Senator Richard H. Finan, former president of the Ohio Senate, primarily advises clients on government relations and legislation issues.
Senator Finan was first elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1973 and joined the Ohio Senate in 1978. He served as president of the Ohio Senate from 1997 to 2003. He is currently the Mayor of the Village of Evendale, Ohio.
With thirty-plus years of public service, Senator Finan:
He currently serves as director of Ohio Cemetery Foundation; Rest Haven Cemetery Association and the Warren County Arts and Culture Center. He is the co-chairman of the Trust for Democracy; and co-chair of the Government Cooperation & Efficiency Project and Hamilton County Planning Partners. Senator Finan is on the board of directors of CET Public Television, Cincinnati Observatory Center, Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, and The National Conference of State Legislatures Foundation. He is also a member of multiple organizations and committees, including Cincinnati Bar Association; Sharonville, Reading, Hamilton County and Sycamore Township Republican clubs.
Senator Finan served as president of the National Conference of State Legislatures in 1997 and continues to be active in that organization as well as the Council of State Governments. He was a member of the board of trustees of the University of Dayton for more than twenty-seven years, having served as chair of this board for a portion of his tenure. His past associations include Ohio Republican Senate Campaign Committee, chair; Union Central Life Insurance Board; Downtown Knights of Columbus Luncheon Club, president; Cincinnati Chapter of University of Dayton National Alumni Association, president; St. Rita School for the Deaf, trustee; Southwestern Ohio Catholic Social Services.
In addition to other numerous honors throughout his career, Senator Finan has been named Legislator of the Year for: Ohio Trial Lawyers Association, 1975; Township Clerks & Trustees Associations, 1976; Ohio Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, 1996; and Association of Builders and Contractors, 2002. He was named one of Columbus Monthly magazine’s Five Best Legislators in 1982, 1986, 1988. In 2009, he was inducted into the Association of Ohio Commodores by Governor Strickland for his work in economic development.
Senator Finan was also the recipient of the William M. Bulger Award for Excellence in State Legislative Leadership from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 through 1956 in the G-2 Intelligence Division and was the appointed civilian aide to the secretary of the army for Ohio from 2001 through 2003. He was awarded an honorary degree from Xavier University in 2000 and joined Calfee’s Government Relations and Legislation group in 2003.