LEIPSIC — Justin Barnhart, village administrator of Leipsic, is seeking appointment to the 81st House District seat. The seat was vacated by State Representative Rob McColley, as he moved on to the Ohio Senate.
Barnhart grew up on a small farm in Cloverdale. He graduated from Kalida High School.
He graduated Cum Laude from Bowling Green State University in 2010. He received a bachelor of science in education and dual minors in both history and political science.
For a brief time, Barnhart worked as a legislative aide to former state representative Jim Zehringer, who currently serves as director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. In 2011 Barnhart began working for State Representative Jim Buchy, working with Buchy until 2016.
Barnhart moved back to Putnam County and into the village of Leipsic in 2016. He sought the position of Leipsic Village Administrator and won.
Barnhart and his wife, Melissa, reside in Leipsic with their two daughters, Natalie and Lela.
Speaker of the Ohio House, Clifford A. Rosenberger, has announced that screening panels will be organized in the coming weeks to begin the process of filling the vacancy in the 81st House district. The 81st House District includes Putnam, Henry and Williams counties as well as part of Fulton County. Speaker Pro Tempore Kirk Schuring has been selected by Rosenberger to chair the screening panels.
Residents of the 81st House district who wish to be considered for the appointment should provide a letter of interest, along with a resume, to Speaker Rosenberger at 77 S. High St., 14th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Applicants may also email their letter and resume to Speaker Rosenberger at Rep91@ohiohouse.gov.