Peggy Lehner

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Peggy Lehner
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 6th district
Assumed office
January 11, 2011
Preceded by Jon Husted
In office
November 18, 2008-December 31, 2008
Preceded by Jeff Jacobson
Succeeded by Jon Husted
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 37th district
In office
January 5, 2009-January 10, 2011
Preceded by Jon Husted
Succeeded by Jim Butler
Personal details
Born (1950-08-05) August 5, 1950 (age 63)
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dr. Jim Lehner (5 children)
Residence Kettering, Ohio
Alma mater St. Mary of the Woods College (B.A.)
Profession Legislator
Religion Catholic

Peggy Lehner is the state senator for the 6th District of the Ohio Senate. Formerly she served in the Ohio House of Representatives and on the Kettering City Council. She is the chairperson of the Senate Education Committee. Lehner is a Republican.


A graduate of St. Mary of the Woods College, Lehner was a three-term city councilwoman in Kettering, sat on the Ohio Ethics Commission from 1991 to 1997, served as a board member for the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority and has been active in efforts to address issues facing Dayton-area suburbs.

While Lehner was originally elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2008, she came first to the Statehouse as a member of the Ohio Senate. Senator Jeff Jacobson resigned his seat early, leaving a vacancy in an important lame duck session. Since Jacobson's elected successor Jon Husted was at that time serving as Speaker in the House of Representatives, he was unable to resign and take his new seat in the Senate. Therefore, Senate leadership appointed Lehner to temporarily take a seat in the Senate to fill out the remainder of Jacobson's term. Following a month-long tenure in the Senate, Lehner then began her term as in the House.

With incumbent and Speaker of the House Husted unable to run due to term limits, Lehner was ran as his replacement.[1] She faced Democrat Andi Eveslage in the general election, and won by 16,000 votes.[2] She easily won reelection in 2010.

Return to the Ohio Senate[edit]

Incumbent Senator Husted was elected as Ohio Secretary of State on November 2, 2010, and therefore was required resign his current seat in the Ohio Senate. Lehner, who preceded Husted, was named as a potential successor once the seat had been vacated. Lehner was up against five other potential appointees, including Representative Seth Morgan.

On December 13, 2010, it was announced that the Senate Republicans had decided to appoint Lehner to fill the remaining two years of Husted's term.[3] In a homecoming of sorts, Lehner was sworn in to the seat she previously held on January 11, 2011.[4] [5]

Lehner won a full term in the Ohio Senate in 2012, defeating Democrat Rick McKiddy with 63% of the vote.[6]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Education--Chair
  • Finance: Education Sub.--VC
  • Criminal Justice
  • Medicaid, Health & Human Services
  • Workforce & Economic Development

Electoral history[edit]

Election results
Year Office Election Votes for Lehner % Opponent Party Votes %
2001 Kettering City Council General 5,158 51% Don Patterson Democrat 4,974 49%
2005 General 10,545 40%
2008 Ohio House of Representatives General 35,171 64% Andi Eveslage Democrat 19,089 36%
2010 General 28,598 70% Steven Byington Democrat 12,429 30%
2012 Ohio Senate General 103,183 62% Rick McKiddy Democrat 61,235 38%


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