- The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D., 1963
- Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., 1958
Congressman David Hobson (Ret., R-OH) is the president of Vorys Advisors LLC, a wholly owned affiliate of the law firm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. As president of Vorys Advisors, Mr. Hobson provides business and strategic counsel to Ohio businesses and other clients. Mr. Hobson joined Vorys Advisors after retiring from the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represented Ohio’s 7th District for 18 years.
While in Congress, Mr. Hobson served as the chairman and ranking member of the House Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee; chairman of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee; senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee; and member of both the Veterans Affairs/Housing Subcommittee and the Budget Committee.
Throughout the country and in Ohio, Hobson worked to improve and privatize military housing, invest in defense research and development at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has supported the aeronautics and research programs at the NASA Glenn Research Center, and has supported numerous projects at the Cleveland Clinic. He is widely credited with improving management practices at the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Energy, and has deep experience working with health care, energy, water, infrastructure and education projects.
Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Hobson spent eight years as a State Senator in the Ohio Senate, where he served in numerous leadership roles, including president pro tempore, majority whip, chairman of the Health, Human Services and Aging Committee and chairman of the Reference and Oversight Committee.
Before elected to public office, Hobson was involved in both real estate development and the restaurant industry. He also worked at the Kissell Company in Springfield, and at the Union Central Life Insurance Company.
Vorys Advisors is not engaged in the practice of law or the provision of legal services.
Honors & Awards
- American Chemical Society’s Public Service Award, 2007
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) – Public Service Award, 2007
- Received Honorary Doctorate from Wilberforce University, 2006
- Dayton Children’s Medical Center’s “A Child’s Voice” Advocacy Award, 2006
- U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) - Honorary Doctorate, 2005
- Inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ Hall of Fame, 2005
- Received Honorary Degree from Cleveland State University, 2004
- Spirit of Enterprise Award, U.S Chamber of Commerce, 1992 – 2002
- Guardian of Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Business, 2000 and 2002
- Received honorary degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, 2002
- Golden Eagle Award, Society of American Military Engineers, 2001
- Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), 1998 and 2000
- Received honorary law degree from Wittenberg University, 1992
- Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding State Legislator, American Medical Association, 1990
- Legislator of the Year, Ohio Nursing Association and Ohio Hospice Association, 1989
- Legislator of the Year Award from the Ohio Association of Community Mental Health Boards, 1988
- Distinguished Legislator Award, Association of Health Commissioners, 1988
- Public Service Award, Ohio Chapter of American College of Health Care Administrators, 1987
- Distinguished Service Award, Medical College of Ohio, 1987
- Outstanding Legislator Award, Ohio Department of Mental Health, 1986
- Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, Central State University, 1983
- 4/26/2013David L. Hobson, president of Vorys Advisors, was appointed to a congressional advisory panel that will review the action of the federal agency that maintains the Pentagon’s nuclear weapons.
- 1/23/2013Vorys hosted a gathering to celebrate the inauguration of President Obama on January 21. The celebration was featured in a Legal BisNow story entitled “Inauguration Day Roundup.”
- 1/17/2012David L. Hobson, president of Vorys Advisors, was quoted in a Columbus Dispatch article regarding community efforts to demolish vacant and abandoned houses. The article, which was titled highlighted Hobson’s work on the issue.
- 9/27/2013Just like the students who head back to school in August and the birds that start their journey south for the winter, legislators began their migration to Columbus in September. And your U. S. senators and congressmen are back at work in Washington.
- 7/1/2013On Sunday evening, Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 59, the state's two-year, $62 billion budget into law, just in time for the beginning of the new state fiscal year on July 1, 2013.
- 6/26/2013Ohio Statehouse Update: House-Senate Conference Committee Reports Compromise Version of State Budget BillLast night on a 4-2 party line vote the Conference Committee on House Bill 59, led by the chairmen of the House and Senate Finance Committees, Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) and Sen. Scott Oelslager (R-Canton), reported a compromise version of the state’s biennial budget bill that will now head to the House and Senate floor for a final vote to accept the changes.
- 5/29/2013Yesterday afternoon the Senate Finance Committee unveiled a substitute version of House Bill 59, the state biennial budget bill. The substitute legislation incorporates many changes, significant among which is the replacement of an across-the-board 7% income tax cut proposed in the House-passed version of the bill with a tax cut package specifically targeted at helping small businesses in Ohio.
- 4/10/2013The Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee accepted a substitute version of House Bill 59, the state’s biennial budget bill, at a hearing yesterday afternoon. Among numerous significant changes in the bill, the substitute legislation removes Governor Kasich’s proposed tax reforms and replaces them with an across the board 7% income tax reduction, and removes the proposed expansion of Medicaid that was projected to leverage $2.4 billion in federal funds to provide coverage for uninsured Ohioans over the next two years.
- 12/19/2012On Thursday, the Ohio General Assembly concluded its business for the 2011-2012 legislative session. The House and Senate debated a number of important measures during the fast-paced "Lame Duck"session following the November general election.
- 11/7/2012This alert details results of the 2012 primary election.
- 10/25/2012With the elections right around the corner, Vorys is providing you with unique insights from both sides of the aisle on the upcoming races.
- 10/3/2012With the November 6 General Election only five weeks away, the political campaign season is kicking into high gear. Here is a preview of the major candidate races and issues that will be on the ballot in Ohio.
- 10/1/2012The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission held its first meeting on September 13, 2012. The Commission was created through the passage of House Bill 188 earlier this year, and is tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of the Ohio Constitution, and making recommendations to the General Assembly regarding changes to the Constitution, including recommendations for changes to the process for proposing constitutional amendments.
- 2/29/2012Every 10 years, following the census, the Ohio Apportionment Board is tasked with redrawing Ohio’s House and Senate districts to reflect changes in population. The Ohio legislative districts must include 99 House Districts and 33 Senate Districts.