Rex Damschroder

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Rex Damschroder
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 88th district
In office
January 3, 2011-December 31, 2014
Preceded by Jeff Wagner
Succeeded by Bill Reineke
In office
January 3, 1995 – December 31, 2002
Preceded by Dwight Wise
Succeeded by Jeff Wagner
Personal details
Born (1950-06-04) June 4, 1950 (age 67)
Tiffin, Ohio
Political party Republican
Residence Fremont, Ohio
Alma mater Bowling Green State University, Tiffin University
Occupation Realtor, Small Business Owner

Rex Damschroder is a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He was also a member from 1995 to 2003. Damschroder is a Republican.


Damschroder has owned several small business throughout the community, and is a licensed realtor. He has served on Fremont City Council and at Terra Community College on the Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and Tiffin University.

Damschroder is the son of Gene Damschroder, who held the same House seat from 1973 to 1983.[1]

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

Damschroder was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1994, representing the 89th district which included parts of Sandusky County and Seneca Counties. He served from 1995 to 2003, when he was required to step down due to term limits.[2][3]

In 2002, Damschroder unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Congressman Paul Gillmor in the 5th congressional district Republican primary.[4] After that, he remained out of the political realm for eight years.

However, with successor Jeff Wagner termed out in 2010, Damschroder made a comeback. He faced primary opposition from Merrill Keiser and Holly Stacy, but won the nomination with 59.88% of the vote.[5] In the general election, Democrats placed high hopes on Seneca County, Ohio Commissioner Ben Nutter, but Damschroder defeated him with 55.31% of the vote.[6]

Damschroder was sworn in for his fifth term on January 3, 2011.[7] He is serving on the committees of Agriculture and Natural Resources, State Government and Elections, and Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security (as vice chair).

In late March 2011, Damschroder suffered from a heart attack and received triple bypass heart surgery two days later.[8]

With Senator Karen Gillmor resigning her seat, Damschroder had been named as a possible successor.[9] However, it was announced later that he would not seek the appointment.[10]

Damschroder ran for reelection in 2012, facing opposition from Democratic nominee Bill Young. Damschroder defeated Young by 55.6% to 44.4%, winning reelection.[11]

On February 13, 2014, Damschroder announced he was withdrawing his re-election bid after the Board of Elections Director announced that his name would not appear on the ballot because he forgot to sign his Declaration of Candidacy form, a legal document, that without the candidate's signature caused his candidacy to be invalid. No other candidate filed for the race, and Damschroder said he was looking at all his options to get back on the ballot, including running as a write-in candidate.[12] His wife, Rhonda, ran as a placeholder candidate in the Republican primary, facing opposition from Bill Reineke, Jr., a local businessman, and Dr. Richard A. Geyer, a university professor and Ballville Township trustee. If Rhonda won the primary election, Justin Smith, Chairman of the Sandusky County Central Committee, and David Koehl, Chairman of the Seneca County Central Committee, along with their two secretaries, would appoint Rex to replace his wife as the Republican candidate in the general election.[13]

Damschroder lost the primary election to Bill Reineke.[14]

Initiatives and positions[edit]

Social issues

Damschroder has proposed legislation that would ban reading or writing on any digital device while driving. It passed the House almost unanimously.[15] He has rejected the notion that it takes away from personal freedoms.

With the Ohio Statehouse adding a full service bar to their existing restaurant, Damschroder came out in opposition of serving alcohol at the Statehouse.[16]

Damschroder is currently working to prevent high voltage power lines from being erected through a nature preserve known as Peninsular Farms in Fremont, Ohio.[1]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results[17]
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1994 Ohio House of Representatives General Rex Damschroder Republican N/A N/A Dwight Wise Democratic N/A N/A
1996 Ohio House of Representatives General Rex Damschroder Republican N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1998 Ohio House of Representatives General Rex Damschroder Republican 20,378 58.68% Roger Wise Democratic 14,350 41.32%
2000 Ohio House of Representatives General Rex Damschroder Republican 30,904 68.9% Del Cook Democratic 13,937 31.1%
2010 Ohio House of Representatives General Rex Damschroder Republican 21,008 55.31% Benjamin Nutter Democratic 14,899 39.23% Bill Hrabak Constitution 2,075 5.46%
2012 Ohio House of Representatives General Rex Damschroder Republican 27,923 55.61% Bill Young Democratic 22,290 44.39%
2014 Ohio House of Representatives Primary Rhonda Damschroder Republican 1,657 35.86% Bill Reineke Republican 2,247 48.62% Richard Geyer Republican 717 15.52% *

* Rhonda Damschroder ran as a placeholder for Rex.


  1. ^ Troy, Tom (January 21, 2008). "Damschroder enters fray; former politician tries to reclaim District 81 seat". The Blade. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  2. ^ "STATE HOUSE". Dayton Daily News. November 10, 1994. pp. 7A. District 89. Rex Damschroder (R); beat incumbent Dwight C. Wise Jr. 
  3. ^ "NATIONAL ROUNDUP". The Miami Herald. April 1, 2002. pp. 10A. 
  4. ^ "Campaign 2004: U.S. House - District 5". USA Today. April 16, 2004. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  5. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2010 primary election results (2010-05-04)
  6. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2010 general election results (2010-11-02)
  7. ^ Democrats sworn in amid GOP sweep
  8. ^ "Damschroder to undergo bypass surgery after suffering heart attack". The Blade. 2011-03-23. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  9. ^ Provance, Jim (2011-06-21). "Ohio GOP to start search to replace Gillmor in Senate". The Blade. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  10. ^ Provance, Jim (2011-07-04). "10 men apply to replace Gillmor in Ohio Senate". The Blade. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  11. ^ "2012 Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  12. ^ Smith, Kristina (2014-02-13). "Damschroder out of race, for now". Fremont News-Messenger. Retrieved 2014-02-13. 
  13. ^ Provance, Jim (2014-02-20). "Rex Damschroder's wife to run for his seat, then he might replace her". The Blade. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  14. ^ Carson, Daniel (May 7, 2014). "Damschroder loses House seat after wife's campaign fails". The News-Messenger. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  15. ^ Geier, Ben (2011-06-29). "Ohio House would ban texting while driving". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  16. ^ Geier, Ben (2011-07-21). "To be clear: Statehouse 'bar' won't be 'Cheers'". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-07-21. 
  17. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved May 7, 2014.