COLUMBUS — The law license of former congressman and current auditor candidate Zack Space was suspended Wednesday, according to the Ohio Supreme Court’s website.
The Ohio Republican Party flagged the suspension.
Space, a Democrat, said he hasn’t been practicing law and had been on inactive status between 2006 and 2011. He went back on active status in 2011 but still didn’t practice, Space said Friday evening.
"I never used it," he said.
Space said he planned to again inactivate his license, but he didn’t file the necessary paperwork in September. He said he plans to rectify the matter Monday.
Space, who hails from Dover, was a congressman in eastern Ohio from 2007-11.
Space was among 191 lawyers whose suspensions were announced by the Ohio Supreme Court on Friday for failing to pay 2017-2019 registration fees. Spaces’s law license was suspended effective Wednesday.
The lawyers, who received mailed notices in July and again last month about registration fees that originally were due by Sept. 1, are barred from practicing law until they pay, court officials said.
Lawyers are reinstated upon payment of the $350 registration fee and a $300 reinstatement fee.
The state GOP attacked Space for the lapse as he runs for a job responsible for making sure others require comply with the rules governing their positions.
"Zack Space wants Ohio voters to trust him to root out noncompliance in public offices, yet he doesn’t even comply with the requirements to practice law," Ohio Republican Party spokesman Blaine Kelly said in a statement. "Ensuring that public funds are spent appropriately and lawfully requires a responsible public servant, and Zack Space has proven himself to be anything but responsible."