Ohio’s youngest representative, a female Republican, isn’t afraid to spread freedom’s message

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Arcanum, Ohio, is a small town on the Ohio-Indiana border, with a population of 2,129 at the last census. Jena Powell has already risen in her 25 years to be one of her beloved hometown’s finest daughters — a Republican freshman state representative, in a time when the party is battling for the votes of both her gender and generation. “No matter your age, social-economic class, or gender, we have this … beautiful idea that our Founding Fathers understood and knew, that if we create a framework where people could thrive, it doesn’t matter what gender you are,” Powell told me.

Powell is one of the youngest elected officials in the United States, and the youngest in the Ohio General Assembly. Between her charisma, voiced with a cheery Midwestern twang that gives the impression of an everlasting bright smile on the other end of the phone, and independent spirit forged on her family farm, you could excuse someone for thinking that she’s been well trained in politics.

Jena grew up as the third of seven children on that farm, and grew into an aspiring young entrepreneur, taking online college classes at 13. She and her brother started an outdoor billboard company, Huntington Outdoor, with about 600 billboards across Ohio and Indiana. She’s proud Arcanum is still her home now, having remodeled a turn-of-the-20th-century farmhouse. “I get to slip back to where I truly love; the people that I love, and the place that I love, and be able to fight for them.”

One of her biggest passions is showing the millennial generation that they too can live the American dream as she has, mainly by creating a deregulated business climate that allows them to explore their creative spirits. “Millennials should understand, and should know, that if they’re getting everything free from the government, that freedom is being taken away,” said Powell. “Millennials, who are a very entrepreneurial generation, they want to achieve that freedom.”

As far as crafting a message that would appeal to the millennial generation, Powell feels a strong message of freedom and liberty is capable of attracting all groups and does not have to be changed. “If we truly believe in what we’re speaking, we don’t have to change our message to the crowd,” Powell advocated. “When we limit government, it gives people more power. It gives families, and churches, and communities more power and more freedom to do as they choose. Every child is born with a dream inside of them, a dream of what they want to be.” Read more

Jena Powell – House District 80 Official Bio

State Representative Jena Powell is serving her first term in the Ohio House of Representatives after being elected in 2018. She represents the 80th District, which encompasses Miami County, as well as a portion of Darke County.

Representative Powell is from southern Darke County where her family has been farming for generations. After receiving her degree from Liberty University in Business, she alongside her brother began to build an outdoor marketing company, Huntington Outdoor. At 25, she is the youngest legislator currently serving in the General Assembly. In 2019, Representative Powell was named to Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 list for Law & Policy.

Representative Powell is dedicated to ensuring that more of Ohio’s young people choose to build their lives and pursue opportunities in communities like the 80th District. She knows first-hand how capricious government regulations and misguided tax policies can burden business and get in the way of promoting the good jobs and healthy economy that are necessary to accomplish this goal.

Representative Powell is an active member of her local church, Greenville Grace Brethren Church, and resides in Arcanum.

FM Junior Baseball & Softball Celebrates Opening Day

On May 4th, FM Jr. Baseball & Softball opened the 2019 season with an opening day celebration. The day was headlined by special guests Jena Powell, Mora Menzie, Jeff Kniese and Eric Fee. The day started with a town parade of team floats escorted by Pitsburg Fire Department, followed by opening ceremony, which included messages from Jena Powell and Jeff Kniese.

Eric Fee led with prayer and Mora Menzie performed the National Anthem and there were special baseball and softball first pitches completed to officially kick off the season. The remainder of the day included opening day games, chicken and pork chop barbeque and bake sale and special activities for the kids.

Jena Powell is serving her first term in the Ohio House of Representatives after being elected in 2018. She is the youngest legislature serving in the General Assembly and has quickly become one of the Republican Party’s most up-and-coming, dynamic individuals.

Earlier this year Jena was named to the Forbes’ prestigious 30 under 30 list for Law & Policy across the United States. Jena delivered a brief message aimed towards encouraging a focus on family and community and pursuing opportunities to serve and make a positive impact in our communities and organizations.

Jeff Kniese is currently serving as CEO and President of Greenville Federal Bank. Greenville Federal has achieved the highest rating possible from Bauer Financial for 7 years in a row thus distinguishing itself as one of the strongest banks across the region. Greenville Federal is a multi-year sponsor for FM Jr. Baseball and Softball and is very active in Darke County local communities and serves numerous non-profit organizations.

Kniese spoke to the importance of prioritizing our kids and families and investing in organizations to position them for positive influence in our communities.

Mora Menzie is a 6th grader at Arcanum, daughter to Jake and Sara Menzie. Dating back several years Mora competed in the Kids Got Talent show and was selected among 20 finalists at the Arnold Classic talent show. More recently she has been performing the National Anthem for numerous events across the Midwest including USA Track and Field, Ohio State men’s basketball, NCAA Women’s DII National Championship and OHSAA Girls Basketball State Finals.

Eric Fee has been involved and served our community as volunteer member for Red Cross, Darke County Chamber, Darke County Mental Health, State of the Heart Hospice, Empowering Darke County Youth and is also a member of Kiwanis and EUM Church. Eric runs Tribute Funeral Homes and their goal is to serve people and their families.

“2019 FM Jr. Baseball and Softball Opening Day was very memorable for all involved,” said Kyle Cable. “We would like to extend extra thanks to our special guests Jena, Mora, Jeff and Eric, as well as the dozens of volunteers it took to make this day happen. A big “thank you to Bach to Rock” for letting us use their sound system. All these folks have been very gracious with their time and resources to help our kids and families. We are looking forward to a great year.”

Full article can be found below:

https://www.dailyadvocate.com/sports/72598/fm-junior-baseball-softball-celebrates-opening-day

Powell holding Town Hall on May 6

TROY – State Representative Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) will be holding a Coffee & Cake Evening at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center from 7-8pm on Monday, May 6.

Representative Powell invites constituents to enjoy coffee, cake, and conversation as she shares what has been happening in Columbus and takes questions from folks in the district.

Miami and Southern Darke County citizens are encouraged to come with any questions or concerns they might have about state politics. All ages are welcome to come and meet Representative Powell.

“I am excited about bringing the community together and hearing your voices – I represent you, so I want to hear from you,” says Powell.

If you have any questions in advance, please reach out to our office at Rep80@ohiohouse.gov or call (614) 466-8114.

State Rep. Jena Powell announces her Album 80 project

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) announced that she is creating a new project called Album 80.

The goal of Album 80 is to detail the stories of people, families, businesses, churches and non-profits throughout the community in the form of a book.

“When organizations come into my office to meet and ask things of me, my plan is to show them this book and ask ‘How does your proposal help people in my community within the framework of government and give businesses, churches and non-profits more power?’” Powell said.

Powell is asking community members to share their stories. Individuals may send their story by email at Rep80@ohiohouse.gov or mail to 77 S. High St. Columbus, OH 43215.

 

https://www.dailyadvocate.com/news/68654/state-rep-jena-powell-announces-her-album-80-project

POWELL VOTES NO ON GAS TAX INCREASE!

POWELL VOTES NO ON GAS TAX INCREASE!

To watch the full video regarding H.B. 62 follow the link below.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuuP4d0lDoy/

“I’m all about infrastructure, but the way we are doing it is not fiscally conservative. The only responsible thing to do was vote no.”

Jena Powell invites student to State of the State Address

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jena Powell (R-District 80) announced that her guests for Gov. DeWine’s State of the State Address will be Piqua High School student Mason Darner and his government teacher Troy Ouhlt.

The State of the State will take place Tuesday on the Ohio House Floor. Each state representative receives the option to invite two guests to join them on the House floor to attend the State of the State.

Rep. Powell decided her choice would be individuals from her district, and she is “thrilled to have Mason and Mr. Ouhlt joining me at the State of the State.”

Powell said “government is all about the people, and I’m excited to have community members joining me.”

Powell’s office welcomes constituents to reach out with any questions or thoughts and to visit the Columbus office anytime. For more information call 614-466-8114 or email rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

 

https://www.dailyadvocate.com/news/69683/jena-powell-invites-student-to-state-of-the-state-address

Local lawmaker expresses concern over potential increased gas tax

Jena Powell, who was recently elected to the Ohio House representing part of Darke County and all of Miami County talked to News Center 7’s Jim Otte about her feelings toward a potential increase in the state’s gas tax.

https://www.whio.com/news/local-lawmaker-expresses-concern-over-potential-increased-gas-tax/K71JMvzT8L4I7W0D2wpr1H/

Jena Powell sworn in as state representative of the 80th House District

COLUMBUS – State Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) was sworn in to her first term as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives during Monday’s session.

She represents the 80th District, which includes Miami County, as well as part of Darke County.

“Swearing in day was such an incredible day,” Powell said. “With friends, family and community members joining me in Columbus, it was an amazing day kicking off the 133rd General Assembly. I am looking forward to representing the hard working people of Miami and Darke County for the coming two years. This is truly an honor.”

After graduating from high school, Powell went on to attend Liberty University and studied business marketing. She is an entrepreneur, working with her brother on their billboard company, Huntington Outdoor, which they started in their home county and expanded throughout Ohio and Indiana.

Rep. Powell also is an avid supporter of creating new leaders through the non-profit organization, Forge Leadership Network. Powell is an active member of her local church, Greenville Grace Brethren Church.

For more information, contact Rep. Powell’s office at 614-466-8114 or Rep80@ohiohouse.gov.

 

 

New Ohio State House Member Jena Powell Makes Forbes ’30 Under 30′ List

Jena Powell grew up on a family farm in rural Darke County, Ohio, bouncing around in the back of her father’s pickup truck with her six brothers and sisters as her mom hauled grain in from the fields.

In the late summer, she would show sheep at the Great Darke County Fair and then run off to drink fresh-shaken lemonade or play ski-ball.

While still a teenager she started her own business with her brother, selling billboard ad space along highways of her county. It now includes more than 450 billboards throughout Ohio and Indiana.

“When I was 18 years old, I made my first sales call, right here, in the district. I was so nervous to knock at my first prospect’s door, my palms were sweating and my knees were shaking,” she describes it on her website.

The 24-year-old businesswoman will take all those memories and experiences with her as she leaves for Columbus in a few weeks to represent Ohio’s 80th House District as the youngest member of the Ohio State House.

And she’s already turning heads. This week she was named one of Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” up and coming difference makers.

Jena Powell on the #ForbesUnder30 2019 30 Under 30 – Law & Policy list

forbes.com 

On her Facebook page Tuesday, Powell responded to the recognition from Forbes.

“When I was young I would eagerly look through business magazines, checking out the under 30 lists. What an honor to be chosen for Forbes 30 under 30 list. This is not a solo accomplishment and I would never have even been considered without the hard work of my community,” she wrote.

For Powell, that community started by growing up in a Christian home that recognized the value of hard work. Her goal is to remove what she describes as the “strangling” burden of government overreach.

Powell defeated two other Republicans in the primary and then beat Democrat J.D. Byrnes in last week’s general election to represent District 80, which includes all of Miami County and part of Darke County.

She accomplished this by running as an outsider against her state’s political establishment.

In media interviews and on her campaign website, Powell repeatedly referred to the establishment in Columbus as the main hurdle that stands between many Ohioans and the realization of their dreams, whether it be in starting a small business or excelling in a trade, profession or family life.

She is unapologetically pro-life and pro-Second Amendment, is against Common Core, and believes the taxes are too high in Ohio. All these problems will only get worse if not confronted.

“I believe in the sanctity of human life,” she says. “Because without life, and the ability to protect it, there can be no opportunity.”

Watch her YouTube video below:

“I believe the future holds a lot of promise for the people and businesses of Ohio’s House District 80. In order to make that dream a reality, we have some work to do,” she says on her website. “The establishment in Columbus isn’t listening to what we need, and your voices aren’t being heard. That’s why I’m runningso that everyone in this district can go hard after their dreams and experience life to the fullest, right here at home.

She not only ran. She won.  And she did it by not shying away from conservative principles.

Powell told Forbes she grew frustrated with local zoning policies that repeatedly blocked her from doing business in certain counties, which ultimately inspired her to run for office.

She is currently renovating a home that has fallen into disrepair in her home district. She calls it “a diamond in the rough,” much like the district as a whole.

“I’ve seen dozens of my friends grow up and leave the district because they believed there was more opportunity elsewhere,” she writes on her website. “I have a seven-year-old sister who started selling fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the family farm this past year. I loved watching her eyes light up as she sold her first dozen ears of corn, realizing the return of all the time she had invested in caring for and growing the produce throughout the summer. It is my hope that, like me, she chooses to remain in the district when she grows up. Like you, I have a desire to see more young people choosing to build their lives and pursue opportunities right here at home.”

Anthony Accardi is a writer and reporter for The Ohio Star.

http://theohiostar.com/2018/11/15/new-ohio-state-house-member-jena-powell-makes-forbes-30-under-30-list/