From Your State Senator: Bob Peterson
April 19, 2012
Last month, I had the privilege and honor of being appointed to the Ohio Senate. My thanks go to former 17th District State Senator David Daniels, whom I have succeeded, for his tireless and diligent service. Filling his shoes will not be easy. I am, however, grateful that his knowledge and experience will now be put to use on behalf of our entire state in his new role as Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. I wish him well in his new endeavor.
For those of you who may not know me, I am an eighth-generation farmer, raising corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock on our family's farm in Fayette and Clinton Counties. My wife Lisa and I are the proud parents of three active teenagers. Our family is involved in church, 4-H, FFA, as well as other community activities. I served as Ohio Farm Bureau President for nearly five years, and was a Fayette County Commissioner for 14 years before being elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2011.
As a Fayette County Commissioner, I and my fellow elected officials worked to recruit companies to locate in our county. Over and over, we heard the companies both large and small tell us that while we have great sites and a talented workforce, they were not going to locate their business in Ohio, because our taxes were too high, the regulatory environment was difficult and the Bureau of Worker's Compensation needed reformed. Caring very deeply for my state's future, I ran for State Representative with the goal of improving Ohio's business climate, making Ohio attractive to business and bringing the jobs we desperately need.
I have been an active legislator, working on and supporting legislation that will help create economic growth and jobs. House Bill l28 and House Bill 225, bills that I sponsored and that have been signed into law, have given flexibility and freedom to local governments. While Ohio's economy has begun to grow and companies are starting to locate in Ohio, I understand many families are still struggling, and too many are still unemployed.
Every day I am mindful that I was chosen to represent you, your views and opinions; I can't do it alone. I need your support. So please, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached by phone at (614) 466-8156, by e-mail at Peterson@ohiosenate.gov or in writing at State Senator Bob Peterson, Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215. I look forward to being your voice at the Statehouse.