|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 9th district
December 6, 2005 – December 31, 2014
|Preceded by||Mark Mallory|
|Succeeded by||Cecil Thomas|
October 27, 1963 |
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College (B.A.)
University of Cincinnati (J.D.)
Life and career
In 1981, Kearney graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. He later received his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati Law School, and his Bachelor of Arts in English from Dartmouth College. Kearney cofounded Sesh Communications, one of the largest African American–owned publishing companies in the area, which produces The Cincinnati Herald, The Dayton Defender, and Our Week. He is a partner in the law firm of Cohen, Todd, Kite & Standford, LLC.
When incumbent Mark Mallory resigned from the Senate, Kearney as well as Catherine Barrett, Tyrone Yates, Steve Driehaus, David Pepper and Alicia Reece all were in the running to replace him. However, Senate Democrats decided on Kearney to ultimately take the appointment.
Only months into his appointed term, Kearney again faced Barrett in the primary election. However, only weeks before the primary election day, Barrett dropped out of the race, securing Kearney as the Democratic nominee. In the general election Kearney went on to face Republican Tom Brown. While the index favored Democrats, precautions were still taken due to the seat being lost only two cycles earlier to Republican Janet C. Howard. However, Kearney went on to defeat Brown by 34,000 votes.
For the 127th General Assembly, Kearney was appointed by Minority Leader Teresa Fedor to the Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee. He also was selected to serve as treasurer of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus. In his first full term, Kearney also began his annual walk from Cincinnati to the Ohio Statehouse to underscore their commitment to fighting childhood obesity and supporting physical education.
In the 2010 election cycle, Kearney faced Republican Deborah McKenney in the general election, but won a second term by about 32,000 votes. In January 2012, Kearney was elected Minority Leader of the Senate, succeeding Capri Cafaro.
Kearney served as Minority Leader for the 130th General Assembly. On November 20, 2013, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald picked Kearney to be his running mate. On December 10, Kearney stepped down from the ticket due to increasing controversy surrounding back taxes owed by himself and his wife, for which they blamed financial difficulties at the Herald.
Kearney was featured in the 2016 documentary The Student Body for his sponsorship of S.B. 210, a bill requiring Ohio schools to administer BMI tests to their students. Although an interview did occur, Kearney's reticence towards being interviewed was featured prominently in the film. Kearney voiced his continued support for these policies.
|2006||Eric Kearney||52,656||71.09%||Tom Brown||21,416||28.91%|
|2010||Eric Kearney||50,862||67.22%||Debbie McKinney||22,252||29.41%||Jessica Mears||2,542||3.37%|
Kearney is married to Jan Michelle Kearney and together they have two children, Celeste and Asher. They live in Cincinnati.
- Eric Kearney at govbuddy.com
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- Williams, Justin (August 3, 2015). "Black Newspapers Matter". Cincinnati. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
- Barrett Bolts State Senate Race
- Blackwell, Kenneth 2006 general election results (2006-11-07)
- Senator Kearney Departs Friday Morning on 102 Mile Walk for Childrens Health Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine.
- Brunner, Jennifer 2010 general election results (2010-11-02)
- Siegel, Jim (2012-01-24). "Kearney to replace Cafaro as Leader". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
- Gomez, Henry J. (November 20, 2013). "Ed FitzGerald picks State Sen. Eric Kearney of Cincinnati as running mate for Ohio governor's race". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
- Smith, Julie Carr (December 10, 2013). "Democrat ends bid to be Ohio's lieutenant governor". WKYC.com. Gannett. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
- "The Student Body – Available EVERYWHERE". www.thestudentbodyfilm.com. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
- Eric H. Kearney: Biography Archived 2014-10-23 at the Wayback Machine., Ohio Senate
- The Ohio Senate: Senator Eric Kearney (D) - District 9
- Eric Kearney for Senate, official campaign website
- Eric H. Kearney[permanent dead link] at Project Vote Smart
- Follow the Money - Eric Kerney
- 2006 campaign contributions