Steven Kraus

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Steven Kraus
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Ohio House of Representatives, District 89
In office
January 1, 2015 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 0
Base salary$60,583.70/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits4 terms (8 years)
High schoolSandusky High School
Bachelor'sTroy State University
OtherAuctioneering License at Walton School of Auctioneering, Real Estate License from Ohio Business College.
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
ProfessionReal estate agent, auctioneer
Office website
Steven Kraus is a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing District 89. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Committee assignments

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


Campaign themes


Kraus' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • "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.



See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2014

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.[2]

Ohio House of Representatives, District 89 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Kraus 51.2% 19,386
     Democratic Chris Redfern Incumbent 48.8% 18,446
Total Votes 37,832


See also: Ohio's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Kraus lost in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Ohio's 9th District. He was defeated by Samuel Wurzelbacher in the March 6, 2012 primary.

U.S. House, Ohio's 9th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSamuel Wurzelbacher 51.4% 15,166
Steven Kraus 48.6% 14,323
Total Votes 29,489


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Stolen goods

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.[3]

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.[4] If convicted of a felony, Kraus will be forced to give up his legislative seat.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Redfern (D)
Ohio House of Representatives - District 89
January 1, 2015-present
Succeeded by