Louise Valentine is a lifelong resident of Ohio. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, she attended Elyria public schools, graduating as Salutatorian from Elyria High School in 2000. Her father has been a packaging engineer with The Clorox Company for more than 15 years, but first joined the company as a materials handler at their production plant in Cleveland where he was a member of the International Chemical Workers Union. After years of night classes, he eventually earned his college degree at the age of 45 and was afforded the opportunity to advance to the engineering team. Her mother was able to stay at home to care for Louise and her younger brother, Aaron, until they were in school when she started work at a local elementary school cafeteria.
Louise attended The Ohio State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with Honors with a bachelor’s degree in 2004 from the College of Human Ecology and a Master’s of Science in 2006. Despite student loans, she had to take on additional jobs to close the gap for her college experience. She worked in fast food, on the sales floor at a department store, on the production line at the factory that employed her father, as a catering assistant and cleaning homes.
Central Ohio offered many opportunities for Louise, having majored in Textiles and Clothing, and so she started her career at the Abercrombie & Fitch headquarters and then moved to a position with L Brands. She’s been leading a consumer testing program for 7 years and has been with L Brands nearly 10 years in total.
Through her profession, Louise completed a 6-month leadership program for rising associates, donated time to facilitate associate development courses and participated in volunteer activities at establishments in local central Ohio communities.
Louise married Scott Valentine, whom she met at Ohio State, in 2008. They live in Genoa Township with their two children, twins Anthony and Nicholas, and their dog, Kaiya. When not at her full-time job, campaigning for State Senate or managing the daily life of a family of four, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, gardening, playing piano and watching Buckeyes sports and Game of Thrones.