|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives|
from the 53rd district
|Assumed office |
November 16, 2016
|Preceded by||Tim Derickson|
|Born||c. 1959 (age 60–61)|
Butler County, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Miami University (A.A.)|
Candice Keller (born c. 1959) is the state representative for the 53rd District of the Ohio House of Representatives, which includes part of Butler County. She is a Republican. In 2019, she proposed legislation to ban and criminalize abortion in Ohio.
Early life and career
Keller was born and raised in Butler County, Ohio. She has been a director of an anti-abortion organization in southwestern Ohio, the Community Pregnancy Center, since 2008. She is also a member of the Central Committee of the local Republican Party.
Ohio House of Representatives
In 2016, Ohio Representative Tim Derickson was unable to run for a fifth term in the Ohio House of Representatives due to term limits. Keller was one of two Republicans to run to replace Derickson; she won the primary 59% to 41%. She won the general election with 65% of the vote over Democrat Susan Rubin. With Derickson leaving his term early to join the administration of Ohio Governor John Kasich, Keller was appointed to fill the rest of his term by starting on November 16, 2016, as opposed to the usual start date of January 1, 2017.
2019 Dayton shooting controversy
Following the 2019 Dayton shooting, Keller posted an essay on her personal Facebook page on August 4, 2019. This essay blamed the Dayton shooting on the breakdown of the traditional family (including due to transgender rights, gay marriage and "drag queen advocates"), video game violence, recreational marijuana, open borders, disrespect of military veterans and law enforcement, failed school policies, former President Barack Obama, and "snowflakes, who can’t accept a duly-elected President". She later deleted the post. As a result, many local officials (including Jane Timken, chairwoman of the Republican Party of Ohio) have called for Keller to resign. Keller, who is a candidate to replace fellow Republican Bill Coley in the state senate, countered, "Establishment moderates have never been fans of mine because I ran against their endorsement and won. As the only conservative in this race, I will be taking my Senate campaign to the voters to decide." In 2020, she lost the Republican primary.
In 2019 Candice Keller and Ron Hood sponsored legislation that would ban abortion in Ohio and criminalise "abortion murder". Doctors who performed abortions in cases of ectopic pregnancy and other life-threatening conditions would be exempt from prosecution only if they "[took] all possible steps to preserve the life of the unborn child, while preserving the life of the woman. Such steps include, if applicable, attempting to reimplant an ectopic pregnancy into the woman's uterus". Reimplantation of an ectopic pregnancy is not a recognised or feasible medical procedure.
In August 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, she joined John Becker, Nino Vitale, and Paul Zeltwanger in sponsoring a move to impeach against Mike DeWine, Ohio's Republican governor. The move was widely and immediately panned on both sides of the aisle and by legal scholars and commentators. Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken "issued a scathing condemnation of the trio of conservatives", calling the move “a baseless, feeble attempt at creating attention for themselves.” Ohio House Speaker, Republican Bob Cupp, called it an "imprudent attempt" to cause "a state constitutional crisis". Legal scholar Jonathan Entin said the proposal "means that we’ve distorted our understanding both of what impeachment is supposed to do and how people – especially, elected officials – are supposed to disagree with each other. Do we really want to say that the government can’t act in an emergency because the officials are afraid that if they do anything, they’ll be removed from office? Of course, if they don’t do anything, maybe the response is going to be ‘Well you should be impeached for not acting.'" CNN's Chris Cillizza analyzed it as one of several examples of how Donald Trump had politicized public health matters to the point Republican lawmakers felt they needed to make extreme and pointless moves in order to satisfy the base.
According to Keller's website, she has been married for more than 40 years to Kent Keller, a retired software company project manager, with two sons. Her website also states that she resides in Middletown, Ohio.
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- Ohio bill would make doctors 'reimplant' ectopic pregnancies (which is impossible) or face 'abortion murder' charges, National Post, November 29, 2019
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