Josh Mandel comes from a family of fighters. While one of his grandfathers was wearing the uniform of the United States Army during World War II, the other was fighting to survive Auschwitz. At the same time, his grandmother was fighting to survive the Nazis in Italy, being saved by a network of courageous Christians.
Inspired by his grandparents and a duty to country, Josh enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2000. During an eight year Marine career including active and reserve service, Josh served two tours in Anbar Province, Iraq, protecting our values, our freedoms and our way of life.
Josh was first elected State Representative in 2006, knocking on 19,679 doors and wearing out three pairs of shoes. He was elected the 48th Treasurer of the State of Ohio in 2010, and re-elected to a second term in 2014, winning both elections by double-digit margins.
When Treasurer Mandel took office in 2011, Ohio’s finances were ranked 43rd and the state faced an $8 billion budget hole. At the end of his first term, Ohio’s financial ranking had improved to 7th in the nation and the state had more than a $1 billion surplus.
As Treasurer of Ohio, Josh helped lead the charge to end Ohio’s death tax and bring sanity to the state’s onerous municipal income tax system. He also launched OhioCheckbook.com, a website that sets a new national standard for government transparency and empowers taxpayers to hold politicians’ feet to the fire. As a result of OhioCheckbook.com, Josh improved Ohio’s fiscal transparency ranking from 46th to 1st in the nation.
Josh is running for the U.S. Senate to transfer the power from the politicians to the people and to give Ohioans the freedom to live the life they want to live and the opportunity to work the job they want to work. He will fight for term limits, to stop sanctuary cities and to defend the Constitution. He will wake up every morning fighting to protect our country from the threat of radical Islam and will never forget that we are a nation founded and steeped in Judeo-Christian values.
Josh has a B.A. from The Ohio State University, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, and resides in the Cleveland area with his wife Ilana and their children Rosie, Judah and Gideon.