Robert Sprague

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Robert Sprague
Robert Sprague 2018 rally (cropped 2).jpg
49th Treasurer of Ohio
Assumed office
January 14, 2019
GovernorMike DeWine
Preceded byJosh Mandel
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 83rd district
In office
February 1, 2011 – December 31, 2018
Preceded byCliff Hite
Succeeded byJon Cross
Personal details
Robert Cole Sprague

(1973-04-18) April 18, 1973 (age 46)
Findlay, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationDuke University (BA)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (MBA)

Robert Cole Sprague (born April 18, 1973) currently serves as the 49th state treasurer of Ohio. He previously served as a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 83rd district.[1] He was appointed in 2011 to replace Cliff Hite, who was appointed to the Ohio Senate.[2] Sprague has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before becoming a Representative he served as auditor and treasurer for Findlay, Ohio, and worked as a consultant. He is married with five children.[1]

Personal Life and Early Career[edit]

Sprague was raised in Findlay, Ohio and graduated from Findlay High School. He graduated from Duke University with a BS in mechanical engineering and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an MBA.[3]

After graduation, he worked at Ernst & Young in Atlanta, Georgia as a project lead before starting his own consulting firm, advising businesses from London to Singapore.

He moved back to Findlay, where he still resides with his wife Amanda and their five children. After leaving the private sector, he served as treasurer and auditor for the city.

Political career[edit]

In 2011, then-Representative Cliff Hite was appointed to the Ohio Senate, creating a vacancy for the 83rd House District. Sprague was appointed to fill that seat, which he was re-elected to in 2012, 2014, and 2016.

Addressing Drug Addiction[edit]

As a freshman member of the General Assembly, Sprague was seated on the House Criminal Justice Committee.[4]

During the 130th General Assembly, Representative Sprague chaired a special committee that traveled the state gathering information on the opioid addiction crisis.[5]

Through the legislation he sponsored and supported in the 129th, 130th, and 131st General Assemblies, he was deeply involved in addressing many addiction related issues, including:

  • Adding modules about prescription opioids and heroin addiction to Ohio’s health curricula (H.B. 367)[6]
  • Increasing penalties for illegally providing controlled substances to pregnant women (HB 394)
  • Shutting down pill mills through revised pain management, prescribing, and dispensing regulations (H.B. 93) [7]
  • Increasing access to the life-saving overdose reversing medication, naloxone (Narcan) (H.B. 4)[8]
  • Creating Good Samaritan provisions for overdose situations, encouraging individuals to call for help (H.B. 110)[9]
  • Providing the framework and funding to increase prevention efforts and ensure a full continuum of treatment services would be available to every Ohioan (H.B. 483)[10]
  • Providing the framework and funding to establish and increase the use of specialty drug dockets, which give courts flexibility for drug offenders, allowing them to place people with drug addictions into treatment and rehabilitation (H.B. 59) [11]

Developmental Disabilities[edit]

In the 131st General Assembly, Representative Sprague was Chairman of the House Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. That year’s operating budget, H.B. 64, addressed many DD-related issues.[12]


In March 2012, the Ohio House passed legislation sponsored by Sprague that would increase the maximum amount that the Ohio Treasurer could invest in agricultural linked deposits from $125 million to $165 million. It also increased the maximum amount that could be loaned to farmers and agri-businesses from $100,000 to $150,000 per application. The bill was signed by Governor John Kasich on June 26, 2012.[13]

Legislative Awards[edit]

  • Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) Award for Legislative Excellence (2013) [14]
  • Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACB) Legislator of the Year (2014) [15]
  • Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) Outstanding Legislator of the Year (2015) [16]
  • Center for Community Solutions (CCS) Award for Public Service (2016) [17]
  • Ohio American Legion Recognition Award (2018) [18]

Ohio Treasurer of State[edit]

On March 7, 2017 Sprague announced his intention to run for Ohio Treasurer of State.

While running for treasurer, Sprague highlighted his background in business, experience as a city auditor and treasurer, and his work on the House Finance and Financial Institutions committees as his qualifications for being the state’s chief financial officer. [19]


  1. ^ a b "Robert Sprague - House District 83". Ohio House of Representatives. Retrieved November 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "News and notes from around the community". The Ada Herald. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Office of the Ohio Treasurer". Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  4. ^ "Office of the Ohio Treasurer". Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  5. ^ Board, Editorial (2018-10-05). "Robert Sprague for Ohio treasurer: endorsement editorial". Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  6. ^ "Treasurer's race pits state lawmaker against former county auditor". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  7. ^ "Laws, Acts, and Legislation". Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  8. ^ "Laws, Acts, and Legislation". Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  9. ^ "House Bill 4 | The Ohio Legislature". Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  10. ^ "Ohio Legislative Service Commission HB110".
  11. ^ "Laws, Acts, and Legislation". Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  12. ^ "Ohio Legislative Service Commission SB59" (PDF).
  13. ^ "Laws, Acts, and Legislation". Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  14. ^ "Association Awards". Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  15. ^ "Legislator of the Year Award". Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  16. ^ "PCSAO - News". Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  17. ^ "Community Solutions Award for Public Service in Honor of John A. Begala". The Center for Community Solutions. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  18. ^ "Ohio Legion News Volume 84 number 2" (PDF).
  19. ^ Laura A. Bischoff, Columbus Bureau. "Treasurer candidates lay out plans to oversee billions of dollars for Ohio". daytondailynews. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
Political offices
Preceded by
Josh Mandel
Treasurer of Ohio