LaRose Given Excellence in Public Service Award by Ohio Trucking Association at Centennial Celebration
COLUMBUS—State Senator Frank LaRose
(R-Hudson) yesterday joined members of the Ohio Trucking Association (OTA) for their 2018 Annual Conference in Toledo, OH, where he was presented with the 2018 Excellence in Public Service Award. The conference marks the 100th anniversary of the Ohio Trucking Association's commitment to enhancing the public image and economic growth of the trucking industry by promoting safety, innovation and professionalism.
“Congratulations to the Ohio Trucking Association on 100 years of growing Ohio’s economic prosperity and providing good paying jobs for so many of our fellow citizens," said LaRose, Chairman of the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee. "I look forward to continuing to work with them and the companies who make up their membership. Together, we will build a stronger economy, continue to grow their safe and dedicated workforce, and encourage more Ohioans to pursue this career that has proven to be both profitable and rewarding for many individuals."
Earlier this General Assembly, thousands of unfilled trucking jobs were identified as a major priority for the Ohio Trucking Association and lawmakers.
LaRose was nominated for his work as the Chairman of the Senate Transportation, Commerce and Workforce Committee to address these issues. Additionally, LaRose introduced and passed legislation that will waive the skills test for a commercial driver's license for veterans who have applicable military certifications. This helps provide skilled workers to companies who need them, while also connecting our veterans with jobs without making them take redundant and unnecessary courses to obtain a commercial drivers license.
LaRose, who served as an Army engineer prior to becoming a Green Beret, is no stranger to the training and requirements of the industry. He spent years driving trucks and operating other heavy equipment under some of the most harsh conditions while serving on active duty.
"Men and women who are coming out of the military bring many skills with them, and I am proud of our work to ensure they are able to apply those skills to Ohio's trucking workforce," added LaRose.