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Andrew Brenner grew up on a small farm in Kingston Township, just outside of Sunbury in Northeastern Delaware County. At an early age, Andy learned the value of hard work by growing a garden and raising chickens and sheep for 4-H. Andy also spent many years working on the family's cut-your-own Christmas tree farm. He has two younger siblings, his father is a retired civil engineer and his late mother was a homemaker. Andy graduated from Buckeye Valley High School in 1989.
Andy put himself through college by working at McDonald’s for 4 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University in 1993, double majoring in marketing and economics. At OSU, Andy began his involvement in politics by becoming a member of College Republicans and Student Government, as well as Young Americans for Freedom. Upon graduation, Andy became an entrepreneur and spent 12 years in the private sector. He managed small mortgage and real estate development companies, had to make payroll and dealt with government regulations as a business owner.
As a child, Andy was baptized at Grace Episcopal Church on Bowman Street in Mansfield, Ohio, where his parents originally met. Today, Andy attends and is a member of the men's club at St Joan of Arc in Powell. In April 2009, Andy married Sara Marie (pictured on the left). They have a chocolate lab name Haley, a cat named Ellie and a golden retriever named Maggie. They reside in Powell, Ohio where Sara Marie served one term as a city councilwoman. Sara Marie is a graduate of The Ohio State University, and has a Masters in Business Administration from Liberty University. Sara owns Brenner Insurance Group, LLC an independent insurance agency located in Dublin, Ohio.
Andy cuddling with pet dogs, Maggie and Haley
Business and Private Sector Experience
Brenner graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with majors in economics and marketing. Before running for office, Andy spent 12 years in the private sector. He ran and owned small mortgage companies and a real estate development company. He knows what it's like to deal with government regulation, make payroll, grow your business and be in the private sector. He ran the Delaware County Recorder's office like a business, cutting his budget and coming in under budget repeatedly and voluntarily. He has been a member of the National Federation of Independent Business, the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce, Sunbury-Galena Chamber of Commerce, Greater Powell Area Chamber of Commerce and the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce. Today, Andy continues in the private sector as a state licensed P&C insurance agent with Brenner Insurance Group, LLC located in Dublin, Ohio.
At The Ohio State University, Andy was a member of the undergraduate student government. Prior to running for Recorder (2004, re-elected in 2008), Andy served on the Kingston Township zoning board and took part in passing the Township's first zoning resolution, returning control of the zoning to the Township from the County. He has always supported strong local government.
Andy has never been appointed to office. He has always won multi-person primaries, and then won in the general election. He is well-tested and successful on the ballot. Andy was first elected to office in 2004 as the Delaware County Recorder. In the 2004 election, he had four-way opposition in the primary and opposition in the general election, winning both handily. As Recorder, Andy modernized the Delaware County Recorder's office and was one of the first in the state to add the electronic filing of documents. He also lowered budgets and came in under budget.
In 2008, the Democrats in Delaware County mounted their strongest campaign ever with Barack Obama on the ballot, and Andy won with 63.3% of the vote after out-working and out-raising many in his own party for other countywide seats.
The May 4, 2010 primary was a 6 person race where Brenner won the Republican nomination for State Representative from the 2nd district. On November 2, 2010, he won the general election with nearly 71% of the vote, receiving more votes in Delaware County than many of the state-wide candidates.
Then, in the March 2012 primary, Andy won another primary battle against a former opponent, and won in the 2012 general election.
Andy serves as Chairman of the Ohio House Education Committee and he also on the Rules and Reference Committee. He served on the Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development (2011-Oct. 2015), and Policy and Legislative Oversight committees(2013-14). Andy also served on the Ohio House Ad Hoc Technology Committee (2011) where he looked into ways of modernizing our state government and he served on the Ad Hoc Health Efficiency Study Committee (2015) where he looked into our healthcare system by visiting hospitals throughout the state.
Andy has had two bills signed in to law by the governor in his first term in office, four in the second term, and The Washington Post identified him as the most efficient conservative legislator in the Ohio House. And of course, all of this means that Andy has a record of being conservative in office - he's not just saying he'll do it once he gets elected. He's actually done it!
In the community, Andy is:
- A past member of the Board of the Delaware Chapter of the American Red Cross
- A past board member and Past President of the Delaware County Friends of the Trail
- A past member of the Delaware County Regional Planning Commission for Kingston Township
- A past member of the Vestry and Finance Committee at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Delaware
- A member, Foundation Chair, Past President and Past Treasurer of his Rotary Club
- A member of the Delaware County Farm Bureau and the Ohio Farm Bureau, and is a past participant in the Farmer's Share Breakfasts
- A member, Past Program Chair and Past Treasurer of the Delaware-Knox-Licking-Morrow (DKLM) County Suburban Realtors Association
- A current member of the NRA, former Chair and former Vice-Chair of the Delaware County Friends of the NRA
- A member of several local chambers of commerce
- A past member of the Ohio Association of Mortgage Brokers and National Association of Mortgage Brokers
- A member of the Arbor Committee in the City of Powell, where he resides
- An active member of the St. Joan of Arc Men's Club
- A past member of the Gold Star Referral Club in Powell
While Brenner was Delaware County Recorder, he served on the Delaware County Data Board and the Delaware County Records Commission. Andy is also a past member of the Property Records Industry Association.