Ohio State Legislative Board Leadership
Ohio State Legislative Board Chairman
Chairman John Esterly (Division 34, Columbus) was elevated in March of 2021 and reelected in April of 2022. He previously served as 1st and 2nd Vice Chairman and as the Legislative Representative for his Division. He joined Division 34 in January of 2014 and serves as Local Chairman of Conductors, Division Trustee, and as the First Alternate Trustee to the National Association of State Legislative Board Chairmen (NASLBC). In his role as Chairman, John serves as the lobbyist for the BLET at the Ohio Statehouse and works throughout the state to promote rail safety, freight rail expansion, and the health and wellness of our members. He serves as Delegate to the Central Ohio Labor Council of the AFL-CIO.
John has been invited to participate in the Federal Railroad Administration Rail Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) working groups on Wayside Defect Detectors and on Critical Incident Response. John volunteers as a presenter for Ohio Operation Lifesaver, the premier rail safety advocacy group with operations in nearly every state. John has led rail safety presentations throughout Central Ohio, from kindergarten classes to first responders. John is an outspoken advocate for passenger rail expansion, and serves on the Board of All Aboard Ohio.
A proud native of Toledo, John lives with his wife, two children, and dog in Columbus.
John Esterly, Division 34
Brian Garrison, Division 607
Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
Sam Schatz, Division 447
Director of Political Affairs
Jordan Wheeler, Division 234
Director of External Affairs
Joseph Williams, Division 95
Alternate Secretary Treasurer and Chief Trustee
Tim McMahon, Division 565
Desmon Brown, Division 34
Roger Williams, Division 511
Following the adoption of our 2022 Ohio State Legislative Board Bylaws, any railroad with an Ohio Division or significant operations in Ohio that is not otherwise represented on the Executive Board will be offered a non-voting seat on the Advisory Board.
Representing the IORY
Christopher “Chip” Cole, Division 282
Representing the WLE
Kevin Helton, Division 292