TIPP CITY– State Senator Bill Beagle announced he will seek a second term in the Ohio Senate. Beagle has served in the Senate since 2011, representing the 5th district, which encompasses all or part of Darke, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble Counties.
“Three years ago, our state faced a projected $8 billion budget deficit, our rainy day fund was down to just 89 cents, our credit outlook was on the decline, and we had lost more than 400,000 jobs,” said Beagle. “I ran for the Senate because I knew if we streamlined our regulations, simplified our tax code, and made it easier to do business in our state, we could turn our economy around and restore Ohio’s position as a national economic leader.”
Prior to his election to the Senate, Beagle served as a member of the Tipp City Council where he presided as council president. He also worked for many years in the banking and finance industry and currently owns his own small business.
The announcement comes on the heels of many recent economic successes in the region including Fuyao’s $200 million investment in the old General Motors plant in Moraine that will create 800 new jobs, and Meijer’s announcement it will expand its dairy operation in Tipp City and create 100 jobs.
In the Senate, Beagle presides as the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Workforce and Economic Development. In that role, Beagle has overseen new and creative initiatives to put Ohioans back to work by partnering current economic needs with training and education programs that match job seekers with career opportunities.
In 2013, Beagle sponsored Senate Bill 1, which created a $25 million revolving loan fund to help Ohioans pay for education and workforce programs that will qualify them for new or advanced employment.
“I’m proud to say we kept our promise to focus on job creation and sound budget management, and those policies are clearly leading our state to economic success,” added Beagle. “Today, our budget is balanced, our schools have stronger funding, our credit outlook has improved, and we’ve created more than 170,000 private-sector jobs. We have more work to do, but the successes of the past three years have given us much for which we can be very proud.”
Joining Beagle at the campaign event were a number of local public officials who thanked Beagle for his strong representation of the district in the statehouse and for his advocacy of policies benefitting the jobs market in the Miami Valley.
Beagle is a graduate of Miami University where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Cleveland State University.
Senator Beagle resides in Tipp City, Ohio, with his wife, Karen, and their three children.