Niraj Antani

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Niraj Antani
Member of the
Ohio House of Representatives
from the 42nd district
Assumed office
December 2, 2014
Preceded byTerry Blair
Personal details
Born (1991-02-26) February 26, 1991 (age 28)
Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceMiamisburg, Ohio, U.S.

Niraj J. Antani (born February 26, 1991) is the Representative of the 42nd district of the Ohio House of Representatives,[1] currently serving his third term. He is a member of the Republican Party. The 42nd District includes most of southern Montgomery County.

Early life and education[edit]

Antani was born and raised in Miami Township. He currently lives in Miamisburg, Ohio.

Antani attended Miamisburg City Schools and graduated from Miamisburg High School in 2009. He went on to The Ohio State University and earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science.[2]


When Representative Terry Blair died after winning the 2014 primary election for a fourth term, Antani was chosen by the Montgomery County Republican party to replace Blair on the ballot. Antani won the general election 64.5% to 35.5% over Democrat Patrick Merris at the age of 23.[3] Antani was sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives to complete the remainder of Blair's term on December 2, 2014.[4]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results
Year Office Election Votes for Antani % Opponent Party Votes %
2014 Ohio House of Representatives General 20,440 64.50% Patrick Merris Democrat 11,248 35.50%
2016 General 33,997 63.03% Patrick Merris Democrat 19,939 36.97%
2018 General 28,079 59.30% Zach Dickerson Democrat 19,273 40.70%


In 2016, Antani was barred from entering a rally for then presidential candidate Donald Trump because of tweets that Antani had made favoring then Ohio Governor John Kasich in the 2016 Ohio Republican presidential primary.[5]

On March 14, 2018, Antani made headlines by suggesting that students who were over the age of 18 should be allowed to carry rifles to school. The following day, after the substantial negative press, Niraj backtracked and said that he did a poor job of stating his position.[6]

On December 2, 2018, it was reported that Niraj Antani's role in the creation of a letter with Jeff Jacobson, a lending industry lobbyist, intending to weaken a sweeping payday lending bill HB123, was under investigation by the US Department of Justice. A subpoena was issued on August 27, 2018, and sent to a federal grand jury on September 12, 2018.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 2015, Niraj was added to Forbes Magazine's list of the top “30 under 30” people in the U.S. for Law & Policy in 2015.[8] In 2018, Newsmax named him the 9th-most influential Republican in the nation under 30.[9]

Beginning in 2018, Antani started serving on the national board of the Republican State Leadership Committee's Future Majority Project.[10]


  1. ^ "The next generation of Republicans: Do they stand with Trump? - The Washington Post". July 16, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  2. ^ DuVall, Audrey (October 28, 2014). "Recent Ohio State graduate Niraj Antani running for state House". The Lantern. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  3. ^ 2014 Ohio election results, Ohio Secretary of State Jon A. Husted
  4. ^ "Antani sworn in to fill Blair vacancy in Ohio House". Dayton Daily News. Dayton. 2014-12-02. Retrieved 2014-12-02.
  5. ^ Epstein, Reid J. (August 12, 2016). "Trump Running Mate Mike Pence Tries to Get Republicans on Board". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  6. ^ Will Garbe, Staff Writer. "Ohio lawmaker: 'Did a poor job of communicating' position on students bearing firearms". daytondailynews. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  7. ^ Laura A. Bischoff, Columbus Bureau. "Payday lending letters draw attention from federal investigators". daytondailynews. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  8. ^ "Niraj Antani, 23". Forbes. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  9. ^ "Newsmax's 30 Most Influential Republicans Under 30". Newsmax. 2018-01-30. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  10. ^ "FMP". RSLC. Retrieved 2019-03-14.

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