Kirk Schuring

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Kirk Schuring
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 48th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Scott Oelslager
In office
January 3, 1995-December 31, 2002
Preceded by David Johnson
Succeeded by Scott Oelslager
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 29th district
In office
January 6, 2003-December 31, 2010
Preceded by Scott Oelslager
Succeeded by Scott Oelslager
Personal details
Born (1952-09-17) September 17, 1952 (age 64)
Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Darlene
Residence Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Education Perry High School
Profession Legislator

Kirk Schuring (born September 17, 1952) is a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives currently serving as Speaker Pro Tempore for the 132nd General Assembly, second to Speaker Clifford A. Rosenberger. He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1993 to 2002, and of the Ohio Senate from 2003 to 2010. Schuring was the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Ohio's 16th congressional district in 2008. State Representative Kirk Schuring returns to the Ohio House of Representatives for his fourth term after his election in 2010. He represents the 48th District, which includes portions of Stark County.


Schuring joined his family's insurance agency in 1978. He has served as president of the Canton Jaycees, the Young Republicans, and the Canton Urban League. He has also served as Chairman of the Stark/Wayne Christmas Seal Drive and the Chamber's Vision 1 Committee.

In 1993, Schuring was appointed to an open seat in the Ohio House of Representatives vacated by Representative David Johnson. He was elected to his full first term in 1994, and reelected in 1996, 1998 and 2000, before being term limited in 2002.

With both Schuring and Senator Scott Oelslager term limited from their respective positions in 2002, they swapped seats. Schuring won against Democrat Jan Schwartz with 55.6% of the vote in the general election.[1] In the 126th General Assembly, Schuring served as Reference Committee Chairman.

In 2006, he faced a reelection campaign in which Democrats saw him as vulnerable. However, he defeated Democrat Thomas West again with 55% of the vote.[2] He again served as Reference Committee Chairman for the 127th General Assembly.

When Congressman Ralph Regula announced in late 2007 that he would not seek another term in Congress, Schuring won the Republican nomination to succeed him. His opponent was fellow state Senator John Boccieri, who had been elected to the Senate in 2006.[3] While historically a Republican district, Boccieri won with 55.36% of the vote.[4]

Ohio House of Representatives, Second Tenure[edit]

Schuring again faced term limits in 2010 in the Senate, and Oelslager too could not run for another term. As a result, they again ran for each other's seats. The maneuver again proved successful, with Schuring defeating Democrat Andrew Haines with 69.2% of the vote in the general election.[5]

Schuring was sworn in to begin his second tenure in the House on January 3, 2011. In 2012, Schuring won reelection with 57.34% over Democrat Amanda Trump.

Initiatives, policies and positions[edit]

Schuring has worked to develop a pension reform plan that doesn't involve hikes to employer contribution to public retirement systems. "There's a "sentiment of caution" among many lawmakers in terms of pension reform. He said many lawmakers are "justifiably sensitive to the plight of local governments."[6] He has been critical to finding a solution in providing a cost efficient and solvent solution to the public pension systems.[7]

The only Republican to vote against the measure, Schuring joined Democrats in voting against a measure to require a photo ID when casting a ballot in Ohio.[8] Many had criticized Republicans for pushing the measure through the legislature.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth 2002 general election results (2002-11-03)
  2. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth 2006 general election results (2006-11-07)
  3. ^ Schuring, Boccieri will vie to fill Regula's seat
  4. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2008 general election results (2008-11-04)
  5. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2010 general election results(2010-11-02)
  6. ^ Police & Fire pension fund not complying with state law
  7. ^ Rowland, Darrel (2011-06-22). "State panel delays voting for pension reviews". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  8. ^ Hershey, William (2011-03-24). "Ohio House passes bill to have voters show photo ID". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  9. ^ Marshall, Aaron (2011-03-24). "Ohio House approves legislation requiring state photo ID to vote". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 

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