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State Auto names Jon Allison director of government relations

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Jon AllisonCOLUMBUS, Ohio – November 26, 2007 –
The State Auto Insurance Companies have named Jon Allison, an experienced and respected expert in the field of government affairs, as director of government relations. Additionally, Allison has been elected assistant vice president by the board of directors of State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company.

From 2001 to 2006, Allison served in the administration of former Ohio Governor Bob Taft, first as deputy chief of staff for state and federal relations, then as chief of staff to the governor. Since January, he has led The Allison Group, a Columbus-based government and public affairs consulting firm. In his role with State Auto, Allison will represent the company at both the state and federal level.

“2008 promises to be a very important political year at all levels of government, with many local, state, and federal races having the potential to impact our industry,” said State Auto Chairman and CEO Bob Restrepo. “We are committed to having a voice in the political process in 2008 and beyond in order to enhance the interests of our policyholders, shareholders, and employees. Jon has worked very closely with legislators, regulators, and elected officials at every level of government. He will be an effective advocate for our company and our industry.”

Allison, 40, earned a bachelor’s degree from Maryville (Tenn.) College and a juris doctor from the Michael E. Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. He currently serves as a board member of the Ohio-West Virginia YMCA and as a member of the Ohio Lottery Commission.

The State Auto Insurance Companies, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, are engaged primarily in writing personal and business insurance products exclusively through approximately 3,200 independent insurance agencies in 29 states and are proud to be a Trusted Choice® company partner. The State Auto Insurance Companies include State Auto Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STFC), and State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company, which is one of only 14 companies rated A+ (Superior) by the A.M. Best Company every year since 1954. Additional information can be found online at StateAuto.com.

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