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Thursday, April 30, 2020 2:22 AM

Reineke Wins Ohio Senate District 26 Primary

Ohio Senate: Reineke tops Ackison in 26th district primary

State Rep. Bill Reineke cruised to a comfortable victory in the Republican Party primary for the 26th District seat in the Ohio Senate.

Reineke, a Seneca County car dealership owner, collected 64.8% percent of votes cast in the district to defeat Union County business owner Melissa Ackison by 11,237 votes (24,599 to 13,362), according to the unofficial tally Tuesday.

Absentee ballots will be accepted until May 8. They must be postmarked April 27 to be counted.

“I want to thank the voters for their confidence and trust that they have placed in me to be the Republican nominee for Ohio’s 26th Senate District," Reineke said in a prepared statement. "I have thoroughly enjoyed representing the great people of the 88th House District since 2015 and appreciate the support of so many constituents that have collaborated with me to accomplish great things for Seneca and Sandusky counties.

"I look forward to continuing that strong collaboration with the citizens of all seven counties in this district to continue to bring a great deal of focus on conservative solutions to our most pressing issues."

Read the rest of the story here:

Friday, April 17, 2020 11:12 AM

Op-Ed: Safely Putting Ohioans Back to Work

Op-Ed: Safely Putting Ohioans Back to Work
Dear Friends,
Since March, I have been working with the Governor's administration on ways to reopen our economy. Today, the Governor announced that we will likely start to reopen some parts of our state on May 1. This is welcome news across Ohio!
I wanted to share with you an editorial I recently wrote and shared with our newspapers throughout the district. I'm proud to be a part of the solution to moving our state forward and I look forward to hearing any additional feedback you have!
-Bill Reineke

The coronavirus crisis has turned the lives of Ohioans upside down. In recent months, we have all found ourselves in unprecedented territory.We’ve seen the majority of Ohio’s businesses close or make serious adjustments to their operations, families and teachers adjust to distance learning, and our healthcare and essential workers demonstrate incredible commitment and courage through it all. More than 850,000 people have filed for unemployment in the past four weeks, which is more than the entire number of jobless claims the past two years combined. As State Representative, I’m working tirelessly to help our state through this so we can emerge from this crisis even stronger than before.
In the state legislature, we took immediate action to curb the impact of the virus by passing emergency legislation that expands access to medical treatment for those who are sick, eases regulatory burdens for employers, delays tax filing season by three months, and ensures local governments can still serve our citizens during the crisis.
However, we all know that beating the virus is only the start and we will be left to clean up the mess it has left in its path. We must ensurethat our economy is able to bounce back as quickly as possible once we have the green light to safely reopen. Very soon, we need to take the next step towards reopening and recovery.
Since March, I’ve been working with my colleagues in the legislature on reopening plans and have been in constant communication with the Governor’s office regarding the devastating closure of Ohio’s businesses. From the employers who can no longer open their doors to the employees who are without a paycheck, these closures have caused a tremendous strain on our local communities.
As a business owner myself, I’m working every day to ensure the health and safety of my employees and their families during these unprecedented times while also understanding their financial obligations.In all my years in business, this has been without question, one of the most difficult times we have faced.
However, we are now beginning to see data that shows distancing measures are working and I applaud Ohioans for making enormous sacrifices that have saved lives.Now that there clearly appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel, it’s time to get serious about a phased-in approach to opening our businesses and economy back up.
While the health and safety of every Ohioan is our number one priority, there’s no doubt that this current stay-at-home situation in our state is unsustainable.It’s time to put Ohio on a path towards renewed economic prosperity and we have a choice on how best to accomplish it. Some choose to scream and arm-chair quarterback those who are doing their best to protect Ohioans. The more effective and productive course is to identify practical, real-world solutions for the well-being of all Ohioans – including workers, job creators and families who are struggling.
I’ve shared with the administration that I believe our focus should be on helping small businesses reopen soon with proper social distancing such as restaurants and other retailers. By expanding the space between seating areas, setting up smaller maximum occupancy numbers, and increasing cleaning protocols for the staff, local businesses can reopen safely and people can get back to work.
Large employers have also been impacted by this shutdown, where some have furloughed employees, reduced normal store hours, or even closed entirely. This virus has impacted every Ohioan in some way in every county, which is why it is important that get the plans in place now before more businesses are forced to close permanently.
Additionally, doctors and surgeons are continually frustrated about their inability to perform surgeries and provide proactive healthcare outside of COVID-19 patients. If anyone knows how to sanitize their workspace and engage in aggressive safe workspace protocols, it’s doctors, nurses, and medical professionals. Several of us in the legislature have suggested reopening these medical facilities by appointment only or capping the number of people in at one time to give them some semblance of normalcy.
I am so grateful to the community leaders and business owners across Ohio who have shared their collective ideas for reopening our state with me. Your practical input is meaningful, helpful, and is being shared with administration officials. If you haven’t shared your constructive ideas, I want to hear from you as well. Please email me atRep88@ohiohouse.govand our Ohio 2020 Economic Recovery Task Force atOhio2020@ohiohouse.govand make your ideas known.
As a father, grandfather and business owner, I share the concerns, the frustrations, and the worry that so many of us are feeling.Our state and nation have never experienced anything like this before. None of this is easy, but wewillrecover. When we do, I am confident our economy and our state will emerge stronger and more resilient than ever before.
Bill Reineke
State Representative
State Representative Bill Reineke was raised in Fostoria and is the eldest of ten children. Reineke has spent his career in business in northwest Ohio, employing over 450 Ohioans. Reineke was first elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2014 and is a leader on workforce development issues. A 100% pro-life, pro-2ndAmendment conservative, Reineke is a thirty-year resident of Tiffin and is a proud father of his two adult daughters, Suzanne and Jacquelyn.

Sunday, March 29, 2020 12:22 PM

Ohio Extends Absentee Voting for 2020 Primary until April 28

Ohio has extended the 2020 Primary election by mail-in ballot only through April 28! Click this link and follow the directions to get your mail-in ballot. Once completed, mail the ballot to your county Board of Elections by April 27 to have your vote counted.



Friday, February 14, 2020 1:45 PM

Reineke Campaign Announces District-wide Ads

Monday, February 10, 2020 12:28 PM

Ohio Right to Life Endorses Bill Reineke for Ohio Senate

(TIFFIN)–State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin), conservative Republican candidate for Ohio Senate District 26, announced today that he has earned the endorsement of the Ohio Right to Life PAC. Representative Reineke has a 100% pro-life voting record in the Ohio House and is a co-sponsor of the Ohio Heartbeat Bill, that was signed into law this past year. Additionally, he voted to defund Planned Parenthood and voted for historic funding for Ohio's Parenting and Pregnancy Support Programs just last year.
“As a father of two wonderful daughters, I have never wavered from my pro-life stance and my 100% voting record reflects that,” Reineke said. “From defunding Planned Parenthood to co-sponsoring Ohio's Heartbeat Bill, it has been a privilege to work with Ohio Right to Life over the past four years and to have their endorsement.”
“The Ohio Right to Life PAC is proud to endorse Representative Bill Reineke for the Ohio Senate because he has tirelessly defended life throughout his career,” said Marshal Pitchford, Chairman of the Ohio Right to Life PAC. “He is ready to fight for the right to life of every Ohioan alongside our vibrant pro-life movement. We look forward to continue working with him to defend the most vulnerable in our society.”

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:00 AM

Congressman Jim Jordan Endorses Bill Reineke

February 5, 2020

(TIFFIN) – State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) announced today that Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Urbana) has endorsed him for his election to Ohio’s 26 th Senate District. The 26 th Senate District includes Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Sandusky, Seneca, Union and Wyandot Counties.

“Bill Reineke is a successful businessman and a principled conservative who has delivered results,” Jordan said. “I know Bill Reineke will fight for Ohio taxpayers in the State Senate and I’m proud to endorse his candidacy.”

During his time as the state representative for Seneca and Sandusky counties, Representative Reineke has worked closely with Congressman Jordan and his time on a number of issues facing our state.

“Congressman Jordan has been a loyal, conservative champion for the people of Ohio and I am honored to have his endorsement today,” Reineke said. “He is leading the fight to advance President Trump’s priorities in the United States Congress and I look forward to continue our work together as the next state senator for Ohio’s 26th Senate District.”

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 8:00 AM

Letter: Bill Reineke Highlights Pro-Life Position on Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Representative Reineke Cosponsored the Heartbeat Bill (as seen above).


As a man of faith and the father of two wonderful daughters, I am deeply disturbed the tremendous loss of life our country has faced thanks to a fateful decision from nearly five decades ago. On this day 47 years ago, the United States Supreme Court made a decision that continues to do us great harm as a country. In Roe v. Wade, the court used twisted logic to enshrine the right to have an abortion in the United States Constitution. Since that time, approximately 50 million unborn babies have been aborted.

In my time as a legislator since 2015, I have been proud to be endorsed by Ohio Right to Life in my past elections because of my steadfast resolve on this issue. As a state representative, I have voted for every piece of pro-life piece of legislation that received a vote in the Statehouse, including the Heartbeat bill (which prohibits an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected), defunding planned parenthood, and prohibiting abortions because of a Down Syndrome diagnosis.

I hope all of us in the pro-life community can be inspired by the progress that Ohio has made in the last several years, even with the knowledge that there is more work to do. Thankfully, we have a president committed to appointing pro-life judges and a governor who signed the Heartbeat bill and is unwavering in his commitment to the sanctity of life.

I am running for State Senate to make Ohio a more prosperous state for all of Ohio’s people and to protect the most innocent among us.

In God We Trust,

Representative Bill Reineke
Conservative Candidate for Ohio Senate District 26

Paid for by Friends of Bill Reineke

Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:00 AM

Rep. Bill Reineke Announces Opposition to Proposed Red Flag Law

(TIFFIN) – State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin), Republican candidate for Ohio’s 26th Senate District, issued a statement today reaffirming his strong support for Second amendment rights saying that he would vote “no” on the proposed “red flag” legislation pending in the Ohio General Assembly.

Rep. Reineke issued the following statement:

“I have been an unwavering supporter of the Second Amendment my entire life. All Americans are clearly and unequivocally given a Constitutional right to own and operate a firearm to protect themselves and their families. Red flag laws are government overreach and I am genuinely concerned that they would unduly chip away at law-abiding citizens’ Constitutional rights, which is something I simply cannot support.

Mental health issues are very important to me and we have worked tirelessly at the Statehouse to provide more funding and resources to assist in this crisis. I’m committed to continuing to work on mental health issues without infringing on individual Constitutional rights of Ohioans.”

During his time in the Statehouse, Bill Reineke has been a tireless defender of the 2nd Amendment. In each of his past elections, Bill Reineke has been consistently endorsed by Buckeye Firearms and A-rated by the National Rifle Association.

Friday, January 10, 2020 5:00 PM

Ohio Republican Party Endorses Bill Reineke for State Senate

(TIFFIN) – The Ohio Republican Party announced their endorsement of State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) today in his campaign for Ohio Senate District 26 in the March primary. The 26th District includes Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Sandusky, Seneca, Union, and Wyandot Counties. The endorsement comes just one day after Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken hosted President Donald Trump at filled-to-capacity rally in Toledo.

Of the endorsement, Reineke expressed gratitude.

“I deeply appreciate the support of Chairman Timken and leaders of the Ohio Republican Party for my State Senate campaign. I have been a conservative Republican my entire life and have consistently supported our shared values as a state representative. The Ohio Republican Party is one of the premier powerhouse organizations in the country, consistently electing conservatives all across our state. I’m grateful to the State Central Committee for their support and look forward to continue working with them now and in the future.”

The Ohio Republican Party endorsement follows a pattern of consistent conservative support for Reineke. Last summer, the Seneca County Republican Party endorsed Reineke unanimously. The campaign announced a team of conservative chairmen for each of the district’s seven counties, which include incumbent Senator Dave Burke and State Representative Riordan McClain. Last week, Reineke announced the endorsements from State Attorney General Dave Yost, State Treasurer Robert Sprague, and Auditor of State Keith Faber.

Thursday, January 2, 2020 10:57 AM

Reineke Endorsed by Statewide Republican Leaders

Attorney General Dave Yost, Auditor Keith Faber, and Treasurer Robert Sprague Endorse Bill Reineke for Ohio Senate
Support from statewide Republican leaders demonstrates continued momentum for Reineke into 2020 primary
For Immediate Release Contact: Caleb Stidham
January 2, 2020 (419) 366-5960
(TIFFIN)Ohio’s Attorney General Dave Yost, Auditor of State Keith Faber, and State Treasurer Robert Sprague today jointly announced their endorsement of State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) in his campaign for State Senate in the 26thDistrict’s March 2020 primary. The 26thDistrict includes Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Sandusky, Seneca, Union, and Wyandot Counties. These statewide elected Republicans lauded Reineke’s business experience and conservative voting record as a state legislator among the many reasons for their endorsements.
“Bill Reineke has an exemplary record as state representative,” said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, who previously served as a county prosecutor and two-term State Auditor. “Heistough on violent crime, supportive of law enforcement, and serious about tackling the opioid epidemic. Ohioans need Bill Reineke in theStateSenate to continue to work on these vital issues.”
Auditor of State Keith Faber, who previously served as President of the Ohio Senate, noted Reineke’s conservative record on fiscal issues. “Representative Reineke has fought against wasteful spending and bad budgeting,” Faber said. “It was a pleasure working with him in the General Assembly to balance the state budget and deliver tax cuts to all Ohioans. His business experience will continue to serve him well in the Ohio Senate.”
State Treasurer Robert Sprague, a former state representative who served with Reineke, also praised Reineke’s record. “I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to serve with my friend Bill Reineke in the Ohio House of Representatives for four years. Few people understand how government impacts business like Bill Reineke,” Sprague said. “In just a few short years, Bill has voted to cut taxes, put more resources into fighting the drug epidemic, and enhanced Ohio’s workforce development strategy to create jobs. I’m proud to stand alongside him and am grateful for his conservative approach to governing.”
Reineke said he is grateful for the support of our conservative Republican leaders.“This is a significant day for my campaign. I truly appreciate the support of these three leaders of our state. I have enjoyed working with the Attorney General, Auditor, and Treasurer on key issues affecting Ohioans, and look forward to building on that work in the Ohio Senate.”

Monday, November 25, 2019 10:06 AM

Reineke Campaign Releases First Commercial

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 1:30 PM

Momentum for Reineke Campaign Continues as County Chairs, “Women for Reineke” Chair Announced

Seneca News Daily

September 6, 2019

Momentum for Reineke Campaign Continues as County Chairs, “Women for Reineke” Chair Announced
Campaign builds on unmatched success in grassroots, fundraising

On the heels of news that more than $150,000 was raised in the first 100 days of his campaign, State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) announced that seven conservative community leaders will serve as county chairs for his campaign in Ohio’s 26th Senate District. Reineke also announced a “Women for Reineke” chair for the campaign.

"I’m extremely honored to have this team of well-respected conservative Republicans taking a leadership role in my campaign," Reineke said. “With their help, we will continue to promote our pro-job, pro-life, and pro-2nd Amendment campaign to every corner of the district.”

Reineke for Senate County Campaign Chairs are:

  • Crawford County – Matt Crall, Crawford County Prosecutor & Former GOP Chairman
  • Marion County – Ken Stiverson, Marion County Commissioner
  • Morrow County – Brenda Harden, Morrow County Community Leader
  • Sandusky County – Danny Sanchez, Mayor of Fremont
  • Seneca County – Mike Kerschner, Seneca County Commissioner
  • Union County – Dave Burke, State Senator, 26th District
  • Wyandot County – Riordan McClain, State Representative, 87th District

Bill knows how to work hard and get things done for our area,” said Reineke’s Seneca County Campaign Chair Mike Kerschner. “I’m proud to be a part of Bill’s campaign team and I’m looking forward to helping him win so we can keep a strong conservative representing us in Columbus.”

Women for Reineke: Rep. Reineke is excited to welcome small-business owner Jean Turner of Gibsonburg as the chair of Women for Reineke. Turner previously served as president of the Sandusky County Republican Women's group and as vice president of the northwest district of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women. In 2008, Turner was named to the board of directors for the National Federation of Republican Women.

“Jean has my utmost respect and admiration for her work supporting and leading quality Republican candidates in our area to victory,” said Reineke. “I was thrilled to have her join me during my announcement tour in April and her strong, conservative leadership is a fantastic addition to our campaign.”

Click here for the story as it appeared.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 4:54 AM

Reineke seeks state senate seat

FOSTORIA — State Rep. Bill Reineke, R-Tiffin, announced his candidacy for the 26th-district seat in the Ohio Senate Monday morning in his hometown of Fostoria.

Friday, September 14, 2018 6:12 AM

Guest column: E-school regulations aim to improve education for young Ohioans

Online schools, or e-schools, are a product of modern technology, providing students across the country with access to nontraditional education. These online schools are well suited for students who perhaps encountered difficulties in traditional school environments and have allowed young Ohioans to learn in the safety and familiarity of their own homes. In fact, in 2016, 180,000 students were served by e-schools across the country. Because of e-schools’ prevalence in our education system, it has become important to put in place proper checks and guardrails that ensure Ohio’s students receive the quality education they need and deserve.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 5:14 PM

Terra State and Vanguard-Sentinel partnership gives students head start

A new partnership between a local career school and community college is expected to save local families a lot of time and money.

Terra State Community College and Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers officially began a partnership to help develop better career pathways for their students on Wednesday.

The goal is to give these students a head start for potential jobs of the future.

"The other side of the issue is you look at our schools with over 30 percent remediation, we need to figure a better way to train our children so that they've got something that they can go forward with school," said Bill Reineke, state representative for Ohio's 88th District.

By Jonathan Monk, Reporter

Paid for by Friends of Bill Reineke.
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