About Matt Dolan

Matt Dolan is running to be the next state senator to represent State Senate District 24. If elected, Dolan will serve in the Ohio State Senate beginning in January 2017.

Dolan’s background in the private and public sectors is extensive as well as diverse.

He is a partner at the law firm of Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, where he represents business clients in a variety of matters, in addition to handling municipal law and real estate matters, including zoning and land use issues.

Dolan is also Vice President of 7th Avenue Properties, where he manages several area businesses as well as real estate properties. He has been an adjunct professor at the Case Western Reserve School of Law, as well as Kent State University’s Geauga Campus.

He is a former Chief Assistant Prosecutor for Geauga County and Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio.

Previously, Dolan was elected to three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the 98th District, which included parts of Cuyahoga County and Geauga County. While in the House, Dolan earned the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Finance and Appropriations Committee during his second term. In this role, Dolan worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass a nearly unanimous $54 billion budget that lowered taxes and reduced the size of government. Also while in office, Dolan made strides in the area of tax reform, spearheading a campaign that resulted in legislation reducing the kilowatt-hour tax and supporting tax credits that stimulate business growth. He was also the sponsor and chief advocate of the Great Lakes Compact.

Dolan is active in the community, serving on several boards, including the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, LifeAct, the Rio Grande University Board of Trustees and Cleveland Indians Charities. He also sits on the Case Western Reserve University Advisory Committee and the Cleveland Foodbank Strategic Planning Committee. Dolan is a member of the Cleveland City Club and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.

As a result of his public service, Dolan was selected as an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow. Identified by the program’s leadership as America’s emerging political leaders, Rodel Fellows participate in a two-year program focused on exploring the underlying values and principles of western democracy, the relationship between individuals and the community, and the responsibilities of public leadership.

Dolan is a graduate of Gilmour Academy, Boston College and Case Western Reserve School of Law.

Dolan is 51 years old and lives with his wife, Jessica, his son, Sam, and his stepson, Maddox, in Chagrin Falls.Falls.

Education

Boston College, A.B. History

Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.

Licensures

Ohio Supreme Court, Bar #0047356

Professional/Personal Associations

American Red Cross, Greater Cleveland Chapter, Board Member

Cleveland Council of World Affairs, Member

CWRU Government Advisory Group, Member

Cleveland City Club, Member

Aspen Institute, Rodel Fellow (2011)

Strategic Planning Committee Cleveland Food Bank

Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Board Member

University of Rio Grande, Board Member

Cleveland State University Foundation, Board Member

Suicide Prevention Education Alliance, Board of Trustees

Honors/Awards

BV Preeminent® 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell