Senator Dave Burke Honored By Ohio Disability Association As 2011 Legislator Of The Year
Marysville Lawmaker Lauded By Organization For Advocacy During State Budget Process
December 09, 2011
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The Ohio Association of County Boards - Serving People with Developmental Disabilities (OACB) announced Friday that Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville) has been chosen as their 2011 Legislator of the Year. The state disability group presented Burke with the award in a ceremony held last week at the association's annual convention in Columbus. "Senator Burke has fought for people with developmental disabilities since his first day in office," said Dan Ohler, OACB Executive Director. "I have had the pleasure of working alongside Senator Burke before he was elected, during his time in the Ohio House, and now in the Ohio Senate. People with developmental disabilities have a friend in Senator Burke, and we are proud to honor him with this distinction." "Despite the challenges we are facing in Ohio, we must ensure that those with disabilities continue to receive the care and support they need," Burke said. "I am honored to receive this recognition from the OACB, and will continue to be an advocate for Ohio's most vulnerable populations." Earlier this year during the state budget process, Burke worked with his colleagues in the House and Senate to ensure passage of a reduction in processing fees charged to county boards of developmental disabilities for federal Medicaid waivers - eliminating approximately $3 million in administrative overhead expenses that will now go toward providing services to people with disabilities. He also fought against raising certain administrative fees for job training programs to help transition-age youth find meaningful work in their communities after leaving high school. "As state representative, Senator Burke supported policies that kept local levy dollars where they were intended - providing critical services to people with developmental disabilities at Ohio's 88 county boards of DD," Ohler said. "Now in the Senate, he remains a major advocate for people with disabilities. We hope to continue working with him for years to come." OACB presents at least one legislative award at their annual convention each fall. Past winners include: Senator Shannon Jones (R- Springboro) and Representative Debbie Phillips (D-Athens) in 2010, then-Senator, now-Representative John Carey (R-Wellston) and Representative Jay Goyal (D-Mansfield) in 2009, and then-Representative, now-Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) in 2008. A full list can be found on OACB's Web site - # # # About Senator Dave Burke Burke was first elected to Marysville City Council in 2002 and became Vice-President of Council in 2005. In 2008, he was elected to the Ohio House and was re-elected again in 2010. While in the House, Burke pushed for legislation - now law - that addresses the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in Ohio and helps keep synthetic drugs out of the hands of young Ohioans. His extensive knowledge and experience regarding the healthcare industry led Burke to be named vice-chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Aging Committee. He also serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Highways and Transportation Committee and is a member of the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR), a legislative panel that is responsible for reviewing administrative rules proposed by various state agencies, departments and commissions. Senator Burke has been married to his wife Donna for more than 20 years and has two wonderful children, Alexandra and Adam. About OACB The Ohio Association of County Boards - Serving People with Developmental Disabilities (OACB) is a non-profit organization that has provided information, continuing education, training, and legislative advocacy services to Ohio's 88 County Boards of Developmental Disabilities since January of 1984. For more information about OACB, visit Photo cutline Left-to-right: Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Kim Miller; Senator Dave Burke (R-Marysville), and OACB Executive Director Dan Ohler are photographed after the Legislator of the Year Award was presented to Sen. Burke at the 2011 OACB Annual Convention on November 30. Download Full resolution photograph:
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