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Government Affairs in Action
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We work to better our community, the university, and make a positive impact on the State of Ohio.

Through the Morrill Act of 1862, the state of Ohio received grants in the form of federal lands. The state used the proceeds from selling those federal lands to establish a public institution, fulfilling the act's provisions and eventually becoming Ohio State University. Our staff works with officials at the local, state, and federal level to advocate for legislation related to higher education, strong support for university research, and maintain strong relationships with our government partners. This page provides information on how you can engage with local, state, and federal officials through our team and access available resources.

Engage with Government

We engage with public officials on policies that affect the university as well as track legislation on a wide variety of issues including student aid; government-funded research; academic medicine; and technology and innovation. Additionally, we are a resource and foster partnerships between government, community leaders and the university. 

Meet our team
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Government Affairs

Local Relations

The Ohio State Local Relations team, led by Trudy Bartley, represents the University by building and maintaining relationships with the local community, local elected and appointed officials and their staff, and key community leaders. Activities include identifying emerging issues and legislation to Ohio State and local communities to recommend strategies and advocate the University's position.

 

LOCAL RESOURCES

The City of Columbus, Franklin County, and local governments across the state are available to assist its constituents. Click below to learn more about local government offices and its elected officials.

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Engage on a local issue

Do you have an issue involving local government or the Columbus community? Please click below to contact us.

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State Relations

The Ohio State University State Relations team, led by Brian Perera, works to build and maintain productive relationships with state public officials and their staffs. The team works with members of the Governor's Office, other statewide elected officeholders, the Ohio General Assembly, and state agencies regarding legislative, regulatory, and budget actions impacting the University. Activities include identifying emerging issues and legislation to Ohio State and to recommend strategies and advocate the University's position.

 

STATE RESOURCES

The following links will connect you to state agencies and the General Assembly to access information about state government, find your state representatives, and learn about pending legislation and policies.

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Engage on a state issue

Do you have an issue involving the General Assembly, state agencies, or the state of Ohio? Please click below to contact us.

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Federal Relations

The Office of Federal Affairs, led by Stan Skocki, supports The Ohio State University through the pursuit of public policy outcomes that strategically benefit the University. Located in Washington, D.C., this office represents the University by building and maintaining relationships with federal policymakers.  The Ohio State federal relations agenda includes advocacy efforts related to higher education issues as well as research.  The Office of Federal Relations engages with Congress, the White House, and federal department and agencies. 


In addition, the Office of Federal Relations is an active participant with national higher education associations, including the American Council on Education (ACE), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-Grand Universities (APLU), the Council of Graduate Schools, The Science Coalition, the Energy Sciences Coalition, the Coalition for National Security Research, the Coalition for National Science Funding, and the AdHoc Tax Group.

 

FEDERAL RESOURCES

The federal government offers a wide variety of resources, often through your member of Congress. The links below will help you learn more about what the federal government offers, find your Member of Congress and Senators, and discover local attractions and tour scheduling if you are traveling to Washington, D.C.

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Engage on a federal issue

Do you have an issue involving Congress or federal agencies? Please click below to contact us.

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