Dorothy Liggett Pelanda

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Dorothy Liggett Pelanda
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 86th district
Assumed office
July 28, 2011
Preceded by David Burke
Personal details
Born (1956-03-01) March 1, 1956 (age 59)[1]
Marysville, Ohio
Political party Republican
Residence Marysville, Ohio
Alma mater Miami University, University of Akron
Profession Lawyer
Religion Methodist

Dorothy Liggett Pelanda is a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the 86th District since her appointment in 2011.


After graduating from the University of Akron School of Law, Pelanda returned to Marysville, Ohio where she began a career in law. She has 30 years experience in the legal profession in private practice specializing in family law. After her appointment to the Ohio House, Pelanda opted to devote her full energies to her legislative duties, and she closed her law office in late 2011.

Prior to her appointment to the Ohio House, Pelanda served two terms as president of both the Marysville Library Board and U-CO Industries in Union County. Pelanda established the Criminal Indigents of Union County in 2005, before the Union County Criminal Defense Lawyers assumed the work of representing indigent persons charged with felonies.

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

When Senator Karen Gillmor was appointed to the Industrial Commission of Ohio, it set off a chain of legislative appointments which saw Representative David Burke receive an appointment to the Ohio Senate to finish out Gillmor's term. As a result, Pelanda opted to seek Burke's former seat in the Ohio House.

Up against a number of other interested individuals, Pelanda ultimately was chosen to succeed Burke. She was seated on July 28, 2011, and is serving on the committees of Policy and Legislative Oversight; Rules and Reference; Judiciary (Vice Chair); and Agriculture and Natural Resources.[2]

Pelanda is running for her second full term in 2014.

Pelanda is married to Sam Gerhardstein, Governmental Affairs Director for Columbia Gas of Ohio. She has three children: Brian Pelanda, Doug Pelanda and Zoe Pelanda.


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  2. ^ "Liggett Pelanda appointed to serve out remainder of term". Bellefontaine Examiner. 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 

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