Scott Oelslager

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Scott Oelslager
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Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 29th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Kirk Schuring
In office
February 5, 1985 – December 31, 2002
Preceded by Tom Walsh
Succeeded by Kirk Schuring
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 51st district
In office
January 3, 2003 – December 31, 2010
Preceded by Kirk Schuring
Succeeded by Kirk Schuring
Personal details
Born (1953-10-15) October 15, 1953 (age 63)[1]
Warren, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elsie
Residence North Canton, Ohio
Alma mater

Scott Oelslager (born October 15, 1953) is a Republican politician from Ohio who currently represents the 29th District in the Ohio Senate. He previously held the same seat from 1985 to 2002 and also served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2003 to 2010. Oeslager represents Canton, Ohio and the majority of Stark County. Since 2013, Oelslager has served as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

Life and career[edit]

A graduate of Mount Union College, Oelslager formerly worked as an aide for his predecessor, Tom Walsh. When Walsh resigned his seat, Oelslager was first appointed to replace him in 1985,[2] and was re-elected in 1986 with 52% of the vote.[3] Following that election, Oelslager was elected three more times.[2]

In 2002, Oeslager faced term-limits and instead he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives for the 51st district,[4] and was re-elected in 2004,[5] 2006[6] and 2008.[7] Oelslager was unopposed in 2004 and 2008. He again was term-limited out of the House in 2010.

Return to the Ohio Senate[edit]

In 2010, Oelslager decided to run for his old seat in the Ohio Senate, swapping seats with Kirk Schuring, who preceded Oelslager in the House.[2][8] Oelslager defeated his opponent, Richard Reinbold, with 59% of the vote. In his return to the Senate, Oelslager served as chairman of the Health & Human Services Committee for the 129th Ohio General Assembly.

For the 130th Ohio General Assembly, Oelslager was named chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, the committee tasked with amending the Governor's budget. He was re-elected easily in 2014, attaining 66% of the vote over Democrat Connie Rubin.

Committee assignments[edit]

Electoral History[edit]

Election results[9]
Year Office % %
1986 Ohio Senate Scott Oelslager 51.90% Jim Gwin 48.10%
1990 Scott Oelslager 62.10% Patricia Nolan 38.90%
1994 Scott Oelslager 71.27% Maria Kalorides 28.73%
1998 Scott Oelslager 69.94% Doug Dalo 30.06%
2002 Ohio House of Representatives Scott Oelslager 69.93% Marilyn Scott 30.07%
2004 Scott Oelslager 100% Unopposed
2006 Scott Oelslager 62.85% Kody Gonzales 37.15%
2008 Scott Oelslager 100% Unopposed
2010 Ohio Senate Scott Oelslager 59.25% Richard Reinbold 40.75%
2014 Scott Oelslager 66.69% Connie Rubin 33.31%


  1. ^ "Candidate Profiles: State Senator, 29th District". March 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Senator Scott Oelslager". Ohio Senate. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "OELSLAGER CREDITS INCUMBENCY FOR 4,200-VOTE EDGE OVER GWIN". Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "State Representative". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ohio House of Representatives: November 2, 2004". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ohio House of Representatives: November 7, 2006". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "State Representative: November 4, 2008". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ohio Senate: November 2, 2010". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Ohio Secretary of State, Election Results 1986–2010

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