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The Darke County Chamber Legislative Committee is one of the most active in the state of Ohio.


The Legislative Committee of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce (DCCC) is committed to reviewing, developing, and supporting issues that promote a positive, pro-active economic environment and enhanced quality of life. The Chamber believes that laws and regulations should serve the public without acting as a detriment to business development and growth. Our purpose is to influence our elected officials in ways that will improve the ability of a business to compete in the worldwide economy and continue to generate income and jobs that will help to enhance Darke County. Legislative issues are raised by chamber members and evaluated by the Legislative Committee with a recommendation to the Board of Directors of the DCCC.


Darke County Chamber Legislative Committee
Left to right: Mark Whittaker, Darke County Sheriff's Office, Christina Chalmers, The Daily Advocate, Katie DeLand, Duane Morris Government Strategies, Wayne Deschambeau, Wayne HealthCare, Kent James, Greenville National Bank, Bob Nelson, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Committee Chairman Jeff Kniese, Greenville Federal, Sharon Deschambeau, Darke County Chamber, committee guest Ben Thaeler, Office of Congressman Warren Davidson, Ted Hafer, The Andersons, Randy O'Dell, JAFE Decorating, Russ Badgett, Second National Bank

Committee members not pictured: Tyeis Baker, Baumann, Rebsco, Inc., Pat Custenborder, Phelan Insurance Agency, Sam Custer, OSU Extension-Darke County, Travis Faber, Faber & Associates Attorneys at Law, Sharon Henry, Classic Carriers, Josh Motzer, CenturyLink, Perry Walls, Walls Brothers Asphalt Company, Aaron Ward, The A&B Coffee House, Jim Ward, Fry & Company, John Warner, Brethren Retirement Community, Nancy Zechar, Comprehensive Health Network

Congressman Davidson Speaks to Chamber Members

U.S. Congressman Warren Davidson was the guest of honor at the Darke County Chamber “Legislative Luncheon,” held Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Romer’s Catering in Greenville.

The event was co-hosted by the Celina-Mercer and Preble County Chambers, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Area Action Council for Darke, Mercer and Preble Counties.

Davidson (R-Troy) was on hand to give a “State of the Nation” talk to Chamber members. He won a June 7 special election to represent Ohio’s 8th Congressional District, filling the unexpired term of former Representative John Boehner, who resigned in October. He defeated 14 other GOP hopefuls in the March 15 primary election.

“This time last summer if you told me that I would be the newest member of Congress, I would not have believed you,” Davidson said.

He told those gathered that while his two months in Washington, D.C., have been “overwhelming” at times, he looks at his responsibilities to voters in the same way he performed his duties as a U.S. Army Ranger.

“There’s a lot of votes that are cast, a lot of issues going on, and a lot of opinions about how to go,” he said. “So with the spirit of the oath that I swore, with the spirit of…as the representative of this district, and frankly, if the country had more of the kind of values and the culture, and the good things that are going on here, we’d be in better stead.”

Matt Owen, executive director of the Preble County Chamber of Commerce, asked Davidson a question regarding the Affordable Care Act. Sam Custer, OSU Agriculture Extension Educator, questioned the representative about Congressional funding for agriculture research and development. Ty Baker-Baumann, NFIB Chairman of Ohio, queried Davidson on the effects of government regulations on small businesses. Chamber of Commerce President Sharon Deschambeau asked Davidson’s thoughts on the Department of Labor’s new overtime regulations.

Davidson was scheduled to attend a town hall event with Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence in Moraine, Ohio, later in the afternoon.

Following the question-and-answer session, Deschambeau presented Davidson with a certificate naming him as an “honorary member” of the Chamber, though noting, with laughter, that he “cannot vote” with the Chamber.

Student representatives from the “We are the Majority” group lead attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. The group is a youth-led program of Darke County 7th through 12th graders.

The group began in February 2012 in response to a countywide community needs assessment regarding use of drugs and alcohol by youth in the county. Its purpose is to promote the reality that the majority of United States teens are drug and alcohol free. The group started in collaboration between the Tri-County Board of Mental Health & Addictions and the Recovery & Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio.

Accompanying the students were Tri-County Board of Director Chairman Dennis Butts; Tri-County Board Executive Director Mark McDaniel; Recovery & Wellness Executive Director Cynthia Cook; and Student Advisor Kelly Harrison with Recovery & Wellness.

Premier Health was the Event sponsor. Silver sponsors were Romer’s Catering and Second National Bank.

Congressman Warren Davidson speaks during the Legislative Luncheon
Congressman Warren Davidson (R-Troy) speaks during the Darke County Chamber of Commerce “Legislative Luncheon”. The freshman representative provided Chamber members insights on his two months on the job.
Darke County Legislative Committee
Left to right: Chamber Director Christina Chalmers, The Daily Advocate, Chamber Director Ted Hafer, The Andersons, Chamber Director Gloria Harpest, Greenville National Bank, Legislative Committee Member Wayne Deschambeau, Wayne HealthCare, Chamber President Sharon Deschambeau, Chamber Chairman Tony Roberts, Roberts Agency, Congressman Warren Davidson, Legislative Committee Member Joe Andros, Chamber Director Diane Ewing, Premier Health, Legislative Committee Member Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County, Legislative Committee Chairman Jeff Kniese, Greenville Federal, and Chamber Director John Warner, Brethren Retirement Community.

Legislators address Chamber members in annual “State of the State"

The Darke County Chamber Legislative Committee hosted State Senators Bill Beagle and Keith Faber and State Representatives Jim Buchy and Steve Huffman at the annual State of the State Luncheon on October 21, 2016.

State Legislators address crowd during the annual State of the State Luncheon
State Legislators address members of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce during the annual State of the State Luncheon. Left to right, State Representative Steve Huffman (District 80), Senator Bill Beagle (5th District), Representative Jim Buchy (District 84), and Senate President Keith Faber (12th District)