Proven, Principled, Conservative Leadership
Andrew Brenner grew up on a small farm in Kingston Township, just outside of Sunbury in Northeastern Delaware County. At an early age, Andy learned the value of hard work by growing a garden and raising chickens and sheep for 4-H. Andy also spent many years working on the family’s cut-your-own Christmas tree farm. He played the trumpet in high school marching band, and can still be heard playing it every so often. He has two younger siblings, his father is a retired civil engineer and his late mother was a homemaker. As a child, Andy was baptized at Grace Episcopal Church on Bowman Street in Mansfield, Ohio, where his parents originally met. Andy graduated from Buckeye Valley High School in 1989.
Andy put himself through college by working at McDonald’s for four years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University in 1993, double majoring in marketing and economics. He drove to the Marion campus for the first two years to save money, because at the time it was less expensive than main campus in Columbus. At OSU, Andy began his involvement in politics by becoming a member of College Republicans and Student Government, as well as Young Americans for Freedom. Upon graduation, Andy became an entrepreneur and spent 12 years in the private sector. He managed small mortgage and real estate development companies, had to make payroll and dealt with government regulations as a business owner.
In April 2009, Andy married Sara Marie (pictured on the left). They have a chocolate lab name Haley, a cat named Ellie and a golden retriever named Maggie. They reside in Powell, Ohio where Sara Marie is a real estate agent and entrepreneur with a small team. Sara Marie is a graduate of The Ohio State University, has a Masters in Business Administration from Liberty University and is earning a Doctorate of Business Administration in Finance and International Business with a dissertation focused on real estate. Andy has also gone back to school, currently earning a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis in Leadership at Liberty University.
Business and Private Sector Experience
Before running for office, Andy spent 12 years in the private sector. He ran and owned small mortgage companies and a real estate development company. He knows what it’s like to deal with government regulation, make payroll, grow your business and be in the private sector. He ran the Delaware County Recorder’s office like a business, cutting his budget and coming in under budget repeatedly and voluntarily. He has been a member of the National Federation of Independent Business, the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce, Sunbury-Galena Chamber of Commerce, Greater Powell Area Chamber of Commerce and the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce. Today, Andy continues in the private sector as a state licensed P&C insurance agent with Brenner Insurance Group, LLC.
Public Service & Elected Experience
At The Ohio State University, Andy was a member of the undergraduate student government. Prior to running for Recorder (2004, re-elected in 2008), Andy served on the Kingston Township zoning board and took part in passing the Township’s first zoning resolution, returning control of the zoning to the Township from the County. He has always supported strong local government.
Andy has never been appointed to office. He has always won multi-person primaries, and then won in the general election. He is well-tested and successful on the ballot. Andy was first elected to office in 2004 as the Delaware County Recorder. In the 2004 election, he had four-way opposition in the primary and opposition in the general election, winning both handily. As Recorder, Andy modernized the Delaware County Recorder’s office and was one of the first in the state to add the electronic filing of documents. He also lowered budgets and came in under budget.
In 2008, the Democrats in Delaware County mounted their strongest campaign ever with Barack Obama on the ballot, and Andy won with 63.3% of the vote after out-working and out-raising many in his own party for other countywide seats.
The May 4, 2010 primary was a six person race where Brenner won the Republican nomination for State Representative from the 2nd district. On November 2, 2010, he won the general election with nearly 71% of the vote, receiving more votes in Delaware County than many of the state-wide candidates. Then, in the March 2012 primary, Andy won another primary battle against a former opponent, and won in the 2012 general election. He has won general elections in 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Andy serves as Chairman of the Ohio House Education Committee. Throughout his time in Ohio House, he has served on several committees, including: Rules and Reference; Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development; Policy and Legislative Oversight; State and Local Government; Insurance; and, Community and Family Advancement. Andy also served on the Ohio House Ad Hoc Technology Committee (2011) where he looked into ways of modernizing our state government and he served on the Ad Hoc Health Efficiency Study Committee (2015) where he looked into our healthcare system by visiting hospitals throughout the state.
Andy had two bills signed in to law by the governor in his first term in office, four in the second term, and The Washington Post identified him as the most efficient conservative legislator in the Ohio House. His track record continued with multiple pieces of legislation passed, absorbed into the budget, and pushed into becoming law. And of course, all of this means that Andy has a record of being conservative in office – he’s not just saying he’ll do it once he gets elected. He’s actually done it!
For someone who is in politics, Andy is unusually humble. While opponents may be bragging about what they do in the community, this is what Andy lives by:
Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you (Matthew 6:2-4, NIV).
Andy has a caring, giving heart, and he demonstrates this through his deeds and actions. You just won’t find him talking about it in a Facebook post or on this website.
- A current and active member of his Rotary Club
- A past member of the Board of the Delaware Chapter of the American Red Cross
- A past board member and Past President of the Delaware County Friends of the Trail
- A past member of the Delaware County Regional Planning Commission for Kingston Township
- A past member of the Vestry and Finance Committee at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Delaware
- A member, Foundation Chair, Past President and Past Treasurer of his Rotary Club
- A member of the Delaware County Farm Bureau and the Ohio Farm Bureau, and is a past participant in the Farmer’s Share Breakfasts
- A member, Past Program Chair and Past Treasurer of the Delaware-Knox-Licking-Morrow (DKLM) County Suburban Realtors Association
- A current member of the NRA, former Chair and former Vice-Chair of the Delaware County Friends of the NRA
- A member of several local chambers of commerce
- A past member of the Ohio Association of Mortgage Brokers and National Association of Mortgage Brokers
- A member of the Arbor Committee in the City of Powell, where he resides
- An active member of the St. Joan of Arc Men’s Club
- A past member of the Gold Star Referral Club in Powell
- A past member of the Delaware County Data Board
- A past member of the Delaware County Records Commission
- A past member of the Property Records Industry Association