Paul H. Jones
Inducted - 1990
A 1969 graduate of Ravenna High School, Paul was a three sport letterman and President of his class during his sophomore and senior years. Also as a senior he served as President of the Student Body and was elected by his classmates to give the commencement address. Winning a full academic scholarship to Earlham College, Paul earned a Bachelor's Degree in Govenrment in 1973. While attending Earlham, Paul served as Vice-President of the Student Body and earned four Varsity letters in wrestling.
Upon his return to Ravenna he became a Job Placement Coordinator for Ravenna High School. To further his education, he turned to Kent State University where he earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration. In 1975, at the age of twenty-four, Paul was elected Mayor of Ravenna and served two terms. Beginning in 1982 Paul was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives for four terms. Of the thirteen State Committees and Commissions on which he presently serves as a member, he has been honored by his colleagues to be appointed to leadership positions for ten of these. Most prominent of these is Chairman of the Ohio House Health and Retirement Committee. During his career in public service Paul holds the distinction of also being the founder of both the Portage County Special Olympics and the Portage County Food Coalition. He has served as Chairman of the Happy Day School Campaign Committee for which he was named the Portage County Mental Retardation Board's "Volunteer of the Year" in 1981.
Paul has been a delegate to the last four National Democratic Conventions, an adjunct Professor of Political Science at Hiram College, served on many local and state-wide associations and has been named "Legislator of the Year" by many associations over the last eight years. His leadership skills were groomed in the classrooms of Ravenna High Schoool and we proudly proclaim his leadership skills in the chambers of the Ohio Legislature.