Mary Jo Kilroy

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Mary Jo Kilroy
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Ohio, District 3
Bachelor'sCleveland State University
J.D.Ohio State University
ProfessionFormer U.S. House Rep.
(timed out) Campaign website
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Tenth District Court of Appeals
Position:  Unexpired term ending 2/9/2019
State:  Ohio
Election information 2014:
Party:   Democratic
Incumbent:  No
Primary date:  5/6/2014
Primary vote:  100%ApprovedA
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  45.9%DefeatedD

Mary Jo Kilroy was a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 15th District of Ohio. Two years after losing her seat, Kilroy was a 2012 Democratic candidate to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Ohio. She lost in the primary.[1]

After her congressional career, Kilroy was a 2014 candidate for the 10th District Court of Appeals in Ohio.[2]


Kilroy received her undergraduate degree from Cleveland State University in 1977 and her J.D. from the Ohio State University in 1980. From January 2009 to January 2011, Kilroy served on the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio's 15th Congressional district. She has also previously served as a commissioner for Franklin County and worked as an attorney in private practice with her firm of Handelman & Kilroy.[3]


Voting Record

Frequency of Voting with Democratic Leadership

According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009 to June 16, 2010, Kilroy voted with the House Democratic leadership 97.5% of the time.[4] That same analysis reported that she also voted with party leadership 97.5% of the time in 2010.



See also: Ohio judicial elections, 2014
Kilroy ran for election to the 10th District Court of Appeals.


See also: Ohio's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Kilroy ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Ohio's 3rd District. Kilroy lost to Joyce Beatty in the March 6, 2012 Democratic primary.[5]

U.S. House, Ohio's 3rd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Beatty 38.3% 15,848
Mary Jo Kilroy 34.7% 14,369
Priscilla Tyson 15.1% 6,244
Ted Celeste 11.8% 4,895
Total Votes 41,356


On November 2, 2010, Kilroy lost her re-election bid for the United States House of Representatives to Republican Steve Stivers.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Congressional District 15 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Stivers 54.2% 119,471
     Democratic Mary Jo Kilroy 41.3% 91,077
     Libertarian William J. Kammerer 2.8% 6,116
     Constitution David Ryon 1.8% 3,887
     Write-in Bill Buckel 0% 45
Total Votes 220,596

Washington Post Analysis

A separate analysis from The Washington Post, concluded that she voted 98.2 percent of the time with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.[7]

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