Diana Fessler was elected to the State Board of Education in 2020. She was previously elected to serve in 1994 and again in 1998. District 1 includes: Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Crawford, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Logan, Marion, Marrow, Mercer, Pauling, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Union, Van Wert, Williams, Wyandot, the northern part of Darke, and the southeastern part of Fulton counties. Diana is eligible for reelection in 2024.
Diana served as an elected member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 2001-2008. She chaired the Federal Grants Committee and served as Vice-Chair of the House Education Committee. She received the “Watchdog of the Treasury” award for standing up for fiscal responsibility and standing against government waste. One of the most fulfilling aspects of Diana’s work as a State Representative was aiding constituents in resolving their problems with various state agencies, boards, and commissions.
As a State Board of Education member, Diana’s primary goal is two-fold: championing academic excellence and being a strong voice for parents. A strong advocate for local control of education and very supportive of families choosing the best educational path for their children, Diana looks forward to upholding the Ohio Constitution, especially that: "Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”
Diana, and her late husband Bob, educated their six children primarily at home over a period of twenty years. All are married and successful in their chosen careers, and she regards them as her best credentials. Diana’s twenty-four grandchildren enrich her life immeasurably.
Past experiences include work as an author, researcher, national public speaker, co-founder of the Education Action Council, co-founder and publisher of the Legal-Legislative News, and founder of Home Birth of Dayton. Before moving to Logan County, where she is an active member of Christ Our King Church, Diana was active in the Miami County Republican Central Committee and served as secretary of the Republican Women’s Club. She is also co-owner of Best Storage, Inc. in Montgomery County.
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