|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives from the 53rd District|
|Assumed office |
November 16, 2016
|Preceded by||Tim Derickson|
|Born||c. 1959 (age 59–60)|
Butler County, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Miami University (A.A.)|
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 marijiuana, 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."
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.[self-published source]
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