|Richard Michael DeWine|
|Attorney General of Ohio|
|January 10, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Richard Cordray (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Lieutenant Governor of Ohio|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Miami University (1969)|
|J.D.||Ohio Northern University Law School (1972)|
|Birthday||January 5, 1947|
|Place of birth||Springfield, Ohio|
DeWine is native to Springfield, Ohio. He attended Miami University for his undergraduate degree in education and then Ohio Northern University law school for his J.D. Immediately after graduating from law school in 1972, DeWine worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Greene County, Ohio. By 1976, he had established himself well enough to gain election to the post of County Prosecutor.
He has been recognized several times throughout his career for both his public and private sector work. His awards include, but are not limited to:
- Dr. Nathan Davis Award (1996) from the American Medical Association (AMA)
- Outstanding Public Service Award (2001) from the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA)
- Allies for Action Award (2006) from the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA) 
- Crime Fighter Award (2006) from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
- Bachelor's degree, Miami University (1969) in education
- Juris Doctorate degree, Ohio Northern University (1972)
DeWine began his political career with a single term as an Ohio State Senator and four terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the seventh Congressional District. He resigned his seat to campaign as George Voinovich's running-mate in their successful 1990 Ohio gubernatorial/lieutenant gubernatorial election. He later went on to win election to the U.S. Senate in 1994, a seat which he retained until 2006. He returned to political office in 2010, this time as attorney general of Ohio.
Attorney General (2010-present)
DeWine was first elected to serve as Ohio's chief law enforcement officer in 2010.
Obama for America v. Husted
The Ohio Legislature and Gov. John Kasich (R) passed a law changing Ohio's early voting system from allowing all voters to cast ballots until the day before election day to allowing only military voters and citizens residing overseas to vote in person three days prior to election day. Supporters argue the law was designed to help the state's almost 10,000 polling stations coordinate more efficiently in preparation for election day, as well as to combat voter fraud. On July 17, 2012 the Obama presidential campaign and other Democrats sued DeWine and secretary of state Jon Husted (R), claiming the law provided selective and unequal voting privileges and was therefore unconstitutional. On August 31, 2012, U.S. District Judge Peter Economus ruled on the side of the plaintiffs, agreeing that limiting early balloting to one group of voters over another violated the "constitutionally protected right to participate in the 2012 election -- and all elections -- on an equal basis with all Ohio voters.” In practical terms, the judge granted a preliminary injunction to stop the secretary of state, whose office oversees elections, from enforcing the law, and ordered the previous in-person early voting schedule be restored.
DeWine said that he would appeal the ruling to the Cincinnati-based U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. “We disagree with the ruling today...We have always allowed distinction for military voters, and to say this violates equal protection is wrong.”
Ohio was considered a key swing state in the 2012 presidential election, with 18 electoral college votes. No Republican has won a presidential election after losing Ohio; After the judge struck down the early-voting law, which could have favorably affected the Republican vote in the upcoming election, Vice President Joe Biden remarked that a victory in Ohio would seal Obama's re-election.
In 2003, the American Public Health Association (APHA), a D.C.-based professional organization for public health professionals in the United States, scored a 0% rating when it came to health issues. APHA based this on the percentage of votes DeWine cast in favor of the organization's preferred position on health-related bills between 1995 and 2003. 
Despite the urging of United States House of Representatives Minority Leader John Boehner and other Republican members of Ohio's congressional delegation for Democrat Attorney General to join other states in suing the federal government over the health care overhaul measure, Richard Cordray felt that the suit held "no legal merit and would needlessly tie up the resources of his office." 
In response, DeWine said that he would "file suit against the Obama-care bill his first day in office if elected."  The former United States senator sees the controversial reform legislation as an "unprecedented encroachment on the sovereignty of the states" that burdens the state of Ohio with new regulations and costs that an already strained state budget cannot afford at this time. 
On April 3, 2012, DeWine certified a petition proposal, led by a Freedom to Marry advocacy group, to overturn the Ohio Constitution's ban on same-sex marriage. The goal of the petition was to repeal the 2004-established legal definition of marriage, which limits recognition to a union between a man and a woman, and replace it with a broadened definition as a union of two consenting adults. DeWine initially rejected the petition for concerns about the summary's intelligibility, but the advocacy group considered the criticism and re-submitted the petition to the attorney general, this time with a clearer description of the measure, and earned his stamp of validation. The salient amendment was passed in 2004.
DeWine expressed his neutrality on the issue and overarching deference to the law in a followup letter to the petitioners, in which he wrote: "Without passing on the advisability of the approval or rejection of the measure to be referred, I hereby certify that the summary is a fair and truthful statement of the proposed constitutional amendment."
U.S. Senate (1994-2006)
In 1992, DeWine challenged former astronaut John Glenn for his United States Senate seat after his name was sullied as a result of his involvement in the Lincoln Savings and Keating Five Scandal, despite his exoneration. Though he received a career low of fifty-one percent of the vote, Glenn was still able to defeat his Republican challenger. DeWine ran for the United States Senate again two years later, this time defeating attorney Joel Hyatt by a fourteen point margin of victory. He was served continuously until 2006, when lost his seat in the midterm elections to Democratic challenger Sherrod Brown.
In 2004, Senator DeWine authored the senate version of House Resolution 1997 - Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, which recognized a "child in utero" as a legal victim and protected him or her as such if they were injured or killed during the event of any of over sixty listed federal crimes of violence. The bill went on to pass through the United States Senate by a vote of 61 - 38. 
In 2005, DeWine authored Senate Bill 954 - The Firearms Fairness and Security Act that extended the lifetime bans on gun ownership for United States citizens who happened to receive a conviction in a foreign country, which carried a jail term of a year or more. 
For his support of the Clinton Assault Weapons Ban as well as his "opposition to legislation which barred gun manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers from frivolous lawsuits designed to put them out of business," DeWine received the endorsement of the pro-gun control political activist group, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, their first senatorial affirmation for the 2006 election cycle.  
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio (1990-1994)
DeWine left Congress in 1990 to run for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio as the running mate of George Voinovich. The Voinovich-DeWine ticket won handily, and he served as Lieutenant Governor for one term before pursuing a U.S. Senate seat.
U.S. House of Representatives (1982-1990)
DeWine had only served two years in the state senate before he choosing to campaign for the United States House of Representatives seat vacated by Congressman Bud Brown. He was re-elected to represent the 7th Congressional District three times before resigning in 1990 to campaign as George Voinovich's running-mate in the Ohio gubernatorial election.
Ohio State Senate (1980-1982)
Four years after his first election victory in 1976 as Greene County Prosecutor, DeWine was elected to a single term in the Ohio State Senate.
- See also: Ohio attorney general election, 2014
DeWine is eligible to run for re-election as Ohio Attorney General in 2014. He has not yet made his intentions in the race known.
- See also: Ohio Attorney General election, 2010
- 2010 General Election
- Mike DeWine won the 2010 general election for attorney general with 47.8% of the vote, defeating Democratic incumbent Richard Cordray, as well as Robert Owens (Constitution), and Marc Feldman (Libertarian).
|Attorney General, 2010|
- 2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary
- Mike DeWine ran unopposed this contest
|2006 Race for United States Senate - Republican Primary |
|Republican Party||Mike DeWine||71.7%|
|Republican Party||David R. Smith||14.5%|
|Republican Party||William G. Pierce||13.8%|
|2006 Race for United States Senate - General Election |
|Democratic Party||Sherrod Brown||56.2%|
|Republican Party||Mike DeWine||43.8%|
|2000 Race for United States Senate - General Election |
|Republican Party||Mike DeWine||71.7%|
|Democratic Party||Ted Celeste||14.5%|
|Libertarian Party||John McAlister||13.8%|
Comprehensive donor information for DeWine is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, DeWine raised a total of $8,563,385 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 13, 2013.
|Mike DeWine's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Ohio Attorney General||$2,352,399|
|2010||Ohio Attorney General||$6,210,986|
|Grand Total Raised||$8,563,385|
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|Mike DeWine's Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$5,139,889 (Democrat)|
|Top 5 contributors||Mike DeWine||$2,012,298|
|$1,498,642||Ohio Republican Party|
|$117,500||Summit County Republican Central Committee|
|$33,198||Communications Counsel Incorporated|
|$20,000||Timothy L. Mathile|
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DeWine currently resides in Cedarville, Ohio with his wife, Frances Struewing. The couple has had eight children together, one of whom died tragically in a car accident in 1993. They are also the proud grandparents of thirteen grandchildren. DeWine is also a practicing Roman Catholic.
Contact InformationCapitol Address:
Ohio Attorney General Richard DeWine
30 East Broad Street, 17th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3428
Phone: (614) 466-4320
- Ohio Attorney General website
- DeWine's official biography
- Mike DeWine for Attorney General Campaign website
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- Project Vote Smart - Mike DeWine biography
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- ↑ SPAN USA "Suicide Prevention Action Network USA Honors Senator Mike DeWine" 12 May, 2006
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bloomberg Business Week, "Ohio Must Restore Three Days of Early Voting, Judge Rules," August 31, 2012
- ↑ The Hill, "Judge grants injunction against ohio early-voting law," August 31, 2011
- ↑ On the Issues "Mike DeWine on Health Care" 31 Dec. 2003
- ↑ The Columbus Dispatch "Ohio won't join states' suit over health reform" 30 March, 2010
- ↑ The Plain Dealer "Lawsuit to challenge constitutionality of the health care reform bill" 23 March, 2010
- ↑ The Columbus Dispatch "Should Ohio join attempt to overturn health-care law? | Yes" 1 April, 2010
- ↑ Cleveland.com "Ohio attorney general certifies petition for same-sex marriage amendment to state constitution (poll)," April 3, 2012
- ↑ Boston.com, "Ohio AG DeWine switches from Romney to Santorum," February 17, 2012
- ↑ Cincinnati.com, "Romney picks up Mike Turner’s endorsement," January 17, 2012
- ↑ FOX News "Senate Passes Unborn Victims Bill" 26 March, 2004
- ↑ Open Congress: S.954 - Firearms Fairness and Security Act
- ↑ NRA-ILA "Brady Campaign Endorses DeWine" 23 June, 2006
- ↑ Buckeye Firearms Association "Is anti-gun Brady Campaign's DeWine endorsement MEANT to help him lose?" 10 Oct. 2006
- ↑ Human Events "Top 10 Anti-Gun Senators" 21 June, 2006
- ↑ Ohio Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
- ↑ Ohio Secretary of State - 2006 Republican Primary Election Results
- ↑ Ohio Secretary of State - 2006 General Election Results
- ↑ Ohio Secretary of State - 2000 General Election Results
- ↑ Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Mike DeWine," accessed May 13, 2013
- ↑ Follow the Money.org
Clarence J. "Bud" Brown Jr.
|United States House of Representatives - District 7
| Succeeded by|
Paul R. Leonard
|Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
| Succeeded by|
Nancy P. Hollister
Howard M. Metzenbaum
|United States Senate - Ohio
| Succeeded by|
Richard Cordray (D)
|Ohio Attorney General
| Succeeded by|