Steve Buehrer

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Steve Buehrer
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 1st district
In office
January 2, 2007 – January 11, 2011
Preceded by Lynn Wachtmann
Succeeded by Cliff Hite
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 74th district
In office
January 5, 1999 – December 31, 2006
Preceded by Richard Hodges
Succeeded by Bruce Goodwin
Personal details
Born (1967-09-16) September 16, 1967 (age 49)
Toledo, Ohio
Political party Republican
Residence Delta, Ohio
Alma mater Bowling Green University, Capital University
Profession Lawyer
Religion Methodist

Stephen P. Buehrer (born January 1, 1967, Toledo, Ohio) is a former Republican member of the Ohio Senate who represented the 1st district, and was an unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Congress in the special election for Ohio's 5th congressional district to replace the late Paul Gillmor. Buehrer served as director of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation until April 2016.

Life and career[edit]

Buehrer earned his Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education from Bowling Green State University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He later attended Capital University Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor and graduated Cum Laude.[1] Buehrer lives in Delta, Ohio, with his wife, Cathy, and three sons.

Buehrer served as State Representative from 1998 to 2007. While Representative he was elected Assistant Majority Floor Leader for both the 124th and 125th General Assembly. He has also served as an intern for former Congressman Paul Gillmor, as an aide to former State Representative Jo Ann Davidson, and served in the administration of Governor George V. Voinovich. Buehrer serves as the state co-chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).[2]

Ohio Senate[edit]

In 2006, Senator Lynn Wachtmann was unable to run for reelection for the 1st district due to term limits, as a result, Buehrer, who was also term limited, sought the seat. In the primary election, he faced Jim Hoops, who was also an incumbent member of the Ohio House of Representatives. Buehrer easily won the Republican nomination against Hoops, securing 60.75% of the electorate.[3] With the district being one of the most Republican in Ohio, Buehrer easily won the general election with 60.08% of the vote.[4] He took a seat in the Senate on January 2, 2007, and served as Chairman of the Highways and Transportation Committee in his freshman term.

When Congressman Paul Gillmor died unexpectedly, Buehrer entered the special election to replace him. However, he failed to secure the Republican nomination, losing to Bob Latta 43.66% to 40.23%.[5]

Returning to the Senate, Buehrer served as chairman of the Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee for the 128th Ohio General Assembly. He won reelection to his seat in 2010, securing exactly 74% of the vote against Democrat Eric Cramner.[6]

In late November 2010, Governor-elect John Kasich announced that Buehrer would serve as the next director of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. Although he had just won a second term, he resigned from his Senate seat to take the post, and was succeeded by Cliff Hite.


  1. ^ Stephen P. Buehrer Profile
  2. ^ About Steve Retrieved October 19, 2007
  3. ^ "2006 primary election results". Ohio Secretary of State. May 2, 2006. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2006 general election results". November 7, 2006. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2007 special primary election results". November 6, 2007. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ "2010 general election results". Ohio Secretary of State. November 2, 2010. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 

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