Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced today that Brian K. Baldridge of Winchester has been asked to serve in the cabinet as Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Baldridge currently serves as State Representative for Ohio’s 90th House District and is a former Adams County Commissioner and Wayne Township Trustee.
“I am pleased to nominate Brian Baldridge for director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture,” said DeWine. “Brian knows the industry and is passionate about promoting Ohio agriculture. He shares my vision for making needed improvements to the Ohio State Fairgrounds.”
The Ohio Department of Agriculture is one of the largest state agencies in Ohio government and has complex responsibilities. As the top regulator of Ohio’s food supply, Baldridge will also oversee the state testing labs, auctioneer licensing, amusement and ride safety, commercial dog breeding, meat and dairy inspections, and enforcement of Ohio’s animal rights laws.
“Throughout my life, I have always worked to serve our fellow citizens. It has been a great honor to represent the people of Ohio’s 90th House District over the past four years. I’ve been asked by the Governor to serve our state in another way, as Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture,” said Baldridge. “Being raised on the family farm, my career in public safety, and my elected service as a Township Trustee, County Commissioner, and State Representative have prepared me for this service in the Governor’s cabinet. I want to thank the people of Southern Ohio for their trust in me and I want to thank Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted for the opportunity to serve in this important role.”
This story is developing. More information as it becomes available.