Meet Craig

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Craig Riedel grew up on a farm just outside the small town of Attica, Ohio. After earning a civil engineering degree from The Ohio State University, he enjoyed a 27-year long career with Nucor Vulcraft Group. Craig retired in June of 2015 in order to follow his passion and hopes of representing his friends and fellow citizens as the State Representative of Ohio’s 82nd House District (Defiance, Paulding, and Van Wert Counties as well as northern Auglaize County).

Craig has been actively involved in various communities, serving as a youth football, basketball and baseball coach. He was a member of the Defiance St. Mary Pastoral Council and currently serves as a Eucharistic minister. Craig was an officer with the Defiance High School Athletic Boosters and is a member of the Defiance Rotary Club. He volunteers his time freely with community projects and activities. Craig is a service-minded man who feels a duty to help his community and neighbors.

Craig and his wife, Danette, have two adult children, Steve and Renee. They are both graduates of Defiance High School and The Ohio State University. The couple has been married for 30 years and resides in Defiance, Ohio.