State Representative Jennifer Garrison (D-93rd District) is serving her second term on behalf of her constituents in Guernsey, Monroe and Noble Counties, and parts of Washington and Muskingum Counties.
The Cincinnati-area native and daughter of a union plumber earned a bachelors degree in economics and business administration from Xavier University. She then received her law degree from Catholic University Law School in Washington, D.C.
While she pursued her higher education, Rep. Garrison interned for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and worked for the Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio Department of Natural Resources as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. In this position, Jennifer lobbied Ohios Congressional delegation to vote on legislation that positively impacted Ohios funding for transportation and natural resources.
Rep. Garrison then completed a judicial clerkship in Philadelphia and became a practicing attorney. She moved to Marietta in 1990, joining the law firm of McCauley, Webster & Emrick, where she became a partner in 1993. Three years later, Rep. Garrison opened her own private law practice where she concentrates on family mediation. She ran the Washington County Visitation Mediation Project for seven years, providing free mediation to parents working out their custody and visitation conflicts.
Rep. Garrison moved into public service to protect families and find a fix for school funding. She serves as Ranking Member of the Juvenile and Family Law Committee, and she also sits on the Education, Public Utilities and Energy, and Finance and Appropriations Committee and the Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee.
She is a former board member of the domestic violence shelter EVE and the Washington County Mental Health & Alcohol Addiction Board, and she is past Commissioner on the Marietta Civil Service Board. Rep. Garrison also volunteered in the Marietta City Schools.
Rep. Garrison is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She served as president of the Washington County, Ohio Bar Association from 1996 to 1997.
Garrison and her husband Russ have three children: Emily (15), Sam (13) and Max (8). They are members of Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta.