State Representative Rick Carfagna is serving his first term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He represents the 68th House District, which includes the eastern half of Delaware County and all of Knox County.
A native of the Columbus area, Rick attended grade school at St. Paul in Westerville, graduated from St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, and earned his B.A. in Political Science from John Carroll University, where he met his college sweetheart and future wife, Jill.
Following graduation, Rick was accepted into the Ohio Legislative Service Commission’s Fellowship Program and later served as a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives where he staffed the House Public Utilities Committee.
In 2002, Carfagna accepted the position of Government Relations Manager for Time Warner Cable, where he oversaw legislative and regulatory issues at the local, state and federal levels. He also served as the company’s primary liaison to more than 400 municipalities and townships throughout Central and Southeast Ohio, as well as providing support to more than 400 additional local governments in Northwest Ohio. Among his accomplishments, Rick helped expand broadband infrastructure to unserved households, and also coordinated the provision of complimentary video services to scores of K-12 schools, local government facilities, and local first responders.
In 2009, Carfagna was elected to the Genoa Township Board of Trustees and was re-elected in 2013. He was appointed by his peers to serve as Board Chair in 2011, 2014, and 2016.
Early in his tenure, Rick led Genoa Township’s efforts to resolve a lingering dispute with the City of Westerville and the Westerville City School District over the township’s TIF (Tax Increment Financing) District. His work led to a joint-agreement that preserved the township’s TIF fund for economic development and infrastructure needs, provided for additional TIF revenue of well over $1.4 million, and secured easements for miles of future pedestrian trails.
Under Rick’s leadership, Genoa Township collaborated with other jurisdictions to secure the lowest rates for trash and recycling services in all of Central Ohio, winning the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s Green Collaborative Achievement Award. Rick also was directly involved in the state’s enactment of legislation expanding the investment opportunities for all of Ohio’s townships, allowing for greater investment returns and maximizing the value of taxpayer dollars. Rick also worked with his fellow trustees to create Genoa Township’s first ever “Rainy Day” fund, add over 4.5 miles of pedestrian trails, and enact electric and natural gas aggregation programs to achieve cost-savings on utility bills. In 2016, the Genoa Township Business Association recognized Carfagna with its “Public Servant of the Year” Award.
Other examples of Rick’s community involvement include service on the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Development Task Force, participation on the Westerville City School District’s Fiscal Review Committee, co-chairing BalletMet’s Advocacy Committee, serving on assorted teams with the United Way of Delaware County, and cooking at his church’s annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser. He also remains politically active as a longtime elected member of the Delaware County Republican Party’s Central Committee, and has assisted with numerous political campaigns over the years.
Rick and his wife, Jill, are the proud parents of a daughter, Isabella. They reside in Genoa Township and are parishioners at St. Paul Catholic Church in Westerville.