State Rep. Bill Seitz (R-30th Dist.) will be the guest speaker at the Highland County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 23.
The dinner will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 133 E Walnut St, Hillsboro. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased from any Republican Central or Executive committee member or by calling Peggy Hite at 937-763-8305 or Paulette Donley at 937-393-2770.
“Known for his colorful floor speeches, Seitz was rated best speechmaker, savviest, funniest and most knowledgeable of all 132 legislators by Columbus Monthly Magazine in 2016,” according to a press release.
Seitz’ public service includes being a township trustee, Ohio representative and Ohio senator. He serves as chair of the Majority Caucus Policy Committee and the House Public Utilities Committee.
A lawyer since 1978, and currently of counsel with Dinsmore & Shohl, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He is known as a fiscal conservative and a champion of government efficiency, according to the press release.
According to his biography, beginning in 2000 Seitz served in the Ohio House of Representatives for almost seven years. There, he rose through the ranks, serving as majority whip and assistant majority whip and chair of the Civil and Commercial Law Committee. Seitz then went on to serve in the Ohio Senate from 2007 to 2016 before returning to the Ohio House.
In the Senate, Seitz served as chairman of the Public Utilities Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Government Oversight & Reform Committee. In the House he chairs the Majority Caucus Policy Committee as a member of Speaker Rosenberger’s leadership team, and also chairs the House Public Utilities Committee.
Throughout his legislative career, Seitz has been at the forefront of criminal and civil justice issues, leading the effort to reform Ohio’s criminal sentencing laws and eliminate the barriers to employment many nonviolent offenders face following their release from prison. He has also worked to enhance penalties for violent offenders and to keep sex predators away from our children.
He was the key architect of Ohio’s sweeping tort reforms by which nearly two dozen such bills between 2001-2004 transformed Ohio’s civil justice landscape and made Ohio more business-friendly. In these endeavors, he has been aided by his legal background. A lawyer since 1978, he is currently of Counsel with Dinsmore and Shohl and for the last 10 years he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America book.
In 2014, he was named Southwest Ohio’s Best Antitrust Lawyer by that publication, and was named State Legislator of the Year by the United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform.