Current Position: Governor since 2019
Former Position(s): Attorney General from 2011 – 2019; US Senator from 1995 – 2007; US Representative from 1983 – 1991
Fran and I were stunned and very saddened to learn of the death of our friend and my former colleague, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming. I was honored to serve and work with him. We extend our deepest condolences to Mike’s family.
Gov. Mike DeWine on masking in schools
Ohio Capital Journal, – September 10, 2021 (Medium)
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has cast a skeptical eye on regulations for a group the state refers to as “job creators.” But he and Attorney General Dave Yost are pushing for regulations that will make it more difficult for the poor — including those with jobs — to get health care.
DeWine on Thursday announced that he was calling on Yost to sue to overturn President Joe Biden’s decision to invalidate Medicaid work requirements. Former President Donald Trump approved the Ohio work requirement in 2019.
In the Buckeye State, Medicaid covers 25% of the population, so the requirement would affect many.
“Removing a provision that says a healthy, able-bodied individual should be working, looking for work, participating in job training, or participating in a recovery program in order to receive free taxpayer-funded health care is contrary to Ohioans’ values,” DeWine said in a statement that was issued under his and Yost’s names
Source: Government page
Mike DeWine’s story is a true Ohio story. Raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Mike DeWine and Fran (Struewing) met in the first grade and married while students at Miami University. They’ve been blessed with eight children and 24 grandchildren. Family is at the core of everything Mike DeWine does, and that’s why he has devoted his life to fighting for Ohio’s families. He knows when families are strong, Ohio communities are stronger, and our future is bright.
Vision for the Future
Mike DeWine loves Ohio and cares passionately about our state’s future. He will fight for an Ohio that works for everyone – every person and every family in every corner of our state. From world class cities to some of the best small towns in America, Mike DeWine knows that to build our state into an economic powerhouse, we must have strong schools, a great quality of life, and compassion for those who need our help.
Mike DeWine’s family started a seed company in Yellow Springs. Working alongside his parents and grandparents, Mike learned early the value of hard work, strong leadership, and fiscal responsibility.
Growing up, he loaded seed bags onto trucks and boxcars, shoveled wheat out of trucks during harvest, worked in wheat fields to help ensure the purity of the seed, and basically did whatever it took to get the job done for their customers. Inseparable to the end, his parents were married for 65 years and died within four days of each other. The values he learned from them still live within him today.
A Lifetime of Service
On November 6, 2018, Mike DeWine was elected to serve as the 70th Governor of the State of Ohio. The Governor has had a long and distinguished career in public service, focusing on protecting Ohio children and families. He was previously the 50th Attorney General of Ohio and has previously been elected to serve as Greene County Prosecutor, Ohio State Senator, U.S. Congressman, Ohio Lt. Governor, U.S. Senator.
- U.S. representative
1983 to 1991
- Lieutenant governor
1991 to 1994
- U.S. senator
1995 to 2007
Ohio Northern University
Birth Year: 1947
Place of Birth: Springfield, OH
Religion: Christian: Catholic
Spouse: Frances Struewing
Children: Pat DeWine, Alice DeWine, Mark DeWine, Rebecca DeWine, Anna DeWine, Jill DeWine, Brian DeWine, John DeWine
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Richard Michael DeWine (born January 5, 1947) is an American politician and attorney serving as the 70th governor of Ohio since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, DeWine 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.
DeWine was born and grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He is the son of Jean Ruth (Liddle) and Richard Lee DeWine. He lives in Cedarville, Ohio residing at the Whitelaw Reid House. Of Irish descent, he was raised and identifies as a Roman Catholic. DeWine earned his Bachelor of Science degree in education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1969 and a Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1972.
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 DeWine’s son. Former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine (R-Fairborn) is DeWine’s second cousin. DeWine and his family own Minor League Baseball‘s Asheville Tourists.
Early political career
At age 25, DeWine started working as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Greene County, Ohio, and in 1976 was elected County Prosecutor, serving for four years. In 1980 he was elected to the Ohio State Senate and served one two-year term.
Two years later, U.S. Representative Bud Brown of Ohio’s 7th congressional district retired after 18 years in Congress; his father, Clarence Brown, Sr., had held the seat for 26 years before that. DeWine won the Republican nomination, assuring him of election in November. He was re-elected three more times from this district, which stretches from his home in Springfield to the Columbus suburbs. He ran unopposed in 1986 during what is regarded as a bad year for Republicans nationally. DeWine gave up his seat in 1990 to run for Lieutenant Governor of Ohio as the running mate of George Voinovich. The Voinovich-DeWine ticket was easily elected.
In 1992, DeWine unsuccessfully ran for United States Senate against the former astronaut and incumbent Senator John Glenn. His campaign used the phrase, “What on earth has John Glenn done?” echoing Jeff Bingaman‘s slogan, ‘What on Earth has he done for you lately?’” against former astronaut Harrison Schmitt in their 1982 Senate race.
In 1994 DeWine ran again for Senate, defeating prominent attorney Joel Hyatt (the son-in-law of retiring Senator Howard Metzenbaum) by a 14-point margin. DeWine was re-elected in 2000, defeating gunshow promoter Ronald Dickson (161,185 votes, or 12.44%) and former U.S. Rep. Frank Cremeans (104,219 votes, or 8.05%) in the primary and Ted Celeste (brother of former Ohio Gov. Dick Celeste) in the general election. DeWine was defeated in the 2006 midterm election by Democrat Sherrod Brown, receiving 905,644 fewer votes in 2006 than he received in 2000. DeWine had seats on the Senate Judiciary and Select Intelligence committees. DeWine was the initial sponsor of the Drug-Free Century Act in 1999.
DeWine accepted positions teaching government courses at Cedarville University, Ohio Northern University and Miami University. In 2007, he joined the law firm Keating Muething & Klekamp as corporate investigations group co-chair.
Attorney General of Ohio
On July 21, 2009, DeWine announced his intention to run for Attorney General of the State of Ohio. On November 2, 2010, DeWine was elected attorney general, defeating incumbent Richard Cordray (D), 48–46%. As attorney general of Ohio, DeWine sent letters to drugstore chains encouraging them to discontinue the sale of tobacco products.
In the 2012 Republican presidential primary, DeWine endorsed Tim Pawlenty, then endorsed Mitt Romney after Pawlenty dropped out of the race. On February 17, 2012, DeWine announced he was retracting his endorsement of Mitt Romney and endorsed Rick Santorum (Coincidentally, both DeWine and Santorum were elected Senators in 1994, re-elected in 2000, and lost re-election in 2006). DeWine said, “To be elected president, you have to do more than tear down your opponents. You have to give the American people a reason to vote for you, a reason to hope, a reason to believe that under your leadership, America will be better. Rick Santorum has done that. Sadly, Governor Romney has not.”
Legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act
In 2015, as Attorney General of Ohio, DeWine filed a lawsuit in federal court in Ohio against a part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the suit, DeWine alleged that the ACA’s Transitional Reinsurance Program (which imposed a fee “paid by all employers who provide group health insurance in the workplace”, which in 2014 was $63 per covered person and in 2015 was $44 per covered person) was unconstitutional as applied to state and local governments. When he filed the suit, DeWine claimed that the fee was “an unprecedented attempt to destroy the balance of authority between the federal government and the states”.
In January 2016, the federal court dismissed DeWine’s suit, with U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley holding that the Transitional Reinsurance Program did not violate the Constitution. DeWine appealed, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed Judge Marbley’s dismissal of the suit.
DeWine’s stated goal has been “Protecting Ohio Families”. To that effect, Attorney General DeWine made it a priority to significantly reduce DNA testing turnaround times in connection with open criminal investigations. Under his predecessor, DNA testing at the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) took approximately four months in cases such as murders, rapes, and assaults. Under the DeWine administration, DNA test results are now returned to local law enforcement in less than a month, leading to faster apprehension of dangerous suspects.
Upon taking office in 2011, Attorney General DeWine launched a special sexual assault kit (SAK) testing initiative after learning that hundreds of police departments across Ohio had thousands of untested rape kits on their evidence room shelves. DeWine invested resources to test the 13,931 previously untested rape kits over the course of his administration, which led to more than 5,000 DNA hits in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). These DNA matches led to the indictments of approximately 700 alleged rapists, many of whom were serial attackers, connected to cases that would never have been solved if not for the DeWine initiative.
DeWine also launched the Crimes Against Children Initiative, which paired BCI criminal investigators with seasoned prosecuting attorneys to investigate and prosecute child predators. DeWine’s Crimes Against Children Initiative focuses on holding accountable those who sexually and physically abuse children, those who share and view child pornography, and those who target children online. DeWine’s office also developed several task forces for the investigation and prosecutions of human trafficking throughout the state.
As attorney general, DeWine took steps to close down “pill mills” in Ohio that fueled the opioid epidemic. By the end of his first year in office, DeWine had worked to close all 12 pill mills in Scioto County, considered by many to have been the national center of the prescription drug crisis. DeWine’s efforts also led to more than 100 doctors and pharmacists losing their licenses for improper prescription practices. In 2013, DeWine formed a new Heroin Unit to provide Ohio communities with law enforcement, legal, and outreach assistance to combat the state’s heroin problem. The Heroin Unit draws from new and existing office resources, including: BCI investigative and laboratory services, Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission assistance, prosecutorial support, and outreach and education services. In October 2017, DeWine announced a 12-pronged plan to combat the opioid epidemic, drawing from his experience breaking up pill mills, prosecuting traffickers, supporting recovery, and advocating the importance of drug-use prevention education. In addition, Attorney General DeWine went after the pharmaceutical industry, suing opioid manufacturers and distributors for their alleged roles in fraudulent marketing and unsafe distribution of opioids that fueled the epidemic in Ohio and across the country.
Columbus Crew relocation lawsuit
In October 2017, news reports surfaced that Anthony Precourt, the investor-operator of the soccer club Columbus Crew, was exploring the option of moving the team out of state. After the move of the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore in the late 1990s, the Ohio General Assembly passed a law requiring professional sports teams that had accepted tax-payer assistance to provide an opportunity for local owners to purchase the team before initiating a move. In December 2017, DeWine sent a letter to Precourt reminding him of his obligations under Ohio law. After Precourt failed to respond, DeWine filed a lawsuit in March 2018 against Precourt and Major League Soccer to enforce Ohio law and insist upon a reasonable opportunity for local investors to buy the team. As the lawsuit played out in court, an investor group including Dee and Jimmy Haslam, owners of the Cleveland Browns, and the Columbus-based Edwards family announced in October 2018 they were working out the details of a deal to keep the Crew in Columbus.
Governor of Ohio
On May 26, 2016, DeWine announced that he would run for Governor of Ohio in 2018. He reconfirmed this on June 25, 2017, at the annual ice cream social held at his home in Cedarville, Ohio. On December 1, 2017, DeWine officially chose Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted as his running mate. On May 8, 2018, DeWine successfully won the Republican primary, defeating incumbent Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, with 59.8% of the vote. He faced Democratic nominee and former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray in the general election, their second election against each other, defeating him by a margin of about four percentage points.
On August 4, 2019, a mass shooting occurred in Dayton, Ohio, which killed ten people and injured twenty-seven others; this followed a separate mass shooting in El Paso, Texas by just thirteen hours. At a vigil for the victims of the Dayton shooting the next day, DeWine was drowned out by a crowd chanting ‘Do something!’; the chant referred to the lack of legislative gun control actions on the state and federal level. On August 6, DeWine proposed to allow judges to confiscate firearms from those deemed potentially dangerous and to provide those individuals with mental health treatment while maintaining their due process rights. Other notable aspects of DeWine’s plan include: expanded background checks before purchasing a firearm, increased access to psychiatric and behavioral health services, and increased penalties for illegally possessing firearms.
In October 2019, he held the first meeting of a Lead Advisory Committee he appointed for the state. The committee is meant to advise Dewine on the state’s lead remediation efforts. In December 2019, he expressed his support for Ohio allowing cities to ban plastic bags, opposing two bills in the state legislature that would have forbidden it being pushed by fellow Republicans.
On December 10, 2019, During the Ohio Contractors Association’s winter conference in Columbus, DeWine said that he wanted to improve the Interstate rest areas in Ohio by adding more information about Ohio’s history and culture, he also said that “I’m told that our rest areas are sorry.” In late December, DeWine announced that Ohio would continue to accept refugees. In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, DeWine mentioned that “Before entering the United States, there is a lengthy, complex, and careful vetting process done by multiple federal agencies to confirm a refugee’s eligibility for entrance.”
In January 2020, DeWine sent troops from the Ohio National Guard to Puerto Rico, which had recently experienced several earthquakes. On January 15, DeWine signed a $30 million funding bill for Ohio farmers to prevent algal blooms, which went into effect on February 1. On January 27, DeWine signed Senate Bill 7, which gives military members and their spouses better employment opportunities by simplifying the process to transfer their occupational licenses to Ohio. In February 2020, he announced new distracted driving legislation he was sponsoring. Also in February 2020, he attracted some note for declining to share his opinion about Ohio’s death penalty, at the time having “frozen all Ohio executions indefinitely as the state struggles to find lethal-injection drugs”.
Informed of the public risk by Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, MD; on March 3, DeWine cancelled most of the Arnold Sports Festival due to the imminent threat of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio, prior to any cases or deaths being reported. The cancellation was widely regarded as “radical” at the time but was soon seen as less so, with Axios calling him “among the leading governors in the country sounding the alarm about the threat of the coronavirus” and The Washington Post calling his and Acton’s response “a national guide to the crisis” and “textbook recommendations”, pointing out numerous occasions when moves taken by Ohio were soon followed by other states. The Hill said he’d “been one of the most aggressive governors in responding to the pandemic”. He has supported funding for COVID-19, signing his support of a funding bill along with 37 other governors in March 2020. On March 11, 2020, DeWine issued an order limiting visitors to Ohio assisted living facilities and nursing homes, limiting visitors to one per day per resident, with all visitors to be screened for illness. Also on March 11, 2020, he announced he was drafting legislation to limit mass gatherings in the state. Gov. DeWine barred spectators from sporting events; was first in the US to shut down schools throughout his state; and, on the night before it was to take place, postponed Ohio’s primary election. He directed the Ohio Department of Health to order the closing of the state’s more than 22,000 food service locations and bars, except for carry-out. This was one of the earliest state closures of restaurants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and drew disapproval from many high-level state Republicans. On April 1, DeWine was noted by the BBC as “quick to defer to Dr Acton for specific questions on the virus and its spread”, during daily news briefings, “reminding Ohioans that the state’s decisions are driven by science”.
In April 2019, DeWine signed House Bill 493, known as the Ohio “Heartbeat Bill”, into law, therein prohibiting abortion after a heartbeat is detected in a fetus, including in cases of rape and incest, imposing one of the most extensive abortion restrictions in the nation. DeWine is opposed to abortion. In the Senate, he was the lead sponsor of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.
DeWine signed a bill in December 2020 that said “fetal remains from surgical abortions in Ohio must be cremated or buried”; failure to do so would result in a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Although a Catholic, DeWine has not joined the Pope and Catholic bishops in opposition to the death penalty. DeWine has not joined Republicans former Governor Robert Taft, former Attorney General Petro and former Speaker of the House Householder in calling for an end to Ohio executions. Taft cited the ineffectiveness of the death penalty as well as racial and geographic disparities in executions. Yet no executions have been conducted in Ohio since DeWine took office in January 2019, and he has consistently used his executive clemency powers to delay or cancel executions. At present, there are no legally permitted execution methods in Ohio, following the abolition of lethal injection in the state.
In 2004, DeWine co-sponsored an amendment to renew the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. He has repeatedly received an “F” rating from the National Rifle Association. He was endorsed by the National Rifle Association for Governor. He was one of only two Republican Senators to vote against the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which banned lawsuits against gun manufacturers, distributors and dealers for criminal misuse of their products. In the 2006 election cycle, DeWine was the first senatorial candidate to be endorsed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and displayed that endorsement on his campaign webpage. In 2019, Governor DeWine proposed a Red Flag Law for Ohio that would allow courts to take a gun from a person if they are seen as a threat to others or themselves.
As U.S. Senator, DeWine joined a bipartisan effort to lower the national maximum blood-alcohol limit from 0.10% to 0.08%, and to require reporting of vehicle-related deaths on private property like parking lots and driveways. He sponsored legislation on determining when aging tires become unsafe.
DeWine opposes same-sex marriage and sponsored the Federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would have prevented same-sex marriage. DeWine argued in the Supreme Court in favor of prohibitions on same-sex marriage, saying that prohibitions on same-sex marriage infringes on “no fundamental right”, and that states should not have to recognize same-sex couples who married in other states. DeWine was acting as Attorney General against Jim Obergefell in the case Obergefell v. Hodges. The Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling against DeWine and other defendants, legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States.
In 2019 DeWine stated: “it would really be a mistake for Ohio, by legislation, to say that marijuana for adults is just OK.” In February 2020, NORML, a group advocating the legalization of marijuana, gave DeWine an “F” rating in relation to his policies.
As Attorney General of Ohio, DeWine did not join the lawsuits that over 22 states filed in the months following FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai‘s proposal to roll back online consumer protections, and net neutrality regulations.
In 2020 DeWine signed a bill that forbids colleges and universities in Ohio blocking controversial speakers.
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|Republican||John F. Evans||4,223||8.94%|
|Republican||Joseph J. Walker||1,476||3.12%|
|Republican||Karl F. Hilt||830||1.76%|
|Democratic||Roger D. Tackett||65,543||41.98%||+18.10%|
|Libertarian||John B. Winer||2,761||1.77%||+1.77%|
|Republican||Mike DeWine (incumbent)||147,885||78.45%||+22.19%|
|Republican||Mike DeWine (incumbent)||119,238||100.00%||+21.55%|
|Republican||Mike DeWine (incumbent)||142,597||73.88%||−26.12%|
|Republican||George H. Rhodes||246,625||29.70%|
|Democratic||John Glenn (incumbent)||2,444,419||50.99%||−11.46%|
|Workers World||Martha Grevatt||321,234||6.70%||+6.70%|
|Republican||Eugene J. Watts||83,103||10.24%|
|Republican||George H. Rhodes||42,633||5.25%|
|Independent||Joseph I. Slovenec||252,031||7.33%||+7.33%|
|Independent||Dan S. Burkhardt (write-in)||282||0.01%||+0.01%|
|Socialist Workers||Peter A. Thierjung (write-in)||166||0.01%||+0.01%|
|Republican||Mike DeWine (incumbent)||1,029,860||79.51%||+27.47%|
|Republican||Mike DeWine (incumbent)||2,666,736||59.90%||+6.47%|
|Libertarian||John R. McAlister||117,466||2.64%||+2.64%|
|Natural Law||John A. Eastman||70,738||1.59%||+1.59%|
|Socialist Workers||Michael Fitzsimmons (write-in)||45||0.00%||−0.01%|
|Independent||Patrick Flower (write-in)||29||0.00%||+0.00%|
|Republican||Mike DeWine (incumbent)||565,580||71.71%||−7.80%|
|Republican||David R. Smith||114,186||14.48%|
|Republican||William G. Pierce||108,978||13.82%|
|Republican||Mike DeWine (incumbent)||1,761,037||43.82%||−16.08%|
|Independent||Richard A. Duncan (write-in)||830||0.02%||+0.02%|
|Democratic||Richard Cordray (incumbent)||1,772,717||46.26%||−10.48%|
|Constitution||Robert M. Owens||130,065||3.39%||−1.44%|
|Libertarian||Marc Allen Feldman||107,521||2.81%||+2.81%|
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|Independent||Renea Turner (write-in)||185||0.00%||+0.00%|
|Independent||Richard Duncan (write-in)||132||0.00%||+0.00%|
|Independent||Rebecca Ayres (write-in)||41||0.00%||+0.00%|
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|Richard Cordray (D)||2,067,847||46.7%|
|Travis Irvine (L)||79,985||1.8%|
|Constance Gadell-Newton (G)||49,475||1.1%|
DEWINE, MIKE has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $40,669,526.
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Governor Mike DeWine’s FY 2020-2021 Executive Budget will be released on March 15, 2019 after the Budget Press Conference.
Governor Mike DeWine’s FY 2020-2021 Executive Budget is now available:
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, in conjunction with the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, hosted a free event called Building Resiliency: A Pediatric Mental Health Summit in September 2019 to help communities support the mental health needs of their children.
Promoting Mental Wellness & Support During COVID-19 Funding Opportunity
In support of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s commitment to the Investment in Ohio’s Future, the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, will offer a $1M funding opportunity for faith-based and community-based organizations. The funds will be directed toward community-based strategies for mental wellness and support during this period of COVID-19.
This opportunity is seeking to support Ohio’s most vulnerable populations. Local communities can apply for resources needed to empower everyday citizens to identify signs of poor mental health and/or addiction, reduce stigma associated with those issues, provide support, and offer resources to people about where to find help.
As we face challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohioans are confronted with multiple stressors, isolation, and distress. This funding opportunity will allow our faith-based and local community-based organizations to engage our communities in conversations around mental health and addiction and walk alongside those in distress as they seek help from a behavioral health professional. Many communities across the state are already facilitating conversations and educational activities to reduce stigma and promote mental wellness. This funding will serve to broaden those efforts at the local level to support Ohioans and build upon those efforts within local communities.
The strategy focuses on building relationships and leveraging digital technologies to build friendly and frequent connections with people in local communities. This approach can best be summed up as using “word of mouth” and finding connectors within the local community to expand the conversations. By empowering influencers with key messages and culturally competent tactics to engage their own communities in conversations to reduce stigma, we are practicing effective and potentially lifesaving efforts within our relationships, families, and communities.
Once every decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States. The next Census occurs in April 2020.
This website is for Ohioans to have practical resources about the Census to share within their communities. Governor Mike DeWine, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted and Director of Development Lydia Mihalik are determined to make sure that every individual has a voice in the 2020 Census.
“It’s important that every Ohioan is counted. We want to ensure our state receives the appropriate amount of federal funding to help us support our communities, schools, public safety resources, and to improve our roads.” -Governor Mike DeWine
Earn Extra Income While Helping Your Community
The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs throughout the state! The jobs include Census takers, recruiting assistance, office staff and more. Pay rates in Ohio range from $14.00 to $23.50 an hour and feature flexible hours- including evenings and weekends.
If you receive help from any Ohio assistance programs, such as HEAP, PIPP, HWAP, EPP and CSBG, your Census income will not affect your assistance or be used to determine your eligibility. Development excludes the income as a countable income for these programs because of the importance of filling Census positions.
Regional Census positions are key to ensuring an accurate Census count in 2020. Earn extra income and help ensure that everyone in your community is counted by applying for a temporary Census job here or calling 855-562-2020.
Your Census Information Will Be Secure
Census 2020 is the first Census count that will be available to fill out online. Each household will receive a card in the mail with a password to open the form online. You will be able to submit your information with just a few clicks.
The Census website is secure. Only authorized personnel can access the encrypted information.
Foster Care Forums
Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, loving home, whether that is with biological, kinship, foster or adoptive families. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine created the Children Services Transformation Advisory Council to conduct a top-down review of Ohio’s foster care system and develop recommendations on needed reforms so that more Ohio children have a permanent, loving place to call home.
The Children Services Transformation Advisory Council, created through Executive Order 2019-27D, will hold a series of seven regional Foster Care Forums.
All are invited to attend, and those with lived-experience with the foster care system are encouraged to submit testimony.
Moments after taking the oath of office, Governor DeWine created the RecoveryOhio initiative to ensure that we act aggressively to address this crisis and invest in the health and well-being of Ohio’s citizens.
Faith-Based And Community Initiatives
The mission of the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is to promote solutions, including those from faith-based partners, to community needs and support the development of collaborative efforts to improve the well-being
InnovateOhio’s mission is to look at every state service with an eye on the customer’s experience.
Common Sense Initiative
CSI exists to create a regulatory climate in Ohio that maximizes business economic potential while ensuring the health and safety of Ohio’s citizens.
Led by Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Ohio’s Common Sense Initiative (CSI) reviews business-impacting rules, helps businesses navigate regulatory obstacles, and leads initiatives to improve Ohio’s regulatory climate. CSI was formed to propel job and economic growth in Ohio.
Since its launch, CSI has reviewed nearly 15,000 state agency regulations, and has identified 60 percent of those regulations as potential obstacles to Ohio businesses. All of those identified regulations were either amended or rescinded.