Fred Strahorn

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Fred Strahorn
Fred Strahorn 2010.jpg
Minority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Preceded byTracy Maxwell Heard
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 5th district
In office
March 31, 2009 – December 31, 2010
Preceded byTom Roberts
Succeeded byBill Beagle
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 39th district
Assumed office
January 7, 2013
Preceded byClayton Luckie
In office
January 3, 2001 – December 31, 2008
Preceded byTom Roberts
Succeeded byRoland Winburn
Personal details
Born (1965-03-20) March 20, 1965 (age 53)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationEmbry–Riddle Aeronautical University
Ohio State University (BS)
Sinclair Community College

Frederick W. Strahorn[1] (born March 20, 1965) is a Democratic politician who serves in the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 39th District, which consists of much of Dayton, Ohio. He is the Minority Leader for the 131st Ohio General Assembly.

Life and career[edit]

Strahorn served as a member of the Wright State University Board of Trustees, a position that ended in 2013.[2] He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and graduated with a B.A. in aviation management from Ohio State University.[3] He also attended Sinclair Community College for real estate coursework.[1] He is single.[1] and has one daughter.[3]

Strahorn won his election to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2000 and was re-elected in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Strahorn was term limited out of running again in his previous district, but chose to run for election in a different district in 2012. In 2009, Strahorn was appointed to the Ohio Senate to replace Tom Roberts, who had been appointed to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, but lost election to a full term to Republican Bill Beagle.

Return to the Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

Strahorn was chosen as the Democratic candidate for the position on August 12, 2012, at the Montgomery County Democratic headquarters, with a vote of 41-1.[4]

First elected in November 2012, Strahorn defeated his opponent, Jeffrey Wellbaum, with over 80% of the vote in a traditionally Democratic district. The two competed to fill the position that had been vacated in January 2013 by Clayton Luckie, who had earlier announced his withdrawal from the election following the news that he was being investigated on criminal charges.[5]

Strahorn soundly won re-election in 2014 with over 75% of the vote. His opponents were Jeff Dalton, Republican, and William Pace, an independent perennial candidate.[6][7]

On November 18, 2014, Strahorn was elected as Minority Leader of the Ohio House by the Democratic Caucus. Strahorn stated that he would work on trying to make clear the Democratic Party's message to voters, commenting "I know that we have work to do with the general public with communicating what our party really stands for." He was reelected to the position in 2016.[8]


  1. ^ a b c VoteSmart - Fred Strahorn
  2. ^ Borchardt, Jackie (January 7, 2013). "Ohio lawmakers sworn in for General Assembly". JournalNews. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Wright State University Board of Trustees - Fred Strahorn
  4. ^ Progress Ohio blog
  5. ^ Bischoff, Laura (December 20, 2012). "State Rep. Luckie Had to Face Trial on 22 January 2012". Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  6. ^ "County Commission race a squeaker, Beagle wins, AP says". Dayton Daily News. November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  7. ^ "Election Insider - Your Vote 2014 (Summary of poll results)". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  8. ^ Bischoff, Laura (November 18, 2014). "Strahorn picked to lead Ohio House Democrats". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved November 19, 2014.

External links[edit]

Ohio House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tracy Maxwell Heard
Minority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives