State Sen. Dave Burke, R-Marysville, talked about job growth and economic recovery at a Seneca County Republican Central Committee luncheon Wednesday afternoon in the banquet room of Fort Ball Pizza Palace.
"Infrastructure is one of the key components that drives business," said Burke, who represents the 26th District. "After losing jobs by the hundreds of thousands, the state is finally turning around. Ohio has changed in 15 months."
The February U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report stated Ohio was No. 1 in job growth in the country, with 28,300 jobs created.
State Sen. Dave Burke (center) addresses members of the Republican Central Committee as Chairman Charles Knight (left) and H. Weldin Neff look on.
Burke said his views stem from a deep-rooted family history. According to the senator, Burkes have been in Ohio since 1811.
"I don't want my kids, the eighth generation of Ohioans to have to go to California, Texas or anywhere else. I want them in this state, because it's been good to me."
Burke is running for re-election. Due to the district maps being redrawn following the 2010 census, all of Seneca County is to be included in the 26th District.
Before being in the state senate, Burke said he served Marysville City Council, where he dealt with many water and sewer issues and had a resevoir built on SR 33.
Many places in Seneca County have had recent sewer issues, such as New Riegel and Bascom.
Burke said he believes a solution to these problems is having business- minded people on city council.
"If you can't provide the service, you're not going to get the business," Burke said.