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About Jon Husted

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Jon Husted is serving his sixth year as Ohio’s 53rd Secretary of State. First elected to that office in 2010, Husted was re-elected in 2014 by a margin of 24 points and won 86 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

As Secretary of State, Jon Husted has worked to make Ohio a place where it is easy to vote and hard to cheat. More than 500,000 deceased voters have been removed from the voter rolls under his watch and Ohio has been named an “All-Star State” for helping military service members vote. Husted made Ohio the lowest-cost state in the Midwest to start and operate a business, and cut the size of the bureaucracy in his office by 1/3rd. By cutting costs and improving technology, Husted has announced that he intends to run the Secretary of State’s office with no taxpayer money for the next two years.

Husted first earned election to public office in 2000 as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. Four years later, his colleagues elected him Speaker of the Ohio House, making him one of the youngest to lead the body in its history. During his tenure, Jon helped pass the most fiscally-conservative budget in 40 years. Husted went on to serve in the Ohio Senate and now as Ohio’s Secretary of State.

Throughout his career, Jon Husted has earned distinction as an effective and principled conservative leader with a proven record on important issues facing Ohioans. He is among those considering a run for Governor in 2018.

Husted is a longtime advocate of quality schools for Ohio students and led the passage of the Ed Choice Scholarship—a school choice option for children trapped in chronically-failing schools.

Husted has always defended the 2nd Amendment even when it meant standing on principle and standing up to people in power. His unwavering support has earned him an A+ rating and endorsements from the NRA, Buckeye Firearms Association, Ohioans for Concealed Carry and other gun rights groups.

Husted was raised in Montpelier, Ohio. He attended the University of Dayton (UD) where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as All-American Defensive Back honors as a member of the 1989 Division III National Championship football team. 

With all of his responsibilities, Jon Husted considers his most important role as that of husband to his wife Tina and father to his children, Alex, Katie and Kylie.