Former State Representative Robert Sprague was sworn into his new role as State Treasurer Friday evening (1/11/18).
Sprague was sworn in by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy at the Hancock Hotel in his hometown of Findlay. Sprague previously represented Hancock, Hardin, and parts of Logan County as the 83rd District Representative in the Ohio House.
As treasurer, he says he hopes to expand programs that support those with developmental disabilities as well as programs that tackle the opioid epidemic. He also said his office will work on developing financial literacy tools to help the next generation of Ohioans manage their college debt.
"So many children now as they're growing up in Ohio end up assuming a crushing amount of college student loan debt," said Sprague. "I think that's something we can do with some financial literacy, with some programs through the treasurer's office, to help the next generation of Ohioans not get caught in this college student loan debt trap."
Sprague takes on his new post after defeating Democrat candidate Rob Richardson in November. He succeeds Republican Josh Mandel, who was term-limited in the position after serving two consecutive four-year terms.