It has been 55 years since a resident of Hardin County has served in the Ohio General Assembly.
Jon Cross will change that on Monday when he takes the oath of office officially to represent the 83rd District in the Ohio House of Representatives at the statehouse in Columbus. But he shared the experience with his supporters and family Friday afternoon at a ceremonial swearing-in event in the packed first-floor landing of the Hardin County Courthouse.
With the Kenton Top Twenty singing, the Kenton High School Junior ROTC presenting the colors and a large crowd looking on, Hardin County Common Pleas Court Judge Scott Barrett administered the oath of office to Cross as Cross’s wife, Christina, held the Bible.
Barrett said it was an exciting day because a young Hardin County-ite was serving the community at the state level.
The judge assured the successful Republican candidate in the November election that his father, former county commissioner the late Jerry Cross, was “smiling down on this event.”
Jon Cross agreed and said he has been blessed to have parents who taught him the value of a public service.
“My parents taught me the importance of giving back to your community,” said Cross.
He told the crowd he considered it an honor to go to the statehouse to make decisions that will impact future generations, including his two young sons.
He shared that he had attended the orientation at the statehouse for new members and met Jon Cook, a Hardin County native and Hardin Northern graduate. He shared with Cross the fact that his grandfather, John Cook, had been the last person from Hardin County to serve in the statehouse in 1964. Cross said Friday’s ceremony was dedicated to the memory of John Cook.
Cross said he will represent all 120,000 people in the 83rd District and called it Team 83.
“You are all a part of that team,” he said. “Let us renew our spirit to public service.”
Cross said when he visited the statehouse for the first time as a representative-elect, he stood on the floor of the legislature and took in the experience.
“It was an awe-inspiring, humbling experience,” said Cross. “It’s a feeling I hope never goes away.”
By DAN ROBINSON
Times staff writer