A lifelong resident of Central Ohio, State Senator Tim Schaffer has spent the last decade serving the public in the Ohio General Assembly. Senator Schaffer began his service in the Ohio House of Representatives. Following three terms as State Representative for Ohio’s 5th House District, Senator Schaffer was elected to the Ohio Senate. He now represents the 31st Senate District, which includes all of Licking, Coshocton, Perry and Tuscarawas Counties, as well as portions of Holmes County.
Throughout his tenure in public office, Senator Schaffer has worked tirelessly to fight government corruption, reduce taxes and protect our children from sexual predators. He sponsored legislation – now law – that requires performance audits of state agencies to evaluate their operations and ensure that tax dollars are being used wisely as well as a bill that mandates jail time for offenders who solicit children using the Internet. Additionally, Senator Schaffer has worked to bring numerous economic development projects to his district, leading to the creation of hundreds of new job opportunities.
Senator Schaffer is also recognized as a leader in the Ohio Senate. As chairman of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, Senator Schaffer helps oversee legislation that affects state and local government revenues and tax policy. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on General Government and as a member of the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Workforce & Economic Development Committee, the Public Safety, Local Government and Veterans Affairs Committee and the Criminal Justice Committee. These assignments allow him to play a key role in developing policies that help protect Ohio’s air and water quality along with its abundant natural resources, keep energy prices and taxes in-check, keep our communities and families safe and ensure state polices encourage, rather than hinder job creation.
Senator Schaffer holds a B.A. in Political Science and Communications from Mount Union College. In addition to his legislative duties, his private sector career is as an association executive. Schaffer has also served as chairman of the Fairfield County Republican Party.
Various awards and honors include Watchdog of the Treasury Award, Ohio Development Association Distinguished Service Award, Ohio’s Biotechnology Industry Representative of the Year, National Federation of the Blind Distinguished Service Award, MS Society of America Advocate of the Year, Business First 40 under 40 and the Fairfield County Republican Party Statesmanship Award.
Senator Schaffer resides in Lancaster with his wife Lori.