bill allowing concealed weapons in bars and restaurants". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 

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