Denise Driehaus

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Denise Driehaus
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Driehaus at a rally in 2016
Hamilton County Commissioner
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Dennis Deters
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 31st district
In office
January 5, 2009 – December 31, 2016
Preceded by Steve Driehaus
Succeeded by Brigid Kelly
Personal details
Born (1963-01-23) January 23, 1963 (age 54)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Residence Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Alma mater Miami University
Profession Small Business Owner

Denise Driehaus (born January 23, 1963) is a Democratic politician currently serving as a Hamilton County Commissioner.[1] She formerly served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2009 to 2016.

Life and career[edit]

Driehaus was raised in Green Township by H. Donald "Don" Driehaus and his wife Clare along with her seven siblings. Her seat in the Ohio House of Representatives was previously represented by her brother Steve Driehaus.

After graduation from Miami University, Driehaus went on to own Philipps Swim Club and the Front Porch Coffeehouse in West Price Hill. She also formerly served on the Hamilton County Democratic Executive Committee, and was influential in electing Cincinnati politicians like Todd Portune, David Crowley, Dwight Tillery and John Cranley.

Driehaus and her family reside in Cincinnati.

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

With her term-limited brother, Representative Steve Driehaus, running for Congress, Driehaus sought to succeed him in 2008. With no primary opposition, she faced Republican Steve Johnson in the general election, and won with 67% of the vote.[2]

In her 2010 reelection bid, Driehaus' seat was looked at as a potential pick-up by Republicans. Once again unopposed in the primary, she went on to run against Republican Mike Robinson in the general election.[3] However, she managed to keep her seat, winning this time 54% to 46%.[4][5]

Driehaus has become vocal in regards to a plan to scrap portions of the education reform of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, as well as the current education funding formulas of John Kasich.[6]

In 2012, Driehaus won a third term with 71.10% of the vote over Republican Michael Gabbard. She won a fourth term in 2014 with 65% of the vote.

Committee assignments[edit]

Hamilton County Commissioner[edit]

In 2016, Driehaus was elected as Hamilton County Commissioner, replacing her opponent Dennis Deters. Her term in office began January 3, 2017.[7]

Electoral history[edit]

Ohio House 37th District: Results 2008 to 2014
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2008 Denise Driehaus 25,600 67% Steve Johnson 11,735 33%
2010 Denise Driehaus 12,981 56.22% Mike Robinson 10,107 43.78%
2012 Denise Driehaus 35,982 71.4% Michael Gabbard 14,512 28.6%
2014 Denise Driehaus 17,798 65.6% Mary Yeager 8,426 34.4%
Hamiliton County Commissioner: Results 2016
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2016 Denise Driehaus 198,132 50.61% Dennis Deters 193,390 49.39%


  1. ^ Seitz, Amanda (November 22, 2016). "Denise Driehaus officially wins Hamilton County Commission seat, Democrats to take control". WCPO-TV. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2008 general election results (2008-11-04)
  3. ^ Dems cry foul: Driehaus versus Robinson
  4. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2010 general election results (2010-11-02)
  5. ^ Ohio Women’s Democratic Caucus Names Leadership Team
  6. ^ "Kasich budget could mean more local tax issues for rural and suburban schools, legislators complain". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cleveland. 2015-02-10. Retrieved 2015-02-11. 
  7. ^ "Hamilton County Official Election Results". Hamilton County Board of Elections. November 22, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2017. 

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