Willis Blackshear Jr is currently serving in his first term as state representative for Ohio’s 39th House District, which includes most of the city of Dayton and Jefferson Township.
Rep. Blackshear serves his hometown the only way he knows how—by working together to find solutions to the issues that matter most to working people and families. He is prioritizing ways to reinvest in area neighborhoods and communities, bring tax dollars back to the district and put more money back in the pockets of Ohio taxpayers.
Rep. Blackshear is also committed to listening to the vast majority of Ohioans who want more—not less—gun safety measures, and supports passing commonsense gun safety legislation to keep our kids and communities safe.
Ohio’s promise of better lives and brighter futures begins in the classroom. That is why Rep. Blackshear is working across the aisle with Democrats and Republicans to invest in public education, expand access to early learning opportunities and ensure a quality education for every Ohio student regardless of where they live.
A Dayton-area native, Rep. Blackshear formerly served as an outreach specialist at the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office and earned his BA in Political Science from Wright State University in Dayton.