Jay Goyal, first elected in 2006 to the Ohio state House of Representatives, said at a press conference at Democratic Party headquarters in Richland County, Ohio, May 3 that he would serve out the remainder of his third term in office and not run for reelection.
The 31-year-old Goyal said he wants to devote more time to his family’s business, Goyal Industries, a metals manufacturing firm making parts for passenger rail cars.
He added that he would transition to become president of the company, founded and led by his father, Prakash Goyal, and he also wants to “pursue additional business educational opportunities.”
“I’ve decided that now is the time to pursue other opportunities to help improve the Mansfield community and grow the local economy," the Mansfield News Journal quoted Goyal as saying.
Mansfield City Councilwoman Ellen Haring will now run for the 2nd Ohio House District seat against Republican challenger Mark Romanchuck. Goyal has endorsed Haring.
“I’ve had the chance to collaborate with great public servants like Governor Ted Strickland, Senator Sherrod Brown, (House) Leader Armond Budish, former State Representative Bill Hartnett, and dozens of other tremendous mentors and friends,” Goyal said. “Together we have helped lead Ohio through one of the most difficult economic periods in our history,” he added.
The youngest person elected to the state legislature since Brown won a seat in the same district about 30 years ago, Goyal was named ranking member of the Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development Committee and to the Finance and Appropriations and Economic Development Committees, and to the Health and Human Services subcommittee of Finance and Appropriations.
He was also a member of the Legislative Service Commission and the Power Sitting Board and served as the Majority Whip in the 128th General Assembly.
TIME magazine named Goyal as one of the “Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of American Politics” and the New Leadership Council named him one of the “Top 40 Under 40 Community Leaders” in the U.S.
Technology and economic development has been major areas for the Indian American legislator. He introduced a bill that would provide incentives for $100 million of private venture capital investments in Ohio and another law that would encourage graduates of Ohio colleges in STEM fields to remain in Ohio after graduation.
Goyal graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.