|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Ohio's 12th district
|Assumed office |
September 5, 2018
|Preceded by||Pat Tiberi|
|Member of the Ohio Senate|
from the 20th district
July 13, 2011 – September 5, 2018
|Preceded by||Jimmy Stewart|
|Succeeded by||Brian Hill|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives|
from the 94th district
January 5, 2009 – July 13, 2011
|Preceded by||Jim Aslanides|
|Succeeded by||Brian Hill|
William Troy Balderson
January 16, 1962
Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.
(m. 1985; div. 2014)
William Troy Balderson (born January 16, 1962) is an American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. representative from Ohio's 12th congressional district since 2018. He served as an Ohio state senator representing the 20th district from 2011 until his election to Congress. A member of the Republican Party, he was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011.
Born and raised in southeastern Ohio, Balderson graduated from Zanesville High School in 1980 and attended both Muskingum College and the Ohio State University, but did not graduate. He lives in Zanesville.
Balderson started working for his family's car business, Balderson Motor Sales, as a mechanic while a college student. He was vice president and general manager of the company from 1987 to 2008, the third generation of his family to run the business; his father had been in charge for a half-century. In financial disclosure statements, Balderson said he had no income from the car company since 2008; the company closed in February 2018.
When incumbent Jim Aslanides became term-limited, Balderson sought the Republican nomination for state representative of the 94th Ohio House District. He won the March 2008 primary with 67.6% of the vote. In the November general election, Balderson won with 54.01% of the vote.
Balderson ran unopposed for reelection in 2010. While a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, he was on the House Finance Committee and chaired the Subcommittee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. In early 2010, Balderson proposed legislation that would subject Ohio Medicaid recipients to random drug tests in order to receive state benefits.
In late May 2011, State Senator Jimmy Stewart announced that he planned to resign his seat in the 20th Senate District as of June 30, the end of the fiscal year. Stewart continued his service as majority floor leader until he resigned.
On July 12, 2011, Senate President Tom Niehaus announced that Balderson would be appointed to the vacant Senate seat. He was sworn into office on July 13, 2011. On November 6, 2012, Balderson won a full four-year Senate term, defeating Democrat Teresa Scarmack with 59.79% of the vote.
Balderson was selected in 2014 as co-chair of a special legislative committee to review Ohio's renewable energy and energy efficiency regulations, and chaired the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
In 2016, Balderson ran unopposed for reelection. Because of term limits, he was ineligible to run again in 2020. He decided to run for Congress, to represent Ohio's 12th congressional district.
Main article: 2018 Ohio's 12th congressional district special election
Balderson was the Republican nominee for Ohio's 12th congressional district in an August 7, 2018 special election triggered by the January 2018 resignation of Representative Pat Tiberi. He narrowly won the May Republican primary, with 20,101 votes (29.2%) to second-place finisher Melanie Leneghan's 19,437. Leneghan sued, asking to be declared the winner because of voting irregularities. The Ohio Supreme Court dismissed her suit in August 2018.
In the August election, Balderson faced Democratic nominee Danny O'Connor. On election night, the results were too close to call; Balderson was officially certified as the winner on August 24. After the remaining absentee and provisional ballots were counted, Balderson won by 1,680 votes (0.8%), and was sworn into office on September 5.
In the November general election, Balderson defeated O'Connor in a rematch of the district's August special election, with 51.6% of the vote to O'Connor's 47.1%.
Balderson sought reelection and defeated the Democratic nominee, businesswoman Alaina Shearer, with 55.2% of the vote to Shearer's 41.8%.
Balderson and his ex-wife Angela have a son. They divorced in 2014.
|Year||Office||Election||Votes for Balderson||%||Opponent||Party||Votes||%|
|2008||Ohio House of Representatives||General||27,917||54%||Jennifer Stewart||Democratic||23,628||46%|
|2012||Ohio Senate||General||87,755||60%||Teresa Scarmack||Democratic||59,012||40%|
|2018||United States House of Representatives||Special||101,772||50%||Danny O'Connor||Democratic||100,208||49%|