Governor Taft began his career in public service as a volunteer teacher for the Peace Corps in East Africa. He has served Ohioans as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, as a Hamilton County Commissioner and as Ohio’s Secretary of State – the chief elections officer. He was sworn in as Ohio’s 67th Governor on January 11, 1999 and was elected to his second term as Governor in November 2002.
He graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government, received his master’s degree in government from Princeton University and earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati Law School.
Governor Taft’s father and grandfather both served in the United States Senate, and his great-grandfather, William Howard Taft, served as the 27th President of the United States and Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Governor and First Lady Hope Taft have one daughter, Anna.