|50th Attorney General of Ohio|
January 10, 2011
|Preceded by||Richard Cordray|
|United States Senator
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2007
|Preceded by||Howard Metzenbaum|
|Succeeded by||Sherrod Brown|
|59th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio|
January 14, 1991 – November 1994
|Preceded by||Paul Leonard|
|Succeeded by||Nancy Hollister|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 7th district
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1991
|Preceded by||Clarence J. "Bud" Brown Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Dave Hobson|
|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 10th district
January 2, 1981-December 13, 1982
|Preceded by||John Mahoney|
|Succeeded by||Dave Hobson|
|Born||Richard Michael DeWine
January 5, 1947
|Alma mater||Miami University (B.S.)
Ohio Northern University College of Law (J.D.)
Richard Michael "Mike" DeWine (born January 5, 1947) is an American lawyer and Republican Party politician from Cedarville, Ohio. DeWine is serving his first term as Ohio Attorney General, a seat he won election to in 2010 by defeating incumbent Richard Cordray. DeWine was sworn in on January 10, 2011.
DeWine is a former United States Senator, elected to replace the retiring Howard Metzenbaum in 1994 and winning two terms. He served alongside John Glenn as the junior Senator from Ohio from 1995 until 1999 and then became the senior Senator when former Ohio governor George Voinovich was sworn in. DeWine had served as Voinovich's lieutenant governor from the time Voinovich was first elected in 1991 until 1994.
Prior to his being nominated as Voinovich's running mate in the 1990 election, DeWine served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio's 7th Congressional District for four consecutive terms beginning in 1983. He also served as an Ohio state senator.
Born in Springfield, Ohio, to Jean and Richard L. DeWine, DeWine lives in Cedarville, Ohio but grew up in neighboring Yellow Springs, Ohio. DeWine earned his Bachelor of Science degree in education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1969 and a Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1972.
He and his wife Frances have had eight children, one of whom died in an automobile accident in 1993. Current Hamilton County, Ohio Common Pleas Court Judge R. Patrick DeWine is Mike DeWine's son. Former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine (R-Fairborn) is DeWine's second cousin.
At age 25, DeWine started working as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Greene County, Ohio, and in 1976 was elected County Prosecutor. In 1980 he was elected to the Ohio State Senate and served one term.
Two years later, U.S. Representative Bud Brown of Ohio's 7th congressional district retired after 26 years in Congress; his father, Clarence Brown, Sr., had held the seat for 26 years before that. DeWine won the Republican nomination, assuring him of election in November. He was reelected three more times from this district, which stretches from his home in Springfield to the Columbus suburbs. He ran unopposed in 1986 during what is regarded as a bad year for Republicans nationally.
In 1994, DeWine ran for the United States Senate, defeating prominent attorney Joel Hyatt (the son-in-law of the then-incumbent U.S. Sen. Howard Metzenbaum) by a solid 14-point margin. DeWine was reelected in 2000, defeating gunshow promoter Ronald Dickson (161,185 votes, or 12.44%) and former U.S. Rep. Frank Cremeans (104,219 votes, or 8.05%)in the primary and Ted Celeste (brother of former Ohio Gov. Dick Celeste) in the general election.
On July 22, 2009, DeWine announced his intention to run for Attorney General of the State of Ohio. On November 2, 2010, DeWine was elected as the new Attorney General, defeating Democratic incumbent Richard Cordray. As attorney general of Ohio, DeWine sent letters to drugstore chains, encouraging them to discontinue the sale of tobacco products.
As U.S. Senator, DeWine was behind the move to make 0.08% the national maximum blood-alcohol limit, and to require reporting of vehicle-related deaths on private property like parking lots and driveways. He sponsored legislation on determining when aging tires become unsafe.
In 2004 DeWine co-sponsored an amendment to renew the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. He was one of only two Republican senators to vote against the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act , which banned lawsuits against gun manufacturers, distributors and dealers for criminal misuse of their products. In the 2006 election cycle, DeWine was the first senatorial candidate to be endorsed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and displayed that endorsement on his campaign webpage. Furthermore, DeWine authored Senate Bill 954, to extend lifetime bans on gun ownership on citizens who happened to get a conviction in a foreign country, which carried a jail term of more than a year. That bill only garnered the endorsement of one other Senator, Dianne Feinstein of California.
After President George W. Bush nominated White House Counsel Harriet Miers on October 3, 2005, for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, DeWine said "I think the fact she doesn't have judicial experience will add to the diversity of the Supreme Court.... There is no reason everyone has to have that same [judicial] background." Opposition from conservative groups unhappy with Miers' resume ultimately sank her nomination.
DeWine sponsored the "Stars on Cars" legislation, which appeared in the 2005 highway bill. The rule requires that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration star safety rating information be displayed on part of the window sticker on new cars beginning with the 2008 model year.
2006 bid for re-election
DeWine's Democratic opponent in the November 2006 general election was 13th District Congressman Sherrod Brown, who won 78.05% of Democrats' votes in the primary, defeating truck driver Merrill Samuel Keiser, Jr. Iraq War veteran Paul Hackett dropped out of the Democratic race earlier in the election cycle.
Most political watchers believed DeWine was one of the Senate's most vulnerable incumbents in the 2006 elections. Democrats poured resources into the Ohio race due to considerable anger at corruption in the Bob Taft administration. In addition, many conservative Republicans felt that DeWine was too "liberal" and "out of touch with conservative values" for their liking, especially considering his well-established record of supporting gun control, and being a member of the "Gang of 14". DeWine even tried to distance himself from the Republican party in television ads, where he touted himself as an "Independent."
At first, the Republican Party worked hard to keep DeWine in office. However, according to an article in the October 16, 2006, edition of The New York Times, top Republican officials on the national level determined that DeWine would probably be defeated and moved financial support from his race to other Republican senatorial candidates they felt were more likely to win.
DeWine lost by a margin of almost 12%, as below:
|2006 United States Senate election, Ohio|
|Republican||Mike DeWine (incumbent)||1,686,857||44.08%||-15.82%|
|Democratic gain from Republican||Swing|
DeWine did well in most of his home region of western Ohio, but Brown dominated almost all of the eastern half of the state, along with the Lake Erie shore out to Toledo.
DeWine accepted positions teaching government courses at Cedarville University, Ohio Northern University and Miami University. In 2007, he joined the law firm Keating Muething & Klekamp as corporate investigations group co-chair. He also advised the Ohio campaign of John McCain's 2008 presidential bid.
On November 2, 2010, DeWine was elected Attorney General of the state of Ohio, defeating incumbent Richard Cordray (D) 48%-46%.
In the 2012 Republican presidential primary, DeWine endorsed Tim Pawlenty, then endorsed Mitt Romney after Pawlenty dropped out of the race. On February 17, 2012, DeWine announced he was retracting his endorsement of Mitt Romney and endorsed Rick Santorum. DeWine said, "To be elected president, you have to do more than tear down your opponents. You have to give the American people a reason to vote for you, a reason to hope, a reason to believe that under your leadership, America will be better. Rick Santorum has done that. Sadly, Governor Romney has not."
|1982||U.S. Representative||General||Mike DeWine||Republican||87,842||56.26%||Roger D. Tackett||Democratic||65,543||41.97%||John B. Winer||Libertarian||2,761||1.77%|
|1984||U.S. Representative||General||Mike DeWine||Republican||147,885||76.68%||Donald E. Scott||Democratic||40,621||21.06%||N/A||Independent||4,352||2.26%|
|1986||U.S. Representative||General||Mike DeWine||Republican||119,238||100%|
|1988||U.S. Representative||General||Mike DeWine||Republican||142,597||73.88%||Jack Schira||Democratic||50,423||26.12%|
|1990||Lieutenant Governor of Ohio||General||Mike DeWine||Republican||1,938,103||55.73%||Eugene Branstool||Democratic||1,539,416||44.27%|
|1994||U.S. Senator||General||Mike DeWine||Republican||1,836,556||53.44%||Joel Hyatt||Democratic||1,348,213||39.23%||Joseph J. Slovenec||Independent||252,031||7.33%|
|2000||U.S. Senator||General||Mike DeWine||Republican||2,666,736||60.0%||Ted Celeste||Democratic||1,597,122||35.9%||John McAlister||Libertarian||117,466||2.4%||John Eastman||Natural Law||70,738||1.6%||*|
|2006||U.S. Senator||General||Mike DeWine||Republican||1,761,092||43.82%||Sherrod Brown||Democratic||2,257,485||56.16%||Richard Duncan||Write-in||830||0.02%|
|2010||Attorney General of Ohio||General||Mike DeWine||Republican||1,821,414||47.54%||Richard Cordray||Democratic||1,772,728||46.26%||Robert Owens||Constitution||130,065||3.39%||Marc Feldman||Libertarian||107,521||2.81%|
*Write-in candidates Michael Fitzsimmons received 45 votes (< 1%) and Patrick Flower received 29 votes (< 1%)
- "Patrol say DeWine's daughter driving too fast" (PDF). The BG News September 7, 1993 - ScholarWorks@BGSU (Vol 76, Issue 10). 1993-09-07. Retrieved 2014-10-02. "Lt. Gov. Michael DeWine's daughter was driving too fast for the wet road conditions when she was killed in a collision, the State Highway Patrol said Monday. Trooper D.T. Heard at the Xenia post said the patrol determined that Rebecca A. DeWine was driving 55 mph on Aug. 4 when her car went across the center line on a curve. The car hit a pickup truck going 39 mph on U.S. 42 north of Xenia, Heard said Monday. The speed recommended on the curve is 25 mph, he said."
- Clifford Krauss Krauss, Clifford (1992-10-15). "In Big Re-election Fight, Glenn Tests Hero Image". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
- Harris, Elizabeth (16 March 2014). "States Urge Retail Giants With Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco Products". New York Times. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
- "Ohio senator makes his mark on highway safety". 2005-08-09. Retrieved 2014-10-02. "...drunken driving [is] a central focus of DeWine's highway-safety attention. He was behind the move to make 0.08% the national maximum blood-alcohol limit, which it became this month when Minnesota was the final state to adopt it... DeWine says his years in politics helped persuade him to do something about the injuries and deaths that don't occur on public property, which is what regulators previously focused on. He wanted data about incidents in parking lots and driveways to be routinely collected, too."
- "Sen. DeWine introduces tire aging bill". 2004-01-23. Retrieved 2014-10-02. "WASHINGTON (Jan. 23, 2004) — Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, has introduced a package of five highway safety bills, including one requiring tire retailers to disclose the month and year in which the tires they sell are produced. Mr. DeWine's bill also would require the National Academy of Sciences to do a definitive study of how both used and unused tires age—with an eye toward discovering the point at which an aged tire becomes unsafe."
- See S. 1019 (Unborn Victims of Violence Act), introduced May 7, 2003; S. 146 (Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2003), introduced January 13, 2003; S.480 (Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2001), introduced January 7, 2001. See also Karen MacPherson, "Senate votes to outlaw harming the unborn; abortion activists fear women's rights eroded" (March 26, 2004), Toldeo Blade; Carl Hulse, "Senate Outlaws Injury to Fetus During a Crime" (March 26, 2004), New York Times; Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "Washington Talk: From CNN to Congress, Legislation by Anecdote" (May 8, 2003), New York Times.
- "Senate considers protecting gunmakers". Associated Press. 2004-02-25. Archived from the original on March 26, 2005. Retrieved 2007-03-27.
- "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 109th Congress — 1st Session — Vote Summary on Passage of S. 397, As Amended". U.S. Senate. 2005-07-29. Retrieved 2007-03-27.
- "Brady Campaign Endorses DeWine". Retrieved 2006-06-23.
- "S.954 - Firearms Fairness and Security Act". Retrieved 2010-02-14.
- The Enquirer - This article is no longer available
- 2006 Election Results
- 2006 Election Results, retrieved 11/7/06.
- Espo, David (March 25, 2006). "GOP's DeWine stresses independence". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2006-03-25.
- Adam Nagourney, "In Final Weeks, G.O.P. Focuses on Best Bets", The New York Times, October 16, 2006.
- "CNN.com - Elections 2006". CNN. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
- Eaton, Sabrina (2007-05-05). "Mike DeWine joins Cincinnati law firm". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2008-11-07.
- Riskind, Jonathan (2007-01-10). "DeWine to start teaching two courses on politics". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2007-01-10.
- Ohio AG Mike DeWine switches backing from Romney to Santorum before GOP presidential primary
- "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
- "Election Statistics". United States House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
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