COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State Representative Richard N. Adams, Ph.D. (R-Troy) recently announced his retirement at the end of his current term effective Jan. 1, 2015.
Adams expressed his appreciation to his constituents in Darke and Miami Counties for their support during his three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. He thanked his Miami County constituents for their support during his two terms as Miami County commissioner. Adams also served two terms on the Miami County Board of Elections, and was the founding superintendent of the Upper Valley Career Center.
With a strong background in education, serving as vice president of Clark State Community College and teaching at Northwestern High School in Clark County, Ohio, Adams has a “long and distinguished record of public service to his community,” a statement from his office read.
Adams grew up on a dairy farm and was active in FFA and 4-H. The money saved from his work on the farm helped him as he worked his way through college. He received a bachelor of science degree in agriculture education from The Ohio State University, and then taught agriculture at the high school, adult education and college levels.
He completed his master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees at The Ohio State University, as well, while working full-time. Representative Adams has served Miami County in many capacities over the years, and has received several awards for his service.
Adams indicated that after retirement, he would continue his work as a member of the Unity National Bank Board of Directors, a member of the Miami County Foundation Board of Directors, chairman of the Miami County Republican Central Committee and renew his activity as a member of the Piqua Rotary Club.
During the final year of his work as state representative, Adams said he will continue concentrating on those legislative activities that are important to the citizens he represents in Darke and Miami Counties.
He and his wife Sandy, a registered nurse, will continue to reside in Concord township. They have three adult children, Julie, Rick and Christian.