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David Leland Biography

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Representative David Leland serves the people of House District 22

Always committed to making the north Columbus community a better place to live and work, State Representative David Leland has lived in the 22nd Ohio House District for more than 48 years. During this time, he has volunteered with many organizations, such as the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center, Friends of the Library, and the Clintonville 4th of July Celebration. His commitment to community service was recognized by the OSU Alumni Association with its Citizenship Award.

First elected to the Ohio House of Representatives at age 29, he authored seven bills into law and was voted the outstanding freshman State Representative of the 115th Ohio General Assembly. Rep. Leland returned to the Ohio House in 2014. In 2019 Rep. Leland was honored by the Ohio Public Transit Association as their Legislator of the Year.

In 1995, Rep. Leland was elected to the first of four terms as Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party. He chaired the Ohio delegations to the 1996 and 2000 Democratic National Conventions.

In 2000 he was appointed to the Federal Service Impasses Panel by President Bill Clinton.

An avid baseball fan, Rep. Leland serves on the Board of Trustees of the Columbus Clippers, the Cleveland Indians’ Triple-A franchise.

During his fifteen-year tenure on the Clippers’ Board, the team won back-to-back national championships and built its award-winning stadium, Huntington Park.

Rep. Leland is a graduate of Columbus North High School, The Ohio State University, and Capital University Law School. Currently, he is a partner at the Columbus Law firm Carpenter Lipps & Leland.