Hon. Philip Rose '74 Becomes Elected Republican Representative of 87th House District
McARTHUR — A Rose was plucked from the gardens of Vinton County when officials decided to name a Republican to the 87th House District seat Rep. John Carey, R-Wellston, vacated at the end of the year.
That Rose was former Vinton County Court of Common Pleas Probate and Juvenile Judge Philip H. Rose. Rose was sworn in Tuesday during the regularly scheduled House Session.
Rose was assigned to the seat after Ohio Speaker of the House William G. Batchelder, R-Medina, made an announcement earlier this month that someone would be appointed to the seat to ensure proper representation to the 87th District. Under Congressional redistricting, the 87th District becomes the 93rd District.
Batchelder said during Rose’s swearing-in ceremony that he looks forward to serving with him.
“We are very fortunate to have someone like Judge Rose joining our caucus, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve in this fine institution with him,” Batchelder said.
Rose’s assignment will last until the the Primary Election in March, at which time the nominated Republican candidate will fill the seat until the November election.
Rose said he will be proud to serve in Carey’s seat until voters select his replacement. He said he is new to the office, but is certainly not unfamiliar with the area.
Rose said he has been a resident of Vinton County since the day he graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1974. He currently resides in Hamden. He and his wife, Renee, have two children, Dr. Alyssa Rose-McIntyre and Taylor Quinn Rose.
He has served as the Vinton County Court of Common Pleas judge for the Probate and Juvenile division; acting Vinton County Court judge; law director for the villages of McArthur, Hamden and Zaleski; and he is a member of the Vinton County Bar Association.
Rose said he moved to the county after being recruited by his former colleague, McArthur Attorney John Beckley. It is a county he will now represent along with neighboring areas in the 87th District.
Rose will be the first Vinton County resident to serve as representative since Beckley served in a House seat in the 1960s.
Rose remembered Beckley and the role he played in bringing him to the county when he commented on his new position.
“I’m honored and delighted to serve. … I feel very gratified that I’ve been given the opportunity,” Rose said, before sharing his moment with man who brought him to serve in the area. “If (Beckley) were alive today, he would be very pleased.”
Rose said he will now try to please the citizens of the areas he will represent in the 87th district, and hope he receives the same reception he received in Vinton County when he served as a judge. He spoke fondly of his memories of first coming to the county.
“I was welcomed to the county with open arms. I’m so appreciative of how they supported my time on the bench,” Rose said.
Rose said he is currently gathering information on the seat he is filling and the area he will be representing. He said there is no specific agenda or speculation of specific work he will be attempting to complete as he finishes the term, but said he will work hard and do his best while serving not only his home county, but the surrounding areas.
“I will throw myself into it with as much energy and excitement as I can muster,” Rose said.
By Paul McManis
Commoner Journal staff writer