Senator Frank LaRose is currently serving his first term in the Ohio Senate representing Wayne County, as well as portions of Summit and Stark County. A decorated Army veteran, LaRose brings real-world experience, energy and passion to the Ohio General Assembly. As a member of the legislature, LaRose believes it’s important to be good stewards of taxpayers’ dollars in order to lessen the financial burden on Ohio’s families.
For the 130th General Assembly, LaRose was named chair of the Public Safety, Local Government and Veterans Affairs Committee, and vice-chair of the Public Utilities Committee. He is currently a member of the Transportation Committee, the State Government Oversight and Reform Committee, the Finance Committee, the Criminal Justice Committee, the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, the Finance Subcommittee on Medicaid and the Agriculture Committee. In addition to his committee work, Senator LaRose was appointed by the Senate President to serve on the Clean Ohio Council, Ohio Homeland Security Advisory Council, Rail Development Commission, and the Ohio Historical Society Board of Directors.
Senator LaRose developed his strong work ethic and sense of responsibility at a young age while working on a small family-owned farm in northeastern Ohio. Following his graduation from Copley High School, he fulfilled his life-long dream by enlisting in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne and eventually serving in the U.S. Special Forces as a Green Beret. During his decade in uniform, in which he was stationed throughout the globe, Senator LaRose received numerous commendations and honors, including the Bronze Star.
LaRose continues to give back to his community since leaving the Army. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Summit County Historical Society and is the Jr. Vice Commander of the Fairlawn VFW. An Eagle Scout himself, he is also a member of the executive board for the Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Senator LaRose graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in consumer affairs and business. He and his wife, Lauren, live in Copley Township with their two daughters.
Senator LaRose serves as chairman of the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, which oversees the administration of Ohio’s various state agencies. In this capacity, he helps to ensure that government works efficiently to serve its citizens and that job creators are not held back by unnecessary bureaucracy. The committee works regularly with the state’s Common Sense Initiative, an innovative, new service supported by Senator LaRose designed to keep government from getting in the way of economic development.
Senator LaRose serves as vice chairman of the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee, where he helped pass a two-year, jobs-focused budget that sustains Ohio’s critical transportation infrastructure needs, reduces overhead costs, streamlines the construction process and creates an innovative approach to project investment through public-private partnerships. He also played a key role in passing Ohio’s first ban on texting while driving, including one of the strongest restrictions in the nation for juvenile drivers.
Senator LaRose serves on the Senate Energy Committee, where he helped pass comprehensive reforms designed to strengthen Ohio’s oil and gas industry regulations by emphasizing safety and protection for the environment while setting the stage for energy sector job growth. Some estimates predict Ohio could see 65,000 new energy jobs by 2014.
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