Joe Deters

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Joe Deters
44th Ohio State Treasurer
In office
January 11, 1999 – January, 2005
Preceded by Ken Blackwell
Succeeded by Jennette Bradley
Personal details
Born (1957-04-04) April 4, 1957 (age 57)
Political party Republican
Alma mater

Joseph T. "Joe" Deters (born April 4, 1957) is an American politician of the Republican party who currently serves as Prosecuting Attorney for Hamilton County, Ohio. He is a 1975 graduate of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.[1]


Deters began his career in public service in 1982 as an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor. He was elected to the position of Hamilton County Clerk of Courts in 1988. In 1992, Joe returned to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s office when he was elected Prosecutor. He was subsequently reelected in 1996.

In 1999, Deters was sworn in as Ohio’s 44th State Treasurer. As Treasurer, he was responsible for collecting, managing and investing over $11 billion in assets for the State of Ohio. In the fall of 2004, Deters became a write-in candidate for his former position, Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney. He was elected Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney on November 2, 2004 with nearly 60% of the vote. On April 1, 2005, Deters and Matthias Heck were sued in their official capacity in a federal lawsuit, Citizens for Tax Reform v. Deters.


Deters is a 1979 graduate of the University of Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College Of Law in 1982. He is a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, National District Attorneys Association and Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association. He has served on the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees, Ohio Organized Crime Commission and the Southern Ohio Leukemia Foundation.


  1. ^ "Voter Information for Joseph T. Deters. November 5, 2002 Election". Smart Voter. League of Women Voters of Ohio. 2002-12-06. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 

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