A lifelong resident of Ohio, Joel now lives in Lewis Center, Ohio with his wife and their four children. As a parent, he tries to lead by example to teach them the importance of generosity and kindness and the value of hard work and sacrifice.
Joel has been working hard since the age of 15 when he started his first job bagging groceries at a Geyers New Market in Bucyrus, Ohio. Without the stability and support of a traditional family, he had no choice but to persevere. By working part-time jobs, earning scholarships, and joining the Air Force, he was able to put himself not only through college (at The Ohio State University), but grad school, and eventually law school.
How much of a difference can one person really make? It’s easy to get discouraged. But no one knows better than Joel Spitzer the enormous impact one person can truly have. Whether it be on a child, a community, or a state. He wouldn’t be where he is today had it not been for the individuals that helped him along the way. Having grown up in foster care, he will always be grateful for the caring individuals who welcomed him into their homes and the kindness of teachers who mentored him along the way.
With a desire to help others the way he had been helped, Joel was quite naturally drawn to the field of education. After earning his Master’s in Education Administration from Wright State University, he went to work in schools, serving as Dean of Students for Olentangy Orange High School. It’s this firsthand experience that has contributed to his strong belief that public education does work, and that’s why it’s imperative that we invest in it.
But Joel felt there was still more he could do, so he enrolled in law school and earned his J.D. from the University of Dayton. He felt that as an attorney he could effectuate change on a larger scale and provide for a greater platform for giving.
Joel is always looking to improve himself and the community–always in search of his next move. He is currently a PhD candidate in School Finance at the University of Dayton. He’s also in his 3rd term serving as Orange Township’s Fiscal Officer. And now, he is ready to take the next step in his journey. As your Senator, he will work tirelessly to promote positive change and to empower others. Joel Spitzer will put people before politics. That’s a promise.