Susan Manchester

I believe that government works best when it trusts the power of people and communities to create opportunities, support each other, and look out for each other. From growing up on my family’s farm and attending a rural public school, to working in the halls of Congress and in the non-profit sector, I have seen this at every stage of my life.


My story starts just outside of Waynesfield, Ohio where I was born and raised. It was there I first experienced the power of community investment and support. I saw how people celebrated each other’s successes and mourned each other’s losses. As I ventured to new places, I became exceedingly grateful to have been rooted in such a supportive system.

I attended The Ohio State University, earning degrees in Psychology and Political Science. I found my community there in Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru) and invested my time mentoring other young women and developing leadership skills.

After graduating from Ohio State in 2010, I chose to do an internship with Campus Crusade for Christ in Venezuela. I led a team of fellow American college-graduates in establishing an organization at a Venezuelan University and ministered to a local indigent orphanage to help serve the needs of small children.


Once back in the US, I headed to Washington DC in 2011 to work for the people of Ohio through Congressman Jim Jordan’s office. I was excited to begin my career in public service. I had the opportunity to advance policies I cared about most while in Washington: preserving the agriculture industry, repealing and replacing Obamacare, advocating for business, supporting local control of education, and defending the right to life.

At the same time, I saw the disconnect in Washington that has frustrated so many Ohioans. I saw the breakdown between the people’s interests and the government’s interests. I saw how little people in Washington understood about the values and lifestyle of people in West Central Ohio.


After almost five years in Washington, I came home to reinvest in my community. I went to work on the General Election of 2016, and helped lead the Republican Party and President Trump to victory. I then took a position with a non-profit organization focused on mentoring kids.

Now I’m ready to give back to the community that first gave to me. I want to represent your values, your experiences, and your ideas in Columbus. We need a strong, experienced voice that can advocate for our interests. I will be that voice for you at the Statehouse.

This is my story. I know that each person in the 84th House District has his or her own story to tell. I would love to hear it. Your voice matters. Your experience matters. Your values matter.