+ − Contact Information
Phone: (614) 644-7718
Senate Building 1 Capitol Square 1st Floor
+ − Biography
Senator John Eklund is currently serving his first term as State Senator for the 18th District, which is comprised of portions of Geauga and Lake Counties as well as all of Portage County. Though new to public office, Eklund’s long and noted legal career in Northeast Ohio has allowed him to cultivate a valued understanding of several issues that the General Assembly oversees.
For the 130th General Assembly, Senator Eklund has been tapped to serve as chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, as well as vice-chairman of the Commerce & Labor Committee. In addition, Senator Eklund holds seats on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Public Utilities Committee, the Civil Justice Committee, the Ways & Means Committee and the Finance Subcommittee on General Government. He also serves on the Great Lakes Commission, an interstate compact agency that promotes the orderly, integrated and comprehensive development, use and conservation of the water and related natural resources of the Great Lakes basin and St. Lawrence River.
When not tending to legislative duties in Columbus, Eklund is a partner at Calfee, Halter, & Griswold LLP where he has worked for more than 30 years. Throughout his legal career, much of his work has been centered on areas pertaining to anti-trust litigation, trade regulation, price fixing, class actions, and mergers and acquisitions. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree from Union College. He has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer in antitrust litigation and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Antitrust Law.
Senator Eklund is active in his community, currently serving on a number of boards and organizations, including the United Way Services of Geauga County Board of Trustees, the Munson Township Scholarship Committee, and the Geauga County Republican Party Executive Committee. He is a past member of the Geauga County YMCA Board of Trustees, the Munson Township Zoning Commission, the Chagrin River Land Conservancy Board of Trustees, the Cleveland Athletic Club Board of Trustees, and the Advisory Board of The Ohio District Court Review.
Senator Eklund resides in Munson Township with his wife, Meg. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Amanda.