Troy Balderson

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Troy Balderson
Troy Balderson, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
Assumed office
September 5, 2018
Preceded byPat Tiberi
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 20th district
In office
July 13, 2011 – September 5, 2018
Preceded byJimmy Stewart
Succeeded byBrian Hill
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 94th district
In office
January 5, 2009 – July 13, 2011
Preceded byJim Aslanides
Succeeded byBrian Hill
Personal details
William Troy Balderson

(1962-01-16) January 16, 1962 (age 58)
Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Angela Mattingly
(m. 1985; div. 2014)
EducationMuskingum University
Ohio State University
WebsiteHouse website

William Troy Balderson (born January 16, 1962)[1] is an American politician currently serving as the U.S. Representative from Ohio's 12th congressional district, in office since September 2018. He previously served as an Ohio State Senator representing the 20th district from 2011 until his election as a U.S. Representative. A member of the Republican Party, he previously was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011.

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in southeastern Ohio, Balderson graduated from Zanesville High School in 1980 and attended both Muskingum College and The Ohio State University, but did not graduate. He lives in Zanesville, Ohio.[2]

Business career[edit]

Balderson started working for his family's car business, Balderson Motor Sales, as a mechanic while a college student.[3] He was the VIce President and General Manager of the company from 1987 to 2008,[4] the third generation of his family to run that business;[5] his father had been in charge for a half-century.[6] In financial disclosure statements, Balderson said that he had no income from the car company since 2008;[3] the company closed in February 2018.[7]

Ohio legislature[edit]


When incumbent Jim Aslanides became term-limited, Balderson sought the Republican nomination for state representative of the 94th Ohio House District. He won the March 2008 primary 67.6% of the vote.[8] In the November 2008 general election, Balderson defeated Democrat, winning 54.01% of the vote.[9]

Balderson ran unopposed for reelection in the 2010 general election.[10] While a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, Balderson was on the House Finance Committee and also was chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. In early 2010, Balderson proposed legislation that would subject Ohio Medicaid recipients to random drug tests in order to receive state benefits.[11]


In late May 2011, State Senator Jimmy Stewart announced that he planned to resign his seat in the 20th Senate District as of June 30, the end of the fiscal year.[12] Stewart continued his service as majority floor leader until he resigned.[13]

On July 12, 2011, Senate President Tom Niehaus announced that Balderson would be appointed to the vacant Senate seat. He was sworn into office on July 13, 2011. On November 6, 2012, Balderson won a full four-year term in his Senate Seat, defeating Democrat Teresa Scarmack; Balderson won with 59.79% of the vote.[14]

Balderson was selected in 2014 as co-chair of a special legislative committee to review Ohio's renewable energy and energy efficiency regulations,[15] and served as the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee while in the Senate

In November 2016, Balderson ran unopposed for re-election, for a term ending in 2020. Because of term limits, he was ineligible to run again for the Senate seat in 2020. He decided to run for Congress, to represent Ohio's 12th congressional district.

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Energy and Natural Resources—Chair
  • Finance
  • Government Oversight & Reform
  • Public Utilities
  • Finance Subcommittee on Primary & Secondary Education
  • Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Balderson being sworn into office by Speaker Paul Ryan on September 5, 2018


2018 special election[edit]

Balderson was the Republican nominee for Ohio's 12th congressional district in an August 7, 2018 special election triggered by the January 2018 resignation of Representative Pat Tiberi.[16] He narrowly won the May Republican primary, with 20,101 votes (29.2 percent) to 19,437 votes of second-place finisher Melanie Leneghan. Leneghan's lawsuit, asking to be declared the winner because of voting irregularities, was dismissed by the Ohio Supreme Court in August 2018.[17]

In the August election, Balderson faced Democrat Danny O'Connor. On election night, the results were too close to call; Balderson was officially certified as the winner on August 24, 2018. After the remaining absentee and provisional ballots were counted, Balderson finished 1,680 votes (0.8%) ahead of O'Connor,[18][19] and was sworn into office on September 5, 2018.

2018 general election[edit]

In the November 2018 general election, Balderson defeated Democratic nominee Danny O'Connor in a rematch of the district's August 2018 special election. Balderson won 51.6% of the vote to O'Connor's 47.1%.[20]

Committee assignments[edit]


Balderson and his wife Angela had one son, Joshua. The couple divorced in March 2014.[21]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results
Year Office Election Votes for Balderson % Opponent Party Votes %
2008 Ohio House of Representatives General 27,917 54% Jennifer Stewart Democratic 23,628 46%
2010 General 28,236 100% Unopposed
2012 Ohio Senate General 87,755 60% Teresa Scarmack Democratic 59,012 40%
2016 General 48,059 100% Unopposed
2018 United States House of Representatives Special 101,772 50% Danny O'Connor Democratic 100,208 49%
2018 General 171,757 51.6% Danny O'Connor Democratic 156,863 47.1%


  1. ^ United States Congress. "Troy Balderson (id: B001306)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ "Troy Balderson profile". Ohio Senate. Archived from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Ludlow, Randy. "Troy Balderson family company failed to pay taxes on time". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "Troy Balderson's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  5. ^ "Troy Balderson profile". Zanesville Times Recorder. August 15, 2007.
  6. ^ Schultz, Shelly. "AG brings legal action against Balderson Motor Sales owner". Zanesville Times Recorder. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  7. ^ Schultz, Shelly. "AG investigating defunct Balderson Motors for fraud". Zanesville Times Recorder. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  8. ^ Ohio Secretary of State, 2008 primary election results Archived December 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2008 general election results Archived September 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine (November 4, 2008)
  10. ^ Brunner, Jennifer. "Ohio Secretary of State". Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  11. ^ Glenn, Brandon. "Ohio House proposal would require random drug tests for Medicaid eligibility". MedCity News. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
  12. ^ Richards, Holly (May 25, 2011). "Sen. Jimmy Stewart resigning from Senate seat". Coshocton Tribune. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
  13. ^ Hershey, Bill (May 27, 2011). "State Sen. Stewart, number three leader, to resign". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
  14. ^ Husted, John. "Ohio Secretary of State". Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  15. ^ "Ohio utility chief: Energy savings hard to measure". Akron Beacon Journal. Akron. November 25, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  16. ^ "Balderson retains GOP hold on open House seat in Ohio". POLITICO. August 24, 2018. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  17. ^ Pelzer, Jeremy (August 23, 2018). "Ohio Supreme Court throws out lawsuit challenging Troy Balderson's 12th District victory". cleveland. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  18. ^ "Balderson retains GOP hold on open House seat in Ohio". POLITICO. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  19. ^ Wehrman, Jessica (August 24, 2018). "Balderson wins Ohio's 12th congressional district election". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  20. ^ "Ohio Election Results: 12th House District". New York Times. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  21. ^ Laviola, Erin (August 7, 2018). "Troy Balderson Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved October 12, 2020.

External links[edit]

Ohio House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Aslanides
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 94th district

Succeeded by
Brian Hill
Ohio Senate
Preceded by
Jimmy Stewart
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 20th district

Succeeded by
Brian Hill
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Pat Tiberi
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Michael Cloud
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Kevin Hern