Wes Retherford

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Wes Retherford
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Ohio House of Representatives District 51
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
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
ProfessionMortician's Assistant
Office website
Campaign website
Wes Retherford is a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing District 51. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Retherford is a mortician's assistant at Hamilton Funeral Home. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Ohio Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture and Rural Development
Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Public Safety


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



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. Michele DeCresce was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Wes Retherford defeated Greg Jolivette and Arnold Engel in the Republican primary. DeCresce withdrew from the race before the general election, and was replaced by Lucinda Greene. Retherford defeated Greene in the general election.[1]

Ohio House of Representatives, District 51 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWes Retherford Incumbent 69.3% 16,202
     Democratic Lucinda Greene 30.7% 7,175
Total Votes 23,377


See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2012

Retherford won election in the 2012 election for Ohio House, District 51. Retherford was unopposed in the March 6 Republican primary election and defeated Mark N. Hardig (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4][5]

Ohio House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWes Retherford 56.7% 24,825
     Democratic Mark N. Hardig 43.3% 18,990
Total Votes 43,815

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Retherford is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Retherford raised a total of $27,101 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 4, 2013.[6]

Wes Retherford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Ohio State House, District 51 Won $27,101
Grand Total Raised $27,101


Retherford won election to the Ohio State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Retherford raised a total of $27,101.


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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 2014, Retherford's endorsements included the following:[7]

  • Butler County GOP
  • Ohio Republican Party
  • Ohio Society of CPAs
  • Ohio Right To Life – Honor Roll
  • Speaker William Batchelder
  • Speaker Pro-Temp Matt Huffman
  • Representative Tim Derickson
  • Representative Margy Conditt
  • Representative Jim Butler
  • Representative Lou Terhar
  • Representative Lou Blessing III
  • Sheriff Richard K Jones
  • Prosecutor Mike Gmoser
  • Commissioner Cindy Carpenter
  • Commissioner Don Dixon
  • Recorder Danny Crank
  • Mayor Steve Miller
  • Councilman Adam Jones
  • Councilman Marty Judd
  • Councilwoman Debbie Pennington
  • Councilman Terry Senger
  • Councilman Chad Oberson
  • Councilman Mike Snyder
  • Butler Co GOP Executive Chairman Todd Hall
  • Butler Co GOP Central Chair Judy Shelton
  • Butler Co GOP Chairwoman Jewel Baker
  • Cincinnati Right to life
  • Buckeye Firearms
  • Ohio Chamber of Commerce
  • NFIB


Retherford and his wife, Leann, have two children. They currently reside in Hamilton, Ohio.

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Ohio House of Representatives - District 51
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