Jean Spencer Ashbrook

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Jean Spencer Ashbrook
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 17th district
In office
June 29, 1982 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by John M. Ashbrook
Succeeded by Lyle Williams
Personal details
Born Emily Jean Spencer
(1934-09-21) September 21, 1934 (age 80)
Newark, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) John M. Ashbrook

Emily Jean Spencer Ashbrook (née Spencer; September 21, 1934) is the widow of Congressman John M. Ashbrook, Republican of Ohio. She is also a former Member of Congress herself, having completed her late husband's final term of office, also as a Republican.

She attended Central School, Newark, Ohio, and graduated from Newark High School in 1952. She went on to graduate with a B.S. from Ohio State University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta,[1] in 1956.

She married John Ashbrook in 1974. After her husband's death on April 24, 1982, she won the special election for the seat in Congress he had occupied; it is relatively common in American politics of the last several decades for widows to succeed their late husbands in office, if only to complete their husbands' terms. She served for the remainder of the 97th Congress and represented Ohio's 17th congressional district from June 29, 1982 to January 3, 1983. She currently resides in Newark, Ohio.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John M. Ashbrook
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 17th congressional district

Succeeded by
Lyle Williams