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About the Commission


 Voting Members


​Mark Policinski, Chair

   Appointed by Governor Kasich; Appointment date: April 17, 2014; Term Expiration: October 20, 2019

Allen Biehl, representing the general public

   Appointed by Senate President Obhof; Appointment date: May 1, 2019; Term Expiration: October 20, 2024

Dean Hempfling, representing the interests of manufacturers

   Appointed by Governor Kasich; Appointment date: December 6, 2017; Term Expiration: October 20, 2021

Solomon Jackson, representing a freight rail company

   Appointed by Governor Taft; 1st Appointment date: October 20, 2000; Term Expiration: October 20, 2024

Mark Johnson, representing the interests of organized labor

   Appointed by Governor Kasich; Appointment date: March 17, 2017; Term Expiration: October 20, 2021

William Lozier, representing the general public

   Appointed by House Speaker Husted; 1st Appointment date: August 7, 2008; Term Expiration: October 20, 2024

Tony Reams, representing the interests of passenger rail

   Appointed by Governor Kasich; Appointment date: March 21, 2018; Term Expiration: October 20, 2021

Eric Richter, representing infrastructure financing

   Appointed by Governor Kasich; Appointment date: January 12, 2017; Term Expiration: October 20, 2021

Thomas Zitter, representing the general public

   Appointed by Governor Kasich; 1st Appointment date: July 27, 2012; Term Expiration: October 20, 2024

Director Lydia Mihalik

   Representing the Ohio Development Services Agency, ex-officio

Director Jack Marchbanks, Ph.D.

   Representing the Ohio Department of Transportation, ex-officio


 Legislative Members


Representative James Hoops, 81st House District

Representative Michael Sheehy, 46th House District

Senator Nathan Manning, 13th Senate District

Senator Vernon Sykes, 28th Senate District


 Commission Membership and Contact Information

The Commission has 15 members, including four non-voting members from the Ohio General Assembly. Seven commissioners are appointed by the governor and one each by the President of the Ohio Senate and the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives. The Directors of the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Department of Development serve as ex-officio members. 

To contact members of the Ohio Rail Development Commission, please call Wende Jourdan at (614) 728-9497 or send a message to Wende.Jourdan@dot.ohio.gov​