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.

Jim HughesJim Hughes, Chairman
Employee Member
Dates of Service: July 2019 - June 2025

Jim Hughes has spent his career demonstrating his passion for public service.

He was appointed by Governor Mike DeWine to be the chairman and employee member of the Ohio Industrial Commission for a term that began on July 1, 2019. 

Jim brings decades of legal knowledge and public policy experience to his role as chairman. He began his career as a bailiff and court constable in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. He later served as assistant prosecutor in the City of Columbus Prosecutor's Office and then as assistant prosecutor for Franklin County. He also worked previously as an attorney and partner at the Isaac Wiles law firm in Columbus.

In 2000, he was appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives and was later elected to the Ohio Senate in 2008. During his 18 years in the Ohio General Assembly, Jim supported legislation that toughened criminal penalties, protected children, reformed taxes, streamlined regulations, and incentivized businesses to settle in Ohio. He also served on many legislative committees including Civil Justice, Insurance and Financial Institutions, Energy and Public Utilities, Transportation and Public Safety, and Criminal Justice. 

Jim has received numerous accolades from several groups over the course of his career. He has been named Legislator of the Year by the FOP Capitol City Lodge No. 9, the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association, the Ohio Nurses Association, the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters and the AMVETS Department of Ohio. In addition, he has received the Ohio Association for Justice Workers Compensation Outstanding Service Award, and the Watchdog of the Treasury Award, among others.

Jim earned his Juris Doctorate at Capital University Law School after completing his bachelor’s degree in business administration at The Ohio State University. He and his wife Susan live in Upper Arlington, and have a daughter, Kaela.

 

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.

 

Jodie M. TaylorDaniel J. Massey
Employer Member
Dates of Service: July 2021 – June 2027

Dan brings decades of experience both within and outside state government.

He began his career as an Ohio assistant attorney general where his practice was both in litigation and agency representation. During his tenure, Dan’s clients included the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio Department of Commerce, and the Ohio Department of Insurance. He also represented various boards and commissions, including the Ohio State Dental Board and the Ohio State Racing Commission.

While working in state government, he also headed the legislative program within the Ohio Attorney General and was involved in the enactment of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practice Act and the lobbying disclosure law.

After leaving government service, he practiced law in Columbus. He maintained both a legislative and corporate practice and was instrumental in the passage of the alternate retirement system legislation, which allows certain public employees to join a private, defined contribution plan. He also served as a hearing officer for the Ohio State Racing Commission.

Prior to his appointment at the Ohio Industrial Commission, Dan worked at the law firm of Murray, Murphy, Moul and Basil in Columbus.

He has both a bachelor’s degree and law degree from Capital University. He and his wife, Marilyn, live in Columbus. They have two children and four grandchildren.

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