Governing the States and Localities, a publication dedicated to covering politics, policy, and management for state and local government leaders, recently named Senator Frank LaRose (R–Copley) a “State Legislator to Watch.”
Governing has annually assembled a list of top legislators to watch since 2012. In the January 2014 issue, LaRose was named in their ranking ,“12 State Legislators to Watch in 2014,” which includes six Democrats and six Republicans from Statehouses across the nation.
The article, authored by Governing writer Louis Jacobson, states, “It’s a tough time to be a politician, but these state lawmakers are really making a mark.”
“I’m honored to have been recognized by Governing for the work we are doing in Ohio to restore civility to government and foster a political environment that encourages elected officials to put partisan politics aside and work together to solve problems for the good of the people we serve and represent,” stated LaRose. “This list includes some truly outstanding leaders who have dedicated themselves to the honorable business of public service; I’m humbled to be counted among them.”
Governing stated that the lawmakers chosen for this year’s recognition “have shown a keen ability to strike alliances across party lines,” or have “racked up significant accomplishments during their time in office.”
Senator LaRose has been a member of the Ohio Senate since 2010 where he currently serves as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Public Safety, Local Government, and Veterans Affairs. Senator LaRose is a decorated Veteran of the U.S. Army and has served in the U.S. Special Forces as a Green Beret. He resides in Copley Township, Ohio with his wife, Lauren, and their two daughters.
You can read the full Governing article by clicking here or by visiting http://www.governing.com/topics/politics/gov-2014-state-legislators-to-watch.html.
"This budget plan funds essential priorities in a way that is both efficient and equitable," said LaRose. "It is a balanced plan that continues to reduce barriers to economic growth while investing in education and maintaining support for the people who need it most."
"For 125 years, Akron Children's has earned a reputation for serving children with the highest level of professionalism and expertise," said LaRose. "As the father of three daughters, I rest easy at night knowing that a world-class children's hospital like Akron Children's is right in our backyard."
LaRose joined President Faber in announcing a partnership with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to provide a substantial investment in new technology to modernize Ohio’s elections process.
"This legislation is in line with the goals we have of being a business-friendly state," said LaRose, who cosponsored the bill and guided it through the State and Local Government Committee that he chairs. "We are continuing to knock down barriers to starting a business, creating jobs and growing our economy."