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Two former Ohio House aides say they’re launching a Columbus-based lobbying and campaign consulting firm with the help — and the name — of their old boss, recently retired Speaker William G. Batchelder.

Co-founders Troy Judy and Chad Hawley launched The Batchelder Company on Friday, less than 10 days after Batchelder retired due to term limits. They said Batchelder, a Medina Republican, is joining the firm in the advisory role of chairman emeritus.

Ohio’s legislative watchdog, Tony Bledsoe, said Batchelder and the two aides are free to do business with the Legislature on most matters. A one-year revolving-door prohibition on lobbying by former lawmakers was declared unconstitutional in 2010.

Judy was Batchelder’s chief of staff and later House Republicans’ political director. Hawley worked primarily as House policy director.

Batchelder, 72, served a total of 38 years in the House — the second-longest tenure of any lawmaker.

After winning his House district in 1965, Batchelder served for 30 years before term limits forced him out in 1998.

After stints as a Medina County Common Pleas judge and on the 9th District Court of Appeals, in Akron, Batchelder returned to the House in 2007, representing the 69th District.

He became speaker in 2011.

Batchelder, who lives in Medina with his wife, federal Judge Alice Batchelder, will be teaching at Cleveland State University and the University of Akron.

At CSU, Batchelder is expected to join the faculty as an executive in residence at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he will lecture on the application of law matters related to legislative, political and statutory environments.

At the University of Akron, he will be the visiting chair at the Bliss Institute in the Buchtel College of Arts and Science and the School of Law. He is expected to teach courses on Ohio politics and public policy.

Batchelder’s 69th District seat in the House was filled by another Republican, Medina County Commissioner Stephen Hambley, who defeated Democrat Richard A. Javorek in the November election.

Medina County Republicans are expected to meet today to choose Hambley’s replacement as county commissioner.

Two former Ohio House aides say they’re launching a Columbus-based lobbying and campaign consulting firm with the help — and the name — of their old boss, recently retired Speaker William G. Batchelder.

Co-founders Troy Judy and Chad Hawley launched The Batchelder Company on Friday, less than 10 days after Batchelder retired due to term limits.

They said Batchelder, a Medina Republican, is joining the firm in the advisory role of chairman emeritus.

Ohio’s legislative watchdog, Tony Bledsoe, said Batchelder and the two aides are free to do business with the Legislature on most matters. A one-year revolving-door prohibition on lobbying by former lawmakers was declared unconstitutional in 2010.

Judy was Batchelder’s chief of staff and later House Republicans’ political director. Hawley worked primarily as House policy director.

Batchelder, 72, served a total of 38 years in the House — the second-longest tenure of any lawmaker.

After winning his House district in 1965, Batchelder served for 30 years before term limits forced him out in 1998.

After stints as a Medina County Common Pleas judge and on the 9th District Court of Appeals, in Akron, Batchelder returned to the House in 2007, representing the 69th District.

He became speaker in 2011.

Batchelder, who lives in Medina with his wife, federal Judge Alice Batchelder, will be teaching at Cleveland State University and the University of Akron.

At CSU, Batchelder is expected to join the faculty as an executive in residence at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he will lecture on the application of law matters related to legislative, political and statutory environments.

At the University of Akron, he will be the visiting chair at the Bliss Institute in the Buchtel College of Arts and Science and the School of Law.

He is expected to teach courses on Ohio politics and public policy.

Batchelder’s 69th District seat in the House was filled by another Republican, Medina County Commissioner Stephen Hambley, who defeated Democrat

Richard A. Javorek in the November election.

Medina County Republicans are expected to meet today to choose Hambley’s replacement as county commissioner.



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