Mike DeWine

Mike DeWine
AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File


Current Position: Governor
Affiliation: Republican

Mike DeWine loves Ohio and cares passionately about our state’s future. He knows that every parent wants their kids to have an opportunity for a solid education, a healthy life that is free of drugs, and a good paying job later in life. Republican leadership has righted the ship in Ohio, but Mike knows that we have a chance to propel our state even farther ahead.

Mike knows that for our state to succeed in the future, we have to take efforts to create and retain jobs in Ohio to the next level. By curbing excessive taxation and burdensome regulations, his focus will be on creating a more inviting business environment and bringing and keeping jobs in Ohio.


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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.

Ohio Values

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.


Work Experience

  • U.S. representative
    1983 to 1991
  • Lieutenant governor
    1991 to 1994
  • U.S. senator
    1995 to 2007


  • B.A.
    Miami University
  • J.D.
    Ohio Northern University


Birth Year: 1947
Place of Birth: Springfield, OH
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Catholic
Spouse: Frances Struewing
Children: Pat DeWine, Alice DeWine, Mark DeWine, Rebecca DeWine, Anna DeWine, Jill DeWine, Brian DeWine, John DeWine




Governors Office
Riffe Center, 30th floor, 77th South High Street, Columbus, OH 43215


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Recent Elections

2018 Governor

Richard Michael DeWine (R)2,231,91750.4%
Richard Cordray (D)2,067,84746.7%
Travis Irvine (L)79,9851.8%
Constance Gadell-Newton (G)49,4751.1%

Source: Ballotpedia


DEWINE, MIKE has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $40,669,526.

Source: Follow the Money



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Voting Record

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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:

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Ohio’s Budget

Health Care

Building Resiliency: A Pediatric Mental Health Summit

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.

Census 2020

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.

Recovery Ohio

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

innovate Ohio

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.


News Posts

UPDATE: Mass Protest Standard, Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment, PPE Update, GOJO Expansion
Governor page – June 9, 2020

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today provided the following updates in regard to law enforcement reform and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


Governor DeWine announced today the first of several efforts to improve community-police relations in Ohio.

“These new efforts are just the start of our work to improve law enforcement accountability, transparency, training, and minority recruitment,” said Governor DeWine.  “We are working with the law enforcement community, elected officials, and community organizations as we continue to move forward.”

Mass Protest Law Enforcement Standard

Governor DeWine today directed Ohio’s Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board to begin developing uniform minimum standards related to mass protests.

“When protests morph from peaceful to violent, law enforcement must be empowered to act, but our peaceful demonstrators must also feel safe when asserting their First Amendment rights,” said Governor DeWine. “A statewide standard for law enforcement will be beneficial to help standardize Ohio’s response to large, ongoing protests in the future.”

Members of the collaborative will examine issues surrounding best practices for interaction between law enforcement and crowds that fail to disperse, when tactics involving tear gas, pepper spray, and non-lethal projectiles are necessary and when these tactics should be considered excessive, and how to better protect members of the media from injury.

Ohio’s Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board was formed in 2015 to create uniform minimum standards for Ohio’s law enforcement agencies covering use of force, including deadly force, and hiring and recruitment.

As of today, 79-percent of all of Ohio’s law enforcement officers work for an agency that has voluntarily complied with these standards or is in the process of certification. These agencies serve 75-percent of Ohio’s total population. However, the total number of certified agencies only accounts for slightly over half of all of Ohio’s departments.

“More than 400 agencies in the state have not chosen to pursue certification showing that they meet these minimum standards,” said Governor DeWine. “Regardless of why these agencies are not certified, I’m calling on them to begin working on this process.”

Governor DeWine directed the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services, which oversees the certification process, to reach out to every agency that is not certified in these standards and assist them in moving toward certification.

Collaborative standards also exist for community engagement, body cameras, bias-free policing, employee misconduct, telecommunicators, and law enforcement pursuits.

The 2020 Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board report, which lists the certification status of all law enforcement agencies in the state, is available at publicsafety.ohio.gov.

Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment

Governor DeWine also announced that he will create a new Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment within Ohio’s Office of Criminal Justice Services.

“Ohio must also do more to encourage minorities and women to join the ranks of Ohio’s law enforcement officers – especially in our urban communities,” said Governor DeWine. “The need for more minorities and females in the law enforcement profession isn’t a new concept and many agencies are already doing a phenomenal job, but this new office will help local agencies with recruitment and retention.”


As of last week, Ohio has distributed over 30 million pieces of PPE.  Sources of these resources include donations, FEMA, JobsOhio purchases, and purchases by state agencies such as our departments of Administrative Services, Health, and Public Safety using federal CARES Act funds. Of the 30 million total PPE pieces, 27.8 million pieces have been shipped to county EMAs for local distribution.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation “Protecting Ohio’s Workforce- We’ve Got You Covered” program has also sent over 1.5 million face coverings to employers to support and enhance any workforce safety and health efforts that businesses already have in place.

Ohio is also providing PPE to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, through their Office of Pharmacy Services, to support requests for PPE from state agencies, boards, and commissions.

Ohio is currently looking at long-term solutions to PPE supply chain issues plaguing the country. This includes longer-term contracts for ventilators and N95 masks. Ohio is also currently evaluating the results of a recently issued Invitation to Bid for gloves, gowns, and three-ply masks.


GOJO, an Akron-based manufacturer of hand sanitizer, and part of the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance, has been working with JobsOhio and today announced that it is expanding in Navarre and Maple Heights to meet the demand for their products that are helping fight COVID-19.

The projects are expected to create 200 new jobs.

“GOJO is an Ohio-grown company whose products, including its PURELL® products are helping us combat the pandemic,” said Governor DeWine. “These new investments demonstrate the confidence GOJO has in Ohio’s talent, which is hard at work producing and distributing critical PURELL® products used worldwide.”


There are 39,162 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and 2,421 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 6,620 people have been hospitalized, including 1,708 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.



Other Videos

State of Ohio Governor DeWine full press conference addressing coronavirus in Ohio and Ohio police r
NBC4 Columbus
Published on June 9, 2020
By: NBC4 Columbus

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, Ohio’s Governor Mike DeWine held a press conference discussing coronavirus in Ohio and Ohio police reforms. Gov. DeWine talked to Dr. Susan Koletar, Director of OSU’s Division of Infectious Diseases about COVID-19 in Ohio. For the latest news on coronavirus go to https://www.nbc4i.com/coronavirus/.


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