Secretary Husted's Biography
Jon Husted is the 53rd and current Ohio Secretary of State, serving as the state’s top election official as well as being the first stop for entrepreneurs wishing to do business in the Buckeye State. He was elected in 2011, having previously served in the Ohio Senate as well as four terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, the final two terms as Speaker of the House.
In 2013, the Washington Post’s blog “The Fix” named Secretary Husted one of their “Top 10 Rising Stars in America.” He’s also been recognized by the Association of the United States Army for his work to help military voters and their families cast a ballot, no matter where they are in the world.
Raised in Montpelier, Ohio, Secretary Husted earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Dayton (UD), where he also was a member of the 1989 Division III National Championship Football Team.
After his graduation from UD, Secretary Husted remained in the Dayton area where he served as Vice President for Business and Economic Development at the Dayton-Area Chamber of Commerce.
Above all his responsibilities, Secretary Husted considers his most important role as that of husband to his wife Tina and father to his children, Alex, Katie and Kylie.
Throughout his time in public service, Secretary Jon Husted has displayed a courageous commitment to conservative principles, lower taxes and the elimination of wasteful spending.
In his first term as Secretary of State, Secretary Husted reduced costs by $14.5 million compared to his predecessor and cut the office’s staff by 32 percent. While overall state spending has increased by 17 percent, spending in the Secretary of State’s Office has been reduced by 16 percent.
These steps toward government efficiency gave Secretary Husted the distinction in 2015 of being the only statewide officeholder to request a cut, not an increase in his annual budget. Most recently, it resulted in the announcement that Husted will run the Secretary of State’s Office without the use of tax dollars for the remainder of his term in the office.
While serving as House Speaker, Secretary Husted spearheaded the passage of the most fiscally conservative budget in 40 years, which included landmark reforms to the state tax code and the largest income tax cut in Ohio’s history.
Since his election as Secretary of State in 2011, Secretary Husted has revolutionized the way the state interacts with businesses by establishing Ohio Business Central, an online portal to where 100 percent of Ohio-based businesses can be formed through a paperless process, reducing the time required for starting a new business by 75 percent. The process also generated savings for the office, which Secretary Husted returned to entrepreneurs by reducing the costs associated with forming a business in by 21 percent, making Ohio the lowest-cost state in the region to start and maintain a business.
In 2015, Secretary Husted announced his office would partner with Google’s “Let’s Get Our Cities on the Map” initiative in order to put additional tools into the hands of new and growing Ohio businesses. The initiative pairs entrepreneurs with tools to build a website, reserve a free domain name, have their office locations registered with Google’s map and search features and get advice from industry experts.
Secretary Husted made it easier to vote in Ohio by establishing uniform, statewide rules so every voter would be treated equally, regardless their zip code. This included the first-ever statewide absentee ballot application mailing to raise awareness for the state’s expansive opportunities for casting a ballot.
Secretary Husted has also taken important steps towards improving the accuracy of Ohio’s voter rolls by removing over a half-million deceased voters and eliminating over 1.6 million duplicate registrations. In addition to safeguarding our elections, these steps have led to an increase in the number of absentee and provisional ballots that are counted.
Secretary Husted has long been a proponent of Online Voter Registration and launched the program on January 1, 2017 after receiving legislative approval. It is expected to save millions of dollars for local governments while making registration more secure and simpler for voters. This system is similar to the Online Change of Address system Secretary Husted launched in his first term, which has already been used by nearly a half-million voters.
Secretary Husted’s Administration has also made it easier for military families to cast a ballot, no matter where their service takes them, through the establishment of the Military Ready-to-Vote and Ohio Voter Passport Programs, which together earned Ohio the All-Star State designation by the Military Voter Protection Project.
Having been adopted as a child, Secretary Husted has been a longstanding advocate for adoption and helping to pair children with healthy and loving families.
When serving as House Speaker, Secretary Husted championed the passage of the Ed Choice and Choose Ohio First Scholarship Programs in order to provide students with opportunities outside of the classroom and encourage participation in the STEMM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
Drawing on his own experience as a student athlete, Secretary Husted has also been a champion for making extracurricular activities available to all students in school, believing that they play an important role in the educational experience. Through participation in sports, band and clubs, students learn important life skills, such as hard work, leadership and teamwork.