|Ohio House of Representatives, District 76|
|2012 - January 1, 2015|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Appointed by||House Republican Caucus|
|High school||Cathedral Latin High School|
|Geauga County Municipal Court, Ohio|
|Candidate for:||Geauga County Municipal Court|
|Election information 2011:|
|Primary date:||May 3, 2011|
|Election date:||November 8, 2011|
Lynch was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 14th Congressional District of Ohio. Lynch lost to incumbent David Joyce in the primary election on May 6, 2014.
Lynch's professional experience includes working as an attorney at the law firm of Lynch & Lynch.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Lynch served on the following committees:
|Ohio Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Agriculture and Natural Resources|
|• Health and Aging|
Lynch listed the following issues on his campaign website:
- New Leadership To Do What’s Right: "As an attorney and leader in Bainbridge Township, I first ran for office to stop the wasteful spending and tax hikes plaguing the Board of Trustees. I won and my first order of business was cutting my own pay. Over the next four years I led the way to cut the fat and reduced annual expenditures by 17%. In Columbus I stood against my own Party and voted against increases in the sales tax and real estate taxes. That’s the kind of leadership and fiscal restraint I will bring to Washington."
- Illegal Immigration: "We will never solve the illegal immigration problem until we secure our borders. Ronald Reagan granted amnesty to 3 million illegals in 1986 in good faith but the politicians failed to deal with our open borders. The result: at least 15 million additional illegals here today! The burden on our schools, health care system and criminal justice system is enormous… estimated at a over 80 Billion Dollars each year!. We cannot repeat this mistake! Yet both Democrats and Republicans are about to do it again…the Democrats see a new crop of Democrat voters while Republican corporate interests see a source of cheap labor while the American people suffer the consequences."
- Presidential Power: "Congress has for too long abandoned its responsibility and allowed the President to exercise power far beyond Constitutional limits. I will not tolerate a President who uses his “pen and phone” to destroy the separation of powers so vital to our Republic. Personal liberty cannot survive if any man, especially the President, is the law unto himself. We need statesmen in Washington that are not afraid to stand up against the abuse of power demonstrated in Executive Orders."
- Obamacare: "We will never release the potential of our people if we cannot get government off our backs! There is no greater danger to our liberty and prosperity than the cost and burden of Obamacare. It needs to be repealed…plain and simple. Gutless Republicans take meaningless votes against it but fail to DEFUND OBAMACARE which is the one thing that actually would protect Americans."
- Spending & the Debt: "No amount of happy talk will solve our debt problems until we get spending under control. Establishment Republicans only seem interested in managing big government but not actually shrinking government. I’ll work with anyone to stop the insane spending but I will never agree to more debt in the name of bipartisanship."
- Energy & Jobs: "Creating jobs and protecting the environment are not conflicting ideas. Natural gas wells are creating thousands of jobs while offering cheap energy to consumers. It’s the kick-start our economy needs. We need to build the Keystone pipeline and encourage domestic energy production."
- Liberty: "I will always respect the values and wisdom of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence which have been the foundation of our prosperity for over 200 years!"
Lynch's website listed the following campaign themes:
- Create Jobs: "If we are to prevent our state from falling into the same downward economic spiral as other industrial states, such as Michigan, we must make wholesale changes on two critical issues: taxes and state government restructuring. We must ecognize that government does not create jobs. In fact 60% to 70% of all new jobs are created by small business. The state must create an environment where small business can grow and prosper."
- Eliminate Taxes: "It is no mystery that as the Ohio tax burden has grown, the Ohio economy has shrunk! This high level of taxation keeps businesses from moving to the Buckeye State. Sadly this in turn drives our college graduates to other states in search of jobs. A recent survey noted that 60% of recent graduates planned to leave Ohio to pursue their career! We simply cannot afford such a “brain drain”."
- Reform Government: "We must cut the state budget enough to begin actually eliminating the state income tax. Deep cuts in the state’s bureaucracy, such as Ohio’s state Medicaid system, which is 40% costlier than the national average, are not unrealistic. By targeting these spending excesses, our legislature could reduce the state budget to the point where a state income tax would be unnecessary."
- Right To Life: "There are two Bills working their way through the legislature which could dramatically reduce abortions in Ohio. Either of these “Heartbeat” Bills would give Ohio among the strictest abortion laws in the United States and save thousands of lives of the unborn. Sadly, these bills have become bogged down in the legislature. If elected, I am committed to carrying the moral and political fight forward to protect these most innocent of lives!"
|U.S. House, Ohio District 14 Republican Primary, 2014|
|David Joyce Incumbent||55%||27,547|
|Source: Ohio Secretary of State, Official Election Results|
Lynch won election in the 2012 election for Ohio House District 76. Lynch defeated Mary E. O'Toole, Kristina Port, Mark E. Porter, and Laura A. DePledge in the March 6 Republican primary election and defeated Tom Warren (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Ohio House of Representatives, District 76, General Election, 2012|
|Ohio House of Representatives, District 76 Republican Primary, 2012|
Lynch defeated Daniel E. Bond and Dennis M. Coyne in the Republican primary on May 3, winning 40.52 percent of the vote. He was narrowly defeated by Terri L. Stupica in the general election on November 8, receiving only 41.15% of the vote.
- See also: Ohio judicial elections, 2011
Comprehensive donor information for Lynch is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Lynch raised a total of $167,068 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 5, 2013.
|Matt Lynch's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Ohio State House, District 76||$167,068|
|Grand Total Raised||$167,068|
2012Lynch won election to the Ohio State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lynch raised a total of $167,068.
|Ohio State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Matt Lynch's campaign in 2012|
|Ohio Republican Party||$39,918|
|Hurt, Rosemary K.||$11,500|
|Hurt, Jeffrey C.||$11,500|
|Blackmon, Kirk A.||$10,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$167,068|
|Source: Follow the Money|
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In 2012, Lynch was endorsed by the following:
- Ohio Right to Life Society
- Buckeye Firearms Association
- Geauga & Portage County Tea Parties
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- United States House of Representatives
- Ohio's 14th Congressional District elections, 2014
- Ohio's 14th Congressional District
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- Ohio Municipal Courts
- Official campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
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- Lynch on Facebook
- Lynch on YouTube
- Lynch on LinkedIn
- Campaign contributions: 2012
- Geauga County Maple Leaf, "May 3 election county's first off-year primary," April 21, 2011
- Campaign website, "Home," accessed February 26, 2014
- mattlynch.com, "Issues," accessed December 24, 2014 (Archived)
- Ohio Secretary of State, "2012 Elections Results," accessed December 24, 2014
- Geauga County Board of Elections, Unofficial Results May 3
- Geauga County Board of Elections, Candidates for the May 3, 2011 Primary Election
- Geauga County Board of Elections, Unofficial Results, 11/8/2011
- followthemoney.org, "Lynch, Matt," accessed June 5, 2013
|Ohio House of Representatives - District 76
2013–January 1, 2015
| Succeeded by|
Sarah LaTourette (R)
Richard Hollington (R)
|Ohio House of Representatives - District 98
| Succeeded by|
Al Landis (R)
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