Karen L. Gillmor, Ph.D.
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.