Connie Pillich

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Connie Pillich
Connie Pillich 2014-10-30.jpg
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 28th district
In office
January 5, 2009 – December 31, 2014
Preceded byAndrew Ciarfardini
Succeeded byJonathan Dever
Personal details
Born (1960-09-07) September 7, 1960 (age 58)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Oklahoma (BA)
University of North Dakota (MBA)
University of Cincinnati (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force

Connie Pillich (born September 7, 1960) is a former Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 28th District since 2009. She was the Democratic candidate for Ohio State Treasurer in 2014[1] and Ohio Governor in 2018.[citation needed]


After graduating from the University of Cincinnati in law, Pillich opened her own law firm, Webb & Pillich, LLC. Prior, she had a career in the United States Air Force, serving in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. In 2012, she opened The Pillich Group, which provides legal, management, development,and political consulting.[citation needed]

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

Pillich first aimed to oust incumbent Jim Raussen in the 2006 elections, where despite a large Republican index, the race was expected to be competitive.[2] However, Raussen edged Pillich to keep his seat, by only 1,592 votes.[3]

Pillich tried again against Raussen in 2008. However, in a surprise move, Governor Ted Strickland appointed Raussen to a post in the Department of Development only a few months out from the election. The departure of Raussen from the election left Republicans scrambling, and improved Pillich's chances of taking the seat.[4] Many names came up as potential candidates, including former Ohio Senate President Richard Finan. In the end, Hamilton County Republicans chose Virgil Lovitt to run against Pillich.[5] This time, riding a Democratic wave, Pillich defeated Lovitt by 5,500 votes.[6] In Pillich's first term, Speaker of the House Armond Budish appointed her as Vice Chair of the House Criminal Justice Committee; as well as to Veterans Affairs; Public Utilities; Financial Institutions, Real Estate and Securities; and Alternative Energy Committees.

In her first reelection campaign in 2010, Pillich faced Republican, and Tea Party activist Mike Wilson and a Libertarian candidate.[7] On election night, the race proved to be the closest in Ohio for 2010, with Pillich leading Wilson by just five votes, triggering an automatic recount of ballots.[8] After all ballots were counted however, Pillich had won by about 600 votes.[9] She serves as ranking member of the Veterans Affairs Committee; and on the committees of Financial Institutions, Housing, and Urban Development; Public Utilities; and Criminal Justice. She also is serving as Secretary of the Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus,[10] and is a member of the Military Activation Task Force; the State Council on Educational Opportunities for Military Children; the Family Violence Prevention Council Advisory Board; and the Clean Ohio Council.

Early in her second term, Pillich cosponsored a bill that would provide tax credits to businesses that increase their payrolls and expand into vacant facilities.[11]

In November 2012, Pillich was elected to a third term, despite redistricting viewed as unfavorable to her chances.[12] She garnered 51.68% of the vote, defeating Republican Mike Wilson (43.95%) and Libertarian Robert R. Ryan (4.37%).[13]

Pillich ran unsuccessfully for Treasurer of Ohio in 2014.[14] She announced on March 13, 2017 that she will be a candidate for Governor of Ohio in 2018. On January 18, 2018, she announced that Marion mayor Scott Schertzer was her running mate.[15] She dropped out of the race and endorsed Richard Cordray on February 13.[16]

On June 9, 2018, Pillich was elected as co-chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party.[17]


  1. ^ "Montgomery's Rep. Pillich to run for Ohio treasurer". May 20, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  2. ^ Reisinger, Justine (October 18, 2006). "News: Close Race in the Northern Burbs". CityBeat. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  3. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth 2006 general election results (November 7, 2006)
  4. ^ Strickland's savvy moves could help Dem's win House
  5. ^ "OH House-28: GOP to Run Lovitt Against Pillich". Ohio Capitol Blog. August 14, 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  6. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2008 general election results (November 4, 2008)
  7. ^ Mike Wilson/Connie Pillich battle makes Time Archived October 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Wilson, Pillich separated by five votes". Cincinnati Enquirer. November 3, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  9. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2010 general election results (November 2, 2010)
  10. ^ Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus Names Leadership Team
  11. ^ Ohio House lays out priorities
  12. ^ Weingartner, Tana (November 7, 2012). "Pillich tops Wilson in OH House race". WVXU. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  13. ^ "November 6, 2012 General Election Unofficial Results" (PDF). Hamilton County, Ohio, Board of Elections. November 7, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  14. ^ "Montgomery's Rep. Pillich to run for Ohio treasurer". May 20, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  15. ^ Richardson, Seth A. (January 18, 2018). "Connie Pillich announces Marion mayor as running mate". Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  16. ^ Balmert, Jessie (February 13, 2018). "Connie Pillich to end gubernatorial bid; endorse Cordray. Was the lone female Democrat in the race". Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  17. ^ Wilkinson, Howard. "Pillich, McFarlin Become First Women To Run Hamilton County's Democratic Party". Retrieved June 27, 2018.

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