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Phone: (614) 466-5441
77 S. High St
Columbus, OH 43215
+ − Biography
Armond D. Budish (D-Beachwood) previously served as Democratic Leader of the House for the 130th Ohio General Assembly, and he served as Speaker of the House for the 128th General Assembly. He represents the 8th House District, which includes parts of the city of Cleveland and its eastern suburbs.
Leader Budish obtained his Bachelor’s Degree with honors from Swarthmore College near Philadelphia, PA, and then earned a Juris Doctor degree, Order of the Coif, from New York University Law School. After clerking for a federal judge in Washington, D.C., he joined the law firm Hahn Loeser and Parks in Cleveland.
In 1993, he founded the law firm Budish, Solomon, Steiner, & Peck in Beachwood, OH, where he is currently a partner. Leader Budish is also host of the television show “Golden Opportunities,” an informational program for seniors and their families, which can be seen Sundays on WKYC Channel 3 in Northeast Ohio. He has written several books, including most recently Why Wills Won’t Work. He has written articles for many national publications and, for a span of almost 25 years, penned a column entitled “You and the Law,” which was published by The Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Columbus Dispatch.
In 2006, after both his sons had left for college, Leader Budish made the decision to run for public office. He was elected that year to the Ohio House of Representatives from the 8th District. His appointment as Ranking Minority Member of the Financial Institutions, Real Estate & Securities Committee enabled his extensive involvement in a number of important legislative issues, including Payday Lending reform. Having worked extensively with families struggling with health care and long-term care issues, he also took the lead on health care-related initiatives and served as a member of the Unified Long-Term Care Budget workgroup.
Armond Budish was elected to be Speaker of the House by his peers in January 2009. A true desire for cooperation and bipartisanship underpinned his priorities for the House. To that end, he instituted a new rule aimed at removing partisanship from the Clerk’s Office by requiring that the Clerk and Deputy Clerk be members of different political parties. Leader Budish’s top priorities as Speaker during the 128th General Assembly were creating jobs, bringing business to Ohio, and investing in education. To further his agenda and to help Ohio’s families meet their most pressing needs in these tough economic times, he created several new committees, including Economic Development and Housing & Urban Revitalization.
Now in the 130th General Assembly, Leader Budish maintains his role as Democratic Leader of the House as elected by his peers. As Ohio’s economic recovery continues, his principal goal remains investing in Ohio’s future through job creation and better educational opportunities for our children.
Leader Budish lives in Beachwood with his wife Amy. They have two sons: Ryan, who is an attorney in Washington, D.C., and Daniel, who is earning his Master’s degree in urban planning.