Thursday, October 01, 2015

RELEASE: State Representative Mike Dovilla Announces Candidacy for Ohio Senate

COLUMBUS, OHIO—State Representative Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) today announced his candidacy to serve as state senator for the 24th Ohio Senate District, comprised of 28 suburban communities in Cuyahoga County, during the 132nd General Assembly.

“For nearly five years, I have been honored to serve the people of Cuyahoga County in the Legislature,” said Dovilla.  “Throughout the summer numerous community leaders and constituents have asked if I would consider continuing to work on their behalf by seeking our district’s Senate seat.  I am humbled by their strong support and enter this race with great confidence we will earn that opportunity.”
Rep. Dovilla, a lifelong Republican and the House Majority Whip, is currently serving his third term in the Ohio House of Representatives.  As a state legislator who has authored more than a dozen laws and quickly risen through the ranks since arriving in the Legislature, he possesses a wealth of policy experience and a proven record of results as a public servant.  Dovilla has previously served as a presidential appointee at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, a senior advisor to U.S. Senator George V. Voinovich, and a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State.
Additionally, Dovilla has a distinguished military career and is an officer in the Reserve Component of the U.S. Navy.  A lieutenant commander with more than 13 years of commissioned service, he served on active duty on a 12-month deployment in Iraq in 2007-2008.  He currently serves as a department head with a unit supporting U.S. European Command.  As a qualified Information Dominance Warfare Officer, his awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.

“My top five priorities in the Legislature remain those on which I first ran for office in 2010, areas where we continue to make measurable progress,” said Dovilla.  “If given the opportunity to continue my public service in the Ohio Senate, I will stay focused on strengthening our state’s business-friendly environment for job creation, promoting strong public education, protecting our senior citizens, advocating for veterans, and reforming state government.”
In the current legislative session, Rep. Dovilla is sponsoring several additional pieces of common sense legislation, including the following measures:
  • House Bill 2 substantially reforms Ohio’s charter school framework by clarifying roles and responsibilities, improving transparency, and increasing accountability.  The bill passed the House by a supermajority in March and is slated for final passage in the near future.
  • House Bill 24, the “Ohio Elder Justice Act,” strengthens Adult Protective Service statutes for the first time in over two decades, helping to protect some of the most vulnerable members of society from abuse, exploitation, and neglect.  The bill unanimously passed the House in March.
  • House Bill 46, “Open Ohio,” which increases transparency by requiring the Ohio Treasurer of State to establish the Ohio State Government Expenditure Database that includes information about expenditures state entities make.  The bill unanimously passed the House in April.
Since arriving in the Legislature in January 2011, Rep. Dovilla has helped lead Ohio’s comeback, voting for three fiscally conservative, balanced budgets that have cut working Ohioans’ taxes by $5 billion, supporting major reforms to the state’s economic development structure, and streamlining the regulatory environment to help promote private sector job creation.  These pro-growth public policy initiatives have helped reduce Ohio’s unemployment rate from 9.6 percent to 4.7 percent, spur the creation of over 350,000 net new private sector jobs, and replenish the state’s budget stabilization fund from 89 cents to $2 billion.
The 24th Ohio Senate District is comprised of 28 communities in Cuyahoga County – Bay Village, Bentleyville, Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Chagrin Falls, Chagrin Falls Township, Fairview Park, Gates Mills, Glenwillow, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Independence, Lyndhurst, Mayfield, Moreland Hills, North Olmsted, North Royalton, Oakwood, Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township, Rocky River, Seven Hills, Solon, Strongsville, Valley View, Walton Hills, Westlake, and Berea – Rep. Dovilla’s hometown.