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Jennifer Garrison

Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 93rd district
In office
Preceded by Nancy P. Hollister

Born April 2, 1962 (1962-04-02) (age 47)
Fort Thomas, Kentucky
Political party Democratic
Residence Marietta, Ohio
Alma mater Xavier University, Catholic University
Profession Attorney
Religion Methodist

Jennifer Garrison (born 1962 in Fort Thomas, Kentucky) is an American politician of the Democratic party from Marietta, Ohio. Currently, she is in her third term representing the 93rd District in the Ohio House of Representatives, which includes Guernsey, Monroe, Noble counties, most of Washington County, and part of Muskingum County, all in southeast Ohio. On August 3, 2009 Garrison announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Ohio Secretary of State.



Jennifer Garrison was born in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, the daughter of a union plumber. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Xavier University, and a law degree from Catholic University Law School in Washington, D.C. While in college, she worked as an intern for the Congressional Budget Office, and for the Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio Department of Natural Resources as a legislative assistant in Washington.

Garrison then completed a judicial clerkship in Philadelphia and became a practicing attorney. She moved to Marietta in 1990, joining the law firm of McCauley, Webster & Emrick, where she became a partner in 1993. Three years later, she opened a private law practice, concentrating on family mediation. She ran the Washington County Visitation Mediation Project for seven years, providing free mediation to parents working out their custody and visitation conflicts. She has served on the boards of the domestic violence shelter EVE and the Washington County Mental Health & Alcohol Addiction Board, and as Commissioner on the Marietta Civil Service Board.

Garrison is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She served as president of the Washington County, Ohio Bar Association from 1996 to 1997.[1]

Ohio House of Representatives

In 2004, Garrison unseated former twelve-day Ohio Gov. Nancy P. Hollister to win her seat with 51.6% of the vote.[2] The campaign was highlighted by a sharp contrast between the candidates, with Garrison being to the right of Hollister on gay marriage, abortion rights and taxation.

On the issue of gay marriage, Garrison criticized Hollister's opposition to the Ohio Defense of Marriage Act[3]. On the issue of taxation, she criticized Hollister's vote for then-Governor Bob Taft's revenue plan.

In 2006, Garrison was reelected with 71% of the vote against Republican challenger Donald J. Gadd, mayor of Byesville, Ohio[4]. She currently serves as Ranking Member of the Juvenile and Family Law Committee, and also sits on the Education, Public Utilities and Energy, and Finance and Appropriations Committees and the Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee.

She won reelection in 2008 with 68% of the vote against Republican Wayne Smith [5].


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