Industrial Commission General Information

Commissioner Bios

Three Governor-appointed Commissioners lead the IC. Each Commissioner must have at least six years experience in workers' compensation and at least one member must be licensed to practice law in Ohio.

By reason of previous vocation, employment, or affiliation, one member must represent employees, one must represent employers, and one must represent the public.

Each Commissioner serves a six-year term.

The Chairperson is the head of all administrative functions at the Industrial Commission and the Executive Director manages the agency’s day to day operations.


BainbridgeThomas H. Bainbridge, Chairman
Employee Member
Dates of Service: July 2013 - June 2019

Thomas (Tim) Bainbridge brings over four decades of workers’ compensation experience to his role as Chairman of the Industrial Commission of Ohio.

As an attorney, Tim has spent a tremendous amount of time protecting the rights of Ohio’s workers through his involvement with numerous organizations, which are dedicated to improving Ohio’s workers’ compensation system.

Tim displayed his knowledge and expertise as the Chairman of the Columbus Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Committee, and served as the Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Ohio Association for Justice.  He also served as President of the Ohio Association for Justice.

Later, he served Ohio’s injured workers and employers as the Commissioner for the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Oversight Commission from 1995 to 2006. In addition, he has served on the Unemployment Compensation Review Commission and as a Commissioner on the Court of Claims.

Tim’s passion for workers’ compensation has been evident throughout his career. Before arriving at the IC, Tim served as an attorney and managing partner at Ward, Kaps, Bainbridge, Maurer & Melvin from 1970 until 2009. He later served as a partner at the Bainbridge Firm from 2009 until 2013.

Tim is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Ohio Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice.

Originally from Steubenville, Ohio, Tim earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, and then received his law degree from The Ohio State University.

Tim was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1967 and has also been admitted to practice before the US District Court in the Southern District of Ohio.

He resides in Columbus. He and his late wife, Deidre, have three grown sons who also reside in Columbus.


Jodie M. Taylor Jodie M. Taylor
Employer Member
Dates of Service: July 2015 – June 2021

Jodie Taylor brings years of workers’ compensation experience to her role as Commissioner of the Industrial Commission of Ohio.

In July 2009, Jodie was appointed as the employer member of the Commission. On January 14, 2011, Governor John Kasich appointed Commissioner Taylor as Chairperson of the Commission. Jodie served in this capacity until July 2011. On February 13, 2013, Governor Kasich again appointed Jodie as Chairperson of the Commission. Jodie served in this position until July 2013. In June 2015, Governor Kasich reappointed Jodie to a second term which will end in June 2021.

Her first day on the job was a homecoming for Jodie. From 1997 to 2000, Jodie served as an assistant to an IC Commissioner. In this role, she performed legal and legislative research, assisted during hearings, and gained an extensive understanding of the agency.

After leaving the Commission, Jodie served as an attorney for two Columbus law firms, where she represented state-fund and self-insured employers at all levels of IC hearings and in court actions throughout Ohio. She is also a frequent lecturer on workers’ compensation issues with extensive legal knowledge in both the private and public sectors.

Jodie earned her bachelor’s degree in diplomacy and foreign affairs from Miami University in 1991. While at Miami, Jodie studied overseas in Luxembourg. In 1995, she received her law degree from the University of Akron School of Law. She is an Ohio State Bar Association member and is a board-certified specialist in workers’ compensation.

Jodie lives in Dublin with her husband, Michael. In October 2009, they welcomed twins, a boy and a girl, Evan and Elizabeth.


Karen L. GillmorKaren L. Gillmor, Ph.D.
Public Member
Dates of Service: July 2017 - June 2023

With over three decades of dedicated public service, Karen brings a tremendous knowledge of workers’ compensation issues to the Industrial Commission of Ohio.

A native of Ohio, she earned her diploma from Rocky River High School before earning a bachelor’s degree with honors from Michigan State University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Her career shows a passionate interest in the fields of health care, labor relations and workers’ compensation.  From 1983 to 1986, Karen served as Chief of Management Planning and Research at the Industrial Commission of Ohio. In this position, she authored a study of self-insurance, which was incorporated into Ohio’s omnibus workers’ compensation reform law. She also served as the employee representative to the Industrial Commission of Ohio’s Regional Board of Review and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Oversight Commission. Karen was first appointed to the IC by Governor John Kasich in July 2011 and was appointed to a second term in July 2017.

Before coming to the IC, Karen was elected to Ohio’s 26th Senate District seat in 1992, 1996 and 2008.  She chaired the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee, was a member of the Unemployment Compensation Advisory Committee, and the Labor-Management-Government Committee. She served as vice chair of the State Employment Relations Board from 1997 to 2007 and was a consultant to the United States Secretary of Labor.

Nationally, Karen served on the Health Committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council, as well as on the Health and Human Services Committee of the Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Region.

Karen was married to United States Congressman Paul Gillmor, who tragically passed away in 2007. They have five children, Linda, Julie, Paul Michael and twins Connor and Adam.





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