Governor-elect Michael DeWine announced today that he has chosen former State Representative Jeff McClain to be Ohio’s next Tax Commissioner. Many Ohio taxpayers are familiar with Mr. McClain because of his role in Ohio tax policy the last several years.
Currently, Mr. McClain serves as the Director, Tax & Economic Policy, at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Our own Tom Zaino, who is a former Chairman of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and a former tax commissioner said, “Jeff will be missed by the Ohio Chamber, but Governor-elect DeWine has made another great decision. The new Governor and the people of Ohio will be well served by Jeff’s strong understanding and support for tax policies that encourage job creation, business investment, and a strong economy.”
Mr. McClain also adds a unique understanding of Ohio’s legislative and tax writing process. He was a State Representative for the 87th District for over seven years. As a State Representative, Mr. McClain served as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee (i.e., the tax committee) and supported important tax reforms, including municipal income tax uniformity.
Prior to being a State Representative, Mr. McClain served as the Wyandot County Auditor for 26½ years. As County Auditor, Mr. McClain administered the county’s real property tax system, a skill that will also benefit him well in his new role as Ohio’s Tax Commissioner.
Governor-elect DeWine takes office on Monday, January 14, 2019. Mr. McClain and other members of the governor’s new cabinet are expected to be sworn into office the same day.