Kevin J. Coughlin Edit Profile
Coughlin graduated from Woodridge High School in Peninsula, Ohio in 1988, received a BA from Bowling Green State University in 1992, and a Masters of Public Administration from BGSU in 1994.
He is now Chairman of Lexington Companies, Ltd and Clerk of the Stow Municipal Court, an office he has held since 2013. In 1996, he ran for the Ohio House of Representatives after Representative Wayne Jones vacated to run for the Coughlin served two and one half terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. After four terms in the , Senator Roy Ray retired early in 2001, leaving Senate Republicans to appoint someone to the vacant 27th District.
Coughlin was appointed, and was sworn into office on February 2, 2001. In the , Coughlin was Chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services, & Aging Committee from 2004 to 2011. • Authored Ohio’s Prompt Pay law and the Health Care Accountability Act, streamlining the administrative relationship between physicians and insurance companies.
• Co-authored Ohio’s Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Act, a comprehensive school-based approach to addressing child obesity and wellness. • Co-authored Ohio’s law protecting private property owners from unwarranted takings of land through eminent domain. • Sponsored Ohio’s election reform law implementing the Help American Vote Act requirements and reducing voter fraud.
• Authored law helping Ohio’s sheriff’s to better protect communities from sex offenders. • Authored legislation creating Ohio’s special needs scholarship for children with special need to attend the school of their choice. In 2009, Coughlin announced his candidacy for Governor of Ohio.
He quickly aborted the campaign. By 2010, Coughlin was unable to run for reelection due to term limits. Coughlin formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for United States Senate in 2012.
In October 2011 he announced he would not run citing incumbent Sherrod Brown's strong polling numbers. A 2008 Cleveland Independent article alleging that Coughlin had an extra-marital affair with a staffer, at times taking her to Ohio State football games using money from his campaign accounts. The article also revealed that the Summit County Sheriff's Office was investigating Coughlin for allegedly altering petition ballots
Coughlin threatened to sue the author, but the author sued him, eventually dropping the charges.
Member of Midwestern Legislature Conference Council State Governor (chairman), Ancient Order Hibernians, Fraternal Order Police, Hudson & Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce, Cuyahoga Falls.
Married Anne O. Carleton, 1994.