State Representative Ron Amstutz represents Wayne County, a mix of rural agricultural and smaller industrial communities, in the Ohio House of Representatives.
As he completes his final year in the Ohio House of Representatives, under eight-year term limit, Ron has begun a transition toward election to an open seat in the three-member Wayne County Board of Commissioners.
There are two open seats in the commissioners' office: Sue Smail is seeking election to the post that is currently filled by Scott Wiggam. Ron is running for the term that is open because of the death of Commissioner Jim Carmichael in July.
Ron is currently serving as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House. Other leadership experiences have included Chairman of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee, Assistant Majority Whip and Chairman of the Education Subcommittee of the Finance Committee.
He first became a Member of the Ohio House in 1981 and served through 2000 when he left due to term limits.
From 2001 through 2008, Ron served in the Ohio Senate, where his primary leadership involved chairing Senate Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee.
He was re-elected to the Ohio House in 2008 and is completing his final year under eight year term limits.
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.
Ron is a lifelong resident of Wayne County. He was raised on a dairy farm between Dalton and Kidron, moved to Orrville in 1971 and has lived in Wooster since 1981.
Ron’s political career kicked off in 1976 when he was elected Mayor of the City of Orrville, a position he held through 1980, when he ran successfully for the Ohio House of Representatives
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.