Matthew J. Dolan is currently serving his first term as a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 24th District. Senator Dolan sits on five committees in the Ohio Senate: Energy & Natural Resources; Finance; Insurance and Financial Institutions; Judiciary; and Transportation, Commerce and Workforce. His election for a second term in the State Senate will be on November 3, 2020.
Senator Dolan’s background in the private and public sectors is extensive as well as diverse. He is currently a partner at the law firm of Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, where he represents business clients in a variety of matters. He 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.
Senator Dolan also served three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, representing Ohioans of the 98th House District, which included parts of Cuyahoga County and Geauga county. While in the House, he earned the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Finance and Appropriations Committee during his second term. In this role, he worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass a nearly unanimous $54 billion budget that lowered taxes and reduced the size of government. He made significant contributions 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.
Senator Dolan is active in the community, having served 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 sat on the Case Western Reserve University Advisory Committee and the Cleveland Foodbank Strategic Planning Committee. He is a member of the Cleveland City Club and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.
As a result of his public service Senator Dolan was selected as an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow, identified by the program’s leadership as America’s emerging political leaders.
Senator Dolan is a graduate of Gilmour Academy, Boston College and Case Western Reserve School of Law. He lives with his wife, Jessica, his son, Sam, and his stepson, Maddox, in Chagrin Falls.
Boston College, A.B. History Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.
Ohio Supreme Court, Bar #0047356
American Red Cross-Cleveland Chapter, Board Member
Cleveland Council of World Affairs, Member
CWRU Government Advisory Group, Member
Cleveland City Club, Member
Aspen Institute, Rodell Fellow (2011)
Strategic Planning Committee Cleveland Food Bank
Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Board Member
Rio Grande University, Board Member
Cleveland State University Foundation Board, Board Member
Suicide Prevention Education Alliance, Board of Trustees
BV Preeminent® 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
The 24th district includes the communities of Bay Village, Bentyleville, Berea, Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Chagrin Falls Village, Chagrin Falls Township, Fairview Park, Glenwillow, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Independence, Lyndhurst, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township, Oakwood Village, North Royalton, Moreland Hills, Rocky River, Seven Hills, Solon, Strongsville, Valley View, Walton Hills, and Westlake in Cuyahoga County.