|Education||Xavier University – Bachelors of Science – Economics Degree- 1984 Catholic University School of Law – J.D. 1987|
|Employer||Jennifer Garrison LLC- (Attorney-At- Law) representing the Southeastern Ohio Landowners Association|
|Family||Spouse - Russ Garrison
Children – Emily (21), Sam (20), and Max (14)
|Family in office?||None|
|Reasons for running||Like many people I believe Washington is broken and it’s time to solve problems, and for the hard working folks of Ohio’s Sixth Congressional District to have a fighter for our middle class families again. Washington has not focused enough on jobs, job security, and the kitchen table issues that our neighbors and families face every day.
Additionally, the oil and gas found in the Marcellus and Utica shale is a game changer for the region which will create good paying jobs, create wealth for area landowners and lead the United States to become energy independent. My experience in the private sector negotiating oil and gas leases on behalf of 1200 landowners will be extremely valuable in congress. Congressman Johnson seems only interested in representing the oil and gas companies, not looking out for the landowners also.
|Priorities||Develop relationships with people in both parties, so I can do the job the voters sent me to Washington to accomplish.
I plan to work on job creation opportunities, and reduce the tax burden on middle class families.
Protect social security.
Pass a highway bill as the current highway bill expires in 2014.
Congress needs to stick to a long term plan to reduce our debt. When President Clinton left office, our country had a surplus and we were on our way to paying off our nation’s debt.
Congress needs to raise the federal minimum wage.
Extend Unemployment benefits.
Urge the administration to approve the Keystone Pipeline.
|Qualifications||First and foremost - I have a heart for the people I want to represent. Unlike Congressman Johnson who moved into the district in 2011, I have lived in the area for 24 years, raised my three children here, know the people, and understand the issues.
I have a history of results in both the private and public sector. I represented 5 of the 18 counties in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2005-2010.
Whether it’s been improving education funding for rural Ohio, keeping utility rates low for consumers and manufacturers, or demanding transparency from the legislature, I have a track record of working across party lines to get results.
In the private sector, I formed the Southeastern Ohio Landowners Association (SEOLA) in 2011 and in the past 3 years have negotiated 12 large oil and gas group lease transactions on over 80,000 acres in eastern Ohio bringing approximately $300 million to the landowners with good land and water protections. I understand the issues the oil and gas development will have on the region economically from the creation of jobs to stress on our roads, bridges and water. I want to insure local governments have the resources they need to be prepared.
|Positions on the issues||The most relevant issue today for congress is to pass budgets and fund government in a way that facilitates job creation.
I support preserving Social Security and Medicare.
I support passing a highway bill- roads and bridges need maintained every year and it expires in 2014.
I support a diversified energy portfolio from coal to oil and gas and wind and solar energy with the goal to make our nation energy independent.
I support working toward a bi-partisan plan that reduces the national debt.
I support legislation that creates a climate where jobs are created. I support the Keystone Pipeline and urge the administration to give final approval.
I support an extension of unemployment benefits.