Pat DeWine

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Pat DeWine
Mike DeWine and family pose with Ronald Reagan.jpg
Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
Assumed office
January 2, 2017
Preceded by Paul Pfeifer
Judge of Ohio's 1st District Court of Appeals
In office
January 2013 – December 2016
Judge of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas
In office
January 2009 – January 2013
Personal details
Nationality American
Political party Republican Party
Spouse(s) Rhonda Dayton DeWine
Children 3
Alma mater Miami University
University of Michigan Law School
Profession Lawyer

Richard Patrick "Pat" DeWine is an American lawyer and an Associate Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court. He is the son of former U.S Senator and current Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. DeWine, like his father, is a Republican. [1]


DeWine recently served as a judge on the Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals. DeWine took his seat on the bench in January 2013 after defeating Bruce Whitman in the November 2012 general election. He won the Republican Party primary election in March 2016 for a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court commencing January 2, 2017.[2] In November 2016 he won election to that seat over his Democratic opponent. Prior to his election as Judge he served as a Judge on the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas and was an associate for 13 years with the firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp.

Previously DeWine served as a member of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas from 2009-2012, Hamilton County Commission and Cincinnati City Council. He was first elected in 1999, finishing sixth with 27,745 votes in a field of 20 (with the top nine elected), he was re-elected in 2001 (finishing second with 43,191 votes in a field of 26) and in 2003 (finishing sixth with 26,573 votes in a field of 26). He resigned from City Council in order to take his seat on the Hamilton County Commission. Chris Monzel, a Republican who had lost his council seat in the last election, was appointed to fill out DeWine's term on City Council.

DeWine was a candidate in the June 14, 2005 Republican primary for the Ohio's 2nd congressional district special election to the U.S. House of Representatives seat vacated by Rob Portman, who resigned to become U.S. Trade Representative. He placed fourth behind Jean Schmidt (who won the nomination and later the general election), Bob McEwen, and Tom Brinkman.

DeWine sought election to the First District Ohio District Courts of Appeals in 2012. He defeated Bruce Whitman in the November 6, 2012 election.[3]

A 1994 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Judge DeWine matriculated in the top ten percent of his class with cum laude and order of the coif honors.[4]

Personal life[edit]

DeWine's marriage ended in divorce.[5] He and his ex-wife have three sons.


  1. ^ Kaplan, Jonathan (June 13, 2005). "Pat DeWine taps his father's donors". The Hill. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Election Results 2016". Ohio Secretary of State. 
  3. ^ Lopez, German (March 7, 2012). "Election Results 2012 Democrats, progressives make gains all around nation Ohio". Cincinnati CityBeat. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
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  5. ^ Wilkinson, Howard (June 1, 2005). "DeWine's name helps - and hurts". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 

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