Steve Kraus

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Steve Kraus
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 89th district
In office
January 5, 2015 – July 27, 2015
Preceded byChris Redfern
Succeeded bySteve Arndt
Personal details
Born (1959-07-28) July 28, 1959 (age 60)
Bowling Green, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationAir University
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. He attended the Community College of the Air Force of Air University before receiving his bachelor's in engineering from Troy University.[citation needed]

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.[1] After winning election, but prior to his swearing in, Kraus was indicted on felony charges of burglary, breaking and entering, and theft.[2] 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.[3]

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.


  1. ^ "Kraus steals the election from Redfern". Sandusky Register. 2014-11-05. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
  2. ^ "Ohio Rep.-elect Steve Kraus indicted". Cincinnati Enquirer. 2014-11-19. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
  3. ^ [1] | 12/29/2018 | Appeals court upholds Steve Kraus felony conviction | Tom Jackson | Staff Reporter | [2]