As part of the Opening Ceremonies of the 130th General Assembly, State Senator Joseph Uecker (R–Miami Township) was today officially sworn in as the Senator for the 14th District. Prior to his election to the Senate, Uecker served 4 terms in the Ohio House of Representatives.
“Ohio has certainly been no stranger to the economic difficulties that the nation and world have experienced over the past few years,” said Uecker. “However, I am proud of the work we have done in the Statehouse to get Ohio back on the right track and I am looking forward to continuing that momentum in the coming years.”
During his time in the Ohio House of Representatives, Uecker served as the Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Commerce and Labor. Highly recognized for his public service, Senator Uecker has been given numerous honors including the Watchdog of the Treasury Award from the United Conservatives of Ohio, Cincinnati Moeller High School Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Friend of Agriculture award from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.
“Over the past two years, we have renewed our commitment to making Ohio a business and jobs-friendly state by balancing an out-of-control budget, cutting taxes, and reducing regulations,” added Uecker. “With our unemployment rating more than two percent lower than it was two years ago, I’m glad to say that our work in the Statehouse is moving the state in the right direction for Ohio’s workers.”
Senator Uecker resides in Miami Township with his wife. Together, the Ueckers have four children and four grandchildren.
Senator Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) and Representative Ron Maag (R-Lebanon) will hold a press conference on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 to announce legislation that seeks to protect taxpayer dollars by prohibiting burdensome residency requirements placed on contractors by some local governments. The proposed legislation seeks to prohibit requirements which increase the costs of state-funded projects and decrease the number of qualified contractors that can bid on them.
"Ohio University Southern Campus serves as the economic development hub for much of southern Ohio," said Uecker. "Preparing a top-notch workforce for our region means investing in the facilities at OU Southern."
Last year, I joined my colleague, Senator Bill Beagle, in supporting Senate Bill 227 designating the second Tuesday of April as “Ohio Internship and Co-op Appreciation Day". The day is intended to raise awareness of the value of internships and co-op opportunities in Ohio as well as encourage businesses throughout the state to offer additional program opportunities. These programs give employers unique access to untapped talent without long-term commitments.
“It is important that we continue to support and advocate for programs such as the March for Meals campaign,” said Uecker. “Meals on Wheels helps ensure wellness and security for elderly members of our community.”