Brian Stewart is a lifelong resident of southern Ohio, a legislator in the Ohio House of Representatives, and an Iraq War veteran.
After experiencing 9/11 as a high school senior, Brian enlisted for active duty in the Army in 2003, and volunteered to serve in the infantry. After graduating from Basic Training and Airborne School, he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, and was soon deployed to the Sadr City area of Baghdad in Iraq. During a year long deployment in 2005, he conducted over 150 combat patrols in the city. For his actions, Brian earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge (CIB), and was twice awarded the Army Commendation Medal before he was honorably discharged in 2006. Brian returned to school on the GI Bill and earned both his bachelor's and law degrees from the Ohio State University.
From 2011 through 2013, Brian practiced with the Columbus law firm of Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP as a member of the Litigation and Business practice groups, and from 2014 through 2021 he was a partner with Farthing & Stewart LLP. Brian is admitted to practice before the federal U.S. District Courts in Ohio, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court, and has also represented clients before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). In Ohio, Brian has litigated cases in more than a dozen different counties and in multiple appellate districts all across the state. Brian established The Law Office of Brian Stewart, LLC in 2021 and focuses his practice in the areas of civil litigation, business and corporate transactions, real estate, and estate planning. In this role, he has represented a wide variety of business and individual clients, ranging from doctors and dentists, to elected officials, farmers, nurses, landlords, building contractors, and more. In 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022, Brian was recognized as an "Ohio Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, a peer-reviewed designation given to less than 2.5% of attorneys in Ohio.
Brian is also very active in his community. In 2009, he successfully ran for a seat on Ashville Council, where he served three years on the Finance and Public Safety Committees and as President Pro Tempore of Council. In 2012 and 2016 Brian was elected to serve as a Pickaway County Commissioner where he worked to quadruple the county's cash reserves, raised the county's credit rating, brought more than 2,700 new jobs to the community, and rebuilt the Pickaway County Fairgrounds from scratch as part of a $15 million revitalization project. He is a past Vice President and Spokesman for the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial, a statewide memorial to all Ohio service members killed in the line of duty since 9/11. Brian has been a member of the Pickaway County Farm Bureau, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), AMVETS, Circleville Elks Lodge #77, and the Board of Directors for the Pickaway County Senior Center. He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, and is a past President of the Pickaway County Bar Association. As the descendant of a lieutenant in the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War, Brian is also a member of the Camp Charlotte Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).
In 2020, Brian was elected as State Representative for Ohio's 78th Ohio House District, covering all or part of Pickaway, Fairfield, Hocking, Morgan, Muskingum, and Athens counties. As a member of the Ohio General Assembly, Brian serves as Vice Chair of the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and as a member of the Civil Justice, Health, and State & Local Government committees. In his term in the legislature, Brian sponsored 10 bills and/or resolutions which were passed by the Ohio House of Representatives.
In his free time, Brian is a dedicated movie buff, a passionate sports fans (Go Bucks/WhoDey), and enjoys target shooting, books on American history, and the music of Johnny Cash. He records a weekly podcast with his Army buddies, covering movies and life, called "The Office Grunts," and also records "The Brian Stewart Podcast" covering his work in public office. Brian lives in Ashville and attends Village Chapel Church along with his wife Letanya, a Nurse Practitioner, and their three children, Salem (12), Sidney (10), and Lincoln (5).