Election Day is November 6 from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM (unless a federal judge rules otherwise). In addition to voting a straight Republican ticket, make sure you find out which of the judges are Republican. Our Ohio Supreme Court candidates are and . Another one of my favorite judicial candidates with opposition is . It is also important to vote .
For the latest on my campaign, you can visit my and follow me on .
My Clermont Sun e-mail Interview (Full uncut version)
Clermont Sun: Can you start out by just giving me the background on who you are, where you currently live, age, how you got into politics and ran for office, that kind of thing?
Becker: I'm 57 and have lived in the greater Cincinnati area all of my life. My wife and I live in the Eastgate area of Union Township and have owned the same home for nearly 30 years. My education is as follows:
The first 30 years of my career was in the private sector. In round numbers:
· Ten years in manufacturing. Most of that was at GE and Ford in a supervisory position.
· Five years in managed healthcare. I was the regional data analyst at MetLife and then the manager of healthcare information systems with Prudential.
· Fifteen years in banking and finance. Most of that was at Provident Bank as a finance officer and assistant vice president (AVP). I was also an AVP for Fifth Third Bank. I was a senior business analyst for Access Financial and the treasurer for Hillcrest Training School.
· Six years as your full-time State Representative. I also operate a small tax business for individual tax returns.
My interest in politics mostly began when I attended the 10th anniversary (1983) right-to-life memorial march in Washington DC. I've since attended every 10 years; hence four times. After turning my life over to the Lord and becoming a committed Christian in 1988, religious and social issues had become more important to me.
I finally got propelled into politics shortly after Bill Clinton became president-elect in 1992. Horrified by the outcome of that election, I concluded that I needed to do more than just vote. In early 1993, I became a member of the Clermont County Republican Central Committee and still am today. From 2004 through 2012, I was also a member of the Ohio Republican Party State Committee. (That is an elected position for the 14th Senate District. It runs from Loveland to Ironton.) I've been a state representative since 2013 and am running for my fourth two-year term.
Clermont Sun: What is your approach to the opioid epidemic? Additionally, what's your position on Issue 1, set to be on the ballot in November?
Becker: I like the carrot and stick approach to addressing the opiate epidemic. Clermont County has a program called Community Alternative Sentencing Center (CASC). It is a voluntary program. I've been told that addicts who successfully complete the program have a much lower recidivism rate. The success of CASC is a good argument to roll it out statewide.
Regarding drug dealers (We call them traffickers.), I support harsher penalties. Unfortunately, Issue 1 does the opposite and makes Ohio a welcoming state for drug traffickers. Another problem with Issue 1 is that the legislation would be enshrined into the Ohio Constitution. We, the General Assembly, cannot make corrections to any unintended (or intended) consequences from the legislation. Issue 1 is a very bad idea on multiple levels and I oppose it in the strongest terms.
Clermont Sun: Why is politics at the local and state level so important?
Becker: Most citizens are focused on the federal level. That is understandable due to the constant media attention to an over intrusive federal government. I'm not blaming the media for that. Our government is the problem.
People get focused on local issues such as school board policies and zoning ordinances when their families or properties have the potential to be negatively impacted.
With few and rare exceptions, our state government stays under people's radar. I'm not sure if that's good or bad, but it is important to note that all local governments are the creations of the state. Therefore, either through constitutional amendment (which the people must approve) or through legislation, we have the power to change anything and everything provided that the changes don't run afoul of a federal judge.
Clermont Sun: What is your platform or go-to couple of issues most important to you? What are your constituents in Clermont county telling you is important to them?
Becker: My platform is: Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Limited Government and Lower Taxes. None of that ever came from any political considerations. These are the values that I have always had. They are the values that I'm wired with.
The core functions of state and local government (in no particular sequence) can be broadly summarized as:
In no particular sequence (and this is not an exhaustive list), other important issues include:
Economic development is dependent on free-flowing highways. Although great progress has been made, much more needs to be and will be done. In addition to the SR-32 planned (and recently completed) improvements, I support expanding I-275 from Milford to I-71. These projects will address the heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic problems. I also support the Eastern Bypass concept. It could run from Boone County in Northern Kentucky through Clermont to Warren County. The completion of these projects will make Clermont County a much more inviting location for economic development.
Another thing that is important to my constituents are individual issues that they might be having with state agencies or local governments. They contact me for help and I do what I can. Often times, I’ll drive out to their homes or businesses to personally meet with them to see the concern for myself. Depending on the problem, I might also invite a local government official to go with me. People appreciate that kind of personal service from their elected officials. It is not uncommon that someone will approach me at a festival or restaurant to thank me for solving their problem.
Clermont Sun: You have the moniker of being the "most conservative lawmaker" in Ohio: what does it mean to be a conservative in 2018, at the state and local level?
Becker: It is the media who calls me one of the most conservative members of the General Assembly and they are right. I'm a member of what we call the "Caveman Caucus." Our group is similar to the "Freedom Caucus" in Washington. We are the principled conservatives who are serious about it; rather than the "establishment conservatives" who are more about political expediency.
The principles of fiscal and social conservatism have not changed. Those values are self-evident. We sometimes argue amongst ourselves over tactics and process; not the end goal.
Clermont Sun: Continuing from the above, what would you say is your proudest conservative accomplishment in Columbus?
Becker: If I had to pick one "conservative accomplishment," it was the identification, discovery, and defeat of a piece of liberal legislation. It had gone through the committee process and was scheduled for a floor vote. It appeared that I was the only one who had actually read the bill. I brought up my concerns and was repeatedly told that the bill was innocuous and that I was wrong. I stood alone and persisted with my objections. I presented evidence for my case and others began to read the bill with my concerns in mind. That same day the bill was killed. It was an epic moment complete with high-fives and pats on the back from my conservative colleagues. I was a hero for a day.
As a recognition of my conservative accomplishments, I was honored with the prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award (April 2015) by Citizens for Community Values.
Other accomplishments include constituent needs and sometimes legislation to address those needs. The following are examples of legislative successes:
The gun bills that I've had signed into law are HB 130-191 that got amended into HB 130-234. Both of them were my bills. The former repealed what was effectively a large capacity magazine ban. Prior to HB 130-191, state law did not allow a firearm to hold more than 31 rounds. The Senate amended that bill into HB 130-234. It allows the use of suppressors (silencers) on guns while hunting game birds or wild quadrupeds (four-legged animals). The final version of HB 130-234 expanded reciprocity and streamlined the licensure process for concealed carry. All of that is now current law.
I also successfully got LSC-130-2047 amended into HB 131-240. The story behind that began with a tragic suicide. A Union Township widow wanted the gun returned to the family. I got involved to help cut through the bureaucratic red tape and eventually got her gun returned to her. My LSC-130-2047 was an amendment to a coroner's bill (HB 131-240) to ensure that, in the future, such property can be returned to the family in a timelier manner. That is now current law.
A Miami Township family reached out to me regarding their son's inability to find gainful employment due to his criminal record. The issue was that his record could not be sealed. They insisted that an inequity was involved and that their son was not being fairly served by the justice system. Upon researching his specific case and the law at that time, I concluded that his parents were correct. The problem wasn't with the courts; the problem was the law. Rather than writing a bill to solve the problem, I found a more effective approach. I wrote amendment LSC-131HB56-0267 and worked with the sponsor of HB 131-56 to get the amendment inserted into the bill. Success! The amendment passed the committee. The bill passed the General Assembly. The amendment is now current law and a Miami Township family is now very happy.
Future legislation might address other constituent issues that I'm currently working on.
Additionally, my HB 132-233 (DEFEND) passed the Ohio House by a 65 to 31 vote. That's a super majority win. It had 51 original co-sponsors including the Speaker of the House and the entire Republican leadership team. The bill decriminalizes so-called "gun free zones" for concealed handgun licensees. HB 132-233 is currently being considered in the Senate Government Oversight committee.
All of those accomplishments require collaboration and good working relationships with colleagues.
Clermont Sun: The local government fund seems to be a hot issue among local leaders right now. What is your position on it and dealing with Columbus?
Becker: I've been hearing about the local government fund (LGF) cuts from our local elected officials for years. I was initially skeptical of the impact because it was my understanding that the cuts were a small percentage of their general revenue fund (GRF). It has since come to my attention that the LGF and the cuts had a much greater impact on smaller and rural government entities (e.g., Wayne, Stonelick, and Goshen Townships) than the large urban and suburban governments (e.g., Union and Miami Townships). The rural governments are much more stressed to maintain basic services such as the purchase of road salt and asphalt. To partially rectify this inequity, I am currently drafting LGF supplement legislation. Taking the incrementalism approach, the bill will appropriate $25 million to the townships. It is annual and ongoing. Future legislation might include the county governments and municipalities.
Part of the problem that artificially inflates costs of construction and road maintenance is the prevailing wage. Taxpayers pay more to get less because state law often times requires local governments to pay "union" rather than market based fair wages. Therefore, to assist the taxpayers and Ohio's state and local governments, my LGF supplement bill repeals the prevailing wage law.
Clermont Sun: What's your view on the inter-party politics playing out in Clermont County the last two years between, let's call it, the David Uible faction and the Chris Hicks faction?
Becker: Clermont County politics has a reputation for being "unique." (Other adjectives are less kind.) I try to stay out of the controversies and seek to get along with everybody. (I'm not always successful at that.) Regarding the Uible/Hicks controversy, I made it clear that I firmly stood with party leadership. David Uible was the chairman at that time. During the primary election, I was concentrating on my own campaign. However, I was not shy about voicing my support for Linda Fraley for re-election for Clermont County Auditor.
Clermont Sun: As we both know, Clermont is a rather red district, but in any event, how are you feeling about your chances against Patricia Lawrence in November?
Becker: My opponent is very impressive. She is smart and effective at articulating her platform. Additionally, she shows good temperament, is personable, likable, and easy to get along with.
Her endorsements by a collective of labor unions, gun control, and left-wing, pink hat-wearing, feminist pro-abortion groups, including Planned Parenthood proves that she is a liberal. The people of Clermont County vote Republican because of their conservative values. I have no reason to believe that this election cycle will be any different than the past. I feel good about my chances of prevailing.
Clermont Sun: Is there anything else you'd like to say?
Becker: As a member of the majority party in Columbus, I have a seat at the table creating and influencing legislation. That is a key advantage for Clermont County. I am consistently recognized as one of Ohio's most conservative lawmakers. That is because I am vocal about defending and promoting the conservative values of Clermont County in Columbus.
My growing list of endorsements and proclamations of support includes:
Pro-Life and Grassroots Values Voters Endorsements
TEA Party, Liberty, and Tax Voters
Military and Veterans Voters
To learn more, please visit www.BeckerGOP.com, e-mail me at John@BeckerGOP.com, call my office at 614-466-8134, or call me at home at 513-753-6440. You can also find me on Facebook at /BeckerGOP. Let me know if you'd like to subscribe to my monthly newsletter: "The Becker Report." I am the candidate who is vetted, tested, and proven. I humbly ask for your vote on November 6th to continue serving the people of House District 65. Clermont County is my home, and I want every current and future resident of our community to feel that their views are considered in the Statehouse. I look forward to the honor of doing so the next two years.
Becker Bills in the Ohio House of Representatives
- Public Sector Right to Work - This bill was assigned to the and has had no hearings.
- Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths (DEFEND). It decriminalizes so-called "gun free zones" for Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders. This bill passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate. It is in the and has had no hearings.
- Eliminates the Ohio Marriage Penalty. It is in the It has no opposition and is awaiting an up or down vote.
- Replica Title Bill. It is in the and has had one hearing.
: Private-sector Right-to-Work – No worker should be required to subsidize a union as a condition of employment. Furthermore, this amendment will tell the world that Ohio is "open for business." This is in the and has had no hearings.
: Public-sector Right-to-Work – This legislation is about freedom of association. Like for the private sector, no worker should be required to subsidize a union as a condition of employment. This is in the and has had no hearings.
: Public-sector Prevailing Wage – Repeals the requirement for taxpayers to pay artificially inflated wages, rather than those that are market-based. This is in the and has had no hearings.
: Public-sector Paycheck Protection – This amendment prohibits state and local government employers from withholding union dues or fees from workers' wages. Additionally, unions will be prohibited from spending workers' money on political activities without workers' consent. This is in the and has had no hearings.
: Public-sector Project Labor Agreements – This legislation is the Michigan model approved by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. State and local government entities will be prohibited from minimizing competition for construction projects by requiring that only union or non-union labor can be considered. A level playing field will be required. This is in the and has had no hearings.
: Public-sector Union Recertification – Requires annual reconsideration and recertification of workers' bargaining units. This amendment will open up competition for new bargaining units, will give workers a chance to have their voices heard, and will make union leadership accountable to their membership. This is in the and has had no hearings.
- Truth in advertising for property tax levies. It is in the and has had one hearing.
- Average Wage Fully Uniform Law (AWFUL) - Sets legislative salaries to Ohio's household median income. It is in the State and Local Government Committee and has had one hearing.
- Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths - Teachers With Options (DEFEND-TWO) - Largely eliminates so-called "gun free zones." They are the most dangerous places in America. The bill is in the Federalism Committee and has had one hearing.
- Double Dippers Inappropriately Privileged (DDIP) - Elected officials as well as state and local government employees will no longer be able to be working in the public sector and retired at the same time. Current retirees and survivor benefits are exempted.
GOP rally at HQ in Batavia beginning at 2 PM. Jim Ranacci is expected from 4 PM to 5 PM.
Union Township Republican election material pickup at the Civic Center at 7 PM.
Election Day from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM.
Celebrate Life Banquet at Cinti Marriott N- Union Centre: 6189 Mulhauser Rd, W Chester Twp beginning at 5:30 PM.
Pacesetter Awards dinner at the Oasis beginning at 5:30 PM
"First Friday" Luncheon at McCormick & Schmick's.
A Caring Place banquet and auction at the Oasis beginning at 5:30 PM.
80th Annual Jaycees Christmas Parade in Portsmouth.
Miami Twp. Christmas Parade at Scene 75.
15th Annual Light Up Goshen Parade
Becker for State Representative -
Vetted, Tested, and Proven!
"Becker has a legitimate claim as the state's most conservative legislator," according to The [Cleveland] Plain Dealer (September 2017).
"Rep. John Becker, suburban Cincinnati Republican… [holds] the unofficial title as the General Assembly's most conservative lawmaker," proclaimed the Columbus Dispatch (September 2015).
Becker wins prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award (April 2015).
"GOP Ohio House freshman Becker is no shrinking violet," headlined the Columbus Dispatch (December 2014).
"Becker...is arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House," said The Cincinnati Enquirer (January 2014).
Ranked as a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).
If the above Donate button
does not work, use the button at .
You could for FREE! You may know that an Ohio Income Tax $50 per taxpayer dollar-for-dollar tax CREDIT (It is $100 on a joint return.) is available every year. The "Ohio political contributions credit" is on line 9 of your Ohio IT 1040 Schedule of Credits. Simply claim it on your state of Ohio tax return and get your money back. Contributions to candidates for State Representative (and other "state offices") qualify for this credit. That is why it will cost you nothing. I'm Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Limited Government and Lower Taxes. Please see the following brief videos:
Did this newsletter get sent to you by someone other than me? If
so, please let me know at and I will add you to my distribution list. That will ensure that
you get it in a timelier manner. You may also forward this to your friends.
Let me know if you would like to unsubscribe. This issue and back issues are available at: .
Nothing in this newsletter constitutes legal advice. I am not an attorney and do not play one on TV. This newsletter is not sanctioned by the GOP, ORP, or any organization, or affiliation. I am fully and solely responsible for its content. Although I strive for accuracy, this is not "The Gospel according to John." Additionally, I don't necessarily try to be "fair and balanced." After all, I didn't get into politics to be a news reporter. My agenda is to influence public policy consistent with Southern Ohio conservative values. For more information on my motivations or how to get involved, see:
Pro-Life | Pro-Gun | Limited Government | Lower Taxes