Peter Beck

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Peter Beck
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Ohio House of Representatives District 54
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$60,583.70/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedOctober 2009
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Peter Beck is a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing District 54. He was first appointed to the chamber in October 2009 to replace Shannon Jones, who became a state senator.

On February 13, 2014, Beck was indicted by a grand jury on 53 counts, in addition to the 16 counts that were brought against him last July. Beck is charged with multiple counts of perjury, theft, fraud, money laundering, receiving stolen property and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Beck served on the following committees:

Ohio Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development and Regulatory Reform
Finance and Appropriations
Ways and Means

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Beck served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Beck's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Lower Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Reform the Severance Tax. Phase out state income tax. Reform tax expenditures. Pass Municipal Income Tax bill."

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Excerpt: "Consolidate duplicated Governmental Departments/Services. Pass Medicaide Cost Control Bills. Push for Balanced Budgets."

Job Creation

  • Excerpt: "Pass workforce development bills. Pass bond for Venture Capital Investment (Third Frontier)."

Limited Government

  • Excerpt: "Consolidate and reform PSAPs. Consolidate and reform local courts (2 part-time judges to 1 full-time judge). Continue to fund local government collaboration."

Pro-Life/Pro-Family – Social Conservative

  • Excerpt: "Pass Heartbeat Bill. Pass Religious Freedom Bill. Pass Military/Religious Freedom Bill. Continue to pass and fight for bills to protect the unborn. Continue to pass and fight for Marriage Bills."

Elections

2014

See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Ohio House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 6, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 5, 2014. Rick Smith was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Paul Zeltwanger defeated incumbent Peter Beck and Mary Jo Kubicki in the Republican primary. Zeltwanger and Smith will face off in the general election.[3]

2012

See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2012

Beck won re-election in the 2012 election for Ohio House, District 54. Beck was unopposed in the March 6 Republican primary election and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6][7]

Ohio House of Representatives, District 54, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Beck Incumbent 100% 38,942
Total Votes 38,942

2010

See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2010

Beck won election to District 67 of the Ohio House of Representatives.[8] His opponents were Anne Howard (D) and Robert Waters (L). The election took place on November 2, 2010.[9][10]

Ohio House of Representatives, District 67
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Peter Beck (R) 35,391 70.74%
Anne Howard (D) 12,354 24.69%
Robert Waters (L) 2,287 4.57%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Beck is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Beck raised a total of $252,090 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 4, 2013.[11]

Peter Beck's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Ohio State House, District 54 Won $114,526
2010 Ohio State House, District 67 Won $137,564
Grand Total Raised $252,090

2012

Beck won re-election to the Ohio State House in 2012. During that election cycle, Beck raised a total of $114,526.
Ohio State House 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Peter Beck's campaign in 2012
Manor House$9,460
Herman, Ronald$5,000
FirstEnergy Group$4,000
Ohio Association of Realtors$3,500
Ohio Society of CPAs$3,359
Total Raised in 2012$114,526
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Beck won re-election to the Ohio State House in 2010. During that election cycle, Beck raised a total of $137,564.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Peter Beck endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [12]

Controversies

Investment fraud scandal

On July 26, 2013, Beck was indicted on 16 felony counts of investment fraud. He is accused of cheating investors in a company called Christopher Technologies out of around $200,000 while acting as the company's Chief Financial Officer. He allegedly used this money for his political campaign and as donations to a church in his hometown. Beck faces a maximum sentence of 102 years if convicted. His attorney said the charges were unfounded and that Beck would not resign.[13][14] As of August 28, 2013, Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder has not demanded Beck's resignation but has indicated that it would be in Beck's best interest for his family and for the Ohio House of Representatives if he submits his resignation.[15]

On February 13, 2014, Beck was indicted by a grand jury on 53 counts, in addition to the 16 counts that were brought against him last July. Beck is charged with multiple counts of perjury, theft, fraud, money laundering, receiving stolen property and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. All 69 charges against Beck are felonies, and most of the charges stem from Beck's involvement in an alleged scheme to cheat investors in a software company called C-Tech. Some of the new charges also relate to campaign contributions, and allege that Beck diverted money that he received for investments into his campaign account. After the new indictment, House Speaker William Batchelder (R) stated that effective immediately, Beck will relinquish his leadership position in the Ways and Means Committee. Batchelder also said on the new indictment that, "It is still my belief that it is in the best interest of Rep. Beck, his family, and the constituents of the 54th House District for him to resign." The trial for the initial 16 counts is supposed to begin on April 7, but now may be delayed if the two cases are consolidated.[16][17][18][19]

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References

  1. www.dispatch.com, "State Rep. Peter Beck indicted on 53 additional charges," accessed February 13, 2014
  2. petebeckohiorep.com, "Issues," accessed April 28, 2014
  3. Ohio Secretary of State, "Official primary election results for May 6, 2014," accessed July 3, 2014
  4. Ohio Chamber of Commerce, "2012 General Assembly Primary Candidates," January 17, 2012
  5. Ohio Secretary of State, "2012 Republican Primary Results," accessed June 12, 2014
  6. Ohio Secretary of State, "2012 Democratic Primary Results," accessed June 12, 2014
  7. Ohio Secretary of State, "Ohio official results for 2012 General Election," accessed June 10, 2014
  8. Ohio Secretary of State, "State Representative: Results for general election on November 2, 2010," accessed June 11, 2014
  9. Ohio Secretary of State, "Democratic State Representative: Results for Primary: May 4, 2010," accessed June 11, 2014
  10. Ohio Secretary of State, "Republican State Representative: Results for Primary: May 4, 2010," accessed June 11, 2014
  11. followthemoney.org, "Beck, Pete," accessed June 4, 2013
  12. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Ohio Leadership Team," February 28, 2012(Archived)
  13. wcpo.com, "Ohio Rep. Peter Beck of Mason indicted in investment fraud case," July 19, 2013
  14. kentucky.com, "Attorney: Indicted Ohio lawmaker won't resign," July 22, 2013
  15. cleveland.com, "Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder sends more mixed signals on call for rep's resignation," September 3, 2013
  16. www.dispatch.com, "State Rep. Peter Beck indicted on 53 additional charges," accessed February 13, 2014
  17. www.seattlepi.com, "OH lawmaker facing new counts yields chairmanship," accessed February 13, 2014
  18. www.fox19.com, "State Rep. Peter Beck indicted on 53 more counts," accessed February 13, 2014
  19. www.upi.com, "Ohio state representative indicated on 69 counts," accessed February 13, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
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Ohio House of Representatives - District 54
2013-present
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Shannon Jones (R)
Ohio House of Representatives - District 67
2009-2013
Succeeded by
Andrew O. Brenner (R)