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 and is 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 and 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. In one case that Dolan prosecuted the defense attorney characterized him as “one of the nicest, meanest guys I’ve ever met” following a criminal trial.
Senator Dolan previously served three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives which included parts of Cuyahoga County and Geauga county. While in the House, he served as Chairman of the Finance and Appropriations Committee and worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass a near 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.
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.
His personal heroes include his father Larry and Uncle Charles Dolan who are in sports and entertainment and committed to charitable causes and the late President George H.W. Bush and Governor and Senator George V. Voinovich. He believes in the old-fashioned values of hard work and giving back to the community.
Senator Dolan lives in Chagrin Falls with his wife Jessica and their children Sam and Maddox. He likes to read, exercise, attend Indians baseball games, and watch his wife compete in equestrian world championships.