Kevin Coughlin

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Kevin Coughlin
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 27th district
In office
February 2, 2001 – December 31, 2010
Preceded by Roy Ray
Succeeded by Frank LaRose
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 46th district
In office
January 3, 1997 – February 1, 2001
Preceded by Wayne Jones
Succeeded by John Widowfield
Personal details
Born Kevin J. Coughlin
(1970-05-13) May 13, 1970 (age 46)
Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Anne
Profession business owner
Religion Roman Catholic

Kevin J. Coughlin is a former Republican member of the Ohio Senate, who represented the 27th District from 2001 to 2010. He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1997 until 2000. He is now Chairman of Lexington Companies, Ltd and Clerk of the Stow Municipal Court, an office he has held since 2013.

Life and career[edit]

Coughlin graduated from Woodridge High School in Peninsula, Ohio in 1988, received a BA from Bowling Green State University in 1992, and a Masters of Public Administration from BGSU in 1994. In 1996, he ran for the Ohio House of Representatives after Representative Wayne Jones vacated to run for the Ohio Senate. He won the seat, and was sworn into office on January 3, 1997. He won reelection in 1998 with 63.64%, and again in 2000 with 63.9% of the vote.[1]

Coughlin served two and one half terms in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Ohio Senate[edit]

After four terms in the Ohio Senate, Senator Roy Ray retired early in 2001, leaving Senate Republicans to appoint someone to the vacant 27th District. Coughlin was appointed, and was sworn into office on February 2, 2001. He won his own four-year term in 2002 with 52.98% of the electorate against Democrat Tom Bevan. He won reelection in 2006 with 52.28% again Judy Hanna. In the Ohio Senate, Coughlin was Chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services, & Aging Committee from 2004 to 2011.[2]

Among Coughlin’s achievements in office:

• Authored the law creating Ohio’s Amber Alert System, aiding in the safe return of missing and abducted children.
• Authored Ohio’s Prompt Pay law and the Health Care Accountability Act, streamlining the administrative relationship between physicians and insurance companies.
• Co-authored Ohio’s Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Act, a comprehensive school-based approach to addressing child obesity and wellness.
• Co-authored Ohio’s law protecting private property owners from unwarranted takings of land through eminent domain.
• Sponsored Ohio’s election reform law implementing the Help American Vote Act requirements and reducing voter fraud.
• Authored law helping Ohio’s sheriff’s to better protect communities from sex offenders.
• Authored legislation creating Ohio’s special needs scholarship for children with special need to attend the school of their choice.[3]

Runs for Other Offices[edit]

In 2009, Coughlin announced his candidacy for Governor of Ohio. He quickly aborted the campaign.[4][5]

By 2010, Coughlin was unable to run for reelection due to term limits.

Coughlin formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for United States Senate in 2012. In October 2011 he announced he would not run citing incumbent Sherrod Brown's strong polling numbers.[6]


A 2008 Cleveland Independent article alleging that Coughlin had an extra-marital affair with a staffer, at times taking her to Ohio State football games using money from his campaign accounts. The article also revealed that the Summit County Sheriff's Office was investigating Coughlin for allegedly altering petition ballots [7]

Coughlin threatened to sue the author, but the author sued him, eventually dropping the charges. [8]


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