Rick Perales

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Rick Perales
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Ohio House of Representatives District 73
In office
January 1, 2013 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$60,583.70/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAuburn University, 1982
Master'sTroy State University, 1992
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Office website
Campaign website
Rick Perales is a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing District 73. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Perales earned his B.S. in Building Construction from Auburn University in 1982 and his M.S. in International Relations from Troy State University in 1992.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Perales served on the following committees:

Ohio Committee Assignments, 2015
Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Public Safety
Economic and Workforce Development
State Government


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Perales served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Perales' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt: "Jobs are the key to restoring Ohio to the kind of state in which our children and grandchildren want to remain. We need to be able to attract and maintain businesses that provide good quality of living job opportunities for our residents."

Wright Patterson Air Force Base

  • Excerpt: "The base provides resources for our war fighters that give them the best opportunity to be successful in battle, and then return home safely to their families. I will be the number 1 advocate for the current and future missions at WPAFB."


  • Excerpt: "As a retired veteran and a proud citizen, I believe we have the responsibility and obligation to take care of these vets and do whatever it takes – medically, psychologically and/or job training-wise, to assimilate them to active and productive members of society. I would be honored to play an active role in this activity."

Values and Principles

  • Excerpt: "It is important to maintain the values and principles that were the basis of the founding of this state and country. I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment; I believe in traditional marriage and the right to life, recently endorsed by Ohio Right to Life. I will work diligently for conservation legislation where and as required."



See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Ohio House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 5, 2014. Dave Ogan was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Rick Perales was unopposed in the Republican primary. Perales defeated Ogan in the general election.[2]

Ohio House of Representatives, District 73 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Perales Incumbent 71.3% 24,954
     Democratic Dave Ogan 28.7% 10,066
Total Votes 35,020


See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2012

Perales won election in the 2012 election for Ohio House District 73. Perales defeated Jarrod Martin and Eric Spicer in the March 6 Republican primary election and defeated Bill Conner (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Ohio House of Representatives, District 73, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Perales 63.5% 35,100
     Democratic Bill Conner 36.5% 20,209
Total Votes 55,309
Ohio House of Representatives, District 73 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Perales 59.8% 10,623
Eric Spicer 20.9% 3,705
Jarrod Martin 19.3% 3,422
Total Votes 17,750

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Perales is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Perales raised a total of $124,546 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 5, 2013.[5]

Rick Perales's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Ohio State House, District 73 Won $124,546
Grand Total Raised $124,546


Perales won election to the Ohio State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Perales raised a total of $124,546.


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In 2013, the 130th Ohio General Assembly was in session from January 7 to December 31. In 2014, the 130th Ohio General Assembly will be in session from January 7 through December 31.

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In 2012, Perales received endorsements from the following:[6]

  • Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
  • The Ohio Manufacturers' Association
  • Ohio Society of CPAs
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Ohio Chamber of Commerce


Perales and his wife, Becka, have four children.

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Ohio House of Representatives - District 73
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