Jon Husted | The Conservative Leader for Ohio's Future
Jon Husted currently serves as Ohio’s Secretary of State and is the conservative Republican candidate for Governor of Ohio.
First elected in 2010, Jon was re-elected in 2014 by a margin of 24 points and won 86 of Ohio’s 88 counties.
Prior to beginning his public service, Jon worked with the Dayton-Area Chamber of Commerce and served as its Vice President for Economic Development. He was later elected to the Ohio House of Representatives where his Republican colleagues twice selected him to serve as Speaker of the House.
Jon, the oldest of three children, was raised in Northwest Ohio’s Williams County. He graduated from Montpelier High School and earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Dayton (UD). While at UD, Jon was an All-American Defensive Back for the Dayton Flyers and a member of the 1989 Division III National Championship Football Team.
Of all his responsibilities, Jon considers his most important role as that of husband to his wife Tina and father to Alex (21), Katie (10) and Kylie (7).
Cutting bureaucracy – Creating a leaner, more efficient government
Since being elected Secretary of State, Jon has reduced his office’s spending by 16 percent – even as overall state spending increased by 17 percent – which resulted in $14.5 million in savings. This allowed him to cut the cost of starting and maintaining a new business in Ohio by 21 percent and, most recently, announce he has eliminated his office’s need for taxpayer dollars entirely for the remainder of his term.
As House Speaker, Jon led the passage of the most conservative state budget in 40 years, which included at the time, the largest income tax cut in Ohio’s history.
A lifelong pro-life leader
Jon has been a steadfast pro-life leader. Having been adopted as a child, Jon’s own story inspired his unwavering support for the unborn. He has consistently backed the work of Ohio Right to Life and earned their endorsement during every race. As House Speaker, he also championed initiatives to encourage adoption in Ohio by pairing children with healthy families.
Supporting our 2nd Amendment rights
Jon Husted is the only Ohio statewide elected official with an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA). As House Speaker, Jon spearheaded the passage of comprehensive reform to Ohio’s concealed carry laws in order to protect law-abiding gun owners. After the bill was vetoed, Jon stood up to the governor of his own party and courageously led the House’s vote to override the veto. No gubernatorial veto has been overridden since.
Jon was named the 2017 Americans for Prosperity Torchbearer for his proven fiscal conservatism after announcing he would run the Secretary of State’s Office without using taxpayer dollars for the remainder of his term. He was named one of the nation’s top-ten rising stars in 2013 by the Washington Post’s blog, The Fix. He has been honored by the United States Army and Military Voter Protection Project for his work assisting active duty military members cast their ballots. He is also a past recipient of the “Watchdog of the Treasury” award by the American Conservative Union and was named “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Businesses.