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Jay Goyal Milestones


Elected to Third Term.

Honored as Legislator of the Year by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers.

Named to Nation-Wide "40 Under 40" List by the New Leaders Council.


Selected Majority Whip.

Fraternal Order of Police Outstanding Legislator Award.


Reelected to Statehouse.


Ohio Young Democrat of the Year.

Ohio Civil Rights Commission Eagle Award.


First Elected to Statehouse.

About Jay Goyal

Jay GoyalJay Goyal was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives (D-73rd District) in November 2006, and proudly served his hometown of Mansfield and other areas of Richland County until 2012.

In his third term at the Ohio House of Representatives, Rep. Goyal was appointed as the ranking member of the Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development Committee and as a member of the Finance and Appropriations and Economic Development Committees, and the Health and Human Services subcommittee of Finance and Appropriations. He was also a member of the Legislative Service Commission and the Power Siting Board and served as the Majority Whip in the 128th General Assembly. He co-chaired the College Early Access Caucus and was one of three members of the Ohio House of Representatives to serve on the 2009 Joint House-Senate Budget Conference Committee.

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TIME Magazine has named Rep. Goyal as one of the "Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of American Politics" and the New Leadership Council has named Rep. Goyal as one of the "Top 40 Under 40 Community Leaders in the United States". He has also received the 2008 Elected Official Award from the District 5 Area Agency on Aging, the 2009 Outstanding Legislator Award from the Fraternal Order of Police, the 2009 Legislator of the Year from the Ohio Association of Developmental Disabilities, the 2010 Professional Engineers Legislator of the Year Award, and the 2011 American Veterans Legislator of the Year Award. He was one of two members of the Ohio House of Representatives selected by a bi-partisan panel to receive a fellowship for the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development, and received the prestigious “Eagle Award” from the Ohio Civil Rights Commission for his historic achievements in politics. Rep. Goyal was selected as an Honorary Member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Technology based economic development has been a focus of Rep. Goyal in his time in the legislature. He introduced House Bill 348 which would incentivize $100 million of private venture capital investments in Ohio and House Bill 123 which would work towards keeping Ohio graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math to stay in the state of Ohio after graduating. He introduced House Joint Resolution 12 which allowed for the renewal of the Third Frontier program. The Third Frontier initiative has been hailed as one of the state’s most effective job creation mechanisms. He has also introduced and enacted into law House Bill 140 which would encourage more universities to participate in technology commercialization and transfer.

Rep. Goyal was selected by Democrat National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tim Kaine to serve as an At-Large member of the DNC. He is also a member of the Ohio Democrat Party Executive Committee and the Richland County Democrat Party Central and Executive Committee. Additionally, Rep. Goyal serves as a Co-Chair of the Ohio House Democrat Caucus Campaign Committee and oversees all Ohio House Democrat Caucus political activities in that role.

After graduating from college, Rep. Goyal came home to become vice president of Goyal Industries, the manufacturing firm founded by his father. Rep. Goyal has been responsible for directing many key functions of the mass transit and passenger rail manufacturing business; coordinating the negotiation, purchasing, production, and installation of various projects; and expanding the company's market share to New York and Chicago. Rep. Goyal has been an active member of the mass transit manufacturing community, serving with the American Railroad Engineering and Maintenance Association and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers Committee on Railroad Electrification.

Rep. Goyal’s sense of service extends far beyond the political realm. His work within Richland County includes a seat on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Richland County, the North Central State University Foundation, and the University and College Access Network.  He has also served on the board for the Rehabilitation Center of North Central Ohio and as a member of the United Way’s Allocations and Community Relations Committees, the Richland County Citizens’ Vision Board, the Richland County Manufacturing Coalition, the Progress Industries Business Advisory Board, the Mansfield-Richland Chamber of Commerce, the Farm Bureau, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

Rep. Goyal graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering. Internships at General Motors Corporation and the National Cooperative Business Association supplemented his class work.