Robert Boggs takes director’s chair at ODA


COLUMBUS – Ashtabula County’s Robert Boggs became the new director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture Jan. 24.He was appointed by newly elected Gov. Ted Strickland.

A former state legislator, school teacher and coach, Boggs served as a Ashtabula County Commissioner since 1997. He helped retain and create more than 10,000 jobs and constructed and acquired more than 100 miles of new water and sewer lines.
He also served as the president of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio.

From 1973-1997, Boggs was both a state representative in the 97th House District and a state senator in the 18th Senate District. He served as the Ohio Senate Minority Leader 1991 to1996.

During his time in the state legislature he authored and co-sponsored numerous bills pertaining to Lake Erie development, water quality, inter-modal transportation, economic development, education and natural resources.


Boggs received his bachelor’s degree in government from American University in Washington D.C. and a master’s in public administration from Kent State University.

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