Thad A. Lichtensteiger became Van Wert County Commissioner on January 1, 2011. Born and raised in Van Wert County, he is the son of Dean and Janice (Mohr) Lichtensteiger of rural Van Wert. He is a 1979 graduate of Crestview High School and a 1983 graduate of the Ohio State University with a B.S. in Agriculture. He has additional coursework from BGSU in German language. He was re-elected to his second term in office, which runs from January 2015-December 2018.
Before his election to the Commission, Lichtensteiger served for fifteen years on the Board of Education for Crestview Local School in Convoy. He serves as Trustee for the Van Wert County Foundation and on the Board of Trustees for the Van Wert County Farm Bureau. He has served on numerous Extension and Agricultural organizations and served as an FFA State Officer while at Ohio State.
He is a partner in a family owned grain farm with his father and youngest son Luke, and manages a 120 sow feeder pig operation.
He and his wife, Debra, are the parents of four children: Kirk (Eliza) with grandson Kash; Kory (Mandi) and grandsons Ayden, Kale, and Beau; Luke (Kristin) and grandson Tate; and daughter Carly. Kirk and Luke reside in rural Convoy; Kory in Leesburg, Virginia where he plays football for the Washington Redskins; and Carly attends BGSU.
He and his wife reside in Harrison Township and are members of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Convoy.
Lichtensteiger is excited about his opportunity to serve the public and make a difference! His objectives are to increase visibility and efficiency of the Commission, and to work with other agencies and departments to eliminate redundant or duplicated services.