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Todd Book

Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 89th district
In office
2003 -
Preceded by Rex Damschroder

Born January 14, 1968 (1968-01-14) (age 42)
West Portsmouth, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Residence McDermott, Ohio
Alma mater Western Michigan University, College of William and Mary
Profession Attorney, Small Business Owner
Religion Catholic

Todd Book is a Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives first elected in 2002. He currently is in his fourth term serving the 89th House District which includes all of Scioto County, the Western Half of Lawrence County and the Eastern Half of Adams County. in Southern Ohio.



Book was born and raised in West Portsmouth, Ohio. His father, Tom Book, operated a trenching business and his mother, Delores Book, raised Todd and his two sisters. Todd attended the local public high school, Portsmouth West High School.

Todd attended undergraduate college at Western Michigan University where he majored in Political Science. In 1990, Todd earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors. After completing his undergraduate studies, he enrolled at the College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law where he was awarded his Juris Doctor degree in 1993.

After law school, Todd returned to the Portsmouth, OH area where he started practicing law. He and his father also started a small business, Old Hickory Golf Co., LTD. The business conducts golf outings using hickory shafted clubs, period clothing and old style golf balls. He also began teaching business law at Shawnee State University as an adjunct faculty member.

In 1997, Todd Book married his wife, Emily. After joining with a local attorney, Howard Harcha, Jr., in 1998 to form the law firm Harcha & Book, LLC, Todd and Emily had their first child, Cassidy Mae, in 1999. In 2001, Todd and Emily had a son, Avery Todd, and in 2006 they had another daughter, Meredith.[1]

Community service

Representative Book is active in his community and is a member and elder of the Portsmouth Second Presbyterian Church. Todd is also a member of the Ohio and Scioto County Bar Association, Portsmouth Kiwanis, National Wild Turkey Federation, Scioto County Farm Bureau, Scioto County Catholic Social Services Board, and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. Todd has been admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court and is a member of the 2005 class of the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

Ohio House of Representatives

Todd was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2002 after a hotly contested race for the 89th House District's open seat. During his Second term, Todd was elected to be the Assistant House Minority Leader. In 2004, the Council of State Governments Midwestern Office selected Todd as a Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Fellow. Since the Democrats took back control of the Ohio House during the 2008 election, Todd has served as the Chairman of the important Rules and Reference Committee.

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