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Niraj J. Antani is a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing District 42. Antani was first appointed to the chamber on December 2, 2014, to replace Rep. Terry Blair (R). Antani is running for re-election in the primary on May 8, 2018. The general election will take place on November 6, 2018.
Antani was a district-level delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Ohio. He was one of 66 delegates from Ohio pledged to support John Kasich at the convention. Kasich suspended his campaign on May 4, 2016. At the time, he had approximately 156 bound delegates. The winner of the Republican nomination needed the support of 1,237 delegates.
Former Member, Aging and Long Term Care Committee, Ohio State House of Representatives
Former Member, Community and Family Advancement Committee, Ohio State House of Representatives
Former Member, Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Ohio State House of Representatives
Former Vice Chair, Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee, Ohio State House of Representatives
Former Member, Judiciary Committee, Ohio State House of Representatives
Former Member, Subcommittee for Community and Family Advancement on Minority Affairs, Ohio State House of Representatives
Former Member, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Ohio State House of Representatives
Vice Chair, Insurance
Member, Public Utilities
Hard-working Ohioans deserve to keep more of what they earn. I support lowering the income tax and reforming our state’s tax code – policies that let Ohioans keep more of their money. I voted to cut the Ohio income tax by 6.3% and helped to prevent billions of dollars of tax increases.
Over the past decades, the size of Ohio’s government has ballooned. It’s time to cut spending and create a smaller, more efficient government. We must enact measures to curb the unsustainable growth of spending. I led the charge to prevent hundreds of millions of dollars in increased spending.
Create a Climate for Jobs and Growth
Government needs to get out of businesses’ way so good paying jobs can be created for our middle class. Through repealing job-killing regulations, we can create an economic environment conducive to strong private sector job growth.
Improving K-12 Education
Every child has the right to a good education, regardless of their zip code. Decisions regarding what our children learn should be made on the local level with the input of parents, not by bureaucrats in Washington.
Improving Higher and Vocational Education
Equality of opportunity is an underlying principle to the American Dream. I will work to ensure every student has an affordable path to a career, be it through skilled trades, community colleges, or a four-year university. I fought to freeze tuition in Ohio and work every day to increase the opportunities for all Ohioans to get a good education.
Protecting the Second Amendment
I strongly support our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. I am a member of the NRA and will work every day to protect the 2nd Amendment. I have co-sponsored every pro-2nd Amendment bill that has been introduced in the House.
Respecting the Sanctity of Life
Being a voice for the voiceless is of the utmost importance. Every day, we will work towards policies that reduce the number of abortions in our state. I am unapologetically pro-life which is why I support legislative efforts that protect the sanctity of life. I have co-sponsored and voted for every piece of pro-life legislation, including the Heartbeat Bill.
Supporting Our Veterans
With Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in our community, it is imperative to look after the countless veterans that call the Miami Valley home. Helping our veterans is our moral obligation. This is why I work on their behalf in Columbus, sponsoring legislation that would provide tax credits to businesses that hire and employ Ohio veterans.
Fighting for Affordable Health Care
Affordable and accessible healthcare through private insurance for every Ohioan should be our goal. With Medicaid spending increasing, we need to help people get up and off of Medicaid and onto private insurance. In addition, I am leading the way to help the addicted and mentally ill.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today joined a bi-partisan coalition including Ohio State Senators Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) and Peggy Lehner (R- Kettering), State Representatives Niraj Antani (R-Miami Township), Todd Smith (R-Farmersville), and Phil Plummer (R-Dayton), along with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, in urging the Montgomery County Commissioners and Child Services Employees to work together to stop the workers strike and agree to contract with fair wages. Recently, the Montgomery County Children Services employees and social workers walked out of work due to a contract negotiation dispute. Because work stoppages impact the quality of public services that can be offered to families, the lawmakers are respectfully requesting both parties to reach an agreement, resolve all differences and end this strike as soon as possible. The officials released the joint statement below: "Montgomery County Children Services employees and social workers perform critical services for families and children, and their jobs are made even more difficult due to the addiction crisis. We respectfully urge all sides to come back to the table and work in good faith to come to an agreement that best serves workers and the community." Brown has separately introduced legislation, the Family First Transition and Support Act (FFTSA), which would increase funding for a grant program to boost support services for caseworkers such as those employed by Montgomery County Child Services.
State Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) introduced legislation today to require education about the development of unborn children in health curriculum in schools. House Bill 619 would require the school board to either adopt the state instructional program established by the Ohio Department of Health or craft instruction materials. These materials will describe the unborn child in two-week gestational intervals and include information on local prenatal health care. “In order to promote an understanding of life, this bill will ensure students know the scientific facts in regard to the development of unborn children. In the womb, their hearts beat, they feel pain, and other human qualities as development progresses. Once students are educated on this, it will hopefully create a culture of life,” Rep Antani said. HB 619 has the support of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio. "The Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio is pleased to be working with Rep. Antani to ensure that our health curriculum will teach accurate scientific information regarding the development of the human being from conception,” stated Ed Sitter, President of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio.
MIAMISBURG - State Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) today announced Crystal Rooks as the 42nd House District winner of the 2018 Ohio House of Representatives Student Art Exhibition. Crystal attends Miamisburg High School, and is taught by Sara Green. “As an alumnus of Miamisburg High School, I am proud to see a talented young artist from Miamisburg have their work displayed in this exhibition. I congratulate Crystal on her excellent contribution,” Rep Antani said. This exhibition is open to the public at the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts in the lower level Statehouse connector. The Ohio House of Representatives joined the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Art Education Association to create the 2018 Student Art Exhibition. This exhibition recognizes the talents of high school artists from all 99 House Districts in Ohio.