Pat DeWine

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Pat DeWine
Judge of Ohio's 1st District Court of Appeals
Assumed office
January 2013
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 judge from Ohio. He is the son of former U.S Senator Mike DeWine. DeWine, like his father, is a Republican.[1]


DeWine currently serves 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. 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 is currently seeking election to the First District Ohio District Courts of Appeals. He is running against Bruce Whitman in the November 6, 2012 election.[2]

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.

Personal life[edit]

In 2002, DeWine left his wife and began a relationship with Betty Hull, a Republican political activist and lobbyist. DeWine's marriage ended in divorce.[3] DeWine and his ex-wife have three sons, Michael, Matthew, and Brian.


  1. ^ Kaplan, Jonathan (June 13, 2005). "Pat DeWine taps his father's donors". The Hill. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ohio - Summary Vote Results". Associated Press Election Guide. March 7, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Howard (June 1, 2005). "DeWine's name helps - and hurts". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 

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