|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives|
from the 89th district
January 5, 2015 – July 27, 2015
|Preceded by||Chris Redfern|
|Succeeded by||Steve Arndt|
|Born||July 28, 1959|
Bowling Green, Ohio, U.S.
Troy University (BS)
Steven W. Kraus (born July 28, 1959) was the Representative of the 89th district of the Ohio House of Representatives until his felony conviction on July 27, 2015. Kraus resides in Sandusky, Ohio and did not hold office prior to his election to the House. He attended the Community College of the Air Force of Air University before receiving his bachelor's in engineering from Troy University
Kraus' election was also significant due to his defeat of Chris Redfern, a long-serving state representative and the Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party at the time. After winning election, but prior to his swearing in, Kraus was indicted on felony charges of burglary, breaking and entering, and theft. Kraus was convicted of a fifth-degree felony on July 27, 2015, and, according to the Ohio Revised Code, immediately relinquished his seat as a result of his conviction.
Kraus wrote a book published in February 2018, Checkmate: One Man's Fight Against Political Corruption.
- Checkmate: One Man's Fight Against Political Corruption by Steve Kraus (2018) ISBN 0-692-06872-4, autobiography describing Steve Kraus's conviction.
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