COLUMBUS— State Rep. Beth Lear (R-Galena) yesterday took the oath of office for her first term as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 61st House district, which includes eastern Delaware County and western Knox County.
Lear has worked as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio House, as the Education Policy Analyst and Legislative Liaison for the Buckeye Institute, a private sector researcher specializing in education policy and recently served as the Vice President of Government Affairs for Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio. She also served in the Ohio Air National Guard, including active duty at the Pentagon during Operation Desert Storm.
“It’s a great honor to represent Eastern Delaware and Western Knox Counties in the Ohio House,” Lear said. “I look forward to working for and with my constituents to protect their rights and pass legislation that helps the economy, limits government and returns our primary and secondary education system to an academic focus.”
Lear is very involved in her community. She has served on the Delaware County Republican Central Committee since 2011 and has been a board member for the Delaware County Library, Delaware County Port Authority and four charter schools. In addition, she is a member of Delaware Bible Church, American Legion Post 457 in Sunbury and many other local groups.
Tuesday’s session marked the beginning of the 135th General Assembly.