Meet Michael 2018-11-16T16:37:35+00:00

Meet Michael

“I ran for Franklin County Auditor because public service is my priority and I want an auditor’s office that responds to the needs of Franklin County citizens. Technology has changed the way we spend, but government has not kept up – and certainly has not gotten better when it comes to spending your dollars efficiently. I will bring the Auditor’s Office into the 21st century with outstanding constituent services and fiscal common sense.”

Born and raised in Columbus, Michael Stinziano grew up with a desire to serve our community.  And as the youngest of four children, he quickly learned the importance of independent thinking and fairness, and the value of serving others.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and master’s degree from George Washington University, Michael returned to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

It wasn’t long before Michael’s passion for serving others drove him into public service.

In 2008, as Director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, Michael oversaw a free, fair and transparent presidential election in one of the largest territories in the country. In that role, he implemented practices that continue to provide a high level of service to the public while reducing costs for the taxpayer.

From 2011 to 2016, Michael proudly represented the residents 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.

During his service in the General Assembly, Michael received numerous honors and awards including several Legislator of the Year awards from organizations such as the Ohio Association of County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Association of Elections Officials.

Today, he works to find common-sense solutions to make our city a great place to live and work.

Michael currently serves as President Pro Tem on the Columbus City Council. In addition to meeting with constituents throughout our community holding more than 150 weekly community hours, Michael chairs several Council committees including Council’s Neighborhoods Committee, Technology Committee, and Public Utilities Committee.

Michael also serves as Chair of Age Friendly Columbus, one of Michael’s most successful efforts. This award-winning citywide initiative works to ensure that individuals of all ages and abilities can remain in their homes, living independently and maintaining a high quality of life.

In November 2018, Michael was elected Franklin County Auditor. The first Democrat to be elected Auditor in 80 years, Michael plans to bring this office into the 21st century with innovative practices, outstanding constituent service, and fiscal common sense. Michael will take office in March 2019.

In addition to his public service roles, Michael is an Adjunct Law Professor at Capital University Law School.

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 attend St. Agatha Parish in Upper Arlington.

Michael with his family on Halloween
Michael speaking with veterans
Michael reading to elementary school class