Hi, I'm Bob Hackett. I currently work as the State Representative of the citizens of Ohio's 74th House District, encompassing portions of Clark, Greene, and all of Madison Counties. I am a lifelong resident of the district, where I attended London High School and served as captain of the undeafeated football team. I earned All-League and All-State Honors, leading to my recent induction into the London High School Sports Hall of Fame. I continued my education at Columbia University where I studied Economics, earned All-Ivy Honors in football, and was awarded top scholar of the football team. Following college, I returned home to London and worked in agriculture for six years before beginning my career in financial services, becoming the founder of Central Ohio Financial Management Group LLC, where I have remained for the past thirty years. My wife Sue and I are proud members of St. Patrick's Parish in London.
WHO I AM
EXPERIENCED LEADERSHIP FOR A BETTER COMMUNITY
As a worker and resident of southwest Ohio, I saw the effects--good and bad--of the government on our lives and was called to do my part to ensure positive change. As a Madison County Commissioner I enacted safeguards to preserve the rural traditions which are important to the region. I successfully incorporated zoning system changes, which created a comprehensive plan to preserve agriculture. This plan is praised highly throughout the state and currently serves as a role model for other counties. In addition, I worked to attract new industry to the region and further created solutions to avoid increases in local taxes. I was also a driving force behind the County Employee Benefits Consortium of Ohio (CEBCO), allowing competitive bargaining to save participating and non-participating countied thousands of dollars towards their healthcare costs.
As Chairman of the Insurance Committee, I was the lead driver of legislation to modernize regulatory policies, advance small business, and protect benefits of employees and their dependents. We packed seven major issues of reform into Senate Bill 140, which is nationally acclaimed for regulating insurance companies. The Captive Bill acts to bring business back to Ohio and enhances major corporation's ability to compete nationally. Thanks to the Salvage Bill I led to passage, consumers and insurance companies now receive fair prices for their wrecked of salvaged vehicles. Recently, I worked tirelessly to successfully pass legislation for Transportation Network Companies like Uber, creating quality insurance protection for consumers and Uber drivers, as well as allowing the companies to operate under a single set of rules. Finally, I cosponsored and passed a bill to give life and disability benefits to volunteer and part-time police officers.
During my time in the House of Representatives, I always prioritized stimulating the econmic growth of Ohio, excercising fiscal responsibility, lessening our people's tax burdens, and maintaining jobs. I served as the Chairman of the Insurance Committee and as a member on both the Financial Institutions, Housing, and Urban Development Committee and the State Government Committee. Throughout my time in the House, I did not missed a single vote.
My first years as a State Representative concentrated on balancing the horrendous $8 billion budget deficit, which I and my colleagues eventually achieved. In addition, I strongly believe in reducing the burdens of taxes on our people and have passionately pursued that goal. I reinforced cutting income taxes in the last two state budgets, bringing us back to early 1980's income tax levels. Next, I wokred with the Governor and local governments to eliminate the Ohio inheritance tax. Furthermore, I have strongly supported tax cuts for small businesses, bringing about the first such reductions in many years.
In addition to taxation and insurance, I worked on a multitude of other issues. I was a principle cosponsor on House Bill 93, legisltion that closed down opiod pill mills. For education, I cosponsored and passed charter school reform and also pushed strongly to reduce the testing requirements for schools and to keep control of our children's education in the hands of the local boards. I have helped the professional associations of funeral directors and psychiatrists to update their state rules and regulations. Also, I cosponsored the "concussion bill" to better protect injured athletes. In response to federal overreach, I sponsored a resolution against Obamacare. Furthermore, I have staunchly supported pro-life legislation and initiatives throughout my career.
My many endeavours have been recognized by the people I work with and for everyday. I have receive the Life Care Alliance's Madison County Award for multiple years. My work to curb spending and increase fiscal responsiblity has earned the "Watchdog of the Treasury Award" several years. I also received recognition as a Friend of the Farm Bureau and the Madison County Township "Man of the Year" Award.
In February, the Ohio Senate Appointed me to serve out the remainder of District 10 Senator Chris Widener's term after Senator Widener stepped down. I am lucky to get the chance to already serve the people of Senate District 10, but know that this by no means will equal the end of my campaign. I will continue to be out in the district talking to you, because I know that trust must be earned; it isn't appointed. I hope to earn your trust at the Primary in March and the general election in November!