Senator Jay Hottinger represents the people of Ohio’s 31st Senate District, which includes all of Licking, Perry, Coshocton and Tuscarawas Counties and part of Holmes County. Jay has served as a public official since the age of 21, serving in capacities as a Newark city councilman, a state representative and a state senator.
In addition to his public service, Jay is also vice president of sales for Truck One, Inc., a Newark-based trucking company. It is his business experience and understanding of his community that Jay brings with him to the Statehouse, where he has worked tirelessly on issues important to his constituents. He has voted to reduce or eliminate billions of dollars of taxes and has advocated for other policies that grow business and help Ohioans compete in the workforce.
Jay has been a leader at the Statehouse, serving previously as assistant president pro tempore and assistant majority whip in the Ohio Senate. He is chairman of the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee. He has taken the lead on a number of important public policy issues in the fields of insurance and finance and has been the primary sponsor of several budgets. His work on the powerful Controlling Board oversees the state's handling of people’s tax dollars and helps fund job creation efforts.
He has sponsored into law dozens of bills in wide-ranging areas of interest. A few of the principle legislative accomplishments he has authored include:
Jay’s legislative work has resulted in numerous awards including:
Jay is a lifelong resident of Newark. He is a 1988 graduate of Newark High School and a graduate of Capital University, where he graduated summa cum laude in political science and public administration.
He and his wife, Cheri, reside in Newark and are the proud parents of three daughters: Savannah, Heather, and Jayme. The Hottingers are active members of their church as well as a number of civic organizations.