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Jon Cross Biography

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Representative Jon Cross serves the people of House District 83

State Representative Jon Cross (R-Kenton) is serving his second term in the Ohio House of Representatives, representing northwest Ohio’s 83rd District, which includes Hancock and Hardin counties, and part of Logan County. 

Representative Cross is a proud father and husband, a passionate public servant and a principled conservative championing legislation that protects our rights and freedoms, as well as keeping Ohio safer, stronger and open for business. 

His leadership and strong work ethic have had a positive impact on the Ohio General Assembly and the communities and constituents he represents.  

This was demonstrated during his first term, as Representative Cross had five bills he sponsored signed into law by the Governor. 

During the 133rd General Assembly, Representative Cross led priority legislation (House Bill 2) that created the Techcred and Individual Microcredential Assistance Program, which financially assists businesses and individuals with training and credentialing grants to develop a skilled workforce and fulfill in-demand jobs across Ohio.   (Learn more @ www.techcred.ohio.gov)  

The four other bills signed into law include:

  • House Bill 405 created a financial assistance program to remove financial barriers for loving Ohio families adopt loving children.
  • House Bill 352 reformed the state’s workplace discrimination laws to strengthen Ohio’s business and legal climates.
  • House Bill 224 authorized medical professionals and facilities to fully utilize Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists to improve patient care.
  • House Bill 756 allowed local school board/districts to set hiring criteria for substitute teachers during the COVID pandemic. 

Additional highlights of Representative Cross’ first term include: 

  • Sponsored 16 bills and co-sponsored 105 bills.
  • Supported the passage of pro-life and pro-second amendment legislation.
  • Secured major funding for the 83rd district, which included $16.3 million for community projects and flood mitigation efforts, $5.5 million for local governments and $1 million for local school districts for COVID-19 pandemic-related expenses.
  • Passed a balanced budget with significant tax cuts of nearly $700 million and proper investment in Ohio’s infrastructure, law enforcement, education, agriculture, workforce and economic development, and local governments. 
  • Hosted monthly district office hours and 24 community townhalls. 

Prior to being elected, Cross served as the chief executive officer and economic development director for the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance.  His career pathway has allowed him to obtain a vast amount of public and private sector work experiences throughout the United States in business, government, non-profit, real estate development and economic and workforce development.

Cross graduated from Kenton High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.  He and his wife Christina Cross, a practicing business attorney and educator, are loving parents of their two young boys Carson and Connor.  They reside in Kenton and are members of St. Michael the Archangel Parish of Findlay.