Dorothy Pelanda

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Dorothy Pelanda
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 86th district
Assumed office
July 28, 2011
Preceded by David Burke
Personal details
Born (1956-03-01) March 1, 1956 (age 61)[1][2]
Marysville, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sam Gerhardstein[3]
Children Brian, Doug, and Zoe[3]
Residence Marysville, Ohio, U.S.
Education Marysville High School[3]
Alma mater Miami University
University of Akron[3]
Profession Lawyer

Dorothy Liggett Pelanda (born March 1, 1956) is an American lawyer and member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the 86th District since her appointment in 2011.


Pelanda is married to Sam Gerhardstein, Governmental Affairs Director for Columbia Gas of Ohio. She has three children: Brian Pelanda, Doug Pelanda and Zoe Pelanda.


After graduating from the University of Akron School of Law, Pelanda returned to Marysville, Ohio where she began a career in law.[3] She has 30 years experience in the legal profession in private practice[3] specializing in family law. After her appointment to the Ohio House, Pelanda opted to devote her full energies to her legislative duties, and she closed her law office in late 2011.

Prior to her appointment to the Ohio House, Pelanda served two terms as president of both the Marysville Library Board and U-CO Industries in Union County.[3] Pelanda established the Criminal Indigents of Union County in 2005, before the Union County Criminal Defense Lawyers assumed the work of representing indigent persons charged with felonies.

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

When Senator Karen Gillmor was appointed to the Industrial Commission of Ohio, it set off a chain of legislative appointments which saw Representative David Burke receive an appointment to the Ohio Senate to finish out Gillmor's term.[4] Pelanda was appointed to finish Burke's unexpired term.[4] Pelanda then opted to seek election to Burke's former seat in the Ohio House.[4]

Pelanda ultimately was elected to succeed Burke. She was seated on July 28, 2011. Pelanda currently[when?] serves on the following House committees: Commerce and Labor, Government Accountability and Oversight, Judiciary, and Rules and Reference.

Pelanda was elected to her second full term in 2014.


  1. ^ "Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-OH 86th District)". Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Dorthy Pelanda: Meet Dorothy". Dorthy Pelanda State Representative. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Dorothy Pelanda - House District 86". Ohio House of Representatives. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Rogan, Amy (October 20, 2014). "Incumbent Pelanda challenged by Babik". Marysville News: This Week Community News. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 

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