State Representative Allison Russo is currently serving her second term in the Ohio General Assembly representing House District 24, which includes Upper Arlington, Hilliard, and portions of Columbus and southwestern Franklin County. She is the Ranking Member of the House Health Committee, and serves on the Finance Committee; Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services; State and Local Government Committee; Families, Aging and Human Services Committee; and the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee. Allison Russo is the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Legislative Children’s Caucus and she holds appointments on the Attorney General’s Elder Abuse Commission and the Ohio Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission.
Prior to her election to the Statehouse, Allison spent over two decades advising leaders and federal policymakers on how to better provide efficient, affordable healthcare to seniors, veterans, and military families. The wife of a veteran, she deeply respects the responsibilities of public service. Allison is also a passionate advocate for women and families, serving on the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Central Ohio and creating the Girls Who Lead after-school program for pre-teen girls. She is a member of the Upper Arlington Rotary Club, where she is a Board member and a Paul Harris Fellow. She also volunteers with Meals on Wheels, United Way’s E3 (Educate, Empower, Elevate) Initiative, and her kids’ local public schools and youth sports leagues.
Allison has been a strong advocate for women, affordable and accessible healthcare, economic strategies that sustain working families, and strong public education. She has introduced important legislation to increase health care access, protect public health and safety, and defend the financial security of family caregivers and aging adults. She has been recognized both nationally and statewide for her work on mental and behavioral health legislation, her advocacy for early childhood education, and her support of Ohio’s military families.
Representative Russo holds a doctoral degree in health policy from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in public health epidemiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She and her husband Brian, a combat veteran, have been married for twenty years and live in Upper Arlington with their three children.