Robert Sprague currently serves as Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State. As Treasurer, he oversees the state’s investment and debt portfolios, domestic & international custody portfolios, and annual cash movements and deposits.
Treasurer Sprague is committed to improving Ohio and the lives of its residents through trusted stewardship, wise investment, and bold innovation. These principles have been at the forefront of his work since taking office in January 2019.
As Ohio Treasurer, Sprague successfully launched the ResultsOHIO initiative, which established an infrastructure within the Treasurer’s office to evaluate and support pay-for-success programs aimed at combatting the social and public health challenges facing Ohio.
Treasurer Sprague reaffirmed his office’s commitment to empowering individuals living with disabilities through the use of specialized savings and investment accounts. The STABLE Account program is seeing unprecedented growth under Sprague’s leadership, with participation more than doubling from January 2019 through December 2020. The Treasurer’s office is also partnering with multiple public and private sector employers to provide eligible employees with direct deposit options for contributing to a STABLE account. Through expanded outreach and engagement efforts, STABLE Account has maintained its status as the nation’s premiere ABLE program.
In 2020, Sprague ushered in the next generation of the Ohio Checkbook. In partnership with the DeWine-Husted Administration, OhioCheckbook.gov was launched, creating a one-stop resource for taxpayers to learn more about spending at the state and local levels of government. The website merged the functions and data previously hosted through OhioCheckbook.com and the Ohio Interactive Budget website. This effort resulted in a more effective and streamlined platform that eliminates duplication and bolsters transparency.
Treasurer Sprague first entered public service in his hometown of Findlay, where he developed his commitment to strong fiscal stewardship as city auditor and treasurer. In these roles, he balanced the city’s budgets and helped finance a massive recovery effort after historic floods and the 2008 economic recession. Following his time serving the City of Findlay, he made his way to Columbus, serving the 83rd District as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 2011 through 2018.
During his time in the private sector, he was a project lead at Ernst & Young and worked on several high-profile engagements with Fortune 500 companies before forming his own consulting firm.
Treasurer Sprague graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and later earned a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His commitment to public service is matched only by his love of family. He and his wife, Amanda, continue to live in Findlay with their five children.