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City Councilmember Michael Stinziano Sworn In

Surrounded by his family and friends, Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano on Monday took the oath of office to be sworn in as a new member of the Columbus City Council.

Stinziano is believed to be the first Italian-American in generations to serve on City Council.

“I’m honored to serve on a council whose members contribute so much to the success of our city,” said Councilmember Stinziano. “I’m dedicated to investing in our great neighborhoods to create more and better-paying jobs, fund essential services to help promote neighborhood safety and provide effective and responsive constituent service.”

Before being elected to Council, for the past five years, Stinziano proudly served the residents and businesses of Bexley, Franklinton, German Village, Grandview Heights, Weinland Park, The Hilltop, Merion Village, Olde Towne East, Schumacher Place, The University Community, Harrison West, Italian Village and Victorian Village in the Ohio General Assembly.

At the Statehouse, Stinziano was a proven leader in creating jobs to grow Ohio’s economy and championed legislation that fostered small business growth to create, retain, and sustain good paying jobs in Central Ohio.

Stinziano served as the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee for three years as well as on the House Insurance and House Public Utilities Committees. In addition, he served as a Board Member of the Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation Program.  He is an Adjunct Law Professor at Capital University Law School where he teaches the course on Legislation.

Stinziano also served on the National Governing Board of the Council of State Governments, as Chair of the State-Federal Relations Committee of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, and as a Member of the Labor and Economic Development Committee and the Redistricting and Elections Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The youngest of four children, Stinziano was born at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Franklinton and grew up on King Avenue in the Short North. He received a bachelor’s degree in leadership studies from the University of Richmond. Later, while working for the Woodrow Wilson International Center, a Smithsonian Institution think tank, Stinziano earned a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University. After returning to Columbus, Stinziano graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and became an attorney.

During college, Stinziano pursued multiple public service opportunities in local, state, and federal government. Stinziano worked as a congressional intern in Washington, as a legal extern for the Supreme Court of Ohio, as a law clerk for the Ohio House Democratic Caucus, and as an assistant to the general counsel for Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

He also worked at the international level, serving as a research assistant for two members of the British Parliament.

In 2008, Stinziano became director of the Franklin County Board of Elections where he led one of the largest election jurisdictions in the country.  In 2010, Stinziano was elected to the Ohio House.

Stinziano’s four-year term runs through 2019.