Jay Hottinger

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Jay Hottinger
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 31st district
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Preceded by Tim Schaffer
In office
February 20, 1998-December 31, 2006
Preceded by Nancy Dix
Succeeded by Tim Schaffer
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 71st district
In office
January 2, 2007-December 31, 2014
Preceded by David R. Evans
Succeeded by Scott Ryan
In office
January 3, 1995-February 20, 1998
Preceded by Marc Guthrie
Succeeded by David R. Evans
Personal details
Born (1969-12-01) December 1, 1969 (age 47)
Newark, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cheri Hottinger (3 children)
Residence Newark, U.S.
Alma mater Capital University
Profession Salesman

Jay Hottinger (born December 1, 1969) is a Republican member of the Ohio Senate for the 31st district.[1] A longtime member of the Ohio General Assembly, Hottinger has served in both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Senate since 1995. His current district includes Coshocton, New Lexington, New Philadelphia, and Newark. Hottinger serves as the chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee.

Early life and career[edit]

Hottinger attended Newark High School and has a degree in political science and public administration from Capital University. He is married with three daughters.[2]

His professional experience includes working as an office manager for Jay Company and an electrical contractor. Hottinger was a member of the Newark City Council from 1992 to 1994 and served as its President Pro Tempore in 1994.[3]

Hottinger and his wife Cheri reside in Newark and have three daughters, Savannah, Heather and Jayme.

Ohio General Assembly[edit]

In 1994, Hottinger made his first run for the Ohio House of Representatives. He was only 25 years old, but had already served on the Newark City Council for three years. He went on to defeat his challenger to succeed Marc Guthrie. He would win re-election in 1996.[4]

When Senator Nancy Dix resigned from the Senate in 1998, creating a vacancy in the 31st Senate District, Senate Republicans chose Hottinger to replace her. With the seat up for re-election in 1998, Hottinger faced former Senator Eugene Branstool, who had been defeated by Dix a few years prior. However, he went on to defeat Branstool with 58.85% of the vote. He ran unopposed for re-election in 2002.

Later on in his Senate tenure, Hottinger served as assistant majority whip, as well as chairman of the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee. He has been an outspoken critic of Medicaid expansion in Ohio.[5]

In 2005, Hottinger announced that he would seek his former House seat. Soon after, Hottinger was also mentioned as a potential running mate to gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell, who chose Rep. Tom Raga instead, however. Unopposed in the primary, he faced Democrat Thomas Holliday in the general election, and won with 61.83% of the vote. In his first term back into the House, Speaker of the House Jon Husted appointed Hottinger as chairman of the House Finance Committee.

Hottinger was reelected in 2008 against Democrat Howard Hill with 62% of the vote. In 2010, he won a third term in the House with 69.31% of the vote against Democrat Nathan McMann. He won a final House term in 2012 with 61% over Democrat Brady Jones.

2014 election and return to the Ohio Senate[edit]

Hottinger was term-limited in 2014, as was his predecessor in the 31st district of the Ohio Senate, Tim Schaffer. As a result, Hottinger announced he would run again for his former Senate seat.[6]

While his former district was also the 31st, the new 31st is entirely different following redistricting. Prior to 2012, the 31st included Fairfield, Licking, Perry, Hocking and parts of Pickaway counties. After, it includes Licking, Perry, Coshocton, Tuscarawas and parts of Holmes counties. As a result, the majority of the district Hottinger ran in for the 2014 election was different. Despite all of this, Hottinger won election to the Senate 65% to 35%.[7] For the 131st Ohio General Assembly, Hottinger has been named as chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee.

Committee assignments[edit]


On April 23, 2016, Laura Bischoff of The Dayton Daily News reported that Hottinger posted a racist joke on Instagram, which he later retracted. The joke, disparaging Asian Americans, was condemned by both Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper and Kathy Chen, executive director of Asian American Community Services. Initially, Hottinger told an interviewer that there was nothing problematic about the joke, but he later recanted, stating, "It was inappropriate of me to put it up so I took it down and apologized."[8]


  1. ^ "Jay Hottinger, Representative". Ohio House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 1 September 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Kuhlman, Marla K. (25 October 2008). "71st Ohio House district: Incumbent Hottinger outlines goals, achievements". ThisWeek. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ohio Senate, District 31". Columbus Dispatch. Columbus. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-12-31. Retrieved 2014-12-31. 
  4. ^ "Hottinger, Carlisle differ on term limits, economy". Newark Advocate. Newark. 2014-10-29. Retrieved 2014-12-31. 
  5. ^ "Medicaid, taxes to dominate 2015 in Ohio". Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum. Bucyrus, Ohio. 2015-01-11. Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  6. ^ "Commissioners tap Fee as interim treasurer". Newark Advocate. Newark. 2014-11-23. Retrieved 2014-12-31. 
  7. ^ "Republicans Hottinger, Ryan, Hayes win state races". Newark Advocate. Newark. 2014-11-05. Retrieved 2014-12-31. 
  8. ^ EndPlay. "Ohio lawmaker pulls racist joke from Instragram". WPXI. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 

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