OnThanksgiving, Mark Schneider ’93 was playing in a turkey bowl football game with former Gilmour classmates, but he was all business on New Year’s Day. That’s when he was sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives, where he now represents eastern Lake County in the 63rd House District.
Access to health care, education, jobs, and economic development are Schneider’s key interests. The Democrat is vice chair of the House Judiciary Committee and serves on Ways and Means, Commerce and Labor, Criminal Justice, and Insurance committees.
Schneider played varsity football, baseball, and basketball at Gilmour and says, “I learned the value of competition and teamwork through participation in sports.” An avid football and baseball fan, he attends Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers games and plays flag football and softball. He also is active with the Rotary Club of Mentor, the Chamber of Commerce, and other civic groups.
After graduating from Gilmour, the legislator earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from the University of Michigan and received his law degree from The Ohio State University, where he was president of the College of Law’s student body.
As a former county prosecutor for eight years, Schneider tried murder, sexual assault, and child support cases. His brother Bill ’95 points out that Mark was the youngest person ever promoted to Cuyahoga County’s Major Crimes Unit.
Currently a partner with The DiCello Firm, Schneider says he made lifelong friends at Gilmour and keeps in touch with classmates John Papesh, Chuck Mendolera, Rob Liotta, Dave Barr, Connor Dowd, and Dominic and Rocco ’92 DiPierro. He says, “I draw on the lessons I learned about teamwork at Gilmour in working with others to accomplish common goals in politics and law.”