Jamie Callender Bio

State Representative Callender (R-Willowick, 1996-2004) served for eight (8) years, maximum under term limits, in the Ohio General Assembly representing western Lake County, Ohio.  As Chairman of the Ohio House Education Committee, Representative Callender was an integral part of the creation of Ohio’s charter school laws, shepherding legislative reforms thereafter as a champion of community (“charter”) schools.  He was instrumental in creating ‘value added’ as a measurement of a child’s educational progress.  He also served as Chairman of the Joint Committee for Agency Rules and Regulations (JCARR), Vice Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and a member of the Ohio Civil/Commercial Law Committee.

Representative Callender was appointed as Ohio’s representative on the Education Commission of the States (ECS), and worked closely with the Bush administration and various state governors to develop the national education standards and accountability measurements as used today – work that led to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.  In Ohio, he served as a member of the State Board of Education, the Board of Regents, and helped establish the OhioReads program, on whose board he served.   Jamie has received awards from many leading civic organizations including, Bridges Mental Health Consumer Empowerment, Courage and Leadership Award, Ohio Person of Courage Award, Ohio Association of Gifted Students, Legislator of the Year, Watchdog of the Treasury awards in 1998 and 2000, Best Friends of LEAF, Ohio Advocates for Mental Health, Ohio Staffing Services, Ohio Trial Lawyers Association, the OhioReads Governor’s Commission of Teaching Success, and many others.

Jamie has served as Chairman and President of Ohio Association of School Authorizers (OACSA), editor of Ohio Lawyer Magazine, an appointed board member on the Mentor Public Library Board, and has been cited in Democracy in the States: Experiments in Election Reform (Brookings Institute) and Ohio State Constitution: A Reference Guide (Praeger).

In addition to his work, Mr. Callender has been a Professor of Public Policy in the Political Science Department at Kent State University since 2004 for the Columbus Program on Intergovernmental Issues, and authored the widely-used college textbook, State Government in Ohio (Lake Publishing).