From Our State Senator: Troy Balderson
By State Senator Troy Balderson
August 17, 2011
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Columbus - 
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. In transitioning from the Ohio House to the Senate, I plan on continuing my work and advocacy on behalf of Appalachia. While in the House, I sat on the Finance Committee and served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, during which time I assisted in the passage of a two-year state budget that closed an $8 billion shortfall without relying on a single tax increase. This year, I also sponsored House Bill 163, which was signed into law by Governor Kasich and clarifies regulations regarding the coal industry in Ohio. By harnessing the energy and resources that our state has to offer, I am confident that we will find innovative and effective ways to grow our workforce and further stabilize our economy. As a small business owner, I realize the importance of opening Ohio's doors to outside businesses and investments. By reducing the cost of doing business in our state and incentivizing those dedicated to keeping jobs here, I know that we can make Ohio a model of economic opportunity and prosperity. In addition, we must think long-term in addressing our immediate workforce needs. Our nation's economic woes have affected citizens from coast-to-coast, and we need to pay close attention to our friends and neighbors who have lost their jobs amid this recession. We cannot expect to recover as a state, nor a nation, until we provide our citizens with the proper training and guidance to re-enter the workforce and begin new careers with companies who are committed to Ohio. I come from a long line of farmers and small business owners, and have been fortunate to witness first-hand the character displayed by the hard-working men and women of Southeast Ohio. Born and raised in Zanesville, I am a life-long resident of the region and serving as your state senator is an important responsibility that I take seriously. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and concerns regarding the important issues before us. I can be reached at (614) 4668076, via e-mail at or by writing me, State Senator Troy Balderson, 1 Capitol Square, First Floor, Columbus, OH 43215.
Senator Troy Balderson represents Ohio's 20th Senate District which covers Athens, Coshocton, Guernsey, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble and Washington Counties
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