OhioBWC - Common:  Stephen Buehrer

Administrator/CEO Stephen Buehrer

Adminstrator/CEO Stephen Buehrer

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Ohio Governor John Kasich appointed Steve Buehrer as Administrator/CEO of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation in January 2011. He leads an agency of 1,953 employees that serves more than 250,000 employers and administers nearly 1 million open claims.

Known for his focus on fiscal responsibility, creating jobs and emphasizing technology, Steve has helped engineer significant improvements within various levels of government over the past 25 years. He also has extensive experience in workers’ compensation including previously serving as BWC’s Chief of Human Resources.

Steve was an elected member of the Ohio Senate from 2007 until 2011. As a senator, Steve served as chairman of the Insurance, Commerce and Labor committee overseeing Ohio’s insurance industry as well as all workers’ compensation legislation. He also was chairman of the Senate Highways & Transportation committee. In addition, Steve’s colleagues elected him majority whip, the fourth ranking leadership position in the Senate. He also received the Technology Advocate Legislator of the Year award for 2010 from Technology for Ohio’s Tomorrow. He won five Watchdog of the Treasury awards and was named National Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council in 2002. A nationally recognized leader, he served as the chairman of the Midwest Council of State Governments (CSG) and as national CSG vice chair.

Steve also served four terms as a state representative in the Ohio House from 1999 to 2006. Steve’s peers in the House recognized his leadership by electing him assistant majority floor leader for both the 124th and 125th General Assembly. As chairman of the State Government committee, he had responsibility for all workers’ compensation legislation. The author of numerous pieces of legislation, Steve sponsored important bills concerning workers’ compensation, government efficiency and transportation funding.

Beyond his legislative experience and accomplishments, Steve also has extensive experience in state government and the private sector. Aside from serving as the Chief of Human Resources at BWC, he also was the Director of Legislative Affairs at the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services. Following that assignment, Steve served six months at the Ohio Department of Human Services, at the request of Governor George Voinovich, assisting with multiple management-improvement initiatives. He later accepted a position as Deputy Director at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services where he oversaw the communications and legislative offices and later the State Human Resources Division. A former small business owner, Steve also practiced law for 13 years at the firm of Barber, Kaper, Stamm and Robinson in his native Fulton County.

Steve earned a bachelor’s in social studies education graduating summa cum laude from Bowling Green State University. He later earned his juris doctor from Capital University Law School graduating cum laude. He’s married to his wife, Cathy, and has three sons, Benjamin, Simon and Daniel.