Kevin Bacon was elected to the Ohio Senate in 2010 after serving two terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. His highest priority is to ensure Ohio is a place where business can thrive, bringing good-paying jobs and economic investment back to the state, especially central Ohio.
Senator Bacon’s dedication to making Ohio a business-friendly state has led him to be named Chairman of the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee for the 130th General Assembly. He will also serve as Vice-Chair of the Insurance & Financial Institutions Committee and as a member of the Public Safety, Local Government & Veterans Affairs Committee, the State Government Oversight & Reform Committee, Civil Justice Committee, the Reference Committee, and the Finance Subcommittee on Medicaid.
During his tenure in the Ohio General Assembly, Senator Bacon has earned recognition for his hard work, especially on issues designed to improve the lives of children and individuals with special needs. He earned the Autism Society of Ohio’s Legislator of the Year Award (2007), the ARC of Ohio Freshman Legislator of the Year Award (2008), the Association of County Boards of MRDD Legislator of the Year Award (2008) and the Ohio Academy of Pediatrics’ Legislator of the Year Award (2008). More recently, Senator Bacon has been honored with the School Choice Ohio’s Leadership Award (2011), the Governor’s Counsel on People with Disabilities’ Legislator of the Year (2011), and the Legislator of the Year (2012) by AMVETS Department of Ohio. A fiscal conservative, Senator Bacon has also been recognized as a Watchdog of the Treasury, by the United Conservatives of Ohio, as well as a Defender of Liberty by The American Conservative Union.
In addition to his work at the Statehouse, Senator Bacon is a practicing attorney in the area of special needs estate planning, estate planning, small business and real estate. He previously served as a Blendon Township Trustee, as an enforcement attorney for the Ohio Department of Commerce and a prosecutor for the Lancaster City Attorney’s office.
A resident of the Village of Minerva Park, Senator Bacon has also been active in the Central Ohio community through a number of worthy organizations, including the Prevent Blindness Ohio, United Way of Central Ohio, Dublin-Worthington Rotary, the Ohio Bar Association, the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood as well as the Westerville, New Albany, Gahanna and Reynoldsburg chambers of commerce. He is also a former Capital Law School Alumni Board member.
Senator Bacon received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Miami University and his law degree from Capital Law School, where he served as student body president. He is the proud father of three daughters – Rebecca, Emma and Kathryn.