Director Rich Rankin
UAW Region 2-B Director Rich Rankin was elected to serve his first full term at the 37th Constitutional Convention in June 2018. He was previously elected at a special regional leadership meeting in June 2017 to succeed Ken Lortz for the remainder of the term.
Prior to his election, Director Rankin was appointed Assistant Director of UAW Region 2-B, covering the states of Indiana and Ohio, in August of 2014.
As a member of Region 2-B staff, he carried out servicing responsibilities in Northeast Ohio from March of 2010 until August of 2014. His assignments included Independents, Parts, and Suppliers; Technical, Office, and Professional contracts, and General Motors.
Director Rankin has been a UAW member since 1997 when he joined Local 1112 at GM in Lordstown Ohio. In 1998 he hired into the Lear Seating plant in Lordstown Ohio where he served the Lear members of Local 1112 in a variety of positions from 2001 to 2010, including three terms as Chairman of the bargaining committee.
He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Malone University in Canton, Ohio and has a welding diploma from New Castle School of trades. Rankin has also worked as a certified pipe welder prior to working at GM.
Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, Director Rankin is a life member of the NAACP, and serves on the governing board of Toledo Technology Academy, the board of LEAD Ohio, the Old News Boys Scholarship Committee, and Sherrod Brown’s re-election committee. He has also been active in youth sports coaching youth baseball and football and served as president of both the Columbiana Little Clippers football organization and Columbiana Wrestling boosters.
Rich and his wife Heather, were married in 1995 and have three sons. They relocated to the Toledo area in 2014.