Lobbyist Throw Back Thursday


No, this week's Lobbyist Throw Back Thursday is not Bobby Brady!  Our profile has a history as a long time communications and government relations leader.  He has worked as the media liaison to former Congresswoman Deborah Pryce (we love her!), Senior Government Affairs Director for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, and now serves as the Director of Community and Government Relations at Ohio History Connection.  He is also the board President of Leadership Ohio.  We hope you enjoy learning more about Todd Kleismit.

How did you become interested in politics?
I loved reading the newspaper as a kid, so one day I secretly wrote a letter to President Carter. When I got mail a couple of weeks later from the White House, it was a pretty big deal. My mom just about passed out. That was the beginning.

What was your life "Super Bowl" moment, personal and professional?
I was in the US Army 1988-1992. Coming back from Operation Desert Storm and being in a ticker-tape parade was pretty special. But there's nothing that can top the birth of my daughter in 2009!

Drink of choice?
Coffee in the morning and probably a Coors Light in the evening. Pretty exciting, huh?

What was your first job?
Delivering the Dayton Daily News on my moped.

What song best represents the story of your life?
I've never thought of this before now.... Hmmm... Let's go with "It Was a Very Good Year" by Frank Sinatra. I'm a glass half-full kind of guy.

Go to app on your phone?
Facebook, for sure.

How do you spend a free day?
Traveling to historic sites, museums or parks with my 8-year-old daughter. Reading is a close second. I've usually got about 10 books going at any one time.

What was the last book you read?
Dreamland by Sam Quinones may be the last one I finished. Powerful!

Who is your professional idol?
I honestly don't have one, but I admire the historian David McCullough a great deal.

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