As Ohio’s Secretary of State, LaRose is doing his part to deliver a thriving democracy and a prosperous economy. In his role as Ohio’s chief elections officer, he’s working to ensure Ohio’s elections are both secure and accessible. He also supporting Ohio entrepreneurs as the sole authority to receive and approve articles of incorporation for Ohio businesses. In the legislature, LaRose spearheaded efforts to increase government transparency and efficiency, particularly in the areas of elections administration and regulatory reform.
LaRose was named the Legislator of the Year in 2016 by the Ohio Association of Election Officials in recognition of his support and commitment to improving Ohio’s election process. Governing Magazine named LaRose as one of 12 State Legislators to Watch in 2014 from among state legislators nationwide. He is a graduate of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Program and Council of State Government’s Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development.
After graduating from Copley High School, LaRose fulfilled a lifelong dream by enlisting in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne, and ultimately served in the U.S. Special Forces as a Green Beret. During his decade in uniform around the globe, LaRose received numerous commendations and honors, including the Bronze Star. LaRose continues to give back to his community since leaving the Army and entering public service. He is the Jr. Vice Commander of the Fairlawn VFW and, as an Eagle Scout himself, he now serves on the executive board for his local Boy Scouts of America Council.