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For immediate release: June 28, 2016

Decot appointed BWC legislative director

COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison today announced Elle Decot has joined the agency as its legislative director.

Decot, who joined the administration of Gov. John Kasich in 2011, will be charged with representing BWC at the Statehouse, working with lawmakers on legislation effecting Ohio's workers' compensation system and responding to constituent/customer questions and concerns.

"We are thrilled to have Elle join our executive team and serve in this important role," said Morrison. "She brings the kind of skills and experience we need to be our point person at the Statehouse, working with lawmakers and the Governor's office to craft legislation that best serves injured workers and public and private employers across this state."

Born and raised in nearby Marysville, Ohio, Decot (pronounced DECK-O) attended The Ohio State University, where she majored in political science with a focus in Arabic. After graduation, Decot joined the Kasich administration as a constituent aide and rose through the years to the role of legislative liaison in March 2014. In that role, she collaborated with policy heads on high-profile pieces of legislation, such as The Youngstown Educational Plan, the privatization of several state prisons and the overhaul of Ohio's concealed carry firearm laws.

Decot worked with the General Assembly to ensure passage of the Governor's policy initiatives, including the State Budget and Mid-Biennium Review. She cultivated ongoing relationships with elected officials, trade associations, interest groups and key stakeholders as a representative of the Governor.

Decot also recently served as deputy political director of New Day for America. She joined BWC on June 13, filling a role vacated by Kelly Carey, who left the bureau in April for a job in the private sector.

A photo of Decot can be found here.

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