Mike Crites

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Mike Crites
Candidate for Ohio Attorney General
Personal details
Born (1948-06-16) June 16, 1948 (age 68)
Bluffton, Ohio
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kristina Burgess Crites
Residence Powell, Ohio
Alma mater United States Naval Academy, Ohio Northern University
Occupation Attorney
Religion Methodist

Mike Crites (D. Michael Crites) (born June 16, 1948 in Bluffton, Ohio) is an American member of the Republican Party and former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He was a candidate for Ohio Attorney General in 2008. He currently resides in Powell, Ohio.

Early life[edit]

Crites was born in Bluffton, Ohio and raised in Lima, Ohio. Upon graduation from Lima Shawnee High School in 1966, he received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1970. He was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy and served in the United States Navy and Naval Reserve until October 1999 retiring with the rank of Captain.


He received his B.S. from the United States Naval Academy and his J.D. from Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law in 1978.

Naval career[edit]

Crites is a retired captain in the United States Naval Reserve.[1] He studied at the Naval War College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He also served as Deputy Commander for Mission Effectiveness, Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region 8 in Jacksonville, Florida.

A Vietnam veteran, Crites received the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and service awards, including the Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.[1]

A member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Crites was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2000.[2]

U.S. Attorney[edit]

Crites was nominated in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by a vote of the United States Senate to be the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. He served in that position from 1986 to 1993 in the administrations of Presidents Reagan and Bush.[3]

During his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Crites prosecuted Pete Rose.[4]

Legal practice[edit]

Crites' legal career has included service as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Assistant United States Attorney, First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (Delaware County), Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (Allen County), City Prosecutor (Lima, Ohio) and City law director for several central Ohio communities. He joined the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP in Columbus, Ohio in 2008, focusing on white collar defense, government investigations and regulatory enforcement.[5][6] Crites was previously a managing partner of the "mid-size" Columbus law firm, Rich, Crites & Dittmer, where he specialized in "complex civil cases and defending manufacturers in product-liability claims," According to the Columbus Dispatch.[1]

2008 election for Ohio Attorney General[edit]

Crites announced his candidacy for Ohio Attorney General on July 23, 2008, as a Republican running against Democrat Richard Cordray and Independent Robert M. Owens in a special election for attorney general that was held when the previous officeholder, Democrat Marc Dann, who was embroiled in a sex scandal, resigned on May 14, 2008.[7][8][9] Potential Republican candidates, including Montgomery, Jim Petro, DeWine, Maureen O'Connor, and Rob Portman declined to enter the race.[10][11] According to the Columbus Dispatch, Cordray had a large financial advantage over his opponents with approximately 30 times as much campaign financing as Crites.[12]

Crites' campaign strategies included attempts to link Cordray with Dann—an association The Columbus Dispatch called into question[13]—and promoting himself as having more years of prosecutorial experience.[14] Cordray asserted that he managed the state's money safely despite the turbulence of the financial crisis of 2007–2008.[15][16]

He received 38% of the vote.[17]


  1. ^ a b c Nash, James (22 July 2008). "Powell man is GOP's nominee for attorney general Lawyer prosecuted Pete Rose, cocaine dealers". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "D. Michael Crites". Ohio.gov. aTeaford, Rich, Crites and Wesprtment of Veterans Services. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.times-gazette.com/local%20news/2008/10/23/crites-hopes-to-restore-honor-to-ohio-attorney-general-post
  4. ^ Newhan, Ross (21 April 1990). "Rose Pleads Guilty to Two Tax Charges : Felony: Former Reds' star, manager can get up to six years in prison, but opinions vary as to whether he will serve time.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Newberry, Jon (18 February 2011). "Dinsmore & Shohl beefs up white-collar crime practice". Cincinnati Business Courier. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Q&A With Dinsmore's Michael Crites". Law 360. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Burns, Matt (2008-08-01). "No joke, Mallory would be great". Business First of Columbus. American City Business Journals, Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  8. ^ Niquette, Mark and Jim Siegel (2008-05-28). "OSU law school dean is new attorney general: Nancy Hardin Rogers replaces Marc Dann". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  9. ^ "Attorney General Marc Dann resigns". The Plain Dealer. May 14, 2008. 
  10. ^ Nash, James (2008-06-12). "Cordray makes it official: He's running for AG - Strickland endorses him as GOP attacks". The Columbus Dispatch. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  11. ^ Hallett, Joe (2008-06-29). "Dearth of attorney general candidates highlights Ohio GOP's ills". The Columbus Dispatch. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  12. ^ Nash, James (2008-09-05). "AG fundraising gap widens - Cordray amasses $2.2 million; Crites, with $75,000, is upbeat". The Columbus Dispatch. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  13. ^ Nash, James (2008-09-02). "Cordray, Dann find little in common - There's little proof to back GOP claims of a close bond". The Columbus Dispatch. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  14. ^ "Worthy opponents - The candidates for Ohio attorney general should keep campaign on high road". The Columbus Dispatch. Newsbank. 2008-07-26. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  15. ^ Nash, James (2008-10-14). "AG rivals tangle on tactics - Attorney general candidates duel over reining in Wall St., lenders". The Columbus Dispatch. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  16. ^ Johnson, Alan (2008-10-02). "Cordray: Ohio's money safe - Most invested in short-term bonds, treasurer says". The Columbus Dispatch. Newsbank. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  17. ^ http://www.wkyc.com/news/elections/results/20081104/race2052.htm

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