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.
"Although we come from different cultures, we found common ground in our mutual passion for making elections accessible and fair," said Senator LaRose. "We share the same desire to see political participation increase so that democracy can flourish."
"I am thrilled to recognize the Soap Box Derby champions from my district," said Senator LaRose. "These young people have demonstrated tremendous skill, perseverance and creativity in constructing and racing their cars."
|State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Copley) today received the Small Business Advocate Award from the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) in recognition of his efforts on behalf of Ohio's small businesses.
Every year, the group of small business owners who comprise COSE's Advocacy Committee awards the honor to an elected official who has led a specific initiative to promote small business success.
Last year, LaRose sponsored a comprehensive reform package that cuts red tape and reduces regulatory barriers for small businesses. Endorsed by COSE, Senate Bill 3 introduced greater transparency into the state's rulemaking process by reforming rulemaking, rule review and regulatory procedures for small businesses. It also cements into Ohio law an innovative tool that LaRose helped develop to make the rulemaking process more transparent and responsive: RuleWatch Ohio (http://www.rulewatchohio.gov).
"There is nothing small about the importance of Ohio's small businesses," said LaRose. "These entrepreneurial men and women are what makes Ohio great and their efforts keep our economy moving, so Ohio families can thrive. COSE is a leading voice for Ohio's small business community, so I sincerely value their recognition."
Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 3 into law on June 17, 2014.
For more than 40 years, COSE has connected small businesses with the resources and support they need to grow and thrive. For more information, visithttp://www.cose.org.
"As a legislator, my first priority is hearing from my constituents about the issues that impact their lives," said LaRose. "Office hours are an opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas that inform my everyday work."