Larry Flowers was appointed by Governor John R. Kasich as Ohio’s 37th State Fire Marshal in April 2011. He is responsible for overseeing the Ohio Fire Academy, Fire Forensic Laboratory, Bureaus of Fire Prevention, Code Enforcement, Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau, Bureau of Testing/Registration and Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks.
Prior to being named State Fire Marshal, Flowers proudly served the citizens of Ohio as a State Representative from 2001 to 2008, including being chosen as Minority Floor Leader of the House. He also served as the fire chief of the Madison Township Fire Department in Franklin County from 1978 to 2000. Most recently he served as the Madison Township Administrator.
Flowers began his fire service career as a volunteer in 1970 and then becoming a full-time firefighter and paramedic in 1974. He was named fire chief of the Madison Township Fire Department in 1978, a position he held until retirement in 2000. He also served on the board of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, as well as being the Association’s President from 1987-1988.
As State Fire Marshal, Flowers has increased training and equipment grants to local fire departments and training institutions. He has also increased the revolving loans awarded to volunteer fire departments throughout the state. In addition, he implemented direct delivery process to local fire departments.
Flowers lives in Canal Winchester with Patty, his wife of 45 years. They have two adult children; Mandy is a minister in Chicago and Kiley is a nursing professor in Arizona. Larry is also very proud of his three grandchildren.