Wes Goodman

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Wes Goodman
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 87th district
In office
November 16, 2016 – November 14, 2017
Preceded byJeffrey McClain
Succeeded byRiordan McClain
Personal details
Born (1984-02-14) February 14, 1984 (age 35)
Morrow County, Ohio, United States
Political partyRepublican
Bethany Peck
(m. 2012; div. 2018)
ResidenceCardington, Ohio
Alma materOhio Wesleyan University (B.A.)

Wesley Goodman (born February 14, 1984) is an American Republican politician who served as the Ohio State Representative for the 87th District from 2016 until his resignation in 2017, following revelations of his numerous homosexual extramarital affairs.[1][2][3] His former district consists of the Crawford, Morrow and Wyandot counties, as well as portions of the Marion and Seneca counties.

On November 14, 2017, Goodman resigned his seat following alleged "inappropriate behavior" in his state office,[4] later revealed as extramarital sexual activity with a man.[5]

Early life[edit]

Goodman was born into a family of farmers and first responders,[6] and is a native of Cardington, Ohio.[7][8] He graduated in 2006 from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he majored in politics and government.[6]

Political career[edit]

Goodman worked briefly for former Ohio senator and attorney general Mike DeWine before joining Rep. Jim Jordan's (R-OH) staff when he won the election to represent his district in Congress. By 2013, he was serving as the managing director of the Conservative Action Project.[6]

In 2015, he was accused of sexually assaulting an 18 year old man. This was reported to Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, who confronted Goodman about the allegation and referred to other "similar incidents". Perkins withdrew his political support but Goodman did not withdraw his candidacy for the Ohio legislature, and not long afterwards he was elected. These incidents were apparently never reported to the police and did not become public knowledge until after his resignation.[9]

On October 2, 2016, State Representative Jeffrey McClain stepped down prior to the end of his term to take a position in the administration of Ohio Governor John Kasich. Goodman entered the race to succeed him, and in the Republican primary, defeated with 41% of the vote former State Representative Steve Reinhard, who had represented the same seat from 2001 to 2008. He was unopposed in the general election.[10] His term began on January 4, 2017.[11]

Marriage, sex scandal, and resignation[edit]

Goodman described himself as a supporter of "traditional marriage", having told constituents that "The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting."[12] In 2012 he married Bethany Peck, an assistant director of the March for Life and a former staffer for Bob Latta;[13][14] they had no children and subsequently divorced. Goodman resigned his office November 14, 2017, after a non-staffer witnessed him and an unnamed adult male having consensual sexual relations in Goodman's office. The Speaker of the Ohio House, a Republican, Cliff Rosenberger, described the incident as "inappropriate behavior related to his state office".[4]


  1. ^ reports, WiG. "Evangelical Democratic lawmaker resigns after being caught having sex with another man in his office". Wisconsin Gazette. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  2. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: 30 Sources Expose Sexually Explicit Evidence of Harassment by Ohio Democratic Rep. Wes Goodman". IJR - Independent Journal Review. 2017-11-20. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  3. ^ "Q & A with Wes Goodman- candidate for Ohio 87th district representative". Morrow County Sentinel. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Borchardt, Jackie (November 15, 2017). "Ohio Rep. Wes Goodman resigns over 'inappropriate behavior'". cleveland.com.
  5. ^ Griffin, Pitt (November 16, 2017). "Christian 'Family Values' Liberal Resigns After Sex in the Office With Another Man". Daily Kos. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Goodman announces bid for Republican nod for 87th district". The Morrow County Sentinel. June 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "87th District Representative Wes Goodman resigns" Archived 2017-11-18 at the Wayback Machine. The Courier. November 15, 2017.
  8. ^ "Ohio State House Rep. Wes Goodman resigns after ‘inappropriate behavior’". WCMH-TV, NBC (Columbus, Ohio). November 15, 2017.
  9. ^ Kindy, Kimberley (November 17, 2017). "How a conservative group dealt with a fondling charge against a rising GOP star". Washington Post. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  10. ^ "2016 Official Elections Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  11. ^ "Goodman seeks seat in Ohio house". The Marion Star. June 15, 2015.
  12. ^ Oppenheim, Maya (November 16, 2017). "Anti-LGBT politician resigns after being 'caught having sex with man in his office'". The Independent. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  13. ^ "Bethany Goodman, Assistant Director". March for Life. Archived from the original on 2017-11-17. Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  14. ^ "Bethany Goodman: SBA List Young Leader Award Recipient". March for Life. Archived from the original on 2017-11-17. Retrieved November 17, 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jeffrey McClain
Ohio House of Representatives, 87th District
Succeeded by
Riordan McClain