Michael Stinziano
for Columbus City Council


Representative Michael Stinziano proudly serves the residents and businesses of Bexley, Franklinton, German Village, Grandview Heights, The Hilltop, Italian Village, Merion Village, Olde Towne East, Schumacher Place, The University Community, and Victorian Village.

Representative Stinziano is a pragmatic, innovative and effective leader who gets results for his constituents. Michael knows the importance of working in a bi-partisan manner to find common-sense solutions to overcome the problems that face us today to build a better, brighter future for all Ohioans. Representative Stinziano serves as the Ranking Minority Member on the House Judiciary Committee and on the House Insurance and House Public Utilities Committees.

Representative Stinziano also serves on the National Governing Board of the Council of State Governments; as Vice Chair of the Workers Compensation Insurance 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.


At the Board of Elections, Michael led one of the largest election jurisdictions in the country. As director, Michael was committed to sound financial planning that resulted in maintaining a high level of service to the public while reducing costs for the taxpayer.

Michael is the only member of the Ohio General Assembly who is an Elections/ Registration Administrator certified by the National Association of Election Officials. The National Conference of Insurance Legislators Institute for Insurance Policy also recognizes Michael as a Certified Associate Insurance Policymaker.

In addition, Michael serves as a Chairperson for the Columbus Bar Association’s Government Agencies Committee and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Public Interest Law Foundation. Michael has also served on the Board of Kids Voting Central Ohio, has volunteered as a mediator in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Night Mediation Program and also served as a director of the Dispute Resolution and Youth Program at the Moritz College of Law.




  • Columbus Italian Club
  • Shamrock Club of Columbus
  • Hilltop Kiwanis
  • Short North Civic Association
  • Sigma Chi Fraternity
  • Columbus Civilian Police Academy
  • International Visitors Council
  • Gladden Community House
  • Franklinton Development Association
  • Friends of the Hilltop
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus


Michael was born at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Franklinton and grew up on King Avenue in the Short North. Michael received a bachelor’s degree in leadership studies from the University of Richmond. Then, while working for the Woodrow Wilson International Center, a think-tank for national and international issues in Washington, D.C., Michael earned a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University. After returning to Columbus, Michael became an attorney upon graduation from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Both during and after college, Michael pursued public service opportunities that allowed him to work in government at the local, state, federal, and international levels. Michael worked as a congressional intern in Washington; as a research assistant for two members of the British Parliament; as a legal extern for the Supreme Court of Ohio; as a law clerk for the Ohio House Democratic Caucus; and as an assistant to the general counsel for Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. In 2008, Michael became director of the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Political Issues

  • Reducing Taxes
  • Dispute Resolution


Michael is the son of former State Representative Mike Stinziano, who represented many of these same neighborhoods of Columbus for 22 years, and Lisa Stinziano. The youngest of four children, Michael grew up understanding the importance of championing independent thinking and fairness, and serving others. Michael and his wife Caroline McNamee Stinziano, a certified public accountant, live in the Short North with their two rescue pugs, Wrigley and Fenway. Michael and Caroline belong to St. Francis of Assisi Parish.


You have the ability to do great things, no matter your age, your means, or your background. Having the belief that you can make a difference is at the heart of creating change.