State Representative David Leland has lived in the 22nd Ohio House District for more than 48 years; always committed to making our north Columbus community a better place to live and work. His commitment to community service has been recognized by many organizations, including the OSU Alumni Association with its Citizenship award.
In 1995, Leland was elected to the first of four terms as Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party. He chaired the Ohio delegations to the 1996 and 2000 Democratic National Conventions.
In 2000 he was appointed to the Federal Service Impasses Panel by President Bill Clinton.
As Finance Chair for Ted Strickland’s successful 2006 campaign for Ohio Governor, David raised a then-record amount of over $17 million.
First elected to the Ohio House of Representatives at age 29, he authored seven bills into law and was voted the outstanding freshman State Representative of the 115th Ohio General Assembly. Leland returned to the Ohio House in 2014 and currently serves on the following House Committees: Criminal Justice — ranking member, Energy and Natural Resources, Financial Institutions, and Ways and Means. Because of his legislative efforts, he received the Champion Of Public Education Award in 2016 and in 2019 he received the “Legislator of the Year” Award from the Ohio Public Transit Association.
An avid baseball fan, David serves on the Board of Trustees of the Columbus Clippers, the Cleveland Indians Triple-A franchise.
During his 14 year tenure on the Clippers’ Board, the team won back-to-back National Championships and built its award-winning stadium, Huntington Park.
David Leland is married to Phyllis Hunt and is the father of two children , Ben and Maria Leland. David Leland is a graduate of Columbus North High School, The Ohio State University, and Capital University Law School and is currently a partner at the Columbus Law firm Carpenter Lipps & Leland.