WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced today that Jason Knox will assume the role of Central Ohio District Director. Knox will take over responsibilities for Stephen White, who has accepted an opportunity with the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) as Vice President of External Affairs, Strategic Initiatives and Business Development, and In-House Counsel after serving as the Senator’s Central Ohio District Director since 2012 and a General Counsel since March of 2011.

“Jason has served on our team for several years now in various roles, and I am excited to see him transition to this role,” said Portman. "I’m confident in Jason’s ability to serve the constituents of Central Ohio, and his proven organizational and management skills will continue to help us advance our legislative priorities.”

“I am excited and honored to serve in this new capacity as Central Ohio District Director for Senator Portman,” said Knox. “I look forward to using my background to strengthen the team, to focus on economic development, and to continue to advocate for the people of Central Ohio on behalf of Senator Portman.”

Knox previously served as a Staff Assistant for U.S. Senator George Voinovich in 2010. When Senator Portman was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2011, Knox accepted the role as the Assistant to the State Director and since then he has assumed the roles of Deputy Scheduler, Columbus Office Manager and Grant Coordinator.

“Stephen has been a key member of our team and an outstanding advocate for the people of Central Ohio,” said Portman. “I’m grateful for his tireless service and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

White has led Senator Portman’s outreach efforts in Central Ohio, cultivating and maintaining relationships with employers, other corporate and business executives, non-profit leaders, philanthropic principals, and foundation officials to further Portman’s priorities. In addition, White led the creation of the Ohio Advanced STEM-Career Technical Education Leadership Caucus and developed a strategy to enable local communities’ access to more than $200 million in new funding to combat the opioid crisis.