City Councilmember Michael Stinziano Sworn In
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
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
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.