Chairman’s Update 8/09/20

Chairman’s Update

Good Evening,

We were so happy to have President Trump in Ohio once again last Thursday, to speak at the Whirlpool plant in Clyde. Ohioans love President Trump for his ability to stand up for Americans, keeping the promises he made to voters in 2016. To a great crowd, the president said, “We’re going to win Ohio by even more this time.” Given the contrast between President Trump and Joe Biden, I am confident that Ohio will stay red for the president in November.

The July jobs numbers recently came out indicating the Great American Comeback is fully underway. Throughout the month, 1.8 million jobs were added, exceeding economists’ expectations yet again. The leisure and hospitality industry added more than 500,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate dropped by nearly a full percent – the fourth largest one-month drop in history. President Trump has helped build a great American economy, and he will continue to do so as he serves another four years.

Our organization will be forming a temporary partnership with Ohio House members and candidates who will be on the ballot on November 3rd. I thank Speaker Cupp for choosing to work with us towards victories in November. We have the resources necessary to give attention to every campaign and candidate, and are excited to work more directly with all the candidates as Election Day nears.


Jane M. Timken
Chairman, Ohio Republican Party


Portman Praises Trump’s Visit to Clyde, Ohio’s Whirpool Factory

In light of President Trump’s recent visit to the Whirlpool factory, U.S. Senator Rob Portman said the president’s trade policies have worked for Whirlpool and protected Ohio jobs there. Since joining the Senate in 2011, Portman has fought on behalf of Ohio Whirlpool workers against unfair trade practices. Specifically, Portman has consistently worked to level the playing field for Whirlpool and its 10,000 Ohio workers, including the more than 3,000 workers at Clyde — Whirlpool’s largest American factory. He was instrumental in the president’s decision in 2017 to take action to protect Whirlpool jobs.

Portman is the co-author of the ENFORCE Act and the Leveling the Playing Field Act, legislation that is paying dividends for Ohio’s workers, and he has worked closely with Whirlpool and its Ohio employees to combat unfair foreign trading practices. In 2012, Portman sent a letter urging the Commerce Department to defend Whirlpool, which returned all production to the United States in 2008. He also provided testimony to the ITC on four separate occasions on behalf of Whirlpool. In response to evidence of foreign companies dumping their washers in the U.S. market, the ITC heeded Portman’s concerns and penalized those foreign companies with anti-dumping tariffs. After foreign competitors moved production to other countries to avoid paying those anti-dumping tariffs, Portman advocated for Whirlpool’s Section 201 “safeguard” case to impose global tariffs on washing machines. President Trump imposed those Section 201 tariffs in January 2017.

Governor DeWine Launches Ohio’s Top Jobs Lists

On Monday, Governor DeWine announced the launch of Ohio’s Top Jobs List. The list combines Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs and newly created Critical Jobs into one list of prioritized job sectors.

Critical Jobs ensure that the state’s workforce supports the health and well-being of Ohioans, their families, and their communities. Governor DeWine made developing the workforce in critical job areas a priority because of their impact on the lives of Ohioans at every stage of life.

The eight career clusters include:

  • Children & Community Health
  • Early Childhood Education
  • First Responders
  • Lead Abatement
  • Mental & Behavioral Health
  • Nursing
  • Physicians
  • Wellness Research & Technology

In addition to creating the Top Jobs List, Governor DeWine announced the new career pathways feature on Career pathways illustrate the progress Ohioans can make within the career clusters and information on the skills and education needed for Ohioans to advance to the next level of their chosen career pathway.

Both the list and the career pathway feature are available at

Husted Announces Record TechCred Enrollment

Lt. Governor Jon Husted last week announced a recordamount of enrollment in TechCred, a program he launched as Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation to help Ohioans improve their technology-related skills to qualify for new career opportunities. There was a more than 100% increase in the number of credentials sought in the latest round of the program, which continues to prove a very popular option for Ohio job creators and job seekers alike. To learn more about the current application period, visit

Yost: More Than $500,000 & Fentanyl Seized by Narcotics Task Forces

Attorney General Dave Yost announced that more than half a million dollars and 1 kilogram of fentanyl were seized in southwestern Ohio last week. As part of an ongoing investigation, authorities with the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force and Southwestern Ohio Bulk Smuggling-Major Drug Interdiction Task Force uncovered the drug trafficking operation. Both task forces are part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission.

“Drug traffickers aren’t staying at home during the pandemic – they are out actively working to smuggle deadly drugs into our communities,” Yost said. “This interdiction shows the relentless perseverance our task forces and law enforcement partners have to keep these drugs off our streets.”

You can read more about the arrests and seizures here.

LaRose Is Prepping for November

13 Ohio counties held a special election this past Tuesday. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose visited the Fayette County Board of Elections to observe their tabulation process and safety procedures. To ensure accuracy and security, county boards of elections utilize bipartisan teams to ensure every ballot is properly counted. Read about Secretary LaRose’s visit by clicking here. 

Auditor Faber Talks Unemployment in Painesville 

This week, Auditor of State Keith Faber joined local legislators in Painesville to hear from Ohioans struggling to receive their unemployment benefits. Auditor Faber has been traveling the state hearing about the unemployment compensation system has been slow to respond to many citizens looking to receive their benefits. He is working with the legislature to help identify ways the Auditor’s office can find solutions for the system’s failures.

Treasurer Sprague Announces #ABLEtoSave Month

Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague recently recognized August as #ABLEtoSave Month. The occasion coincides with a national effort to tout the importance of promoting financial security for people living with disabilities.

Through passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014, Ohio became the first state in the nation to launch an ABLE program. Today, Ohio’s STABLE Account program is thriving and has helped more than 18,000 individuals living with disabilities navigate their financial journey and obtain greater independence.

“As the nation’s first and largest ABLE program, our STABLE team works hard to grow the program and offer families a reliable way to save money and invest in their futures,” said Treasurer Sprague.

Kennedy Continues Sweeping Ohio
Justice Sharon L. Kennedy rounds out another full week traveling our beautiful Ohio with events in Delaware, Columbiana, Medina, Muskingum, Stark, Summit, and Columbiana counties.  While in Stark she spoke with employees at Advanced Industrial Roofing about the importance of our tripartite system of government and the role of the judiciary in that government.
On Friday, Sharon criss-crossed Medina with Senator Larry Obhof. Beginning with a tour of RICO Manufacturing, and an awesome event at a virtual gun range, her day ended her day by stopping at Sérénité Restaurant & Culinary Institute. Staffed by members of the Medina County Recovery Center, the restaurant is designed to give formerly incarcerated men and women a second chance. Having toured the facility a year ago, Sharon discussed with the Director the challenges Sérénité has faced due to COVID 19, as well as the success rate of the program.
“It was an awesome day in Medina with President Obhof,” said Sharon. “I loved the Engage Virtual Range shooting experience! And it was great to learn that they offer cutting edge real world shoot-don’t-shoot training to law enforcement officers and departments across Ohio.”
Justice French Gives Keynote Address to Home School Graduates
Judi was honored to give the keynote address to the home school graduates with the Christian Home Educators of Ohio.
Although the graduates had to stay in their cars for the ceremony, the honking horns instead of applause made it a unique and memorable experience.