Ohio Treasurer to Speak at Ashland University as Part of Ashbrook Lecture Series

3/22/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Josh Mandel, Ohio Treasurer of State, will speak at Ashland University on April 19. Mandel will address "Standing Up to the Establishment with Principle and Ideas" as part of the spring 2011 Major Issues Lecture Series presented by the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University.
Tickets for the noon luncheon, to be held in the John C. Myers Convocation Center, are $20 each. Tables of eight are $160. Those wishing to order tickets can do so by making checks payable to the Ashbrook Center and mail the order to: Ashbrook Center, Ashland University, 401 College Ave., Ashland, OH 44805.  For more information, contact Lisa M. Ormiston at 419 289-5429 or lormiston@ashbrook.org<mailto:lormiston@ashbrook.org>.

Mandel was sworn in as the 48th treasurer of the state of Ohio on Jan. 10, 2011. Mandel is a Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Iraq and served as state representative from the 17th Ohio House District. He was first elected state representative in 2006, knocking on 19,679 doors and wearing out three pairs of shoes. In 2008, he was re-elected to a second term, representing a district with a 2:1 Democrat to Republican voter ratio. With broad bipartisan support, he was elected as Ohio's Treasurer of State on Nov. 2, 2010, winning 80 of Ohio's 88 counties and as the top vote-getter of all statewide executive candidates.

Mandel previously served as the ranking member of the Financial Institutions, Real Estate and Securities Committee, and dealt with issues concerning banks, investment firms, pension funds and other financial matters. Previously, as a member of the House Insurance Committee, he participated in the reconstruction of investment oversight for the multi-billion dollar Bureau of Workers' Compensation investment fund. Additionally, he has focused on energy security issues, having served as vice-chairman of the Public Utilities Committee and a member of the Alternative Energy Committee.

During his four years in the General Assembly, Mandel has devoted a great deal of energy toward the issues of fiscal discipline, improving the state's business climate and reversing the exodus of young people from Ohio. Due to his leadership on these and other issues, he was named legislative "Rookie of the Year" by the non-partisan Columbus Monthly Magazine and "Watchdog of the Treasury" by the United Conservatives of Ohio.

Mandel's previous elected experience includes service as a Lyndhurst City Councilman, where he was elected in 2003 with more votes than any candidate for council or mayor. As councilman, he served on the Finance Committee, dealing with issues including long-term fiscal forecasting, municipal investment strategy and bond-rating protections. Additionally, Mandel introduced and led the fight for the first municipal property tax rollback in Lyndhurst history, which currently remains one of the only municipal property tax rollbacks in Ohio history.

Inspired by a strong sense of duty to country, Mandel enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 2000, where he graduated first in his class from Marine Corps Boot Camp and first in his class from Marine Corps Intelligence School. His Marine Corps career spanned eight years, including two tours in Anbar Province, Iraq, as an Intelligence Specialist. During both tours he was awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal for "superior performance of his duties."

Mandel holds a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University, and he completed the Investment Decisions & Behavioral Finance program at Harvard University. He and his wife, Ilana, reside in Lyndhurst, Ohio.

Mandel has pledged to protect and responsibly invest Ohioans hard-earned tax dollars and work on creative ways to fuel small business growth in Ohio.  Through the use of technology, he is also committed to exploring new and innovative ways to make the Treasurer's Office more streamlined and efficient.

The Ashbrook Center, located on the campus of Ashland University, teaches the meaning and significance of America through educational programs for students, teachers and citizens. Ashland University is a mid-sized, private institution conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.