Mike DeWine

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Mike DeWine, a U.S. Congressman from Ohio’s 7th District, was elected by Ohio voters to serve as the state’s next lieutenant governor in the November 1990 election when he ran with Governor-elect George Voinovich.

A native of Greene County, Ohio, where he resides with his wife, Frances, and seven children, Congressman DeWine, 43, has won every political race of his career.

The Congressman has served Ohio’s 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1982, when he defeated five Republican rivals in the primary and won the general election against a popular Democratic county commissioner.

He was re-elected to Congress in 1984 in a landslide victory, ran unopposed in 1986 and won re-election in 1988 with 74 percent of the vote. Also, in 1988, he was elected to serve on Ohio’s Republican State Central Committee, in addition to being a delegate for George Bush at the Republican Convention.

Before his election to the House of Representatives, Congressman DeWine served as Greene County assistant prosecuting attorney and, in 1976, defeated the incumbent Democratic prosecuting attorney with 64 percent of the vote to win his first race for public office. In 1980, he won a seat in the Ohio Senate.

As a member of the Congress, he has served on the house Foreign Affairs and Judiciary committees, and served on the House Drug Task Force. Over the past six years, Congressman DeWine helped shape and win passage of comprehensive anti-crime legislation. While in the Ohio Senate, he wrote Ohio’s tough anti-drunk driving law and has continued that battle by writing legislation in Congress.

In addition to his work on anti-crime legislation, Congressman DeWine has placed himself at the heart of foreign policy debates and has been recognized by the National Taxpayers Union and Watchdog of the Treasury organizations for his voting efforts to control federal spending.