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Sen. Shane Wilkin announces campaign for Ohio's Second Congressional District

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Sen. Shane Wilkin

Lifelong Republican and proven conservative Shane Wilkin today announced his candidacy for Congress, seeking to fill the seat in Ohio’s Second District to be vacated by current Congressman Brad Wenstrup.

A true southern Ohio native, Wilkin has a strong conservative record built on principled leadership always guided by the core values of faith, family and freedom.

“I have enormous respect for Congressman Wenstrup and his work over the past decade to stand up for our conservative principles,” said Wilkin. “President Biden and the liberals in Congress are pushing policies that don’t match our values, and I will fight tirelessly to ensure the people of the Second District continue to have a strong voice in Washington.”

As a small business owner and current state senator, Wilkin brings unmatched business experience and a proven conservative record to the race.

“Middle class families and small businesses are getting crushed by Washington’s outrageous tax-and-spend ways. Inflation is out of control, and for those of us who aren’t rich, Bidenomics is hitting our pocketbooks every day,” Wilkin added. “I’ll do everything in my power to block job-killing, big government proposals from causing more harm to our country.”

A lifelong hunter and fisherman, Wilkin is the current co-chairman of the Sportsmen’s Caucus of Ohio and has been previously endorsed by the Buckeye Firearms Association and the National Rifle Association, earning an “A+” rating for his unwavering defense of the 2nd Amendment.

A staunch pro-Trump Republican, Wilkin is also a four-time recipient of the Award for Conservative Achievement from the American Conservative Union – one of the highest honors bestowed on policymakers by the founders of CPAC.

“My wife and I want our girls to live in an America that embraces the conservative values that are the foundation to build stronger families, better jobs, safer communities, and a brighter future,” Wilkin said. “I have a proven conservative record, and I will always put America first.”

Wilkin lives in Highland County with his wife, Judge Kristy Wilkin of Ohio’s Fourth District Court of Appeals, and their two daughters, Piper and Parker.

Ohio’s Second Congressional District includes all of Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Gallia, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton counties, as well as the southern portion of Fayette County. For more information, visit


David A. Mayer (not verified)

19 December 2023

Public needs answers on who actually wrote HB6. And Wilkin's ties to Larry Householder's recruitment of the cosponsors. Maybe Sam Randazzo can "plea"se the utility rate payers.

Patiently Waiting (not verified)

19 December 2023

When I consider past behavior from Shane, I conclude that for his hometown to be adequately represented we Highland countians need to form a PAC to raise funding for his re-election campaigns. This would also include our other representatives in the Congress and Senate as well. Maybe even local office holders as well.

If we can get a dollar from every Highland countian, we will have enough funding to purchase his/their vote(s)in all matters that pertain to us.

This is EXACTLY what the big corporations and wealthy donors with a fetish for telling others how to live have done for decades.

It’s time regular, everyday people get organized. We must have our voices heard in the only way that truly matters to our representative class. The language of business. Money talks.

*had we done this 25 years ago and stuffed $100k in his pockets every few years, would we be looking at a solar wasteland on the western side of the county? Obviously not. He’d be kissing our @$$3$ instead of making excuses.

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