Faith, Family & Freedom

Tracy Richardson

is a dedicated and caring state leader, mother, wife, and soldier. Currently serving her first term at the Ohio Statehouse, she represents Union and Marion counties. A West Point graduate, Richardson earned a Bronze Star after deploying in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. The proud parents of three sons, Richardson and her husband Chris, who works at Honda, have called Marysville home since 1998.

Prior to being elected to the House, Richardson served for nine years on Marysville City Council, worked as a human resources professional for a Fortune 500 company, and taught leadership as a ROTC Professor at Capital University and Ohio Wesleyan University. She is presently a US Army Reservist assigned as a Military Academy Liaison Officer for the U.S. Military Academy Admissions Department.

Richardson sits on the Finance, Armed Services and Veterans Affairs, and Higher Education standing committees in the Ohio House of Representatives. Within the Finance Committee, she is a member of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Development, and Natural Resources. She has also been appointed to the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Board, the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, the Ohio Legislative Children’s Caucus, and the Study Committee on Ohio School Report Cards.

Richardson actively supports her local schools and is a dedicated member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, where she cantors and helps at vacation Bible school.

Why I Am Running

My grandmother worked as a seamstress in a factory. My grandfather was an Irish Immigrant who became a successful businessman. To both of them, America was the land of opportunity and freedom.

Growing up, I learned the spirit of service, love of God and love of country from my family, who inspired me to seek admission to West Point and to serve our nation’s military. I was taught that we need to give back to our community and to our country.

That spirit of service has guided me for the past nine years as a member of Marysville City Council. I am also passionate about living my faith and volunteering at both my church and within our local school district. With our current state representative, Dorothy Pelanda, not running for re-election, I have been humbled by the outpouring of encouragement I have received to run for the Ohio House of Representatives.

I am running for state representative to serve our community in Columbus because I care. I want to be the one you know and trust to be your voice, a responsible voice, on the issues that matter most to you. Working respectfully with others to find good solutions to tough problems is a priority for me. I pledge to listen, to work hard and to serve with honor and integrity.