Governmental Relations

The Division of Governmental Relations identifies areas of opportunity for the university within local, state and federal government and develops plans to actively advocate on its behalf.

UC lobbyists are on the ground in Cincinnati, Columbus and Washington, D.C.

Advocating for UC

Want to advocate for UC but not sure where to start? Contacting elected officials can be accomplished through several forms of communication. Please reach out to our office for assistance--we are here to help! Below are some basic instructions and guidance for various contact methods:

When calling or emailing a legislator’s office, state that you are a student, alumni, constituent, friend of the university, or other category that applies to you. Express that you would like to speak with someone in the office about an issue related to higher education or UC specifically. Keep in mind that you may not be able to contact the legislator directly; however, the aides and other staff members will be fully informed about the legislator’s position on the issue. If you cannot speak to anyone immediately, be sure to request a return phone call and leave your name, the issue you are calling about, and the best phone number to reach you.

Ohio Legislative Information Hotline: 1-800-282-0253, Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

To find the phone number and email of your specific representative, go to the Ohio House of Representatives Directory

Contact Governor DeWine's office

To find your representatives' address, go to the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate websites. See the acceptable salutation and closing for letters below:

Ohio Representative

The Honorable [Name]
Ohio House of Representatives
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43266

Dear Representative [Name],


Sincerely Yours,

Ohio Senator

The Honorable [Name]
Ohio Senate
The State House
Columbus, OH 43266

Dear Senator [Name],


Sincerely Yours,

To make an appointment, contact the legislative office through the resources provided in the "By phone or email" section. Understand that the office is busy and you may need to wait a few weeks or months before your scheduled appointment. Prepare for the meeting by acquiring information about the issue you intend to discuss and create a one-page sheet regarding your position. Make sure you arrive at least 10 minutes early the day of the meeting and dress in business professional attire.

Things to keep in mind when contacting elected officials

  • Be respectful to everyone you speak to, regardless of the medium. Keep in mind that tone of written communication is often difficult to convey. 
  • Use your own words in written correspondence.
  • Be concise and state your position in a clear, straightforward manner.
  • If applicable, support your position with personal examples, anecdotes, etc.
  • Research and understand any opposing viewpoints.
  • Send a follow-up thank you email or physical card to staff members and legislators who take the time to respond to letters and emails, or meet with you in person. Mention a few key points from your conversation and any action items you requested.


Governmental Relations Staff

Headshot of Karen Ryan

Karen Ryan

Executive Director of Government Relations


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Mark Kylander

Associate Director of Government Relations