Ron Amstutz represents Wayne County as one of three Wayne County Commissioners. The other two commissioners are Ann Obrecht, who is serving her 15th year, and Sue Smail, who is in her second year. Ron is serving the first year of a four-year term.
Ron is a lifelong resident of Wayne County, having grown up on a farm iin rural Sugar Creek Township. The county is a mix of rural agricultural and smaller industrial communities.
In 2015 and 2016, he served as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Ohio House. completing 36 years of continuous service in either the Ohio House or the Ohio Senate.
Ron’s political career kicked off in 1974, when he was eledted to a 15-member Charter Commission in Orrville, follow by election as Mayor of the City of Orrville in 1975, a position he held through 1980, when he ran successfully for the Ohio House of Representatives He then served in the House for 20 years, through 2000, when he was elected to the Ohio Senate.
He served in the Ohio Senate for eight year, through 2008, when he was again elected to the Ohio House, where he served through 2016.
In addition to Speaker Pro Tem, Ron's other leadership experiences in the Ohio House have included Chairman of the Finance Committee, Assistant Majority Whip and Chairman of the Education Subcommittee of the Finance Committee. In the Ohio Senate his primary leadership involved chairing Senate Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee.
Ron has been a leader in enacting major tax reforms to lower Ohio's personal income tax rates across the board. He has also worked to reposition Ohio's business taxes to make our state more competitive.
For five years, Ron worked in the Orrville office of The Wooster Daily Record as a writer/photographer, then bureau editor.
He is a graduate of Central Christian High School and holds a B.A. Degree in Government Communications from Capital University.
Ron and his wife, Joanne, are members of Wooster Grace Church. They have two grown children and one grandchild.