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William Troy Balderson (born January 16, 1962)[1] is an American politician currently serving as the U.S. Representative from Ohio's 12th congressional district, in office since September 2018. He previously served as an Ohio State Senator representing the 20th district from 2011 until his election as a U.S. Representative. A member of the Republican Party, he previously was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011.

Troy Balderson
Troy Balderson, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
Assumed office
September 5, 2018
Preceded byPat Tiberi
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 20th district
In office
July 13, 2011 – September 5, 2018
Preceded byJimmy Stewart
Succeeded byBrian Hill
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 94th district
In office
January 5, 2009 – July 13, 2011
Preceded byJim Aslanides
Succeeded byBrian Hill
Personal details
Born
William Troy Balderson

(1962-01-16) January 16, 1962 (age 57)
Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Angela Mattingly
(m. 1985; div. 2014)
EducationMuskingum University
Ohio State University
WebsiteHouse website

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Life and careerEdit

Born and raised in southeastern Ohio, Balderson graduated from Zanesville High School in 1980 and attended both Muskingum College and The Ohio State University, but did not graduate. He lives in Zanesville, Ohio.[2] When incumbent Jim Aslanides became term-limited, Balderson sought the Republican nomination for state representative of the 94th Ohio House District. He won the nomination with 67.63% of the vote against Patrick Johnson.[3]

Balderson faced Democrat Jennifer Stewart in the general election. Democrats hoped that Stewart would build on solid party showings from the previous election cycle.[4] With 54.01% of the vote, Balderson was elected to his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives.[5]

Balderson was unopposed for his seat in the 2010 general election and won a second term.[6] While serving in the Ohio House of Representatives, Balderson was appointed to the House Finance Committee and also presided as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. In early 2010, Balderson proposed legislation that would subject Ohio Medicaid recipients to random drug tests in order to receive state benefits.[7]

Ohio SenateEdit

In late May 2011, State Senator Jimmy Stewart announced that he planned to resign his seat in the 20th Senate District at the end of the fiscal year.[8] Stewart continued his service as majority floor leader until he resigned.[9]

On July 12, 2011, Senate President Tom Niehaus announced that Balderson would be appointed to the vacant Senate seat. He was sworn into office on July 13, 2011. On November 6, 2012, Balderson won a full four-year term in his Senate Seat, defeating Democrat Teresa Scarmack by 59.79% of the vote.[10]

Balderson was selected in 2014 as co-chair of a special legislative committee to review Ohio's renewable energy and energy efficiency regulations,[11] and served as the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee while in the Senate

In November 2016, Balderson ran unopposed for re-election to the Ohio Senate, for a term ending in 2020. He will be term limited and ineligible to run for the Senate seat in 2020. He decided to run for Congress, to represent Ohio's 12th congressional district.

Committee assignmentsEdit

  • Energy and Natural Resources—Chair
  • Finance
  • Government Oversight & Reform
  • Public Utilities
  • Finance Subcommittee on Primary & Secondary Education
  • Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

 
Balderson being sworn into office by Speaker Paul Ryan on September 5, 2018

ElectionsEdit

2018 special electionEdit

Balderson was the Republican nominee for Ohio's 12th congressional district in an August 2018 special election triggered by the resignation of Rep. Pat Tiberi.[12] He faced Democrat Danny O'Connor in the general election. On election night, the results were too close to call, and a winner wasn't called until he was officially certified as the winner of the special election on August 24, 2018. After the remaining absentee and provisional ballots were counted, he finished 1,680 votes (0.8%) ahead of O'Connor.[13] O'Connor called Balderson to concede in the afternoon of August 24.[14] He was sworn into office on September 5, 2018.

2018 general electionEdit

In the November 2018 general election, Balderson defeated Democratic nominee Danny O'Connor in a rematch of the district's August 2018 special election. Balderson won 51.6% of the vote to O'Connor's 47.1%.[15]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Electoral historyEdit

Election results
Year Office Election Votes for Balderson % Opponent Party Votes %
2008 Ohio House of Representatives General 27,917 54% Jennifer Stewart Democrat 23,628 46%
2010 General 28,236 100% Unopposed
2012 Ohio Senate General 87,755 60% Teresa Scarmack Democrat 59,012 40%
2016 General 48,059 100% Unopposed
2018 United States House of Representatives Special 101,772 50% Danny O'Connor Democrat 100,208 49%
2018 General 171,757 51.6% Danny O'Connor Democrat 156,863 47.1%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ United States Congress. "Troy Balderson (id: B001306)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ "Troy Balderson profile". Ohio Senate. Archived from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  3. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2008 primary election results Archived December 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ OH House-94: Stewart (D) to Face Johnston (R) and Balderson (R)
  5. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2008 general election results Archived September 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine (November 4, 2008)
  6. ^ Brunner, Jennifer. "Ohio Secretary of State". Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  7. ^ Glenn, Brandon. "Ohio House proposal would require random drug tests for Medicaid eligibility". MedCity News. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
  8. ^ Richards, Holly (May 25, 2011). "Sen. Jimmy Stewart resigning from Senate seat". Coshocton Tribune. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
  9. ^ Hershey, Bill (May 27, 2011). "State Sen. Stewart, number three leader, to resign". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
  10. ^ Husted, John. "Ohio Secretary of State". Retrieved December 17, 2012.
  11. ^ "Ohio utility chief: Energy savings hard to measure". Akron Beacon Journal. Akron. November 25, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  12. ^ "Balderson retains GOP hold on open House seat in Ohio". POLITICO. August 24, 2018. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  13. ^ "Balderson retains GOP hold on open House seat in Ohio". POLITICO. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  14. ^ Wehrman, Jessica (August 24, 2018). "Balderson wins Ohio's 12th congressional district election". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  15. ^ "Ohio Election Results: 12th House District". New York Times. Retrieved November 27, 2018.

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