Mike Duffey - A Record of Success

I-270/US 23 - After hearing a proposal to delay the reconstruction of this vital interchange, State Representative Mike Duffey got vocal in The Columbus Dispatch, started organizing citizens and, with Governor Kasich and Congressman Tiberi's support, was able to get this project back on track - ahead of schedule! This $70+ million project is currently underway and already making our roads safer and easier to travel.

Epi-Pens in Schools - Rep. Duffey knows what it's like to have a child with a life-threatening allergy and that is why he sponsored a popular bill to allow schools and summer camps to carry epinephrine auto-injectors to save the lives of students, campers and even adults who encounter surprise allergic reactions. This bill was signed into law by Governor Kasich this year!

Lower taxes - Rep. Duffey voted to lower income taxes by 10% for all Ohioans. He also voted to lower taxes on small business owners by 75%.

Supporting our Schools - Rep. Duffey's work on the Ohio House Finance committee helped secure one of the largest increases in school funding ever for our local school districts. Both Dublin and Worthington schools received more than 16% in cumulative state funding increases within the last state budget.

I-270/US 33 - This traffic-jammed interchange wasn't even on ODOT's schedule for future construction until Rep. Duffey started working with others, including Congressman Pat Tiberi, Governor Kasich, the city and MORPC, to put together an innovative financing plan to start this project in 2015. When completed, this project will greatly reduce traffic jams along I-270 and US-33/161 in Dublin.

Mike Duffey - Father, Husband and Lifelong Resident

State Representative Mike Duffey is currently serving his fourth year representing the 21st District in the Ohio House, representing northwest Franklin County, including Dublin, Worthington, Columbus, as well as Washington, Perry and Sharon Townships.

Duffey is a lifelong resident of the district, having been raised in the Colonial Hills neighborhood and also graduating from Thomas Worthington in 1996.

He is married to a public school teacher, Lindsay, who grew up in Dublin and is a Dublin Coffman graduate. Together, they have two young children -- Jack and Annie -- as well as a rescued lab named Cocoa, adopted from a local shelter.

Duffey was twice-elected to Worthington City Council and was the highest vote getter in 2009. First elected in 2005, at age 27, he was the youngest member of council, bringing a passion for balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility.

It was on this platform that Duffey successfully pursued city policies regarding a balanced budget, reduced spending and the creation of a "rainy day" fund. Duffey also advocated for the hiring of a full-time economic development director.

Since Rep. Duffey was elected to the legislature in 2010, Ohio has created more than 200,000 jobs, eliminated an $8 billion shortfall, lowered income taxes, increased funding to our local schools and begun improving our highways.

Duffey is a lifelong resident of Worthington, where his father, John J. Duffey served on city council from 1983-2001, and prior to that, as judge for the 10th District Court of Appeals in Franklin County. Duffey's mother, Leslie, was also a teacher for Columbus Public Schools, an administrator at North High School and also chaired of Women of Achievement.

From 2001-2003, Duffey was a reporter and editor for Hannah News Service covering the Ohio legislature. From 2003-2010, he worked for Hinson Ltd Public Relations on behalf of a variety of nonprofit organizations and businesses in central Ohio. In college, Duffey also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA teacher for K-3 students in Columbus Public Schools.

Duffey attended public schools, graduating with honors from Thomas Worthington in 1996. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2000 with bachelor's degree in political science and attended law school at The Ohio State University for one year before joining the statehouse press corps.

Duffey is the first State Representative for the 21st district in decades to have been raised in the City of Worthington. Previous representatives have primarily hailed from portions of Columbus within the district.

Mike Duffey - Awards

  • Outstanding Legislator, Ohio Society of CPAs, 2012
  • Watchdog of the Treasury, United Conservatives of Ohio, 2012
  • Spirit of Healing Award, AIDS Resource Center Ohio, 2013