(State Senator, Republican)

Senator Eklund is currently serving his second term as a State Senator for the 18th District of Ohio. When not tending to legislative duties, John is a Senior Counsel at Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP, where he has worked for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree from Union College. Sen. Eklund is active in his community and has served on a number of boards and organizations, including the United Way Services of Geauga County Board of Trustees, the Munson Township Scholarship Committee, the Geauga County Republican Party Executive Committee, the Munson Township Zoning Commission, the Chagrin River Land Conservancy Board of Trustees, the Cleveland Athletic Club Board of Trustees, and the Advisory Board of The Ohio District Court Review.

Sen. Eklund is the primary sponsor of bills to modify criminal sentencing and corrections law and to provide a procedure for youthful sex offenders to petition for relief from the registry; he has also co-sponsored numerous other bills related to criminal justice reform.