David Burke (politician)

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David E. Burke
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 26th district
Assumed office
July 13, 2011
Preceded by Karen Gillmor
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 83rd district
In office
January 5, 2009 – July 13, 2011
Preceded by Tony Core
Succeeded by Dorothy Liggett Pelanda
Personal details
Born (1967-07-26) July 26, 1967 (age 47)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Donna (2 children)
Residence Marysville, Ohio
Alma mater Ohio Northern University (B.S.) Capital University (M.B.A.)
Profession Pharmacist
Religion Catholic

David E. Burke is the state Senator for the 26th District of the Ohio Senate. He formerly served in the Ohio House of Representatives. He is the Chairman of the Senate Finance Medicaid subcommittee. Burke is a Republican.


Burke received his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and his master’s degree in Business Administration from Capital University. Burke has owned Dave's Pharmacy in Marysville, Ohio since 1997, and served on Marysville City Council from 2004 to 2008.

With incumbent Tony Core unable to run for another term, Burke was one of three Republicans who sought to replace him, along with Jack Reser and Cameron Wesselbeck. In the end, Burke won the nomination with 46.78% of the electorate, only 400 votes more than Reser.[1] He ran unopposed in the general election, ensuring him a seat at the Statehouse. In 2010, Burke again ran unopposed.

In the 129th General Assembly, Speaker of the House William G. Batchelder had named Burke as a member of the Republican majority caucus' Policy Committee.[2]

Ohio Senate[edit]

With Senator Karen Gillmor resigning from her seat, Burke had been named as a possible successor.[3][4] Up against ten others who were vying for the seat, Burke was seen as one of the favorites to obtain the seat.

Ultimately, it was announced by Tom Niehaus that Burke would indeed be appointed to fill the vacancy. He was sworn into office on July 13, 2011. Burke successfully ran for a full term to his seat in 2012, defeating Democrat Tanyce Addison 61% to 39%.[5]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Rules

Electoral history[edit]

Election results
Year Office Election Votes for Burke % Opponent Party Votes %
2003 Marysville City Council General 482 72% Ken Kraus Democrat 192 28%
2008 Ohio House of Representatives General 22,490 100%
2010 General 32,518 100%
2012 Ohio Senate General 86,055 60% Tancye Addison Democrat 56,741 40%


  1. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2008 primary election results (2008-03-04)
  2. ^ Ohio House: Batchelder Announces House GOP Policy Committee
  3. ^ Provance, Jim (2011-06-21). "Ohio GOP to start search to replace Gillmor in Senate". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  4. ^ Provance, Jim (2011-07-04). "10 men apply to replace Gillmor in Ohio Senate". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  5. ^ Husted, Jon 2012 general election results (2012-11-06)

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