Jack Cera for House of Representatives


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State Representative Jack Cera, a native of Bellaire, Ohio (Belmont County) was appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives in December 2011 to serve as the State Representative of then House District 95. With redistricting taking effect prior to the 130th General Assembly, he now represents House District 96 which encompasses portions of Belmont County, all of Jefferson County, and all of Monroe County.

Cera Family

From left to right: Bethany, daughter; Becky, wife; Jack;
Jaclyn, daughter; Brent, son-in-law

Jack's previous tenure in the Ohio General Assembly (1983-1996) included serving as the State Representative of what was then House District 99 (Belmont, Monroe, Noble, and the northern part of Washington Counties). During that time he served on Finance and Appropriations, Ways and Means, Public Utilities, Agriculture and Natural Resources and Energy and Environment Committees. He also served as Chairman of the Development Finance Subcommittee. In addition to these standing committees, Cera chaired select committees on Workers' Compensation and Longwall Mining. He was also a longtime member of the Coal Technical Advisory Committee and the Board on Unreclaimed Strip Mined Lands. Rep. Cera was instrumental in starting the Roadwork Development Fund which directed gas tax funding to economic development for the first time and for the expansion of the flood warning system following the deadly floods of 1990. He is now Ranking Member on Ag and Natural Resources, and serves on Finance, Public Utilities, and Ways and Means. Earlier this General Assembly, he served on the newly created Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee.

After leaving the legislature, Cera worked for the Belmont County Department of Job and Family Services as Workforce Development Director. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of the Jefferson Belmont Regional Solid Waste Authority. Rep. Cera continued to serve his community after leaving the House as a volunteer on The Belmont County Port Authority Board, The Belmont County Planning Commission, The Bellaire Public Library Board, The Bellaire Park District Board, The Bellaire Girls Softball Association and the East Ohio Girls Softball Association.

Representative Cera is a 1974 graduate of Bellaire High School where he excelled in the classroom and on the football field. His 97-yard interception return for a touchdown was a school record for over 20 years. He was recruited to play football at Brown University, but his playing days ended after one year due to injury. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown in 1978. Representative Cera is married to his wife of 30 years, Becky. They have two daughters: Jaclyn, a graduate of Waynesburg University with both a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree; and Bethany, a student at the University of Charleston and member on the softball team. Jaclyn recently married Air Force Lieutenant Brent Yocum from Smithfield.

Representative Cera serves as a strong voice for his district and promises to be an advocate for economic development, local governments, education, health care, and Ohio's working families and elderly. With the emerging Marcellus and Utica gas drilling activities in the district, Rep. Cera will work to maximize the economic benefit while protecting the local infrastructure, property rights, and environment. Previously, Rep. Cera worked with local officials on many water, sewer and road projects and will continue to advocate improving the district's infrastructure.



United Mine Workers of America

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW Local 246

United Steelworkers of America

International Union of Operating Engineers

Upper Ohio Valley Building and Construction Trades

Carpenters Local 186

Laborers International Local 809

Sheet Metal Workers Local 33

Upper Ohio Valley Central Labor Council

Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 495

Ohio Iron Workers



Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters


Ohio Education Association

Ohio Federation of Teachers

Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)-Transportation Division

Bakers & Confectionary Workers International Union Local 19

Ohio Nurses Association

Parkersburg-Marietta Building and Construction Trades

United Steelworkers Local 5724

USW / S.O.A.R. Chapter 23-9

Affiliated Construction Trades of Ohio




National Rifle Association

Buckeye Firearms Association

Ohio Farm Bureau

The Ohio Manufacturers Association

Ohio State Chiropractic Association

Ohio Restaurant Association

Ohio Realtors Association


Jack Cera

Jack Cera


Member of the Ohio House of Representatives from the 96th district

Personal details:
Born: Bellaire, Ohio
Political party: Democratic
Spouse: Becky
Alma mater: Brown University


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Bellaire, OH 43906



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