Ohio Department of Higher Education
The Chancellor of Higher Education is Randy Gardner, a former state Senator from Bowling Green. Appointed by Governor DeWine from his Senate seat earlier this year, Gardner has a background in education as a teacher and has also been a realtor. While serving in the Legislature (both in the House and the Senate) Gardner was a consistent Pro-Life vote. The Chancellor, a Cabinet position, advises the Governor on higher education policy and implements the Governor's plan to make college more affordable for Ohioans and drive the state's economic advancement through the public universities and colleges of Ohio, the state's network of public universities, regional campuses, community colleges, and adult workforce and adult education centers. The Chancellor is responsible for all of these areas, including authorizing and approving new degree programs and managing state-funded financial aid programs.
Senator Hearcel Craig (D)
Senator Hearcel Craig represents the 15th state Senate District from Columbus. He formerly served two terms in the Ohio House and on Columbus City Council. Craig is an Army veteran and had a career with the Ohio Department of Youth Services and developed the City Year program in Columbus. He is the Ranking member on both the Insurance/Financial Institutions and the Government Oversight and Reform Committee. Craig's voting record has been consistently pro-abortion.
Representative Mary Lightbody (D)
The first-term Representative of the 19th District from the northern suburbs of Columbus (Westerville) holds a PhD from The Ohio State University in Education and is an Assistant Professor and Senior Lecturer in the OSU College of Education. She serves on the Agriculture/Rural Development, Commerce & Labor, and Higher Education Committees. Lightbody has not introduced legislation to this point and has voted consistently pro-abortion.
Representative Scott Lipps (R)
Warren County's 62nd District has re-elected Scott Lipps for a second term in Columbus. The former Mayor and Council member for the city of Franklin, he serves as the vice-chairman for the Ways and Means Committee. Lipps also serves on the Finance Committee, its Health and Human Services Subcommittee, and on the Health Committee. He has been a consistent Pro-Life vote during his tenure in office.
Representative Beth Liston (D)
The first-term member from Franklin County's 21st House District (Dublin) is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Ohio State University. Liston holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Notre Dame University and an MD and PhD from The Ohio State University. Liston is a member of the Aging and Long Term Care, Economic and Workforce Development and Health Committees. She is the primary sponsor of HB 165, to mandate Ohio adopt Health Education standards. Liston is a consistent and vocal abortion advocate and has voted consistently against Pro-Life legislation.