Posted by Rick Taylor on Aug 03, 2018
State Representative Kirk Schuring currently serves in the Ohio House of Representatives for his fourth term. He represents the 48th District, which includes portions of Stark County. He was selected by his peers to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore for the 132nd General Assembly, second to Speaker Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville). He also served as Interim Speaker when Mr. Rosenberger resigned earlier this year. 
In 2016, Rep. Schuring chaired a 15 person task force that helped develop the medical marijuana legislation currently on the books. 
Since joining the General Assembly in 1993, Representative Schuring has authored dozens of legislative initiatives benefiting health care, economic development, and families that have been passed into law. These include the establishment of Joint Economic Development Districts and Cooperative Economic Development Agreements to help further economic development in communities across the state, as well as bills stiffening penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders and enhancing school safety zones.
Representative Schuring has also been involved in improving Ohio laws regarding organ donation, acupuncture, nursing and chiropractic care. Representative Schuring's dedication to the people of Ohio has brought him numerous accolades. He has been named Legislator of the Year by AMVETS - Department of Ohio, the Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers, the Ohio Association of Free Clinics, the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, the Ohio Speech and Hearing Association, the Public Children Services Association of Ohio, the Ohio Society of CPAs, and the Ohio Association of Acupuncturists. Representative Schuring has also been named a Friend of Public Education by the Ohio Federation of Teachers, a Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Businesses and received the legislative award from The Justice League of Ohio, the Friend of Higher Education Award from the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio, and the Voice of Justice Award from the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation. Additionally, he is a past recipient of the Heritage Award for his work in establishing Ohio's Historic Preservation tax credit law.
A lifelong resident of Stark County, Representative Schuring graduated from Perry High School and attended Kent State University. Schuring joined his family's insurance agency in 1978. He has served as president of the Canton Jaycees, the Young Republicans, and the Canton Urban League. He has also served as Chairman of the Stark/Wayne Christmas Seal Drive and the Chamber's Vision 1 Committee. He is married and has two adult children.