Employees of the Ohio House and Ohio Senate must adhere to a dress code or risk discipline, including being sent home to change on their first offense.
“Attire should be clean and pressed, should not have holes or stains, and should not be faded, torn or frayed,” the House dress code tells staff. “Shirts should be tucked in at all times. Gentlemen should be neatly groomed, including beards, mustaches and goatees.”
During summer or legislative breaks, staff can go with business casual — but only if their lawmaker isn’t in the office and they aren’t meeting with lobbyists or constituents.
“Anytime you are in the House Chamber, you are to be in business attire,” a recent memo to staff says. “That includes conducting tours for school groups.”
Other no-no’s: leggings of any kind, facial piercings other than ears, strapless dresses, cargo pants and any articles of clothing made of denim.