|Ohio House of Representatives, District 89|
|January 1, 2015 - present|
|December 31, 2016|
|Years in position||0|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Term limits||4 terms (8 years)|
|High school||Sandusky High School|
|Bachelor's||Troy State University|
|Other||Auctioneering License at Walton School of Auctioneering, Real Estate License from Ohio Business College.|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Profession||Real estate agent, auctioneer|
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Kraus served on the following committees:
|Ohio Committee Assignments, 2015|
|• Agriculture and Rural Development|
|• Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Public Safety|
|• Economic and Workforce Development|
Kraus' website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- "Steve is a fiscal conservative who believes that the taxpayers know best how to spend their money. He is a strong advocate for accountability, and would champion the call for Congress to live under the same laws it passes. Steve believes in a common, no nonsense approach to spending; live within your means attitude. As a liaison working between contractors and the government, Steve saw firsthand the fraud, waste, and misuse of taxpayer dollars. He believes that government must be limited in the money they are allowed to spend."
February 4, 2012
- On Saturday, February 4, candidates Kaptur, Kucinich, Veysey, and Kraus participated in a debate held at Sandusky's Ebenezer Baptist Church. The debate was hosted by the NAACP. Coverage of the debate can be found here.
Elections for the office of Ohio House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 5, 2014. Incumbent Chris Redfern was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Steven Kraus was unopposed in the Republican primary. Redfern was defeated by Kraus in the general election.
|Ohio House of Representatives, District 89 General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Chris Redfern Incumbent||48.8%||18,446|
|U.S. House, Ohio's 9th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
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On November 19, 2014, Kraus was indicted by a grand jury on one felony count each of burglary, breaking and entering and theft. Kraus, an auctioneer, is charged with removing antiques, a shotgun and other items from a home on April 7, 2014. James Hart, the attorney for Kraus, has said that the situation is a misunderstanding, and that Kraus removed the items from the house, but at the request of the real estate agent selling the home. Kraus said he only removed the items to inventory them for auction and had no intention in keeping them. When the house was sold, Kraus returned the items, but the former homeowner claims that not all of her items were returned. The real estate agent, Jenine Porter, claims that she did not give Kraus permission to remove items from the home, she only gave permission for him to take pictures of an antique car in the garage.
On December 11, 2014, Kraus pleaded not guilty to burglary and two other felonies in the Ottawa County Common Pleas Court. His trial was expected to begin on April 15, but was rescheduled for July 22. If convicted of a felony, Kraus will be forced to give up his legislative seat.
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- teamkraus.us, "About Steve (Archived)," accessed August 27, 2014
- Ohio Secretary of State, "Official primary election results for May 6, 2014," accessed July 3, 2014
- Times-Recorder, "State. Rep.-elect Kraus indicted on 3 felony counts," November 20, 2014
- Toledo Blade, "Ohio Rep. Steven Kraus has jury trial delayed until July," accessed April 23, 2015
- Toledo Blade, "Kraus pleads not guilty to theft ," December 12, 2014
Chris Redfern (D)
|Ohio House of Representatives - District 89
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