Madison Mari Gesiotto Gilbert (née Gesiotto; born March 20, 1992) is an American attorney and political candidate. Gesiotto Gilbert won Miss Ohio USA 2014 and represented Ohio at that year’s Miss USA.[1] She was previously the author of a weekly column at The Washington Times titled “Millennial Mindset”.[2]

Gesiotto Gilbert is the Republican nominee in the 2022 election in Ohio’s 13th congressional district.

Early life and education

Gesiotto was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[3] She attended Jackson Local Schools in Massillon, Ohio, and trained as a competitive figure skater in Lakewood, Ohio, at the Winterhurst Figure Skating Club. Gesiotto was coached by Carol Heiss.[4] In 2010, she passed her gold tests in free skating and moves-in-the-field.

Gesiotto graduated with honors from Ohio State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.[5] She graduated from Moritz College of Law at Ohio State in 2017 with a Juris Doctor degree.[6]


Gesiotto represented Columbus at the Miss Ohio USA pageant in 2013, where she placed third runner-up to Kristin Smith.[7] She praised pageant competition for the networking opportunities it provided.[8]

Gesiotto represented Mid Ohio at the Miss Ohio USA pageant in 2014, where she was crowned Miss Ohio USA.[9][10][11]

After winning Miss Ohio USA, Gesiotto was featured on various television news outlets for her promotion of political awareness and her fundraising for Wounded Warrior Project.[12][13][14][15]

She was also featured in a New York Times article profiling pageant consultant Bill Alverson.[16][17]

Gesiotto competed in the Miss USA 2014 competition on June 8, 2014, representing the state of Ohio.[3][18][19]

She passed on her title to Miss Ohio USA 2015 in November 2014.[20]


Gesiotto was the author of a weekly column at The Washington Times titled “Millennial Mindset,” which focused on various American political, policy, and legal issues.[21] She previously anchored daily news briefings for The Washington Times.[22][23]

Gesiotto worked for Mitt Romney‘s 2012 presidential campaign and on the United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.[24] As a law student at Moritz College of Law, Gesiotto was a staff editor for The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.[25]

In 2016, Gesiotto endorsed Donald Trump in her Washington Times column. Gesiotto described two instances in which she personally interacted with Trump, and described the reasons why she supported him for president.[26] On December 14, 2020, Gesiotto represented Ohio as a voter in the electoral college.[27]

U.S. House campaign

Gesiotto Gilbert is the Republican nominee in the 2022 election in Ohio’s 13th congressional district.[28]

Personal life

On February 22, 2021, Gesiotto married former NFL offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert.[29]


  1. ^ “Jackson Township’s Madison Gesiotto is Miss Ohio USA”. The Repository. November 18, 2013.
  2. ^ “Millennial Mindset”.
  3. ^ a b “Madison Gesiotto – Pageant Planet”. Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  4. ^ Sautters, Denise (February 24, 2010). “Ice dreams: What does it take to be an Olympic skater?”. Watertown TAB. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  5. ^ Marshall, Abbey (April 24, 2022). “Primary voting guide: Meet the Republicans running for Ohio’s 13th Congressional District”. Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  6. ^ “Law Student Spotlight: 1L Miss Ohio USA Madison Gesiotto makes a difference”. Ohio Law Students.
  7. ^ “Madison Gesiotto – Miss Ohio USA 2014”. Pageant Update.
  8. ^ “Jackson Township’s Madison Gesiotto is Miss Ohio USA”. The Repository. November 18, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  9. ^ “Madison Gesiotto is crowned Miss Ohio USA”. The Repository. GateHouse News Service. November 11, 2013.
  10. ^ Miss Ohio USA 2014, Madison Mari Gesiotto, Crowning Moment. YouTube. 6 January 2014.
  11. ^ “Miss Ohio USA 2014 – Pageant Planet”. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  12. ^ Day, Monica (8 December 2013). “Sunday Chat: Miss Ohio USA Madison Gesiotto”.
  13. ^ MONDAY: Miss Ohio – Video Game Competition. YouTube. 18 July 2014.
  14. ^ “Miss Ohio 2014 Wows Stefani & Kristi”.
  15. ^ “Stefani Schaefer”.
  16. ^ Chu, Jeff (July 18, 2014). “The Pageant King of Alabama”. The New York Times.
  17. ^ Louszko, Ashley; Pederson, Claire; Effron, Lauren (September 12, 2014). “Before They Become Miss America, They Talk to This Guy”. ABC News.
  18. ^ “Miss USA 2014”. NBC.
  19. ^ “Miss USA & Teen USA 2014 – Pageant Planet”. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  20. ^ “Sarah Newkirk is Miss Ohio USA 2015”. Pageants News ► Beauty Pageant Contestants & Winners News.
  21. ^ “Millennial Mindset”. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  22. ^ “Exclusive Washington Times Weekend Briefing (July 11, 2015)”. The Washington Times.
  23. ^ “Exclusive Washington Times Daily Briefing”.
  24. ^ Ebersole, Jenna (June 2, 2015). “Caught Our Eye: Miss Ohio USA takes Capitol Hill as law clerk for Senate committee”.
  25. ^ “Moritz College of Law”.
  26. ^ Gesiotto, Madison (September 29, 2016). “Why I’m a Miss USA competitor supporting and inspired by Donald Trump”. The Washington Times.
  27. ^ Balmert, Jessie; Fair, Julia (November 9, 2020). “Trump won Ohio. What happens next with the Electoral College?”. The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  28. ^ Ashworth, Alan (May 4, 2022). “Lawyer wins close primary race to win GOP District 13 nod, will face Akron’s Emilia Sykes”. Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  29. ^ Seats, Alex (February 22, 2021). “Cardinals OT Marcus Gilbert ties the knot in front of NFL guests”. 247Sports. Retrieved 4 May 2022.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by

Kristin Smith
Miss Ohio USA
Succeeded by

Sarah Newkirk