John Patrick Carney

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John Patrick Carney
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 22nd district
In office
January 5, 2009-December 31, 2014
Preceded by Jim Hughes
Succeeded by David J. Leland
Personal details
Born (1976-03-28) March 28, 1976 (age 42)
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Residence Columbus, Ohio
Alma mater Ohio State University
Profession Attorney
Religion Catholic

John Patrick Carney is a former Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 22nd District from 2009 to 2014. In September 2013, Carney announced his intention to run for Auditor of the State of Ohio in the 2014 election, which he would ultimately lose.[1]

Life and career

Carney is the eleventh of twelve children and has lived his entire life in Ohio. In 1998 he received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and in 2001 he received a J.D. from the same school.[2] He has a wife, Jennifer, and two young daughters. He is a health care attorney and currently is employed at Porter, Wright, Morris and Arthur Limited Liability Partnership.

Ohio House of Representatives

Carney first decided to run for the Ohio House in 2006 when the 22nd District was first considered a potential pick-up for Democrats. Carney ended up losing to incumbent Jim Hughes by about 3,000 votes.[3]

With his strong showing in 2006, Carney decided to run again in 2008. This time, however, Hughes was out of the race. After facing no opposition in the primary, Carney went on to face insurance agent Michael Keenan in the general election.[4] This time around, Carney was the focus of many negative attack ads.[5] In the end, Carney proved victorious the second time around, besting Keenan by 8,500 votes.[6]

In his freshman term, Speaker of the House Armond Budish appointed Carney to Finance and Appropriations, including the Subcommittee on Transportation and Justice, as well as the Health, Insurance, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees.

In 2010, Carney ran for reelection against Republican Angel Rhodes, Libertarian Mark Noble and Corey Ansel of the Party for Socialism and Liberation. He went on to beat Rhodes by about 3,500 votes.[7] Currently, he serves as ranking member of the Insurance Committee, and as a member of the Finance and Appropriations Committee and the Transportation Subcommittee, and the Health and Aging Committee. He is also a member of the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, and the Joint Legislative Committee on Medicaid Technology and Reform.

Carney won a third term in 2012 with 67.73% of the vote over Republican Andy Hall.

Policies, positions and initiatives

Carney has become a vocal opponent in regards to Representative Matt Huffman's plan to phase out the state's insurance-verification program, sends about 5,400 letters each week to random Ohio drivers asking them to mail back proof of vehicle insurance.[8]

He has also been critical of Governor of Ohio John Kasich's plan to privatize the Ohio Department of Development, acknowledging the lack of disclosure such an initiative brings.[9] He has also acknowledged that the Legislative Service Commission confirmed that the bill would allow JobsOhio to spend DOD funding without Controlling Board approval or seeking further approval from the legislature.[10]

Carney is against Kasich's biennium budget plan, and has stated that he believes the cuts made to local government will lead to an increase in local property taxes.[11] He also has pointed out potential difficulties that he claims the budget brings to public schools,[12] and is in favor of providing any relief possible to the cuts proposed.[13]

Candidacy for Ohio State Auditor

On September 10, 2013, Carney announced his candidacy for Auditor of the State of Ohio in the 2014 election, challenging Republican Dave Yost.[1][14] Carney was defeated on November 4, 2014 by the incumbent Yost, who received 57% of the vote.[15][16]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Siegel, Jim (September 10, 2013). "Rep. John Patrick Carney announces state auditor run". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved September 10, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "John Patrick Carney - House District 22". The Ohio House of Representatives. Retrieved June 23, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Blackwell, Kenneth 2006 general election results (2006-11-07)
  4. Carney, Keenan face off in House race
  5. Attack ads unpopular but effective, party official says
  6. Brunner, Jennifer 2008 general election results (2008-11-04)
  7. Brunner, Jennifer 2010 general election results (2010-11-02)
  8. Ohio's auto-insurance tests unfair, lawmaker says[dead link]
  9. Vote to privatize Ohio development looms
  10. JobsOhio Passes House Floor Vote; Advances to the Senate
  11. Siegel, Jim (2011-03-17). "Budget uses accounting maneuvers". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-03-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Siegel, Jim (2011-03-24). "Schools can adjust to cuts, Kasich education official tells lawmakers". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-03-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Siegel, Jim (2011-04-13). "Higher tax revenue might ease state's budget cuts". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-04-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Carney for Auditor of State". Campaign Web site. Carney for Ohio. Retrieved September 10, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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