2023 Hall of Fame Inductees

Sal Santoro

Hailing from Union, Representative Sal Santoro represented the 60th House District in the General Assembly from 2007 through 2023. As chair of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation, Santoro was the primary author of the state’s biennial road plan, which has been recognized nationally as a model for responsible infrastructure investments. During the 2022 Regular Session, Santoro garnered support for building a companion to the Brent Spence Bridge in Northern Kentucky and successfully advocated for a toll-free option. In addition to his chairmanship, he served on the Appropriations and Revenue, Banking and Insurance, Licensing and Occupations, and Transportation committees.

After serving in the Kentucky State Police, Santoro became an electrical contractor, building a business that serves the region and which has remained within his family. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati and a graduate degree from Xavier University.

Santoro is involved with numerous civic and non-profit organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau and formerly on the board of the Florence Fire Protection District. He is also involved with the OKI (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) Regional Council Government, which brings together leaders from government, business, and civic institutions to address various policy issues, and is a member of the Association of Builders and Contractors.

Santoro is a member of the Knights of Columbus organization as well as the St. Paul Parish in Florence. He and his wife Sharon have three children and eleven grandchildren.