|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 28th district
January 13, 1971-December 31, 1972
|Preceded by||William B. Nye|
|Succeeded by||David Headley|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 97th district
January 3, 1967-January 13, 1971
|Preceded by||None (First)|
|Succeeded by||Ronald Weyandt|
|Born||1936/1937 (age 81–82)|
John Merle Poda Jr. (born 1936 or 1937) is an American politician from Ohio who served as a member of the Ohio General Assembly for the Democratic Party. A public relations officer by trade, Poda's father was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for a number of years.
Poda initially served as a Summit County Commissioner, but in 1966, after the Voting Rights Act of 1965 mitigated legislative districts represented by a single individual, Poda returned to the House of Representatives. He won reelection in 1968 and 1970.
In 1971, Ohio Governor John J. Gilligan chose state Senator William B. Nye as a member of his cabinet, causing a vacancy in the Ohio Senate. As a result, Poda sought and attained an appointment, and was sworn into the state Senate on January 14, 1971. However, citing the want to be closer to family more often, Poda decided not to run for a full term in the Senate, and was replaced by David Headley in 1973.
In 1974, Poda ran for Summit County Auditor and won. However, in 1981, Poda was charged with receiving illegal campaign contributions. Following the incident Poda continued to serve as auditor, and eventually recovered politically from the damage. After Summit County revised their government to delete the office of auditor, Poda left office. He has not held elected office since.
- "Legislators await Gilligan programs". The Bryan Times. Bryan, Ohio. January 14, 1971.
- "Reapportionment to bring many legislative changes". The Bryan Times. Bryan, Ohio. January 20, 1972.
- "Feds indict Summit County officials". The Daily Times. Portsmouth, Ohio. April 16, 1981.
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