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Jim Jordan


Jim Jordan is currently serving his second term as the Senator for the 12th Senate District. Jordan was first elected to the Ohio General Assembly in November 1994 and went on to serve three terms as State Representative of the 85th House District.

Jordan was named Watchdog of the Treasury (1996, 2000, 2004), Outstanding Legislator Award (2004), Outstanding Freshman Legislator (1996), Friend of the Taxpayer (1997), and Pro-Life Legislator of the Year (1998) by the United Conservatives of Ohio, the "Defender of Life" award from the Ohio Right To Life Society, and the 2001 Leadership in Government Award from the Ohio Roundtable and Freedom Forum. Additionally, Senate President Harris appointed Jordan to be the chairman of the Senate Judiciary on Criminal Justice Committee.

In 1986, Jordan received a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. While in Madison, Jordan was a member of the wrestling team where he won two NCAA and Big Ten titles. He later earned a Master's degree in Education from the Ohio State University and in 2001 earned a law degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Jim, his wife, and their four children live near Urbana in central Champaign County.


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