Michael Stinziano grew up in the University Community in Columbus. The youngest of four children, Michael grew up understanding the importance of independent thinking and fairness, and the value of serving others.
He currently represents our community as President Pro Tempore on the Columbus City Council, and before that in the Ohio General Assembly.
Michael has spent his career finding common-sense solutions to make Franklin County a great place to live and work. He has been recognized several times as Legislator of the Year, and in 2016 was recognized by Columbus Realtors as Citizen of the Year.
Michael is running for Franklin County Auditor because he believes government should watch its money as closely as you do. Technology has changed the way we spend, but government has not kept up – and certainly has not gotten much better when it comes to spending our dollars efficiently. It’s time to bring the Auditor’s Office into the 21st century with outstanding constituent services and fiscal prudence.
Michael is a pragmatic and innovative leader who works in a bipartisan manner to get results for his constituents. He finds effective solutions to solve problems and works to build a better future for central Ohio.
Michael serves as Chair of Columbus City Council’s Neighborhoods Committee, Technology Committee, and Public Utilities Committee. He also serves on council’s Rules and Reference, Economic Development and Small Business, Workforce Development, Veterans’ Affairs, Education, Environment, Judiciary and Court Administration, and Zoning Committees.
In addition, Michael co-chairs Age Friendly Columbus, the citywide initiative working to ensure that individuals of all ages and abilities can remain in their neighborhoods, live independently and maintain a high quality of life.
Outside of city council, Michael serves on several boards and taskforces. He is an Adjunct Law Professor at Capital University Law School where he teaches a course on legislation.
From 2011 to 2016, Michael proudly represented the residents and businesses of Columbus in the Ohio General Assembly. At the Statehouse, he championed legislation that fostered small business growth to create, retain, and sustain good-paying jobs in Central Ohio.
Michael served as the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee for three years and on the House Insurance and House Public Utilities Committees. In addition, he served as a Board Member of the Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation Program.
He received numerous honors and awards during his service in the General Assembly, including several Legislator of the Year awards.
Michael also served on the National Governing Board of the Council of State Governments, as Chair of the State-Federal Relations Committee of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, and as a member of the Labor and Economic Development Committee and the Redistricting and Elections Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
In 2008, as Director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, Michael led a bipartisan staff which conducted a historic controversy-free presidential election in one of the largest election jurisdictions in the country. As director, he established practices that continue to this day based on sound financial planning that provide a high level of service to the public while reducing costs for the taxpayer.
Michael received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond. He earned his master’s degree in Public Administration from George Washington University. After returning to Columbus, he graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and became an attorney.
Michael and his wife Caroline are the proud and busy parents of Cooper and Riley. They live in the University Community with their two rescue pugs, Wrigley and Fenway, and belong to St. Francis of Assisi Parish.