Jon Husted

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Jon Husted
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Ohio Secretary of State
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 5
PredecessorJennifer Brunner (D)
Speaker, Ohio House of Representatives
Base salary$109,554
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$12,353,155
Term limits2 terms
Prior offices
Ohio State Senate
Ohio House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Dayton (1989)
Master'sUniversity of Dayton (1993)
Date of birthAugust 25, 1967
Place of birthRoyal Oak, Michigan
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Jon Husted (born August 25, 1967, in Royal Oak, Michigan) is the 53rd and current Secretary of State for Ohio. A Republican, Husted won election on November 2, 2010, easily defeating Maryellen O'Shaughnessy (D) and Charlie Earl (L).[1] The seat was open as Jennifer Brunner (D) ran for the U.S. Senate rather than seek re-election.

As Secretary of State, Husted serves as chief elections official. During the 2012 Presidential Election, Husted made the decision to send out absentee ballots to all Ohio voters, a first-ever move that led to record absentee turnout.[2] He came under fire during the same election cycle for his role in enforcing a law limiting in person early-voting to military officers and overseas residents during the last three days preceding election day. The case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, who declined to hear it. Husted ultimately ordered all county boards to allow for early voting during the final weekend.[3]

Husted is eligible to run for re-election as Ohio Secretary of State in 2014. He has not yet made his intentions in the race known.

Husted previously served as a member of both chambers of the Ohio State Legislature - eight years as a state representative and one year as a state senator.[2]

A February 2013 article in Governing named Husted as one of the top state Republican officials to watch in 2013.[4]


By the time he completed his graduate work and received his master's degree, Husted had been employed in three major professions. During this time, he served as Vice-President of Business & Economic Development for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Deputy Campaign Manager of Davis for Congress, and Public Relations Account Executive for David K. Burnap Advertising. From 1993 until 1997, Husted was a Commission Assistant for Montgomery County Commissioner Don Lucas. Simultaneously, he also served as a Color Commentator for his alma mater, the University of Dayton, during their football radio and television broadcasts. Since 1997, Husted has acted as both Director and Vice President of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Other roles:

  • Governor's Appointee, Local Option Workforce Investment Board
  • Board Member, Tech Prep Consortium
  • Member, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Kettering Enterprise Zone Review Board
  • Member, Montgomery County Workforce Development Board
  • Member, The Ohio Arts Council


  • Bachelor's degree, University of Dayton (1989)
  • Master's degree, University of Dayton (1993)

Political career

Secretary of State (2010-present)

On April 3, 2009, Husted announced his candidacy for the office of secretary of state, the seat being vacated by Democrat Jennifer Brunner, who ran for the Democratic nomination for United States Senate; she ultimately lost the election to Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher. [5]

Early-voting hours

Obama for America v. Husted

In the fall of 2012, Husted was involved in two separate federal lawsuits related to Ohio's early-voting system. The first was filed against both him and attorney general Mike DeWine by President Obama's re-election campaign in response to a recently passed state law limiting in person early-voting to military officers and overseas residents during the last three days preceding election day.

The parties suing Husted and DeWine argued that the law violated constitutional equal voting rights provisions, and successfully obtained a preliminary injunction from a Columbus judge to prevent the law from being implemented in the November general election. DeWine sought an appeal to that ruling as Husted ordered county election officials to refrain from setting voting hours on those three days. Meanwhile, two Democratic county election board members from Montgomery County sued Husted in Dayton's U.S. District Court for wrongful termination, stemming from another early-voting election law. In this case, Husted had fired the election officials after they failed to comply with a directive he issued to county elections boards to enforce uniform, strictly Monday through Friday early voting hours. Husted told the board members in a letter he was firing them because they “knowingly and willfully violated Ohio election law” by not following his directive; they challenged that in firing them for continuing to allow weekend voting, Husted violated their constitutional rights to free speech and to equal protection under the law and due process.[6] On September 7th, Husted issued a retraction to the election boards regarding his order to delay schedule early-voting hours pending the appeal of the former case, rather than attend a hearing to defend the order against judicial contest.

Under current state law, Ohio's four-member boards of election can establish their own early voting hours. If there is a tie, the secretary of state casts the deciding vote. When Husted was forced to vote in several Democratic-leaning counties, he voted to keep voting hours from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, two Republican-leaning counties in southwest Ohio voted to extend hours into the weekend. Watchdog groups, along with state Democrats, cried foul at the discrepancy in the early-voting schedule, claiming, among other things, that it favored Republican candidates.[7] Husted's order that voting hours be standardized across Ohio's counties weeks, issued about two weeks before firing the two election board officials, arose out of mounting criticism that Ohio's uneven voting hours disenfranchised minority groups. "The bottom line is the antagonists have made an issue about the fact that voters aren't being treated fairly, that they aren't being treated the same," Husted said in August. "Today we're treating voters everywhere the same."[8]

Ohio State Senate (2008-2010)

Faced with a term limit restriction in regards to his State House position, Husted decided to run for the State Senate in November 2008 and was elected to serve in the public office by the people of the sixth state senate district.

Committee assignments

State Senator Husted served on the following legislative committees during his tenure:


In what appeared at the time to be a last-minute attempt to derail Husted's state senatorial campaign just days before the election, a progressive political action group, Progress Ohio, requested that the Montgomery County Board of Elections investigate the residency of the State House Speaker. About two months later, Husted was called to testify before the board to address the allegation. [9] In time, he admitted that while he owned and paid taxes on a house in Kettering, where he was also registered to vote, he had not lived there for years, instead residing with his family in Upper Arlington.

The divided Board of Elections requested that Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner break the tie. On September 22, 2009, Brunner "ruled Husted no longer eligible to vote in his state senate district outside Dayton based on where his wife and family reside outside of Columbus." [10] Critics, while certainly not rising to Husted's complete defense, noted the political hypocrisy in the whole episode, pointing out that accusations that future Governor Ted Strickland's "official residence was a tiny shack above his campaign headquarters" were shrugged off. [11]

Two weeks later, however, the Ohio State Supreme Court reversed the secretary of state's decision and ordered the "Montgomery County Board of Elections to keep Husted’s name on their voting records as a registered voter." Additionally, the State Supreme Court criticized the argument on which Brunner had based her decision, declaring that Husted "could not be considered to have lost his Montgomery County residence when he left the county for the temporary purpose of working as a state legislator in Franklin County with the intention of returning when that state service ends." [10]

Tea Party

It wasn't long after Husted aired his first television campaign advertisement, the premier political commercial in Ohio's 2010 secretary of state election, that the supposed conservative candidate drew the ire of the state's tea party movement. The thirty-second ad, which starts off with the image of a waving “Don’t tread on me” flag, a common sight at tea party protests across the country, was roundly scorned by conservative tea partiers, among them the Ohio Liberty Council and the Cleveland Tea Party Patriots, two of the major tea party organizations in the state. [12]

Ralph King, who heads the Cleveland Patriots, called out Husted over his identification as a member of the political movement, arguing that "the only relation Jon Husted would have with the Tea Party is if he would have been driving the British ship into Boston Harbor." [13] Another tea party leader, Chris Littleton of the Ohio Liberty Council, said that the Ohio state senator lacked the "street cred" to be fully accepted by state tea party activists, specifically noting his support for the renewal of the Third Frontier legislation, which would allocate $700 million to fund efforts by Ohio-based companies and research institutions to develop high-tech products. [14] [15]

Ohio State House (2000-2008)

In November 2000, Husted was elected in a five-way race to serve as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 41st district. Seven years later, he was named Speaker of the House. Political critics claimed he received the position thanks largely to the "covert" efforts of the non-profit political advocacy group, Citizens for Conservative Values (CCV). Soon after being named Speaker of the House, however, Husted pushed a campaign-finance bill that forced more disclosure from issue advocacy groups, such as CCV. Husted's relationship with state Conservative-Republicans was a tumultuous one, at best. Though he was able to successfully pass through legislation expanding the state school voucher program, in addition to a tax restructuring plan that included a twenty-one percent cut in personal income taxes, his failure to bring up an outright ban on all forms of abortion as well as his blocking of a bill in February 2006 that would have made it illegal for gays to adopt had rankled conservative supporters. The situation was made all the more strained when nine months later state Democrats took back the governor's mansion and reduced the Republican majority in the House to a thin margin. Husted's championing of a green energy push in the state's energy bill and his arm twisting of Republican colleagues to pass the legislation, which included capping payday loans at 28 percent, was the final straw for a number of state conservatives.


  • In 2003, Husted accepted $2,500 in campaign contributions from Thomas Noe, an Ohio Republican Party fundraiser and activist. Three years later, Noe plead guilty of money laundering for the 2004 Bush-Cheney presidential re-election campaign.
  • On Memorial Day Weekend in 2005, Husted, along with his son, Alex, flew off with three lobbyists for a fishing trip at a time when "the state's $51.2 billion budget was being debated." [16] While the state representative's office denied that these lobbyists were engaged in political activities, a website for one of the firms "proudly proclaimed that they could create personal relationships with legislators on behalf of their clients." [17]



See also: Ohio secretary of state election, 2014

Husted is eligible to run for re-election as Ohio Secretary of State in 2014. He has not yet made his intentions in the race known.


See also: Ohio Secretary of State election, 2010
2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary [18]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Jon Husted 67.3%
     Republican Party Sandy O'Brien 32.7%
Total Votes 741,679
Jon Husted for Ohio Secretary of State Campaign logo
2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [19]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Jon Husted 54.0%
     Democratic Party Maryellen O'Shaughnessy 41.1%
     Libertarian Party Charles R. Earl 4.9%
Total Votes 3,652,074


  • Jon Husted ran unopposed in this contest
2008 Race for State Senate, District 6 - General Election [20]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Jon Husted 61.5%
     Democratic Party John Doll 38.6%
Total Votes 169,191



  • Jon Husted ran unopposed in this contest
2004 Race for State House of Representatives, District 37 - General Election [21]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Jon Husted 65.0%
     Democratic Party John Doll 35.0%
Total Votes 56,130


  • Jon Husted ran unopposed in this contest
2002 Race for State House of Representatives, District 37 - General Election [22]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Jon Husted 64.4%
     Democratic Party Gabrielle Williamson 35.6%
Total Votes 34,871


  • Jon Husted ran unopposed in this contest
2000 Race for State House of Representatives, District 41 - General Election [23]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda Jon Husted 50.4%
     Democratic Party Dick Church Jr. 38.3%
     Independent Richard Hartman 8.1%
     Libertarian Party Bryan Carey 1.9%
     Independent Charles Turner 1.4%
Total Votes 48,834

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Husted is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Husted raised a total of $12,353,155 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 13, 2013.[24]

Jon Husted's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 OH Secretary of State Not up for election $1,202,219
2010 OH Secretary of State Won $5,512,513
2008 OH State Senate Won $1,719,937
2006 OH House of Representatives Won $1,963,042
2004 OH House of Representatives Won $1,416,577
2002 OH House of Representatives Won $241,364
2000 OH House of Representatives Won $297,503
Grand Total Raised $12,353,155


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Jon Husted's donors each year.[25] Click [show] for more information.


Husted currently resides in Kettering, Ohio with his wife, Tina, and their two children - Alex and Katie. He is also a practicing Roman Catholic.

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Contact Information

Capitol Address:

Ohio Secretary of State
180 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: (614) 466-2655
Toll Free Phone: (877) 767-6446

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  1. Ohio Secretary of State, " Secretary of State: November 2, 2010," accessed July 26, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ohio Secretary of State, "Jon Husted Biography," accessed April 9, 2013
  3. Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Jon Husted, Ohio's secretary of state, defends controversial pre-election decisions," December 11, 2012
  4. Governing, "State Republican Officials to Watch in 2013," February 6, 2013
  5. Buckeye Firearms Association "Jon Husted makes his run for Secretary of State official" 3 April, 2009
  6. Akron Beacon Journal Online, "2 Dems sue Ohio secretary of state over firing," September 10, 2012
  7. Cleveland Plain Dealer "Jon Husted doesn't rule out limiting early voting throughout Ohio" Accessed August 15, 2012
  8. Cleveland Plain Dealer "Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted calls for uniform early voting hours" Accessed August 15, 2012
  9. YouTube "Jon Husted Testifying about his Residency" 8 Jan. 2009
  10. 10.0 10.1 Columbus Government Examiner "Jon Husted regains right to vote after Supreme Court reverses ruling by Ohio SOS" 7 Oct. 2009
  11. Right Ohio "Jon Husted Looked Up From His Computer in UA Last Night To Curse" 22 Sept. 2009
  12. YouTube "Jon Husted - Defending Liberty" 16 April, 2010
  13. The Plain Dealer "Ohio Tea Party leaders fume over Secretary of State candidate Jon Husted's appeals to their movement" 18 April, 2010
  14. The Other Paper "Husted blurs the conservative boundaries" 15 April, 2010
  15. Right Ohio "TEA Partiers Don’t Buy Jon Husted’s Newfound Conservatism" 15 April, 2010
  16. The Plain Dealer "Jon Husted won't say if he's a secretary of state candidate" 8 Sept. 2008
  17. Candide's Notebooks "Ohio’s 2006 Verdict On America" 24 Aug. 2006
  18. Ohio Secretary of State - 2010 Republican Primary Election Results
  19. Ohio Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
  20. Ohio Secretary of State - 2008 General Election Results
  21. Ohio Secretary of State - 2004 General Election Results
  22. Ohio Secretary of State - 2002 General Election Results
  23. Ohio Secretary of State - 2000 General Election Results
  24. Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Jon Husted," accessed May 13, 2013
  25. Follow the, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015

Political offices
Preceded by
Don Mottley
Ohio State House - District 37
Succeeded by
Peggy Lehner
Preceded by
Peggy Lehner
Ohio State Senate - District 6
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Jennifer Brunner (D)
Ohio Secretary of State
Succeeded by