State Representative Beth Lear is serving her first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She represents the 61st Ohio House District, which encompasses eastern Delaware County and western Knox County.
Lear has worked as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio House, as the Education Policy Analyst and Legislative Liaison for the Buckeye Institute, a private sector researcher specializing in education policy and recently served as the Vice President of Government Affairs for Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio. She also served in the Ohio Air National Guard, including active duty at the Pentagon during Operation Desert Storm.
She is very involved in her community. Lear has served on the Delaware County Republican Central Committee since 2011 and has been a board member for the Delaware County Library, Delaware County Port Authority and four charter schools. In addition, she is a member of Delaware Bible Church, American Legion Post 457 in Sunbury and many other local groups.
Rep. Lear graduated from Olentangy High School and received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from The Ohio State University.
She has been married to her husband Jeff for over 30 years and they reside in Galena, Ohio. Beth and Jeff have 2 adult children. Austin is a Petty Officer First Class in the US Navy. He and wife Addison have blessed the Lears with 2 grandsons. Daughter Allison still lives nearby in Ohio and works with children in the private sector.