"Jonathan Veley is a lifelong resident of Ohio’s 12th Congressional District."
He was born on December 1, 1967 in the Beechwold area of north Columbus, the son of two teachers. In 1975, his family moved to Westerville, where he graduated from Westerville South High School in 1986.
He attended Ohio University in Athens, graduating with a degree in journalism from the Honors Tutorial College in 1989. “Most of the time during my internship at The Pittsburgh Press, I was writing about what lawyers were doing,” Veley said, so he applied for and was accepted to law school at The Ohio State University, from which he graduated in 1992.
After law school, Veley moved to Newark and went into private practice at the law firm of Reese, Pyle, Drake & Meyer, becoming a partner in 1998. In 1999, he opened his own law firm practicing primarily in the areas of real estate, probate, estate planning and litigation. In 2000, he began a small real estate investment company which owns and manages both commercial and residential real estate investments. He never missed a payment during the crisis, while he watched his tax dollars go to bail out the very banks that threatened his livelihood as well as that of some of his clients.
Most of Veley’s practice involves estate planning and real estate, and he has earned a reputation as an attorney who works to solve problems efficiently rather than profit from a fight. He also has handled multi-million dollar commercial foreclosures, and his efforts were instrumental in saving a small community bank which nearly failed after the 2008 recession.
Through his professional life and his personal life as a self-employed businessman,Veley knows how big government negatively affects ordinary people.
"His mission for 25 years has been to protect clients, and when he is elected, those clients will be the people of the 12th District – all of the people. "
In his spare time, Veley is an amateur historian who collects and researches antique writing instruments, about which he has written four books and created an online blog. He also enjoys working on his antique cars, rides motorcycles as time permits and he has recently returned to his love of road bicycling, riding TOSRV (the Tour of the Scioto River Valley) after a 20-year break in 2017.
Veley has two daughters, and his wife Janet has a son. They have two grandchildren and a third on the way.