Richard Adams Cordray is an American lawyer and politician. He served as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2012 to 2017. Cordray also served as Ohio’s Attorney General, Solicitor General, and Treasurer. He was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Ohio in 2018, but lost to Republican Mike DeWine.
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Richard Adams Cordray is an American lawyer and politician. He served as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2012 to 2017. Cordray also served as Ohio’s Attorney General, Solicitor General, and Treasurer. He was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Ohio in 2018, but lost to Republican Mike DeWine. In 1987 he became an undefeated five-time Jeopardy! champion. He is a graduate of Brasenose College, Oxford and the University of Chicago Law School. He clerked for Judge Robert Bork on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1990 Cordray ran for an Ohio State House of Representatives seat, in the 33rd District, against six-term incumbent Republican Don Gilmore. In 2010, Cordray lost his bid for reelection to former U. S. Senator Mike Dewine. He then ran for Ohio’s 15th congressional district, where he won the Democratic nomination over Bill Buckel by an 18,731–11,944 margin. In 2012 Cordray opted not to run for reelection due to a one-year residency requirement. When Deborah Pryce, then a Franklin County judge, announced that she would vote to support abortion rights, Linda Reidelbach entered the race and won the race. In 2013 Cordray announced that he would not be seeking re-election to the 15th district. He later announced he would be stepping down from that position to focus on his campaign for Ohio governor.
In 2014, he announced he was stepping down as Ohio State Treasurer. In 2015, he said he would also step down from his position as Ohio Attorney General. In 2016, he resigned from his post as Treasurer to become the Director of CFPB. In 2017, he left the agency in late 2017 to run to be governor of Ohio, an election he lost to DeWne. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and two children. He has a son, a daughter, and a son-in-law who are both attorneys. He also has a step-son who is a lawyer and a grandson who is an attorney and a grandchild who is also a lawyer. He previously served as a member of the Ohio House of Reps. and the Ohio State Senate. He ran for the Ohio Senate in 2000 but was defeated by Republican Bill Schulder. He unsuccessfully ran for Attorney General in 1998 and for the US House in 2000. He lost both races. In 2006 he was elected Ohio State treasurer and was reelected in 2004 before being elected State Treasurer in 2006. In 2008 he was appointed Ohio Attorney general to fill the remainder of the term ending in January 2011. In July 2011 he was confirmed by the Senate in July 2011 and was confirmed to the CFP Bureau in 2013. In 2009 he was named Ohio State Attorney General for a second term. In 2011, he was re-elected to the Ohio State Treasurer position.