Chairman’s Update 10.25.20

Chairman’s Update

Good Evening,

Last Thursday’s presidential debate showed voters that their choice is clear between a career politician with 47 years of failed Washington policies, and a president who has achieved more in just 47 months. While President Trump spent the last four years keeping the promises he made to Americans, Joe Biden continues to be all talk and no action.

During the debate, Biden admitted he wants to ban fracking and end the oil industry, actions that will threaten 19 million jobs across the country. Joe Biden wanted to talk about minority communities, yet he was the architect of a 1994 crime bill that resulted in mass incarceration of Black Americans. In an effort to actually support those communities, President Trump signed major criminal justice reform into law (the FIRST STEP Act) and his Administration has invested in Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Along with those achievements, President Trump helped create a strong American economy before an unprecedented global pandemic hit, and he continues to lead our Great American Comeback. Over the past 5 months, 11.4 million jobs were added back to the economy and the unemployment rate continues to drop each month. President Trump has more positive change to show for his four years as president than Joe Biden has to show for nearly half a century entrenched in politics. President Trump fights for all Americans, and that is why we need to re-elect him for Four More Years.

There are only 9 days standing between now and Election Day. As an American citizen and Ohio resident, it is your right and duty to participate in the election process. Every vote counts, and we must continue supporting President Trump through November 3rd.

As you head to the polls or fill out absentee ballots, don’t forget to visit to find the Republican slate card.

If you are interested in signing up to be a poll worker, visit for more information. You will get paid for your time while helping to defend democracy and make this election a successful one. You can also sign up to join Team Trump’s Election Day Team to assist with grassroots operations and Getting Out The Vote (GOTV). You can find more information here.


Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party


Portman Criticizes Censorship of New York Post’s Hunter Biden Email Story and Joins Fox News to Discuss COVID Relief Bill

This week, Senator Portman criticized Twitter and Facebook’s censorship of the New York Post’s reporting on emails discovered on a laptop reportedly belonging to Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.  Portman noted that he hasn’t seen the campaign of Joe Biden deny any of the key allegations in the story.

Portman also joined Fox News’s Your World With Neil Cavuto to highlight the need for Republicans and Democrats to work together on COVID-19 relief legislation and focus on the areas of agreement between the two parties: increased testing, additional funding for schools and universities, and restarting the Payment Protection Program, which has saved countless small businesses. As he did last week after Senate Democrats voted to block targeted COVID-19 response legislation, Portman urged Senate Democrats insisting on passing the partisan, $3.5 trillion HEROES Act to instead work together and negotiate in good faith with Republicans to finalize additional coronavirus response legislation so that Americans do not continue to go without relief.


DeWine, Husted Announces CARES Act Funding 

On Friday, Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that the administration, in partnership with the General Assembly, is developing a package of more than $419.5 million CARES Act funding to help Ohioans. This package includes funding for small businesses, restaurants and bars, hospitals, higher education, arts, nonprofits, and low-income Ohioans impacted financially by the pandemic.

“We know that Ohioans are hurting, and the needs are great. We must do what we can to help them through this crisis,” said Governor DeWine. “Providing financial support to small businesses, the arts, and nonprofits will help them keep the doors open and Ohioans employed. For Ohioans in need, this assistance will help them stay in their homes, which can make all the difference.”

DeWine and Husted were joined at the announcement by Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima), Senator Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard), Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls), Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township), Representative Mark Frazier (R-Newark), and Representative D. J. Swearingen (R-Huron).

More information on these new programs can be found at 


Husted Promotes Apprenticeships as Pathway to Career

Lt. Governor Jon Husted last week announced that Ohio was named 4th in the nation for the number of registered apprenticeships and 1st in the nation among states with state-run programs. The Lt. Governor highlighted the opportunities that await Ohioans through apprenticeship programs in growing their own careers. To learn more, you can visit

Yost Continues Fight Against Human Trafficking

Attorney General Dave Yost and Scioto County Prosecutor Shane Tieman announced the indictment of a Portsmouth attorney last week on 18 felony counts related to human trafficking spanning 15 years. Michael Mearan faces more than 70 years in prison if convicted. The charges stem from criminal activity in southern Ohio from 2003 to 2018 that involved six victims.

The case is being prosecuted as part of Yost’s Human Trafficking Initiative and Special Prosecutions Section, and was investigated by a human trafficking task force as part of Yost’s Organized Crime Investigations Commission.


LaRose Combats Foreign Disinformation 

This week, the FBI held a press conference to announce the latest attempt by Russian and Iranian foreign operatives to interfere in the 2020 election. That evening, Secretary LaRose released a video assuring voters of the integrity of our election systems, encouraging them to fight back by voting, and reminding Ohioans to report any disinformation or voter intimidation to [email protected]


Auditor Faber Stumps for Trump, French and Kennedy

With just 8 days left to cast your vote, Auditor of State Keith Faber has been crisscrossing Ohio reminding voters the stakes of this year’s election. From Montpelier to Youngstown and Greenville to Circleville, Faber has been stopping to urge Buckeyes to get out and make their voices heard. From President Trump, to Ohio Supreme Court Justices Judi French and Sharon Kennedy, to our local candidates all across Ohio, Faber is committed to making sure Ohio maintains strong conservative leadership.

Sprague Joins NFIB Leadership Council to Discuss Small Business Relief


Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague addressed NFIB Ohio’s Leadership Council on Wednesday morning. During his remarks, Sprague provided an update on the recent work of his office and also reiterated the importance of leveraging a portion of Ohio’s remaining CARES Act allocation to create a grant program for small businesses. In mid-September, Treasurer Sprague worked closely with NFIB Ohio and numerous business associations across the state to advocate for the creation of such a program.
Kennedy’s Travels Continue

With 9 days left until Election Day and 14 counties down this week, Justice Sharon L. Kennedy continues sprinting to the finish line. With church visits, business tours, county headquarters stops and a meeting at one of her hometown favorites – Price Hill Chili. Sharon rounded her week out with knocking on doors in Dublin and addressing thousands at the Pickaway County Fairgrounds.

While at the Scioto County Victory Center, Sharon explained the importance of judges honoring their limited role. “We want judges just to be judges,” said Kennedy. “We want our judges to uphold the law, not rewrite it or legislate from the bench. If a judge acts beyond their limited role in government, what have we done? You lose your voice and we are weakening the Republic.”
Justice French Meets Cleveland Civil Rights Leader 
Judi has spent the fall working with the Cleveland Clergy Coalition to attend churches and meet voters in Cleveland. She had the opportunity to both meet Cleveland Civil Rights leader Reverend Theophilus Caviness and his church.
She’s grateful for the opportunity to speak with so many churches in Northeast Ohio and around the state.
Volunteers Get Out the Word for House GOP Candidates
Volunteers from Governor Mike DeWine’s team deployed for House GOP members on Saturday.  They assisted Rep. Lanese and Rep. Greenspan.  They are pictured here with Rep. Greenspan.

Chairman’s Update 10/18/20

Chairman’s Update

Good Evening,

With just 16 days to go until Election Day, the campaign update from the RNC and Trump Campaign shows we are in a strong position to re-elect President Trump for Four More Years. Last week alone, volunteers knocked on more than 3 million doors. After recovering from Covid-19, the president is back on the campaign trail ready to fight for Americans now more than ever. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the most radical ticket in history. We must continue working throughout these next 16 days to ensure another victory for President Trump.

During her confirmation hearing last week, Judge Amy Coney Barrett expressed her commitment to the Constitution and rule of law. Democrats hardly asked any questions about her personal background as a judge because her judicial experience points to her exceptional qualifications. Democrats only wanted to ask her hypothetical questions about cases that might come before the court, and Judge Barrett handled that line of questioning extremely well, quoting Justice Ginsburg in saying, “no hints, no forecasts, no previews.” Judge Barrett will be a great asset to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Senate Republicans should hold a swift vote.

If you have not yet voted by absentee ballot or early in-person, there is still plenty of time to do so. If you would like to vote by absentee ballot but have not yet requested one, you may do so until October 31st. The polls are also open to vote in-person, and you can find more information about that here.

As you head to the polls or fill out absentee ballots, don’t forget to visit to find the Republican slate card.

If you are interested in signing up to be a poll worker, visit for more information. You will get paid for your time while helping to defend democracy and make this election a successful one. You can also sign up to join Team Trump’s Election Day Team to assist with grassroots operations and Getting Out The Vote (GOTV). You can find more information here.


Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party


Portman Applauds Funding for Addition of FDR’s D-Day Prayer to the National Mall

Last week, U.S. Senator Rob Portman applauded the news that the Lilly Endowment Inc. has committed the funding needed to install a plaque with the text of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “D-Day Prayer” on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The World War II Memorial Prayer Act, authored by Portman and Rep. Johnson, was signed into law in 2014 and directed the Secretary of the Interior to add a plaque or inscription of the prayer in the area of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered this prayer to the nation on the morning of June 6, 1944, the day the Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy which ultimately turned the tide of World War II. Many consider D-Day to be the single most important moment of the 20th century.

The location of the plaque has been determined to be at the Circle of Remembrance, near the World War II Memorial. The legislation requires that the plaque comply with the Commemorative Works Act and prohibits the use of federal funding.  The project is being led by the Friends of the World War II Memorial and is expected to be completed on the 78th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2022.

On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, Portman led a reading of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer and previewed the placement of a temporary plaque at the Circle of Remembrance inscribed with the words of the prayer.


DeWine Releases New Covid-19 PSA with Meyer, Tressel

On Tuesday, Governor DeWine cautioned that the continuing increase in COVID-19 cases indicates that significant numbers of infections are likely this winter unless citizens take steps to mitigate and control the spread of the virus.

“Although a vaccine is on the way in the future, we can’t control the timetable of the development of a vaccine – but we can control how much this flares up until then,” said Governor DeWine. “We have avoided the large outbreaks that other countries and other states have seen, and so far, the combined efforts of Ohioans have kept the virus in check. We can’t let our guards down now. We need to continue taking basic safety measures of wearing masks, keeping distance, and avoiding large gatherings.”

In the last seven days, Ohio COVID-19 cases have averaged 1,475 cases per day by report date as compared to an average of approximately 1,000 cases per day only two weeks ago. Ohio’s current positivity rate is 4.1 percent as compared to 2.7 percent on September 23 and 24. A total of 51 counties are considered high incidence and/or Alert Level 3 on Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System.

A new public service announcement featuring former Ohio State coaches Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer encourages everyone to stay in the game and to stick to the game plan.


Husted Breaks Ground on U.S. 40 to Support Economic Development

Lt. Governor Jon Husted last week traveled to Dayton to break ground on a project to expand U.S. 40 near the Dayton International Airport. It’s hoped that the project will help drive Ohio’s economic recovery and expansion in the area that supports more than 2,000 jobs in logistics and manufacturing operations. The investment increases opportunities for job creation in the Miami Valley.

Yost, Bipartisan Group of Prosecutors Propose Changes to No-Knock Search Warrants

Attorney General Dave Yost joined a bipartisan group of county prosecutors last week in calling for the preservation and tightening of requirements for using no-knock search warrants in Ohio. Yost, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley are seeking the support of the governor and legislators to change state law and tighten the requirements for obtaining such a warrant.

“Executing a search warrant in cases involving drug dealers, human traffickers and other violent offenders is inherently dangerous for law enforcement,” Yost said. “When a warrant is sometimes necessary, officers should be properly equipped to make the safest entry possible, and a no-knock warrant – a waiver of the statuary “knock and announce” requirements – is the right tool to safeguard them.”

Instead of banning such warrants, Yost and the prosecutors suggest changes to Ohio law that would require a more robust justification for their issuance. You can read more about the proposed changes here.


Ohioans Voting Early In-Person in Record Numbers 

Ohioans are showing up to vote early in record numbers – with triple the number of Ohioans voting at early voting centers across Ohio compared to the same point four years ago. 193,021 Ohioans voted early in-person in the first week compared to 64,312 at the same time in 2016.
“Voter enthusiasm is off the charts and we couldn’t be happier,” said LaRose. “We’ve never seen this many people voting early in-person and it demonstrates what Ohioans know to be true – it’s easy to vote in the Buckeye State!”
With so much at stake in this election it’s critical that we make our voices heard. Voters can check early voting days and hours by clicking here:


Auditor Faber Rallies Trump Supporters in Montpelier

This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber hit the campaign trail for President Trump. Speaking at Cops for Trump event, Faber laid our what’s at stake this election. We can choose 4 more years of tax cuts, deregulation, and economic growth, or we can elect Joe Biden who has promised to ban fracking, raise our taxes, and defund the police.

Sprague Recognizes OU-Eastern Campus for Excellence in Financial Literacy

On Friday, Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague visited Ohio University – Eastern Campus in St. Clairsville to recognize the school for its success in preparing students for life after college. Treasurer Sprague presented staff and faculty with a Compass Award, which commends organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment.
With 16 Days Until Election, Kennedy Touches 10 More Counties

It was another week of hundreds of miles and Justice Sharon Kennedy visited churches, rallied crowds, spoke to voters, and knocked doors across Ohio. With stops in Columbiana, Crawford, Delaware, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Logan, Richland, Wayne and Wyandot Counties it is a sprint to Election Day.

“Although the campaign trail can be exhausting, with long drives and late nights, I love talking with voters,” said Sharon. “This year there is an energy in voters that is unmistakable and rare. Every where I go – regardless of where I am in Ohio – voters are ready to go to the polls on November 3rd armed with their slate cards. One word describes the energy and excitement – AWESOME!”

Justice French Visits 14 Ohio Counties, Has Officially Visited Each County 5 Times
Justice French was all over Ohio this week, visiting 14 counties this week alone.  She also visited her 88th county this week, this makes 5 times that she has visited each of Ohio’s counties since becoming a Justice on the Supreme Court.
Speaker Cupp Visits House Districts 59 and 96
Yesterday our volunteer team of about 10 joined Speaker Cupp on our travels to district 59 and 96. We started the day walking for Representative Al Cutrona in district 59 in Sebring Ohio. After finishing knocking in Sebring we headed down south to district 96 to knock for Candidate Ron Ferguson in Tiltonsville, Rayland, and Yorkville. It was a very successful day of knocking and we were once again graced by wonderful weather.

Chairman’s Update 10/11/20

Chairman’s Update

Good Evening,

Last week’s vice presidential debate showcased the proven, principled leadership that Vice President Mike Pence has provided to President Trump’s Administration. Kamala Harris refused to answer questions on whether Joe Biden would pack the courts, and she continued with her political games by telling the American people she will not get vaccinated if President Trump is the one who urges Americans to do so, undermining confidence in the health professionals who are working to develop a coronavirus vaccine. In 2019, Harris was ranked the most liberal of all 100 senators. There is no doubt that she plans on bringing her radical, progressive agenda to the White House.

With 23 days to go until Election Day, we must continue fighting for President Trump’s re-election. Under a Biden Administration, our taxes will be raised, our police will be defunded, and America’s energy sector will be destroyed. We must re-elect President Trump for Four More Years.

Early voting started last week. Whether you will be voting early in-person or by mail, it is important to know who is on the ballot. You can find the Republican slate card at

If you are interested in signing up to be a poll worker, visit for more information. You will get paid for your time while helping to defend democracy and make this election a successful one. You can also sign up to join Team Trump’s Election Day Team to assist with grassroots operations and Getting Out The Vote (GOTV). You can find more information here.


Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party


VIDEO: Portman Praises Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Serve on U.S. Supreme Court

In a new video, Senator Portman praises the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve as the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Portman discusses how Judge Barrett is well-qualified to fill this role and apply the law impartially without legislating from the bench. Highlighting her impressive background as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a law professor at Notre Dame Law School, and a working parent to seven children, Portman said that he looks forward to meeting with Judge Barrett as the fair and thorough evaluation process continues in the Senate.

The video can be found here.


DeWine Visits 4 Cities to Highlight Rise in COVID-19 Cases

On Friday, Governor DeWine spoke with media across the state about the recent rise of COVID-19 cases throughout Ohio.

“What we’re seeing across the state is many cases are coming from social gatherings- parties, people getting together, not wearing masks, not keeping distance. We’re seeing bad trends. We can’t let this virus flare up,” said Governor DeWine.

On Thursday, Governor DeWine released Ohio’s updated Public Health Advisory System map. New health data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health found that 18 counties currently have a very high risk of exposure and spread (Level 3): Ashland, Butler, Fayette, Hamilton, Lawrence, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Mercer, Montgomery, Muskingum, Pike, Portage, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Scioto,  and Trumbull.

“We have 18 Red counties, which is more than we’ve seen since the week of July 23,” said Governor DeWine. “Additionally, there are 58 Orange counties this week, the highest ever. 96% of Ohioans are living in a Red or Orange county. The virus continues to spread quickly throughout the state, and we need to continue staying at home when sick, wearing a mask when out, and keeping at least six feet between you and those outside of your household.”

A county-by-county breakdown outlining the presence of COVID-19 in all of Ohio’s 88 counties can be found on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System’s website.

Husted Works to Make Ohio Entrepreneur Capital of Midwest

Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted last week announced the successes achieved since the Ohio IP Promise was launched just over a year ago. Since it’s inception, Ohio’s universities have seen a significant uptick in the number of businesses spun out of inventions and research on their campuses, including a 400% increase in commercialization at the University of Cincinnati last year alone. The Ohio IP Promise seeks to make our colleges and universities magnets for innovation and entrepreneurship by establishing a clear path to commercializing intellectual property. All the state’s public universities are part of the partnership as well as the University of Dayton and Case Western Reserve University.

Yost Announces New Milestone in Study of Opioid Addiction

Attorney General Dave Yost announced an enrollment milestone was reached in the genetic study of opioid use disorder undertaken by his Scientific Committee on Opioid Prevention and Education (SCOPE). SCOPE launched an unprecedented study last year aimed at identifying the genetic factors that make some individuals more susceptible than others to developing an opioid addiction. The study could help prevent some people from developing an opioid addiction in the future.

Recruitment of study participants in underway in the emergency departments of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. UC has now reached the initial milestone of enrolling 100 patients.

“Why is it that two people can take the same drug in the same dosage and only one becomes addicted?” Yost said. “We think genetics will help us understand why, and we want to get that powerful information into the hands of physicians to help stop opioid addiction before it starts.”


Early Voting Starts in Ohio

On Tuesday, Ohio started voting in the 2020 General Election. All indications point to high turnout as Ohioans all across the state take advantage of Ohio’s varied voting options.
You can now take advantage of 216 hours of safe and secure early in-person voting, request your absentee ballot, or wait to vote on Election Day! Make your plan now! Visit to find early voting hours and your voting location!


Auditor Faber Urges Local Governments to Help Small Businesses

Auditor of State Keith Faber encourages local governments to use their latest round of CARES act dollars to help struggling small businesses in their communities. “So long as this virus continues limiting Ohioans’ ability to do business,” Faber wrote, “it is government’s obligation to do its part to ensure those Ohioans aren’t financially ruined.”
You can read the full oped here.

Sprague Welcomes New Partners to Ohio Checkbook 

On Wednesday, Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague welcomed the City of Pickerington (Fairfield County) and Charlestown Township (Portage County) to the ranks of the Ohio Checkbook. The communities are the latest in a series of local government entities who have joined the online transparency platform since the new was launched in late June.
In addition to local government spending data, now features real-time reporting of state expenditures that was previously made available through Ohio’s Interactive Budget.


With Weeks to Go Until Election – Kennedy Continues to Cross Ohio

Justice Sharon L. Kennedy enjoyed another week  criss-crossing our beautiful Ohio and speaking with voters. With church services in Salem and Zanesville as the bookends, she attended events, sat down with local newspapers, spoke to Canton-area Rotary Clubs and Cleveland’s Black on Black Crime group, and logged on to various virtual meet the candidates forums and town halls in between.

“We have all devoted countless hours, working tirelessly toward November 3rd,” said Sharon. “With only 23 days left to vote we must continue working hard and stay positive. I challenge you to make one more phone call, send another text, make additional posts on Facebook and Twitter – remind your friends and family just how important the race for the Ohio Supreme Court is – and ask them to vote for a Kennedy on November 3rd.”

Justice French Earns Columbus Dispatch Endorsement 
Judi was endorsed by the Columbus Dispatch this week.  In their endorsement the Dispatch noted the importance of the Supreme Court races and the fact that Judi was rated “Highly Recommended” by the Ohio State Bar Association, the best rating available and higher than her opponent.
Speaker Cupp Hits Campaign Trail for Northeast Ohio Candidates
Speaker Cupp hit the trail for House candidates in northeast Ohio. Knocking doors for Tom Patton, Shay Hawkins and Bob Young, Speaker Cupp and the entire Republican caucus is committed to maintaining a strong Republican majority in the Ohio House of Representatives!

ORP Statement: Ohio GOP Thanks Secretary LaRose for Protecting Ohio’s Elections

Statement from ORP Chairman Jane Timken Thanking Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose for Protecting Election Security

Columbus,OH – Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken released the following statement regarding Secretary LaRose’s commitment to protecting Ohio elections:
“Today, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced he will continue to protect the integrity of Ohio’s elections and ensure that it is easy to vote, but hard to cheat. With just 29 days standing between now and Election Day, Ohio Democrats want to cause confusion amongst voters and chaos at our Boards of Elections.”

Chairman’s Update 10/04/20

Chairman’s Update

Good Evening,

Last Tuesday’s debate further highlighted the stark contrasts between President Trump and Joe Biden. Throughout the debate, President Trump held Biden accountable for a career full of failed policies. Ohioans appreciate President Trump’s Promises Made Promises Kept agenda, and know that he truly puts America First. As a career politician, Joe Biden’s only accomplishments have been to ship millions of jobs overseas to China and raising taxes. As Vice President, he presided over one of the worst economic recoveries ever, and will be disastrous for our economy going forward. The choice Americans will face on November 3rd is clear.
On Friday, we all learned of the president and first lady’s positive covid-19 test results. I hope you will all join me in praying for President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump’s speedy and complete recovery.
There are just 30 days left until Election Day. Our electoral system would not function properly without the help of poll workers. If you are interested in working at a polling site on Election Day, visit You can also sign up to join Team Trump’s Election Day Team to assist with grassroots operations and Getting Out The Vote (GOTV). You can find more information here.
information here.
You can also find the Republican slate card at


Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party


On Senate Floor, Portman Praises Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court, Calls for Fair and Thorough Confirmation Process

Last week on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Rob Portman discussed the recent nomination by President Trump of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. He noted her nomination was consistent with Senate precedent when the presidency and the Senate are controlled by the same party during an election year. In addition, Portman expressed his belief that Judge Barrett will prove well-qualified to capably fill the role as a nonpartisan judge who does not legislate from the bench. Highlighting her impressive background as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a law professor at Notre Dame Law School, and a working parent to seven children, Portman said that he looks forward to his one-on-one meeting with Judge Barrett as part of the evaluation process by the Senate. In addition, Portman urged his Democratic colleagues not to malign Judge Barrett’s character in an attempt to discredit her from the court the way they did to Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process.

A video of his speech can be found here:

Governor DeWine Announces Day of Prayer for President, First Lady

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted issued a proclamation for Sunday, October 4, 2020 as a Day of Prayer. The Day of Prayer is for President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, who have recently tested positive for COVID-19, as well as all those who suffer from and have been affected by COVID-19.
Friday morning, Governor DeWine issued the following statement on the news that the President  and First Lady had tested positive:

“Fran and I join our fellow Ohioans in praying for President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump after they announced early today that they have both tested positive for COVID-19.

“Along with millions of others, we extend our prayers and best wishes to the President and First Lady during this time for a speedy recovery and for their good health.”

Husted Kicks Off Effort to Support Ohio Military Jobs

Lt. Governor Jon Husted kicked off a virtual event this week to launch JobsOhio’s new Military and Federal Installations sector. Ohio was recently designated by the U.S. Department of Defense as a “Defense Manufacturing Community.” JobsOhio’s new sector is designed to focus on retention and expansion of Ohio’s military and federal installations, which both support national security as well as many jobs in our state.

Yost Continues to Aggressively Pursue Illegal Robocalls

Attorney General Dave Yost announced settlements in a groundbreaking lawsuit against illegal robocall services last week. The lawsuit against 10 defendants alleged they deceived Ohio consumers with illegal robocalls offering bogus credit card interest rate reduction services.

“Not only were these fraudsters bombarding Ohioans with illegal robocalls, they were also peddling a bogus pitch and demanding upfront fees,” Yost said. “I want this case to serve as a warning to others who knowingly play a role in facilitating robocalls scams – we will continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute all parties involved.”

To report illegal robocalls to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, call 800-282-0515 or text “ROBO” to 888111.

Important Election Updates from Secretary LaRose

With early voting starting this week, Secretary LaRose is encouraging Ohioans to make a plan for how they are voting this election.
Here is what you need to know:
  • All Ohioans have the same three safe and secure options for voting, including voting on election day.
  • Monday, October 5th is the last day to register to vote. Register in minutes at
  • For anyone who has requested an absentee ballot, boards begin sending them on October 6th.
  • We still need poll workers! Sign up at!
  • Polls will be open from 6:30am-7:30pm on Election Day. Find your polling location at
No matter how you decide to vote, you can be assured your voice will be heard!


Auditor Faber Hosts Unemployment Roundtable in Cincinnati

This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber was in Cincinnati to hear from Ohioans who have struggled to get their unemployment benefits in the midst of the pandemic. Auditor Faber’s office is planning to begin a performance audit of the state’s unemployment system to ensure that failures in the system are fixed and unemployed Ohioans get the benefits they deserve.

Sprague Announces Compass Award Honorees for October

On Thursday, Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague announced Compass Award honorees for the month of October. Established earlier this year, the monthly recognition program commends organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment.
“Financial literacy education plays a critical role in preparing our young people to navigate the challenges of adulthood and the modern workforce,” said Treasurer Sprague. “The Compass Award program recognizes the people and organizations across the Buckeye State who are making a lasting impact on young Ohioans and putting them on a path toward success.”


Sprinting to Election Day – Kennedy Touches 15 Counties 
Justice Sharon L. Kennedy blanketed Ohio this week, hitting 15 counties. Connecting with business and community leaders in Holmes, Henry, Paulding and Defiance, speaking to faith based organizations in Hamilton and Butler, participating in events in Mahoning, Harrison, Williams, Miami, Montgomery, Noble, and Meigs, trap shooting in Greene County at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and knocking doors in Fairfield.
While in Hamilton County, Sharon also attended the Black Republican Renaissance picnic. While addressing the group she thanked attendees for supporting her race, emphasizing what needs to be done in the final days before early voting starts.
“Thank you for all you have done, preparing for the upcoming election,” said Sharon. “Whether knocking doors, making phone calls, or posting on social media, your voice has made a difference. And next week, Ohioans will begin casting their ballots either from their kitchen tables or at the polls. Do not stop knocking, calling, and posting yet. Go through your contact lists, reach out to those you haven’t  and make sure they understand the importance of this election. Remind them to vote for a Kennedy on November 3rd.”
Justice French Visited 42 Counties in September 
Judi and Team French visited 42 counties during the month of September, almost half of Ohio.  In the coming weeks she’ll have visited all 88 of Ohio’s counties during this election cycle, her 5th time doing this as a Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court.

ORP Statement from Communications Director Evan Machan on Chairman Timken’s Whereabouts During Presidential Debate

ORP Statement from Communications Director Evan Machan on Chairman Timken’s Whereabouts During Presidential Debate
Columbus,OH – Ohio Republican Party Communications Director Evan Machan released the following statement regarding Chairman Timken’s proximity to the president during his visit to Cleveland:
“Chairman Timken was not at the debate site in Cleveland. She was at a watch party with the Cuyahoga County Republican Party. She has not been in physical contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Again, we wish the President, First Lady, and others affected by this terrible virus a speedy and full recovery.”

ORP Statement Wishing POTUS & FLOTUS a Speedy Recovery

Statement from ORP Chairman Jane Timken Wishing President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump a Speedy Recovery

Columbus,OH – Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken released the following statement regarding the President and First Lady’s positive Covid-19 test results:

“I join the rest of our nation in wishing President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump a quick and full recovery from Covid-19. I hope their symptoms continue to be mild, and will keep them in my thoughts and prayers as they fight this together.”