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Statement from State Senator Matt Dolan

I won the election in 2016 on potential -- I won re-election tonight on validation of that potential. I am grateful and excited to continue representing Ohio’s 24th Senate District. My focus will remain the same. I will continue to work to create a vibrant economy while defeating COVID-19 with a scientific approach. I will maintain my bi-partisan approach to achieve quality schools, safe communities, a clean Lake Erie and an innovative energy policy. Thank you to the voters for the opportunity to serve. [Read More]

Statement from State Senator Matt Dolan2020-11-04T09:58:59-05:00

Cleveland.com Editorial Board Endorsement:

As a voice of moderation and an advocate for Greater Cleveland’s interests in Columbus, state Sen. Matt Dolan, a Chagrin Falls Republican, has been an asset for this region during the last four years as a state senator -- as he was in his earlier stint in the Ohio House. (Dolan left the House in 2010 to run unsuccessfully for Cuyahoga County executive.) A lawyer, Dolan’s gifts for complex budgeting and compromise were recognized in the Senate -- as they had been in the House -- when he [Read More]

Cleveland.com Editorial Board Endorsement:2020-10-06T15:10:16-04:00

Highland avoids deficit spending in June, thanks to HB164 

Highland Local School District Treasurer Neil Barnes told the board that state legislators voted to return  more than  half of state aid that the district had expected to lose by June 30. At the May school board meeting, Superintendent Catherine Aukerman reported Highland lost nearly 19 percent of its state funding  when Ohio’s education budget was cut by  $355 million. Since then, state legislators passed and Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 164, Barnes said, “which actually returned some of that initial cut of $913,000 to us. We [Read More]

Highland avoids deficit spending in June, thanks to HB164 2020-07-20T15:09:31-04:00

Matt’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement

I saw this post on social media, it summarizes how I feel: "You keep saying - it's horrible that an innocent black man was killed, but destroying property has to stop. Try saying - it's horrible that property is being destroyed, but killing innocent black men has to stop." I do not have all of the answers, but I know we must listen. The messages of activists across Ohio are being heard. Our country, our state, and our community can do better at addressing racial inequalities. Let's not [Read More]

Matt’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement2020-09-09T15:11:35-04:00


Senator Matt Dolan led the charge to pass House Bill 197 that continued vital state government operations, provided flexibility to schools for distance learning and responded to the COVID-19 global health emergency. Included in House Bill 197: Allowed school district flexibility and waived testing requirements. Filled healthcare workforce vacancies by creating a temporary license for new nursing graduates. Ensured Ohioan’s water supplies would not be shut off. Extended government-issued licenses and provided a 90-day window for renewal. Streamlined unemployment compensation benefits. DISTRIBUTING CRITICAL [Read More]


Ohio lawmaker says gun bill is good for both sides

Republican Ohio Senator Matt Dolan says it's time for Ohio to address the issue of gun violence in the state and believes his bill does exactly that. Image: Marcin Wichary "This bill addresses what the citizens of Ohio want us to address. We need to curb gun violence in our streets, we need to stop these mass shootings and we need to address that the majority of gun violence is suicide and this bill gives them help," he said. Senate Bill 221, which has the support of [Read More]

Ohio lawmaker says gun bill is good for both sides2019-12-06T14:46:52-05:00

STRONG Ohio bill will make a difference in controlling gun violence: Matt Dolan

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- The “STRONG Ohio” initiative to reduce gun violence is a meaningful response to Ohioans who demanded we “do something” about the all-too-frequent gun violence on our streets and in our homes, and to horrific events such as the mass shooting in Dayton. I agreed to be the sponsor of Gov. Mike DeWine’s gun reform bill because it is constitutional, effective and, most importantly, will save lives. AP Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, center, greets Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, left, before speaking at a news conference Monday, Oct. [Read More]

STRONG Ohio bill will make a difference in controlling gun violence: Matt Dolan2019-12-06T14:42:37-05:00

Lawmakers Strike Agreement On Transportation Budget, Send Measure To DeWine

After hitting several speedbumps along the way, the state's transportation budget is finally on the road to Gov. Mike DeWine's desk, fueled by a significant hike in gasoline and diesel taxes. Adoption of the $8.5 billion transportation budget (HB 62) comes two days after the March 31 deadline. Leaders of both chambers worked behind the scenes to reach a compromise on the size of a gas tax increase. They ultimately settled on 10.5 cents per gallon, bringing the total to 38.5 cents. That figure is closer to the House-passed [Read More]

Lawmakers Strike Agreement On Transportation Budget, Send Measure To DeWine2019-12-04T10:26:37-05:00

Obhof Names Dolan as Chair of Senate Finance Committee

COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced today that he will appoint Senator Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) as Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, the panel responsible for managing Ohio’s biennial state budget bill. “Matt brings an extensive and diverse knowledge of financial matters to the Statehouse from his experiences in both the public and private sectors,” said Obhof. “I value his commitment to an open and thorough review and debate of the state’s operating budget, one of the most complex and important pieces of legislation we will consider throughout [Read More]

Obhof Names Dolan as Chair of Senate Finance Committee2020-03-05T13:26:03-05:00

Ohio wind-energy setback reform equates to jobs: Matt Dolan

By Guest Columnist, cleveland.com CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- What if I told you that we could strengthen an industry that already employs more than 112,000 Ohioans while contributing billions of dollars to our national economy each year? Without even knowing what this industry is, most people would eagerly do whatever they could to add these jobs and economic investment. That industry is advanced energy. Advanced energy can unleash untold economic investment in Ohio while harnessing the power of Ohio-led innovation. Ohio can do more to support our energy sector [Read More]

Ohio wind-energy setback reform equates to jobs: Matt Dolan2019-12-04T10:33:05-05:00

Dolan Successful In Getting Blockchain Legislation Passed

  Cleveland.com | Andrew J. Tobias | June 27 CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio is close to becoming the latest state to offer legal support for blockchain-based business transactions, following a Wednesday vote by the state's General Assembly. The Ohio Senate on Wednesday night signed off on Senate Bill 222, cybersecurity legislation which Ohio House members had amended to include the blockchain language. The amendment updated existing Ohio law dealing with electronic transactions to also include blockchain-based transactions. It now will head to Gov. John Kasich for his signature. The concept previously was introduced [Read More]

Dolan Successful In Getting Blockchain Legislation Passed2019-12-04T10:15:19-05:00

Investing in the 21st Century Economy

Did you know that Ohio has more manufacturing companies constructing wind turbines than any other state? It's true. In fact, nearly 3,000 Ohioans have jobs that are tied directly or indirectly to the wind industry. And that number can increase. I recently introduced SB 238. This bill moves the minimum setbacks for a wind turbine to a distance that encourages investment, while protecting local control and private property interests. The passage of SB 238 would open the door for private sector industries to invest $4 billion in Ohio. This [Read More]

Investing in the 21st Century Economy2019-12-04T10:18:49-05:00

From the Desk of Matt Dolan

State Senator Matt Dolan Newsletter Volume 3 . I am always surprised how fast summer seems to fly by. I feel like it was only yesterday my boys finished school for the summer. Now they are nearly a month into the new year. Perhaps this summer went so quickly because I was in Columbus until late June, finishing up work on Ohio's operating budget. After long deliberation, testimony and -- dare I say it – compromise, the governor signed the budget at 11:45 PM on June 30. As with [Read More]

From the Desk of Matt Dolan2019-12-04T10:34:10-05:00

At The Capitol

State Senator Matt Dolan Newsletter Volume 3 . I have thoroughly enjoyed representing the people of the 24th State Senate District. The many letters, calls and emails that I have received discussing the issues that impact your lives, have been greatly appreciated. Every contact with you brings forth ideas on how to make Ohio a great place to live. With the budget now signed into law, I will be committing time over the next few months to work on legislation that improves the economic conditions in Ohio, provides additional [Read More]

At The Capitol2019-12-04T10:39:06-05:00

24th Happenings

State Senator Matt Dolan Newsletter Volume 3 One of the traps that policymakers in Columbus often fall into is the idea that the perspective developed amongst their peers inside the capitol, is one that is shared back home in their districts. That is not always the case, which is why even during the heat of budget negotiations, it was important to me to take advantage of opportunities to return to the district and attend as many meetings and events as possible. Over the past few months I have had [Read More]

24th Happenings2019-12-04T10:40:31-05:00

Legislative Update

State Senator Matt Dolan Newsletter Volume 3 . In “From the Desk of Matt Dolan”, I discussed with some detail, the state operating budget that was recently signed into law. However, I also voted on several pieces of legislation since the last newsletter. Below is the summary of all the legislation I voted on up to September 15. I voted YES on all of these bills: Education SB 8 creates the 1:1 School Facilities Option Program. This program will provide state assistance to school districts for facilities, security, or technology [Read More]

Legislative Update2019-12-04T10:43:35-05:00


State Senator Matt Dolan Newsletter Volume 3 . Custom Products Corporation Every newsletter we profile a local business in our Northeast Ohio community. Earlier this month I met with Tim Stepanek, president and part owner of Custom Products Corporation, headquartered in Glenwillow. Originally a business forms management company started by Tim’s father in 1975 out of a single room, Custom Products has grown and evolved into a contract packager and supplier, operating in what is now 300,000 square feet of operating and warehouse space. Run by Tim and his [Read More]


Measuring Success

State Senator Matt Dolan Newsletter Volume 3 . As the year progresses, it is important that we are able to measure how we are doing in a straightforward and meaningful manner. Because jobs and a growing economy play such an important role in the health of our communities, my initial focus will be on unemployment, wages and private sector growth. Below are some measures that I believe are good indicators of how we are doing in these areas. VOLUME THREE: VOLUME TWO: VOLUME ONE: [Read More]

Measuring Success2019-12-04T10:48:28-05:00

Cleveland.com Endorses Matt Dolan for Ohio Senate 24th District!

We're pleased to announce that Cleveland.com has announced its endorsement of Matt Dolan for Ohio Senate 24th District. Please take a moment to read the full story HERE!    

Cleveland.com Endorses Matt Dolan for Ohio Senate 24th District!2020-02-20T16:09:36-05:00

Dolan Gains Momentum as Election Nears

As Labor Day passes on the calendar, Matt Dolan's campaign for the Ohio State Senate is building momentum. Having spent their summer months evaluating who should be the next state senator representing Ohio State Senate District 24, organizations representing a broad spectrum of constituents have decided to endorse Matt Dolan. “I am honored to be receiving so much support,” Dolan said. “It is clear that my vision, message, and the direction in which I want to take Ohio is resonating.” Some of the organizations endorsing Dolan include: The National [Read More]

Dolan Gains Momentum as Election Nears2020-02-20T16:02:46-05:00

Representative Mike Dovilla Endorses Dolan for SD24

Representative Mike Dovilla has endorsed Matt Dolan to be the next state senator representing State Senate District 24. "Matt and I share a passion for the work of public policy making, a genuine calling to serve others, and a bipartisan approach to governing that reflects the residents of our senate district,” Dovilla said. Dolan said that he appreciated the support of Dovilla, who currently represents the Ohio House District 7, which includes Strongsville and North Royalton. “Mike has been a committed and leading advocate for his district,” Dolan said. [Read More]

Representative Mike Dovilla Endorses Dolan for SD242020-02-20T16:11:15-05:00

NFIB: Dolan a Strong Voice for Fiscal Responsibility

COLUMBUS, June 13, 2016 – The National Federation of Independent Business/Ohio (NFIB/Ohio), the state’s leading small business association representing 25,000 entrepreneurs, is proud to announce its endorsement of Matt Dolan who is seeking election to Ohio’s 24th Senate District seat. The district is home to 361 dues paying members of NFIB/Ohio. This endorsement today comes from the NFIB/Ohio SAFE Trust, the organization’s political action committee. Dolan has a platform of being a strong voice for fiscal responsibility, smaller government, and lower taxes. During his time in the Ohio House [Read More]

NFIB: Dolan a Strong Voice for Fiscal Responsibility2020-02-20T16:11:25-05:00

Dolan Rolls Out Television Ad

  After months of meeting and greeting Republican voters across the 24th Senate District, I am very excited to announce the roll-out of my television ad. This ad is a positive message informing the voters of my common-sense solutions to the ridiculousness of government. The commercial highlights my leadership role in eliminating the inventory tax; an anti-business, anti-growth policy that hurt small businesses, in particular. This is the type of leadership that I am looking to bring to the Ohio Senate; one that is forward-looking and that accomplishes long-term [Read More]

Dolan Rolls Out Television Ad2020-02-20T16:11:46-05:00

Perciak Endorses Dolan

Strongsville Mayor Tom Perciak is endorsing Matt Dolan in the race for State Senate District 24. Perciak, one of the most powerful Republicans in Cuyahoga County, believes his city will be well served by electing Dolan to fill the open seat. “The people of Strongsville deserve a voice of proven leadership representing their needs in Columbus,” Perciak said. “I am confident that Matt is the right person for the job.” Dolan said he is honored to have Perciak’s support and appreciates the significance of the endorsement. “When the Republican [Read More]

Perciak Endorses Dolan2020-02-20T16:12:09-05:00
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