Jennette Bradley

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Jennette Bradley
62nd Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
2003–2005
Governor Bob Taft
Preceded by Maureen O'Connor
Succeeded by Bruce E. Johnson
Ohio State Treasurer
In office
2005–2007
Preceded by Joseph T. Deters
Succeeded by Richard Cordray
Columbus City Council
In office
1991–2002
Personal details
Born (1952-10-02) October 2, 1952 (age 62)
Columbus, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Michael C. Taylor
Profession Politician

Jennette B. Bradley of Columbus, Ohio, is an American politician of the Republican party and served as Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 2003 to 2005 and Ohio State Treasurer from 2005 to 2007.

Early life and education[edit]

Bradley's family settled in a neighborhood on Columbus' east side after her father retired from the United States Army. After graduating from East High School in 1970, Bradley attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and earned a degree in psychology.

Early professional career[edit]

Bradley took a job with the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority. She was promoted to head of the Authority when she was twenty-eight years old. In 1986, Bradley moved to Washington, D.C. She returned to Columbus in 1989 and worked as a senior executive for Huntington National Bank.

Columbus City Council[edit]

Bradley entered the 1991 Columbus City Council race as a Republican candidate. She won, becoming the first African American woman to serve on the Council. She was reelected in 1995 and 1999. During her tenure she was chair of City Council's Recreation and Parks and Public Utilities committees.

Lieutenant governor[edit]

In 2002 Governor Bob Taft announced he had chosen Bradley to replace Maureen O'Connor as his running mate. Many conservatives did not support Bradley because she was pro-choice. Critics of the Taft-Bradley ticket were also concerned about her City Council vote to extend city workers' health care benefits to include domestic partners and same-sex couples. Bradley was then criticized for having later voted against this legislation.

Taft and Bradley won the race with approximately 58% of the vote. Bradley became the third female Lieutenant Governor in Ohio and the first African American woman elected to the office.

After taking office, Bradley was appointed by Taft to head the Ohio Department of Commerce, the Clean Ohio Council, and the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. In 2004, the governor also appointed Bradley to the "Jobs Cabinet." Following the resignation of Joseph T. Deters as state treasurer, Taft appointed Bradley to the post, effective January 2005. However, Bradley was defeated by conservative Ashtabula County Auditor Sandra O'Brien in the May 2006 Republican primary election.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Maureen O'Connor
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Bruce E. Johnson
Preceded by
Joseph T. Deters
Ohio State Treasurer
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Richard Cordray