Mark D. Wagoner '97 to be Honored as Outstanding Recent Alumnus October 15
|Mark, Mickey and Merideth Wagoner|
Mark D. Wagoner '97, Moritz Outstanding Recent Alumnus for 2005, is on the fast track. He is nearing completion of his first year in the Ohio House of Representatives as a Representative for the 46th District, winning his first race for political office with 62% of the vote. He was one of only two freshmen legislators to be named major committee vice chairs. Mark was one of only three of Ohio's newly elected legislators to be awarded the prestigious Bowhay Fellowship by a bi-partisan panel, to attend a Leadership Development Conference in summer 2005, conducted in Madison, Wisconsin by the Council of State Governments.
In his first year in the legislature, Mark sponsored a bill that strengthens child support enforcement in Ohio by limiting lottery winners' ability to set up "blind trusts" to avoid making child support payments. He plans future initiatives aimed at Medicaid reform and judicial reform.
Mark also received Ohio's "Voice of Children Award" for his advocacy of the Kinship Care program, and his success in obtaining better reimbursement rates for Lucas County child care providers.
A loyal alumnus, Mark called the legislation clinic to ask that a Moritz student be assigned to his office as part of the intern program. He is also volunteering in the Mentoring and More @ Moritz Program to provide advice and counsel to students interested in learning more about politics.
|Proud dad Mark with
Mark's decision to run for office was fueled by a long-standing interest in public service and an opportunity created by term limits. The incumbent in this Republican-leaning district couldn't run for reelection and Mark felt the timing was right. He was concerned about Ohio's economic development and education, and he wanted to make a difference.
Mark's practice with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Toledo mirrors his political trajectory. In only his second year of practice he was honored with one of the Toledo Bar Association's Pro Bono Awards. A member of the firm's business litigation department, Mark is highly rated by his peers and consistently wins favorable judgments. He was recognized this year as one of Ohio SuperLawyer's "Rising Stars" in business litigation.
His community involvements include United Way of Greater Toledo, Mobile Meals of Toledo, and Aspiring Minds of Toledo, Inc., a non-profit corporation encouraging civic commitment among young community leaders. Aspiring Minds was founded in 1999 by Mark and five friends, and the group's philanthropic work provides about $18,000 annually to local charities. The Toledo Business Journal recognized Mark with the "20 under 40" Award for Community Leadership in 2004.
Mark and wife Merideth are proud parents to Mickey Wagoner, born in April of 2004. A father, practitioner, legislator, and community volunteer, Mark surprisingly finds time for sports - jogging and ice hockey - not surprisingly, fast ones.