Kevin Coughlin was elected Clerk of the Stow Municipal Court in 2013. He has established modernizing the Clerk’s office and enhancing customer service as his top priorities.
Coughlin is Chairman of Lexington Companies where he provides strategic counsel and management services to a variety of clients.
He represented Summit County in the Ohio Senate from 2001-2011. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1997-2001.
For six years Coughlin was chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services & Aging Committee. He also served stints as chairman of the House Finance & Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee and the Senate State & Local Governments & Veterans Affairs Committee.
During his time in the Statehouse, Coughlin authored several measures that continue to positively impact the State of Ohio and its people:
- Authored the law creating Ohio’s Amber Alert System, aiding in the safe return of missing and abducted children.
- Authored Ohio’s Prompt Pay law and the Health Care Accountability Act, streamlining the administrative relationship between physicians and insurance companies.
- Co-authored Ohio’s Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Act, a comprehensive school-based approach to addressing child obesity and wellness.
- Co-authored Ohio’s law protecting private property owners from unwarranted takings of land through eminent domain.
- Sponsored Ohio’s election reform law implementing the Help American Vote Act requirements and reducing voter fraud.
- Authored law helping Ohio’s sheriffs to better protect communities from sex offenders.
- Authored legislation creating Ohio’s scholarship for children with special needs to attend the school of their choice.
Coughlin served on the Council of State Government’s Executive Committee and Governing Board and as Co-Chair of the CSG International Committee.
Senator Coughlin served as the 2005 Chair of CSG’s Midwestern Legislative Conference. For five years, he co-chaired CSG’s Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development which trains 33 Midwestern legislators every year to be strong leaders. In 2005 he was called “one of the nation’s most promising leaders in state government” by the Council of State Governments as he was selected for its Toll Fellowship leadership program.
Coughlin is a National Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is a member of the Summa Western Reserve Hospital Community Business Leaders Council and the Ohio Association of Municipal/County Court Clerks.
He graduated from Woodridge High School and holds a BA and a Masters of Public Administration from Bowling Green State University.