|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 35th district
January 3, 2011-December 31, 2014
|Preceded by||John Otterman|
|Succeeded by||Greta Johnson|
February 27, 1965 |
|Alma mater||University of Akron|
Zack Milkovich is a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the Thirty Fifth District from 2011 to 2014 and representing the City of Barberton and portions of Akron, Ohio. Zack's family is of Serbian ancestry.
After attending the University of Akron, Milkovich worked in Akron's tire mold industry for 20 years and now acts as a contractor and real estate investor.
Ohio House of Representatives
Although John Otterman, and his father, Robert J. Otterman had held the Akron seat for years, Milkovich won an upset victory in the 2010 primary. In the heavily Democratic district, Milkovich managed to obtain 800 more votes than Otterman. He went on to defeat Republican Charles Lasher by 6,000 votes to take the seat in the general election.
In 2012, he won reelection with 71.13% of the vote over Republican Kevin Mitchell. Milkovich was sworn into his second term on January, 2013. He served on the committees of Commerce, Labor and Technology; Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security; Military and Veterans Affairs and Ways and Means. Milkovich sponsored House Bill 232 which was signed into law by the Governor on April 10, 2014, as well as House Bill 69 that was signed into law December 19, 2014 that reformed the criteria of use applying to automated red light cameras.
During his terms in office, Milkovich championed causes such as veteran's issues, extending foster care benefits to children through the age of 21 for children aging out of the foster care system with no safety net to ensure successful independence, and reforming red light camera uasage throughout the state that have been ruled by the courts as a violation of due process rights.
On May 6, 2014, Milkovich was defeated in the Democratic primary 46.33%-53.66% by former prosecutor Greta Johnson.
Zack Milkovich is running for Akron City Council in the 10th ward. He faces two Democrats in the September 8, 2015 primary. The winner of the Democratic Primary will go on to face a Republican challenger in November.