Senator Troy Balderson - Senate District 20

12.18.17 - Balderson Announces $1.4 Million For Renovations To Ohio University Nursing School


“This renovation project is just one more example of Ohio University's continued commitment to preparing its students for success in Ohio’s dynamic workforce,” said Senator Balderson.


12.05.17 - Balderson Announces Approval Of Funds Investing In Hocking Hills State Park


"Parks like Hocking Hills have become an iconic tourist attraction for our state," said Senator Balderson.


11.13.17 - Balderson Announces Approval Of Funds For Former Hocking Hills Lodge Clean Up


COLUMBUS - State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) today announced the release of state capital funds for the demolition of the former Hocking Hills State Park Lodge that was destroyed by fire on December 8, 2016. 


11.11.17 - Honoring Those Who Serve Our Country


In 1941, America joined the World War II efforts and over 16 million men and women were mobilized. World War II saw many Ohioans volunteer to defend our nation. One of these service members was Sergeant Harold Davis who called Zanesville home. 


10.03.17 - Balderson Applauds Investment To Expand Ohio's Small Business Markets


COLUMBUS - State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has awarded $700,000 aimed at supporting efforts to expand Ohio’s small business markets overseas. 


08.24.17 - Balderson Announces Improved Broadband Access In Fairfield County


"Broadband internet access is essential infrastructure for job-creators seeking to open new locations or expand in the region, especially for rural areas,” said Balderson. “Improved access also ensures that our schools and businesses remain responsive to the demands of a competitive, 21st Century learning environment." 


08.09.17 - Ohio Propane Gas Industry Names Balderson Legislator Of The Year


"I am truly honored and humbled to receive this distinction," said Senator Balderson. "The oil and gas industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in Ohio's economy so it is critical that we continue to make wise investments and work to protect our state's natural resources." 


07.31.17 - Helping Ohio's Families Save On Back-to-School Expenses: Ohio Sales Tax Holiday Set For August 4-6


In the Ohio Senate, we know that Ohio’s families could use some help, and we are committed to easing the burdens that government adds to the mix. That is why, for the third year in a row, the General Assembly has passed the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday to assist parents during the back-to-school shopping season.


07.10.17 - Balderson Announces The Approval Of $24 Million For Phase II Of Buckeye Lake Project


“Today’s release of funds marks yet another milestone in the continued effort to restore Buckeye Lake and its surrounding community as a premier destination for recreation and tourism,” said Balderson. 


06.28.17 - Balderson Announces $1.2 Million Grant Supporting Appalachian Regional Development


“I am pleased to hear of the announcement of these funds for such an important and beneficial project,” said Senator Balderson. “The Innovation Gateway Network will provide invaluable resources for Ohioans to secure jobs and support their families. It is a great step towards improving the economy of Southeastern Ohio by offering leadership programs and fostering collaboration between community leaders and those who want to learn.”


06.21.17 - Senator Balderson Commemorates The Tricentennial Of Freemasonry


“The Masonic Fraternity has consistently provided men of all backgrounds with the opportunity to unite in brotherhood and faith,” said Balderson. “Freemasonry allows for its members to continually contribute to the improvement of their communities and, by extension, themselves.”


06.07.17 - Senator Balderson Issues Statement On Anthem's Decision To Leave Ohio's Insurance Exchange


State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) issued the following statement Wednesday in response to Anthem’s decision to leave Ohio’s health insurance exchange:


05.26.17 - May: A Time For Remembering


Every year, we look forward to the days when the winter weather gives way to the warmer temperatures of spring. May is a month that for many of us marks new beginnings— a time to celebrate graduations, Mother's Day, a time to tend to the flower beds, dust off the lawn mower and cookouts with friends and family. 


05.26.17 - Balderson Introduces Resolution Officially Recognizing Red Nose Day In Ohio


"I am proud to join this effort to help raise awareness for children's hunger here in the U.S. and around the world," said Balderson. "By officially recognizing Red Nose Day, we can help bolster support for the countless charities here in Ohio carrying the banner for these worthy causes."


05.17.17 - Senate Passes Legislation Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking Rebuild Their Lives


“Senate Bill 4 is an important move forward in addressing the issue of human trafficking in Ohio,” said Balderson. “This legislation provides victims with the assistance and opportunities they need to rebuild their lives.”  


05.10.17 - Balderson Announces Senate Passage Of Tax Reforms Protecting Ohio's Family Farmers


"This legislation helps lessen the burden for many Ohio farmers," said Balderson. "We should be encouraging the next generation to continue their family farming operations, not forcing them out of business," said Balderson. 


05.10.17 - Balderson Announces Funds For Upgrades At Hocking Hills


"Attracting millions of guests to the Hocking Hills area each year, the park's new visitor center will be better suited to meet the demands of one of Ohio's premier outdoor destinations," said Balderson. “The new trails recently added to the park will surely increase the numbers of visitors each year.”


04.27.17 - Balderson Honors Ohio's Military Youth Of The Year


"It is an honor to recognize such a wonderful, hard-working young lady like Abby," said Balderson. "Children in military families sacrifice so much and they deserve to be supported and recognized for their ability to adapt to new communities and school systems." 


04.26.17 - Senator Balderson Honors National Guard's Military Child Of The Year


"We are proud of Molly for taking her experience as a military child to help others in her community," said Balderson. "Her hard work in the classroom and as a leader should serve as an example for all young Ohioans."


04.26.17 - Senate Passes Legislation To Strengthen Workforce Development Efforts


"This legislation seeks to connect job creators and educators to ensure alignment between the skills being taught in the classroom and the skills required for the workplace," said Balderson.


04.10.17 - Balderson Announces Approval Of Funds For Zane State Facility Renovations


"I am proud to support investments in area colleges and universities," Balderson said. "We are grateful for our local partners at Zane State who played an important role in identifying this priority project."


03.22.17 - Balderson Announces Senate Passage Of $7.8 Billion Investment In Local Roads And Bridges


"I am excited to see these funds make improvements to our local roadways and bridges, continuing Ohio’s legacy of a strong infrastructure," said State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville). "Additionally, Senate Bill 6 will formally create the Ohio Bridge Partnership Program, which assists local areas in funding rehabilitation and reconstruction of depilated bridges. These two bills will assist in keeping roadways and bridges safe for all Ohioans."


03.13.17 - Funds Approved For Second Phase Of Buckeye Lake Dam Construction


“Buckeye Lake will soon be restored as a vibrant tourist community,” said Senator Balderson. “I applaud the community for its patience throughout the project and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for their efforts toward swift completion.”


03.01.17 - Statement On The Announcement Of Rising Water Levels At Buckeye Lake


The decision to raise water levels at Buckeye Lake marks yet another milestone in the ongoing efforts to restore this vibrant community as a premier destination to live, work and vacation.


02.08.17 - Balderson Announces 2018 Legislative Fellowship Program


“The Legislative Service Commission Fellowship program is a great opportunity for young professionals to explore the policymaking process," said Balderson. "These individuals play an important role by contributing to the work of the legislature." 



02.06.17 - Balderson Announces State Funds For Improvements At Dillon State Park


“Dillon State Park is an outstanding destination for family recreation and this renovation project will provide much needed improvements to park facilities,” said Balderson. 


01.31.17 - Balderson Introduces Bill Aimed At Preparing Ohio's Next Generation Of Workers


"This bill will provide opportunities for our next generation to learn high-tech skills, which will prepare them for in-demand jobs in emerging industries such as oil and gas in southeastern Ohio," said Senator Balderson.


01.27.17 - Balderson Announces Funding For Preliminary Work To Rebuild Iconic Hocking Hills Dining Lodge


“I'd like to commend the Department of Natural Resources on their quick action to begin this process," said Balderson.  “The dining lodge is a vital part of the historic Hocking Hills community and tourism in the greater Hocking County area."


01.27.17 - Balderson Announces Grant Program To Support Buckeye Lake Business Community


"A second round of grants will go a long way in helping our business community, which has been severely impacted throughout the project," said Balderson. "The resilience of our Buckeye Lake community has been nothing short of astounding."


01.03.17 - Balderson Sworn In For Second Full Term In The Ohio Senate


“I am proud of the work my colleagues and I have done in the Statehouse over the past few years,” said Balderson. “We've taken important steps to improve the state's business climate, cut taxes, and reduce barriers for private sector job creation."


12.08.16 - Statement On The Passing Of American Hero And Muskingum County Native John Glenn


State Senator Troy Balderson today issued the following statement on the news of John Glenn's passing: 


10.31.16 - Balderson Announces State Support For Individuals On Path To Recovery


“This investment will provide a safe living environment for individuals as they receive the treatment and support needed to overcome their addiction," said Balderson. 


10.17.16 - Balderson Announces Investment In Zane State's Oil And Gas Workforce Training Program


"New investments in Zane State's training facilities will help prepare students to take on available, good-paying jobs in Ohio's developing oil and gas industry," said Balderson. 


09.28.16 - Balderson Recognizes Zanesville Pioneer Baseball Champs


COLUMBUS - State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) today honored the Zanesville Junior Pioneers Baseball team on its first national championship title won last month during the 73rd All American Amateur Baseball Association tournament in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 


09.12.16 - State Approves Funds Supporting Second Phase Of Buckeye Lake Dam Rehabilitation Project


“Today is yet another milestone in our efforts to restore Buckeye Lake as one of Ohio's premier destinations for tourism and recreation,” said Balderson. “As progress is made, I will continue to work with local leaders to ensure that resources are available to support the project and the affected community."


09.12.16 - State Approves Funds To Assess Sustainability Of Muskingum River Flood Control Systems


"This is a critical, proactive effort to minimize potential risks associated with the historic dam and lock system along the Muskingum River," said Balderson. "Ensuring the safety and sustainability of these systems should also offer peace of mind to the families living in the communities along the river."


09.06.16 - Balderson Pays Tribute To Military Veterans During Opening Ceremonies Of Morgan County Fair


"Today and every day, let us thank the men and women who have honorably served," said Balderson. "May their courage and patriotism serve as an example for future generations."


09.01.16 - Balderson Named 'Friend Of Agriculture'


"Growing up on my family's farm, I learned the value of hard work and developed a deep appreciation for the important role Ohio's farmers play in their communities and their commitment to responsible stewardship of our precious natural resources," said Balderson. "I am honored to accept this award and will continue to serve as a voice for our farmers who contribute to feeding, clothing and fueling our society every day as part of Ohio’s number one industry."


08.30.16 - Balderson And Peterson Join Circleville Community For Groundbreaking On New Roundtown Trail


"As an avid cyclist, I can attest to how increased opportunities for outdoor activities can improve the quality of life for those living in our communities," said Balderson. "This project not only helps create a unique corridor for students but also helps to promote active and healthy lifestyles."


08.24.16 - Creative Photography Program Helps To Lift Area Residents Living With Mental Illness


"Our friends and neighbors living with mental illness are finding new ways to overcome struggles through creative expression thanks to this unique combination of the arts and mental health therapy," said Balderson.


07.28.16 - Stretching Your Dollars Further During Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday: August 5-7th


Earlier this year, the Ohio General Assembly renewed legislation allowing families to take advantage of tax-free savings when purchasing select items beginning Friday, August 5th and running through Sunday, August 7th.


07.14.16 - Balderson Announces Additional State Funding For Lancaster Schools Construction Efforts


"These funds will go a long way in the Lancaster district's continued efforts to provide students with facilities that allow them to succeed," said Balderson. "I'm pleased that the Ohio School Facilities Commission has awarded these funds and look forward to the progress that is soon to come."


06.28.16 - Balderson Inducted Into Prestigious Association Of Ohio Commodores


State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) was inducted into the prestigious Association of Ohio Commodores last week in recognition of his longstanding business accomplishments, acumen and leadership.


06.22.16 - Balderson Announces State Funds To Support Canal Winchester Local Schools Pathways Program


"Canal Winchester's teachers and administrators will use this program to empower students not only in the classroom, but as they attend college and connect with employers in our increasingly globalized economy,” said Balderson. “The Pathways to Possibilities program is preparing students to seek out career and higher educational opportunities through innovative methods that may not have been the norm in past years.”


06.14.16 - Balderson Announces Signing Of Bill To Improve Efficiency Within Ohio Department Of Natural Resources


“As Ohioans take advantage of our state’s wonderful outdoor opportunities this summer at our parks and recreational areas, we want to make every effort to ensure their experience is the best it can be,” said Balderson. “This bill creates a more effective and efficient department than before, and I am grateful to Director Zehringer and ODNR for working with Governor Kasich and the legislature towards the bill’s passage.”


05.27.16 - Honoring Our Local Patriots


Memorial Day is a time to honor and express our gratitude for the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their service for our country. Many of the unique freedoms we enjoy as Americans have been paid for through the sacrifices of patriots. On behalf of a grateful nation, I encourage all Ohioans to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for the service members and their families who have proudly sacrificed so much.


05.26.16 - Rising Water Levels To Lift Buckeye Lake Community In Time For Summer


"Let's hope for a steady rainfall this season as rising water levels will certainly lift all boats, businesses, and spirits in the Buckeye Lake community," added Balderson.


05.12.16 - Balderson Announces Senate Passage Of Bill To Enhance Efficiency Within Ohio's Department Of Natural Resources


"This legislation eliminates departmental redundancies and ensures efficient use of taxpayer dollars," said Balderson. "I applaud Director Zehringer for working with the legislature to identify areas of potential consolidation. This makes resources available for the purpose of improving outdoor recreational opportunities for Ohioans."


04.13.16 - Balderson Announces $61.5 Million For Buckeye Lake Community


"The Buckeye Lake community is one of unparalleled resilience," said Balderson. "I join area businesses and families in eagerness for water levels to rise and for the lake and community to regain its status as one of Ohio's premiere recreation destinations. As we wait for project completion, I continue to work alongside local leaders to ensure that resources remain available to support this community."


04.12.16 - Balderson Announces State's Capital Bill To Make $2.6 Billion Investment In Ohio's Local Communities


“Our Capital Budget places special emphasis on economic growth, improving the quality of life for our most vulnerable and increasing our investments in Ohio's rural communities," said Balderson. "We are grateful for our local partners who played an important role in identifying the highest priority projects."


02.09.16 - Balderson Announces Legislative Fellowship Program


“The Legislative Service Commission Fellowship program is a great opportunity for young professionals to explore the policymaking process," said Balderson. "These individuals play an important role contributing to the work of the legislature."


01.29.16 - Efforts To Improve Ohio's Business Climate Are Leading To Positive Economic Growth


“Ohio has continued to prosper over the past six years," Balderson said. "I am extremely proud of the work my colleagues and I have been doing to create an environment that attracts businesses to our region."


01.22.16 - Reflecting On Our Efforts To Create Opportunities For Ohioans In 2015


2105 was another busy year marked by new efforts to create jobs and grow small businesses, lower taxes and create opportunities for all Ohioans. In 2015, we were able to continue our efforts to turn Ohio around, making this state an exceptional place to live, work and raise a family. Below, I would like to highlight a few major accomplishments from this past year. 


12.10.15 - Balderson Announces Passage Of Legislation Strengthening Online Sex Offender Law


"The goal of this legislation is to ensure that we are doing everything we can to protect our children from the risks associated with online contact," said Balderson. "This will provide local law enforcement with the tools necessary to enforce violations and keep the general public safe and informed of offenders communicating online."


12.09.15 - Balderson Applauds Passage Of Resolution Urging Federal Funding For Diabetes R&D


"We owe it to those who suffer from Type 1 diabetes to invest in new technology that could result in better treatment, and ultimately save lives," said Balderson. "I urge Congress to consider the cost-efficiency of enhancing care and increasing productivity."


12.09.15 - Ohio Senate Passes Highway Naming Bill Honoring The Legacy Of Senator Stanley Mechem


"It is truly an honor to recognize the life and legacy of Senator Mechem through this highway dedication," said Balderson. "Senator Mechem's contributions to the people of Ohio and our region were tremendous and lasting." 


11.28.15 - Balderson Praises Guernsey County Officials For Economic Growth, Drop In Unemployment


"Despite the recent drop in oil and gas prices, last month Guernsey County's unemployment remained nearly half the rate it was just five years ago," said Balderson. "This sustainable recovery is the result of collaborative efforts between economic development leaders and local officials, including Jo Sexton, president of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, Cambridge Mayor Tom Orr, Guernsey County commissioners and the Cambridge-Guernsey County Improvement Corporation."


11.09.15 - A Salute To Our Service Members On Veterans Day


Ohio is home to more than 800,000 of our nation’s veterans. These brave men and women have displayed courage and patriotism as they fought for our freedom across the globe. Our soldiers should be celebrated every day, but today is an especially important day to take an extra few minutes to show gratitude for our veterans.


11.05.15 - Balderson Praises Sofidel On Decision To Locate New Paper Products Facility In Pickaway County


"I was pleased to learn that Pickaway County was selected as the new site for Sofidel," said Balderson. "The selection was the result of collaborative efforts between local leaders and community stakeholders. Circleville welcomes the jobs and economic development that this project will bring to the area."


10.07.15 - Balderson Resolution Urges Congress To Lift Ban On Crude Oil Exports


“By lifting this antiquated export ban, not only will consumers across the nation save at the pump, but we have the opportunity to create good paying jobs right here in Ohio,” said Balderson. “We’re urging Congress to support this important legislation to ensure America’s global presence as an energy leader.”


09.28.15 - Balderson Announces Funds To Zane State Health Sciences Project


“This project will help enhance the quality of education for Zane State College students,” said Balderson. "It is important that we make smart investments that provide the necessary environment to excel in the classroom and beyond."



09.09.15 - Balderson Announces $2.6 Million State Investment In Center For Developmental Disabilities


“In addition to improved energy efficiency, this investment will help enhance the quality of care for Guernsey County residents that rely on services provided at this facility,” said Balderson.


09.04.15 - Preparing Millenials For Careers In Ohio's Oil And Gas Industry


As Ohio’s oil and gas workforce ages – the average age of an oilfield worker is 55 – we must continue to invest in training opportunities to fill positions within this in-demand industry.


09.02.15 - Balderson And Beagle Announce State's Latest Investments In Workforce Development


“Education is a key component to the future of Ohio’s skill-trained workforce,” Balderson said. “It is great to see schools all across the state utilizing the revolving loan fund established by Senate Bill 1. This fund will surely go a long way in helping make education for technical jobs more accessible to Ohioans.”


08.26.15 - Balderson Announces August District Office Hours In Pickaway County


“It is important that the people in the district have the opportunity to voice their concerns,” said Balderson. “My constituents are my number one priority and part of my responsibility as their elected official includes taking their views into account. Holding office hours in the district with either myself personally or my staff is a great way to offer constituents in-person meetings without having to travel to my office in Columbus."


08.10.15 - Balderson And Members Of The Ohio Energy Mandates Study Committee Tour Hydroelectric Facilities


Members of the Energy Mandates Study Committee, which Senator Balderson co-chairs with Representative Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson), visited the Belleville and Willow Island facilities in an effort to better understand fuel diversity and other alternative energy options.


08.03.15 - Sales Tax Holiday Helps Ohioans' Money Go Further On Back-to-School Shopping


This is a great opportunity for Ohio families to stretch their dollar a little further as they prepare for the new school year thanks to the added savings during the Ohio Sales Tax Holiday, August 7 through August 9.


07.29.15 - Safe Haven Law Has Potential To Save Ohio Newborns


"Ohio is one of many states with Safe Haven laws on the books. Many Ohioans are unfamiliar with this law, but its practicality has the potential to save babies’ lives who are otherwise in danger of abandonment by birth mothers and fathers who find themselves in difficult circumstances and are unable to take on the challenges of parenthood. Instead of penalizing birth parents who can’t care for an infant, the Safe Haven law gives them an incentive to protect their child by placing him or her in good hands."


07.16.15 - Balderson Applauds Buckeye Lake Dam Repair Proposal


"This is great news for the Buckeye Lake community," said Balderson. "Today’s announcement shows that Ohio is taking steps to move forward with the process while still ensuring public safety. I am optimistic about the design idea and I look forward to the upcoming project groundbreaking.”


06.25.15 - Balderson Honors Tri-Valley High School Discus Thrower For Winning State Championship Title


"We are so proud of Kaylee for all she has accomplished both as an athlete and as a student," said Balderson. "She serves as a role model for all of Ohio's student athletes and we are watching for more big things to come from this young lady as she begins her college career."


06.19.15 - Balderson Praises Senate Proposal To Support Ohioans With Developmental Disabilities


“I was pleased to see that the Senate restored certain DODD funding levels to increase access to services,” Balderson said. “From the visits I have made to various Developmental Disabilities facilities in the district, I have seen firsthand what a vital role these services and staff play in the community.”


06.18.15 - Balderson Announces Passage Of Senate Budget To Invest In Education And Promote Job Creation


“I am glad to see this budget help hard-working families in Southeast Ohio,” Balderson said. “It drives funding to southeastern counties for programs that matter most to the people in my district.”


06.17.15 - Balderson Announces Senate Passage Of Legislation To Expand Access To Life-Saving Naloxone


“House Bill 4 expands access to life-saving medicine for those struggling with addiction,” said Balderson. “Too many lives are lost to overdose in Ohio, and this bill is a step in the right direction to saving family members and friends, and getting them on the right road to recovery.”


06.03.15 - Balderson Announces Senate Passage Of Bill To Help Entrepreneurs Open Businesses In Ohio


“This legislation reduces the costs for new businesses in Ohio, which will in turn create jobs,” said Balderson. “As a former small business owner, I am confident that these efforts will encourage entrepreneurs to launch new businesses in our state.”


05.27.15 - Balderson Honors Service Of Retiring Zane State President


"Dr. Brown has been an exemplary leader for Zane State, as evidenced by the school's unprecedented growth during his tenure as president," said Balderson. "During my time in the legislature, I have valued the friendship of Dr. Brown and admired his dedication to higher education. He has championed efforts to position Zane State as a workforce and economic development centerpiece for the region."


05.20.15 - Balderson Joins Zanesville Artist To Unveil Statue Of Ohio's Iconic Thomas Edison


“Today we honor the work of Thomas Edison and of Zanesville's very own Alan Cottrill whose depiction of Edison has been made worthy of permanent exhibition in our nation’s capitol.”


05.18.15 - Balderson Announces Funds For Campus Facility Improvements


“Ohio colleges play a significant role in the future of Ohio’s skilled workforce,” said Balderson. “It is important that students have the opportunity to learn in a healthy, updated environment where they can make the most of their college education.”


05.07.15 - A Story To Remember And Share On The 70th Anniversary Of The Allied Victory In Europe


Friday, May 8th marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Many of us have parents or grandparents who played a role in this generation-defining conflict. John Wesley Tignor, born and raised in Zanesville, Ohio, served in Europe during the war.


04.28.15 - Balderson Hopeful That Pickaway County Will Be Site Of New BASF Facility


"I am pleased to hear of BASF Corporation's consideration to build in Pickaway County, as well as the Tax Credit Authority's collaboration on this potential development," said Balderson.


04.23.15 - Balderson Welcomes Site-Selection For Major Employer To Southeast Ohio


"It was welcomed news to hear that Ohio was selected as a top choice for the potential building of a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker," said Balderson. "As chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I can see that Ohio is proving to be a major player in the energy industry, and I look forward to the jobs and economic development that this new project will bring."


04.22.15 - Balderson Honors Ohio Military Child Of The Year


"Madison took her own experience as a child of a military service member to help Ohio military youth as a camp counselor for the Ohio Military Kids program," said Balderson. "Her hard work in the classroom and as a student leader should serve as an example for all Ohio youth."


04.01.15 - National Donate Life Month


"Currently, there are more than 120,000 men, women, and children on the national waiting list for organ transplants. In Ohio alone, over 3,200 people are waiting for a transplant. Sadly, statistics show that every 48 hours, another Ohioan passes away waiting for a donation."


03.23.15 - Balderson Announces State Investment In Mental Health Facility


“This investment will help improve the quality of care for Muskingum County residents with mental health issues,” said Balderson. "Our goal is to provide a safe living environment that allows residents to get the treatment they need."


01.23.15 - Balderson Named To Second Term As Chairman Of The Senate Energy And Natural Resources Committee


Ohio Senate President Keith Faber today appointed State Senator Troy Balderson to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.


12.02.14 - Logan-Hocking Student Honored At The Statehouse


State Senator Troy Balderson (R–Zanesville) today honored Heidi Jo McGrady, a sixth-grade student in the Logan-Hocking School System at the Ohio Statehouse.


08.27.14 - A Labor Day Message


As the holiday weekend approaches and summer draws to a close, I want to wish you a safe and enjoyable weekend with family and friends!


07.30.14 - Balderson And Faber Speak At Rally To Support American Energy


Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and Senator Troy Balderson were keynote speakers Wednesday at a special event in Pittsburgh to show support for the region’s coal industry.


07.29.14 - Balderson Attends Joint Agriculture Committee Meeting Held At Ohio State Fair


Officials from the Ohio Senate joined officials from the Ohio House of Representatives today to host a joint agriculture committee meeting at the Ohio State Fair. Senator Troy Balderson was joined by Senators Cliff Hite, Bob Peterson, Frank LaRose, and Lou Gentile.


05.21.14 - 2014 Gold Medal Cheesemakers Honored At Statehouse


State Senator Troy Balderson today presented a resolution recognizing Pearl Valley Cheese for winning a gold medal at the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest. They received the gold medal in the Rindless Swiss Cheese Class for their Swiss cheese. Pearl Valley Cheese is a four generation, family owned business, and has been making their award winning Swiss cheese for over 85 years.


03.25.14 - Senate Clears Balderson Initiative To Support Local Pharmacies


The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Bill 258, sponsored by Senator Troy Balderson, which establishes standards for the oversight of pharmacy audits in Ohio.


03.18.14 - Balderson Announces Introduction Of Capital Budget


Senator Troy Balderson today announced the introduction of Ohio’s 2014 Capital Budget, which provides local investment dollars to support individual communities’ construction priorities. The bill funds needed improvements to public facilities across the state including schools, colleges and universities, and parks.


02.04.14 - Senate Honors World War II Veteran For A Lifetime Of Service


State Senator Troy Balderson today honored 91-year-old World War II Veteran, Lieutenant Colonel Lloyd “Whitey” Barnes, for his military service and volunteer work. Barnes served 24 years in the United States Air Force and continues to volunteer for many organizations in his community.


02.04.14 - Lancaster "Best Bagger" Honored At The Statehouse


State Senators Tim Schaffer (R–Lancaster) and Troy Balderson (R–Zanesville) today jointly honored “Ohio’s Best Bagger” in the retail grocery industry at the Statehouse. Sarah Morris, an employee at the Lancaster Giant Eagle, will now travel to Las Vegas, Nevada where she will compete against other “Best Baggers” from around the country for the national crown.


01.29.14 - Senator Balderson Recognizes Ohio Correctional Education Association Teacher Of The Year


COLUMBUS–Senator Troy Balderson (R­–Zanesville) today recognized Deborah Withem as 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year with the Department of Rehabilitative Correction.


01.23.14 - Balderson Praises Ohio's Fiscal Condition Rating


COLUMBUS– Senator Troy Balderson (R–Zanesville) today praised a new report showing Ohio is ranked seventh out of 50 states for its fiscal condition.


01.14.14 - Balderson Announces More Than $1.8 Billion Local Government Infrastructure Investment


COLUMBUS–Senator Troy Balderson (R–Zanesville) today announced the Ohio Senate has passed Senate Joint Resolution 6, which seeks to renew the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP). The partnership between SCIP and the Ohio Public Works Commission finances public capital improvements to preserve and improve public infrastructure in communities across Ohio.


01.09.14 - Senator Balderson Announces Statewide Effort To Combat Human Trafficking


COLUMBUS– State Senator Troy Balderson (R–Zanesville) today announced a statewide effort to combat human trafficking in Ohio.


01.06.14 - Senator Balderson Urges Ohioans To Take Precaution Against Cold Weather


COLUMBUS– State Senator Troy Balderson (R–Zanesville) today urges all residents of Central and Southeastern Ohio to take additional precautions during the pending bitter cold temperatures descending on the Midwest over the next 48 hours.


12.11.13 - AT&T Grant Brings Scholarships To The Region's Students


NEW CONCORD — AT&T has invested $25,000 in the education of Appalachian Ohio youth through the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. Through a grant to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, AT&T’s support will fund post-secondary scholarships across the 32-county region and send high school students to leadership camp this coming summer.


12.04.13 - Balderson Honors NCCAA Division II Basketball Champion


COLUMBUS– State Senator Troy Balderson (R–Zanesville) today honored the Ohio Christian University Men’s basketball team for winning this year’s national championship against the Arlington Baptist Patriots in the NCCAA Division II final. Coach Tony Stockman led the team to victory with a score of 73-62, and a season record of 27-8.

“The Trailblazers’ hard work and drive led them to win their first title in the program’s history,” Balderson said. “Coach Stockman’s expertise helped the team achieve a perfect season against NCCAA competition, and I expect we’ll continue to see more from them in the future.”


10.30.13 - Circleville Today: Celebrating Manufacturing In Ohio


October marks the second annual Manufacturing Month in Ohio. The manufacturing industry has always been a huge part of Ohio’s economy, but it has played an even more significant role in the economic recovery that we have been experiencing over the past two years.


08.08.13 - AT&T Adds 4G LTE Coverage In Zanesville


AT&T has been updating their wireless networks across the country and they have brought 4G LTE service to Zanesville. Holly Hollingsworth, media relations for AT&T Ohio says the network upgrade will bring the fastest, most reliable service to customers who have LTE compatible phones or tablets.


06.26.13 - Balderson, Schaffer Honor State Champions Bloom-Carroll Softball Team


COLUMBUS–Senator Troy Balderson (R–Zanesville) and Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today honored the Bloom-Carroll High School softball team on wining the 2013 Division III State Championship. The team defeated Columbia 3-2 to win the championship. This is their 3rd state championship title. 


06.26.13 - PHOTO: Balderson Honors Top 3 Students In National Archery Program


COLUMBUS- Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) today honored students who placed in the top three spots in the National Archery in Schools Program. Dean Murphy, April Bartenschlag and Clay Williams are all 2013 National Archery in Schools Champions. All three students have shown combined talent and competitive spirit.


04.17.13 - Senate Approves Balderson Plan, Provides Funds For Job Training, Workforce Development


The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Bill 1, sponsored by State Senator Troy Balderson, which aims at helping Ohio’s unemployed and underemployed find work through continued education and job training.


03.20.13 - Balderson Legislation Streamlines Liquor Permit Transfers, Eliminates Redundancy In Ohio Law


Senate Bill 48, sponsored by State Senator Troy Balderson, today cleared the Ohio Senate by a unanimous, bipartisan vote. The legislation aims to expedite the transfer of liquor permits within a municipality in order to lift unnecessary and repetitive regulations on our small businesses.


01.09.13 - Balderson Named Chairman Of Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee

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Ohio Senate President Keith Faber today appointed State Senator Troy Balderson (R–Zanesville) to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. During the previous legislative session, Balderson served as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee, a panel that has been modified as part of the committee restructuring in preparation for the 130th General Assembly.


01.07.13 - Senator Balderson Is Sworn-In For A Second Term In The Ohio Senate

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As part of the Opening Ceremonies of the 130th General Assembly, State Senator Troy Balderson (R–Zanesville) was today officially sworn in as the Senator for the 20th District. Balderson was first appointed to the State Senate in 2011 to fill the unexpired term of State Senator Jimmy Stewart. Prior to his appointment, he was twice elected to the 94th District of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving Muskingum and Coshocton Counties.


12.11.12 - PHOTO: Balderson Honored By The American Conservative Union

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COLUMBUS– State Senator Troy Balderson (R–Zanesville) was honored Tuesday by the American Conservative Union (ACU) as an ACU Conservative, the second highest award given by the organization. Senator Balderson received the award during a ceremony this morning in the Ladies Gallery of the Ohio Statehouse.


10.11.12 - WHIZ News: Governor Signs Exotic Animal Bill


Governor John Kasich has now the signed the bill that will ban people from buying new exotic animals.

The event took place Tuesday afternoon at the Statehouse with State Senator Troy Balderson, State Representative Brian Hill, Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz, Celebrity Zookeeper Jack Hannah and others looking on.


09.14.12 - Balderson Named "Watchdog Of The Treasury"

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For his commitment to low taxes and responsible government spending, Senator Balderson has been named the "Watchdog of the Treasury"

08.02.12 - Senator Balderson Praises Reopening Of Burr Oak Lodge

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State Senator Troy Balderson praised the reopening of the Burr Oak Lodge and Conference Center on Thursday. The lodge will be renovated and reopened through a partnership between the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and U.S. Hotels.

07.02.12 - Balderson Praises Storm Cleanup Efforts

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State Senator Troy Balderson praised the continued restoration efforts following the storms that struck southern Ohio on Friday, June 29, 2012. Winds during those storms exceeded 80 mph along with dangerous lightning and rain, which caused many fallen power lines and poles, as well as damage to transmission structures.

06.07.12 - Oxford Mining Company Honored For Industry Excellence

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The Oxford Mining Company received special recognition in Columbus on Thursday for its continued commitment to quality mining practices.  Charles Ungurean, the company's president, was on hand to accept a Senate Resolution from State Senator Troy Balderson at the annual Ohio Coal Association Luncheon.

06.05.12 - Governor Signs Balderson's Dangerous And Wild Animal Bill Into Law

A bill enacting Ohio's first regulations regarding dangerous and wild animal ownership was signed into law by Governor Kasich during a Statehouse ceremony today.  The event comes eight months after a dangerous animal outbreak in Zanesville, Ohio drew international attention.

05.22.12 - House Passes Dangerous And Wild Animal Legislation

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State Senator Troy Balderson has released the following statement regarding the Ohio House of Representatives' passing legislation which would regulate the ownership of dangerous and wild animals in Ohio.

05.15.12 - Ohio Senate Names May "Better Hearing And Speech Month"

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The Ohio Senate today unanimously approved designating the month of May as "Better Hearing and Speech Month".

05.08.12 - Balderson Announces Funds For Coshocton Port Authority

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State Senator Troy Balderson announced Monday that the State Controlling Board has released $700,000 from the Job Ready Sites (JRS) Grant fund to the Coshocton Port Authority. This money will be used for the creation of an Existing Industrial Job Ready Site.

04.26.12 - Speech And Hearing Advocacy Group Names Senator Balderson Legislator Of The Year

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State Senator Troy Balderson's was honored Tuesday for his work regarding Ohio speech and hearing initiatives.  The Ohio Speech and Hearing Governmental Affairs Coalition applauded the efforts of the Zanesville lawmaker in the Statehouse Atrium.

04.25.12 - Animal Law To Protect Public And Ownership Rights Passes Senate

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The Ohio Senate approved a measure today creating state laws relating to the ownership of dangerous and wild animals.  The new standards include public safety precautions and ownership registration requirements that owners must comply with by January 1, 2014.

04.24.12 - Balderson Announces Funding For Emergency Repairs To The Muskingum River Parkway Lock

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State Senator Troy Balderson announced Monday the release of nearly $38,000 of state emergency rehabilitation funds to repair damages at the Muskingum River Parkway Lock and Dam No. 7 in McConnelsville.

03.30.12 - Balderson Hosts Students From Falls Elementary In Senate Chamber

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State Senator Troy Balderson hosted students from Falls Elementary in West Muskingum.

03.27.12 - Ohio University Facilities To Get A Facelift

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State Senator Troy Balderson yesterday announced the approval of state funding totaling more than $437,000 for Ohio University to go toward equipment and facility renovations.

03.13.12 - Responsible Regulation Eyed For Wild Animal Ownership

Guest Column by State Senator Troy Balderson.

03.08.12 - Balderson Bill Bolsters Standards For Wild Animal Ownership

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State Senator Troy Balderson today introduced Senate Bill 310 to reform current laws relating to wild and dangerous animal ownership in Ohio. The legislation comes in response to the animal tragedy that occurred last October in Zanesville.

02.27.12 - Balderson Announces Local Organizations To Receive Home Repair Grants

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State Senator Troy Balderson announced today that the State Controlling Board approved grants totaling $575,000 to assist low-income and handicapped individuals in Southeastern Ohio with home repairs.

02.17.12 - Statement From Senator Balderson On PUCO Announcement

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State Senator Troy Balderson has released the following statement in regards to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio's (PUCO) recent announcement that it will reassess the recent rate increases incurred by small business.

02.15.12 - Ohio House Approves Balderson's Brain Injury Awareness Bill

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The Ohio House of Representatives today approved a plan to designate July 9 of every year as "Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Day" in Ohio.

02.02.12 - Balderson Announces Application Process For 2013 LSC Fellowship

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State Senator Troy Balderson announced today that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission is accepting applications for its 13-month Legislative Fellowship Program.  The commission will hire 20-plus fellows to work with members of the Ohio General Assembly throughout 2013.

01.24.12 - Balderson Honors OU Football Team Before Senate Chamber

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During today's Senate session, State Senator Troy Balderson hosted representatives from the Ohio University football team.

01.24.12 - Balderson Offers Sponsor Testimony On Ohio Coal Miner's Week

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State Senator Troy Balderson presented sponsor testimony today before the Senate Insurance, Commerce, and Labor Committee regarding House Bill 207, which will establish the first week of April as "Ohio Coal Miner's Week."

01.10.12 - Balderson's Brain Injury Awareness Bill Clears Senate Chamber

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State Senator Troy Balderson today saw his Senate colleagues give approval for his plan to designate July 9 of every year as "Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Day" in Ohio.

12.21.11 - Kasich Signs Securitization Measure Into Law

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State Senators Troy Balderson and David Daniels joined Governor John Kasich on Wednesday morning to watch as House Bill 364 was signed into Ohio law.  The legislation establishes new standards for the securitization of costs associated with electric utility companies and received unanimous, bipartisan approval in both legislative chambers.

12.14.11 - Senate Passes Balderson Sponsored Securitization Measure

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The Ohio Senate today offered approval to Senate Bill 248, sponsored by Senator Troy Balderson.  The legislation establishes standards for the securitization of costs for utility companies distributing electricity.  Such companies would also have the ability to issue phase-in recovery bonds to replace their current use of higher-interest debt.

12.09.11 - Balderson Welcomes McIntire Students To Statehouse

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State Senator Troy Balderson recently hosted a group of over 100 students at the Ohio Statehouse. The visitors were 5th grade students from John McIntire Elementary School in Zanesville.

11.30.11 - Balderson And Zanesville Native Raise Brain Injury Awareness In Ohio

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State Senator Troy Balderson provided sponsor testimony today for a bill that would designate July 9 of every year as "Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Day" in Ohio.  The Republican legislator explained the measure before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

11.21.11 - Balderson Statement On Exotic Animal Recommendations

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State Senator Troy Balderson issued the following statement today in response to the recommendations made to the General Assembly regarding the future ownership of exotic animals in Ohio.

11.09.11 - Balderson Offers Sponsor Testimony On Securitization Bill

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State Senator Troy Balderson presented sponsor testimony today before the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee regarding his work to establish standards for the securitization of costs for utility companies distributing electricity.

10.19.11 - Balderson Statement In Situation In Muskingum County

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State Senator Troy Balderson issued the following statement today regarding the current situation involving exotic animals on the loose in Muskingum County.

09.26.11 - Balderson Tabbed As Vice-chairman Of Senate Energy And Public Utilities Committee

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State Senator Troy Balderson was named to four senate standing committees earlier today.  The appointments were announced by Senate President Thomas Niehaus (R - New Richmond) and are effective immediately.

09.20.11 - Balderson Announces Relief Funds For Disaster-stricken Areas

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State Senator Troy Balderson recently addressed the United States Department of Agriculture's designation of 49 Ohio counties as primary agricultural natural disaster areas.  The USDA hopes to provide relief to communities that were most affected by disastrous weather in the first half of 2011.

09.16.11 - 'Wear Your Bike Helmet To Work/School Day' Promotes Safety Throughout Ohio

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Ohio will be taking part in its first official "Wear Your Bike Helmet to Work or School Day" on Wednesday, September 21.  In April, through the efforts of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP), Governor Kasich signed into law a resolution ensuring this observance on an annual basis.

09.13.11 - Senator Balderson: Many Local School Districts Prove Excellent

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Guest column by State Senator Troy Balderson

08.17.11 - From Our State Senator: Troy Balderson

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It was with a great deal of gratitude and enthusiasm in July that I accepted an appointment to serve the people of Ohio's 20th Senate District. Also, I wish to thank my predecessor and friend, Jimmy Stewart, for his years of public service and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

07.18.11 - Balderson Praises Honda/Walmart Grant That Will Help Students Visit Ohio's Statehouse

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State Senator Troy Balderson today praised Honda of America Manufacturing and the Walmart Foundation for their generous donation of $150,000 to the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB). The money will be used to help school districts defray the transportation costs to the Ohio Statehouse for student field trips and educational visits.

07.13.11 - Troy Balderson Appointed To 20th Ohio Senate District

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Troy Balderson was appointed to the Ohio Senate today, replacing former Senator Jimmy Stewart, who resigned to take a position in the private sector. He represents the 20th Senate District, which encompasses Athens, Coshocton, Guernsey, Meigs, Morgan, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble and Washington counties.