Name: Niraj Antani
City of Residence: Miamisburg, Ohio
Party Affiliation: Republican
Office Sought: State Representative 42nd District
Election Website: http://www.nirajantani.com/
Why should you be elected?
I was born and raised in this community, and I am proud of that. It is truly an honor to be able to represent the community I’ve lived in my entire life at the Statehouse. I believe my constituents want me to be accessible, to listen, to work hard for them, to sponsor bills and vote for bills that fix the problems they face, and to stand on conservative principles and values. I work hard to do this every day. I am dedicated to protecting the interests of my constituents. Just as no one is, I am not perfect. I strive every day to learn from my constituents, and to improve myself to be a better State Representative for them every day.
Top Three Priorities:
The heroin epidemic has devastated our families, particularly in the Dayton area. We have a responsibility to do everything we can to save lives. In my opinion, there are three major areas to improve upon: getting drugs off our streets, putting dealers and traffickers in jail, and treating those addicted. We need to give law enforcement more resources to get drugs off our streets and out of our community. We must increase penalties on dealers and traffickers. We also need to provide more availability of treatment to those afflicted with substance abuse.
As Secretary of State Jon Husted says, if we were number 1 in jobs and education, we would not be number 1 in heroin deaths. Thus, we must continue to cut taxes to grow our economy and support our community colleges to help create a skilled workforce. In doing so, we are providing for the future of our community. At the Statehouse, we should work every day to make our economy stronger, and thereby creating prosperity for all Ohioans.
State Representative Niraj Antani is serving his second term in the Ohio House. He represents the 42nd District, which covers most of southern Montgomery County. Having been elected age 23, now 26, he is the youngest currently serving member of the House. In addition, he is the second Indian-American state elected official in Ohio history, and the first Indian-American Republican. Currently. Antani serves as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, as well as a member of the Committee on Health, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Committee on Aging and Long Term Care, and the Committee on Community and Family Advancement.
During the Romney for President campaign in 2012, Antani worked for the Ohio State Director & Senior Adviser to the campaign. He has also worked for U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Washington, DC. In Ohio, Antani has worked for then State Representative – now State Senator – Peggy Lehner, as well as U.S. Congressman Mike Turner in his Dayton office.
Antani was named to Forbes Magazine’s list of the top “30 Under 30” people in the United States for Law & Politics in 2015. As well, the conservative media organization Newsmax named him the 2nd most influential Republican in the nation under age 30. In addition, in 2013 he was named to the “Top 30 Conservatives Under Age 30 in the United States” list by Red Alert Politics. Antani has received the Legislator of the Year Award by the AMVETS Department of Ohio for his work helping veterans, as well as the Friend of Community Colleges Award by the Ohio Association of Community College and the Distinguished Government Service Award by the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools for his work for the betterment of higher education for the middle class.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. Born and raised in Miami Township, Antani attended Miamisburg City Schools and is a graduate of Miamisburg High School. A strong conservative, Antani is a member of the NRA and volunteers for Dayton Right to Life. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Miamisburg, and is a former executive board member of the non-profit Dayton International Festival, Inc. He chairs the Ohio Republican Party Asian Pacific American Advisory Council and serves on the national board of the Republican State Leadership Committee’s Future Majority Project. Antani has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, PBS NewsHour, CNBC, C-SPAN, and Chuck Todd’s radio show. In addition, he has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and in various NBC National News articles.
Antani currently resides in Miamisburg, Ohio.