Richard Michael DeWine, is an American politician and attorney serving as the 70th governor of Ohio since 2019. He previously served as Ohio Attorney General from 2011 to 2019, United States Senator from 1995 to 2007, and Lieutenant Governor of Ohio under George Voinovich from 1991 until 1994. He is of Irish descent and identifies as a Roman Catholic.
About Mike DeWine in brief
Richard Michael DeWine, is an American politician and attorney serving as the 70th governor of Ohio since 2019. He previously served as Ohio Attorney General from 2011 to 2019, United States Senator from 1995 to 2007, and Lieutenant Governor of Ohio under George Voinovich from 1991 until 1994. He is of Irish descent and identifies as a Roman Catholic. He and his wife Frances have been married since June 3, 1967, and have had eight children, one of whom died in an automobile accident in 1993. Current Ohio Supreme Court Justice R. Patrick Dewine is Mike DeWin’s son. Former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWins is Mike’s second cousin. DeWines is a member of the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Ohio. He was the initial sponsor of the Drug-Free Century Act in 1999. In the 2012 Republican presidential primary he endorsed Tim Pawlenty, then endorsed Mitt Romney. On February 17, 2012, he announced he was retracting his endorsement of Romney and endorsed Rick Santorum. In November 2014, he filed a lawsuit in federal court in Ohio against a part of the Affordable Care Act. In 2015, he applied to the Supreme Court to challenge the Ohio’s Transitional Reinsurance Program as unconstitutional. He carried 83 of Ohio’s 88 counties as Attorney General, and was re-elected as attorney general by defeating David Pepper A. Pepper in November 2014. He currently lives in Cedarville, Ohio residing at the Whitelaw Reid House. He has been married to his wife, Frances, for more than 50 years and they have eight children.
He also has a son, Patrick, who was elected to the Ohio State Senate in 1980 and served one two-year term. In 2010, he was elected attorney general, defeating incumbent Richard Cordray, 48–46%. As attorney general of Ohio, he sent letters to drugstore chains encouraging them to discontinue the sale of tobacco products. In 2007, he joined the law firm Keating Muething & Klekamp as corporate investigations group co-chair. In 2011, he became Ohio’s attorney general again, defeating Cordray in the general election, 48-46%. In 2013, he won the Republican nomination for Ohio governor, assuring him of election in November. In 2014, DeWined filed a suit in federal Court in Ohio, alleging that the Ohio Transitional Program was unconstitutional. In 2012 he was the first Republican to sue the federal government for violating the federal health care reform law. In 2013 he was also the first to sue Ohio’s state legislature for violations of the state health care law. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives for four years. In 2006, Dewines was defeated in the 2006 midterm election by Democrat Sherrod Brown, receiving 905,644 fewer votes in 2006 than he received in 2000. In 1994 DeWne ran again for Senate, defeating prominent attorney Joel Hyatt by a 14-point margin. In 1992, De Wine unsuccessfully ran for United States Senate against the former astronaut and incumbent Senator John Glenn.