What is the ORSCC?

You're not alone if you do not know what the ORSCC (Ohio Republican State Central Committee) is. Unfortunately, over 73% of Ohioans do not understand what the ORSCC is and what it does, and its relationship to the Ohio Republican Party (ORP). This is a failure of Party leaders to educate the public on how party politics work.

The ORSCC comprises 33 men and 33 women - one each for each of Ohio's 33 Senate Districts.

The ORSCC is the board of directors of the ORP - just like the board of directors of a company. If you are a registered Republican, you are a shareholder of the ORP and are entitled to elect a representative to sit on the board of directors. The ORSCC does not run the day-to-day operations of the ORP. Instead, they hire staff to run the day-to-day operations of the ORP. Similarly, a County Central Committee is the board of directors for the County Party. However, unlike the State Party, the County Party elects an executive committee typically from its members that do the bulk of the day-to-day work for the County Party.

  • Plan a State Convention every two years.
  • Develop a Vision, Goals, Priorities, and Platform for the Party to approve at the State Convention.
  • Review and make suggested changes to the bylaws for approval the State Convention.
  • Hire a CEO to manage ORP activities and review their performance.
  • Develop a Quarterly budget for the Party.
  • Develop an organizational chart and Job descriptions with the CEO - for staff members, employees, and contractors.
  • Serve on the Standing Committees of the Central Committee.
  • Provide Candidate Services to Republican candidates - Coordinate with County Parties.
  • Receive and communicate feedback from your district.
  • Identify underperforming county parties and assist with education and party resources.
  • Raise funds for the party.
  • Attend County Central Committee meetings in your district.

What are the Responsibilities of a State Central Committee Member?

How does the ORSCC work?

The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) is the codification of laws that govern Ohioans. These laws determine how major and minor parties operate. For example, the ORC calls for the formation of County and State Central Committees. While the law does govern what these political parties can and cannot do - they left the operation of the parties up to themselves. According to Ohio Law, Parties must adopt bylaws that are the legal framework of the parties' procedures. Poorly written bylaws harm the Party and deteriorate confidence in party leadership. If party leaders do not follow the party bylaws, passion and expectations are diminished.