|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 32nd district
January 2, 2007
|Preceded by||Marc Dann|
November 21, 1977 |
|Alma mater||Stanford University, Georgetown University|
Cafaro graduated from Stanford University with a BA in American Studies and from Georgetown University with a MALS in International Studies, and has served on the Trumbull County Senior Services Advisory Council and was a State Policy Liaison for Ohio with the National Patient Advocate Foundation. She was also a State Advocate Representative for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and served as a councilor for the Medicare Rights Center. Cafaro has also acted as an Economic Policy Associate for Global Action on Aging, an NGO with consultative status at the United Nations. Additionally, as a participant in the Clinton Global Initiative, she developed a project on anti-corruption efforts in emerging democracies.
As a political novice, Cafaro won a surprise victory in the 2004 Democratic primary for Ohio's 14th congressional district, topping a five-candidate field, which included 2002 nominee Dale V. Blanchard, columnist Herb Hammer, U.S. Marine Charles L. Wolfe, and Ohio state Rep. Edward Jerse (who received the endorsement of the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper). Cafaro polled 54% of the vote, while Jerse, the second-place finisher, managed only 19 percent. In the general election, however, she lost to Republican Steve LaTourette by 25% of the vote.
Cafaro again ran for the Democratic nomination in the open 13th Congressional District in 2006, placing second in a nine-candidate primary, behind future Congresswoman Betty Sutton. That seat was vacated by U.S. Representative Sherrod Brown, Democrat who replaced Republican Senator Mike DeWine in the U.S. Senate after defeating him on November 7, 2006.
 Ohio Senate
One year after becoming a member of the Ohio General Assembly, Cafaro secured a leadership position as the assistant minority whip for the Senate Democrats.
In addition to her leadership roles, Cafaro has previously served as the ranking member of the Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee and served on the Senate Health, Human Services and Aging Committee, Highways and Transportation Committee and the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee.
In 2008, Cafaro was elected to her first full term after running unopposed in the general election. Soon after, she was elected minority leader by her colleagues for the 128th General Assembly. Cafaro again is serving as minority leader in the 129th General Assembly. Along with being minority leader, Cafaro served as the ranking member of the Senate Rules and Reference Committee.
Cafaro was replaced in 2012 as Ohio Senate Minority Leader by Senator Eric Kearney. Currently, she is serving on the committees of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources; Health, Human Services and Aging; Highways and Transportation; and Insurance Commerce and Labor.
She won a second full term to her Senate seat in the 2012 general election, defeating Republican Nancy McArthur 67% to 33%.
 See also
- "Time to weigh in on the Cafaro issue". Buckeye State Blog. 2006-11-21. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- Kovac, Marc (January 11, 2008). "Columbus Cafaro tapped as assistant minority whip". The Record Hub (Record Publishing Company). Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- "State Sen. Capri Cafaro Named Senate Minority Leader". Ohio Daily Blog. 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- "Senator Cafaro Re-Elected Senate Democratic Leader". ProgressOhio. 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2011-02-11.
- Husted, Jon 2012 general election results (2012-11-06)
- The Ohio Senate: Capri S. Cafaro (D) - District 32
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- USA Today - Campaign 2004: Capri Silvestri Cafaro (D) profile
- Capri Cafaro at the Ohio Ladies' Gallery, 2010