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OWIG May Luncheon featuring Speaker Jo Ann Davidson

OWIG is thrilled to host it’s May Luncheon featuring the former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Jo Ann Davison.

Friday, May 3 from 11:30am to 1:00pm

Bricker and Eckler LLP, 100 S 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215

About Speaker Jo Ann Davidson

Before most women even thought of running for public office, Jo Ann Davidson had already decided to serve.  She first ran for Reynoldsburg City Council in 1965 before any women had been elected to council.  She did not win.  Undaunted, she ran again in the next election cycle.  This time she won.  She went on to serve ten years as a hardworking member of city council and become chair of its powerful finance committee. 

In 1980 Davidson successfully ran for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives where she served with distinction for 20 years.  She was elected by her peers to be the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives in 1995.  During her historic service as the first woman Speaker from 1995 through 2000, she guided many important legislative initiatives through the Ohio General Assembly including welfare reform, electric deregulation and criminal justice reform. 

In addition, Davidson has extensive experience in the private sector.  Prior to 1994, Davidson worked as Vice President of Special Programs for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

Davidson holds honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Franklin University, Ohio University, Capital University and Cleveland State, an honorary degree in Government Leadership from the University of Findlay, and an honorary Doctor of Public Administration degree from The Ohio State University.

She formed her own consulting firm, JAD and Associates, and is doing consulting work on a broad range of issues involving public policy development and analysis, strategic planning and political campaigns.  She served as Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee from 2005 to 2009.