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Friday, October 24, 2014

Fort Thomas Matters Election Bio: Joe Fischer, Kentucky State Representative

Joe Fischer is running for re-election to the Kentucky State House of Representatives 68th District/Provided

by Joe Fischer
Candidate for Kentucky State House of Representatives 68th District
Biographical Information

By way of introduction, I am Joe Fischer, the incumbent State Representative for the 68th House District in Campbell County. I have represented our community in Frankfort for the past 16 years. I am currently seeking re-election to my ninth term. Previously, I served 11 years on the Ft. Thomas City Council.

I was born and raised in Ft. Thomas and have resided here my entire life. I am a lifelong member of St. Catherine of Siena Church. I am a lawyer by profession, licensed to practice in state and federal courts throughout Kentucky and Ohio. For the past 28 years, I have practiced corporate law for Ohio National Financial Services, Inc., in Cincinnati.  For 18 years, my wife Karen taught English and Social Studies at St. Catherine School in Ft. Thomas and now teaches English at IVY Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. We have two adult daughters and twin granddaughters, age 2.

Challenges and Opportunities For Campbell County

The most immediate challenge facing our community is the heroin epidemic. Unless we impose tougher penalties on heroin dealers now, families will lose more of their beloved children to this deadly epidemic. Last session, Senator Stine's bill (2014 SB 5) was held political hostage by the House Democratic Judiciary Chairman until the final day when it was too late to pass. I will soon introduce a drug trafficking bill that will make Ohio heroin pushers think twice about selling their supplies in KY. We must pass this legislation next year.

Another important challenge is to make Kentucky economically competitive so that businesses can create opportunities for young people to gain employment and raise their families here. We must learn from the example of growing states like Florida, Texas and Tennessee. By changing our antiquated income tax structure to a consumption based tax, we can attract jobs to our Commonwealth and keep our young people productive and prosperous. Had we addressed tax reform in 2011 when House Republican members first proposed it, Toyota and Omnicare would have likely stayed home in NKY.

The last barrier to prosperity for the citizens of Campbell County is federal regulation. We have seen sewer rates skyrocket 300% in the past decade because of EPA mandates. Reformulated gas adds at least 10 cents to every gallon of gasoline. Electricity costs rise because of carbon emission limits on coal. Obamacare mandates keep small companies from hiring more than 50 workers. To address these problems, I have sponsored the KY Reins Act for many years. This bill would require legislative approval before certain federal or state regulations could take effect. This act would give the Kentucky General Assembly veto power over executive regulations.

Great challenges often provide great opportunities for reform. I look forward to meeting these challenges during the 2015 session.  

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