Who Am I?

I was born in the Beechwold area of Columbus, Ohio in 1967.  I am the oldest of two sons born to a mother and father who were both teachers.  We moved to north Columbus, just off Karl Road, in the early 1970s, then relocated to Westerville in the mid-1970s.  I was class valedictorian when I graduated from Westerville South High School in 1986.

I have lived in the 12th Congressional District ever since, except for the years when I attended Ohio University (graduated 1989) and The Ohio State University (Law School class of 1992).  On graduation, I accepted a position in private practice at a law firm in Newark, Ohio, became a partner in the firm in 1998, and left the firm in 1999 to start my own firm.   A large part of my practice is devoted to real estate law, so I formed Jonathan Properties, Ltd. in 2000 and have invested in real estate.  I never missed a payment during the recession.

I have been married for 23 years, but not all to one woman.  My wife Janet was born and raised here in Newark, and we are celebrating our tenth anniversary in November, 2017.  She has one child and I have two, all of whom are grown.  Her son and his wife are expecting their second child any day now.

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