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Mike DeWine

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Mike DeWine

Michael DeWine (born January 5, 1947) is an American politician from Ohio, where he was born and lived until he was elected to the United States Congress.

Born in Springfield, Ohio, DeWine earned a B.S. from Miami University in Ohio in 1969 and a J.D. from the Ohio Northern University College of Law. He was a lawyer before entering politics, serving a term in the Ohio State Senate before being elected to the United States House of Representatives as a member of the Republican Party in 1982. He was reelected in 1984, 1986 and 1988.

In 1990 he left the House and was elected lieutenant governor of Ohio, and served in that position from 1991 to 1995. He was then elected to the United States Senate in the election of 1994, defeating prominent attorney Joel Hyatt (the son-in-law of former U.S. Sen. Howard Metzenbaum), and was reelected in 2000, defeating former Congressman Frank Cremeans in the primary and Ted Celeste (brother of former Ohio Gov. Richard F. Celeste) in the general election.

Hamilton County, Ohio, Commissioner Pat DeWine is DeWine's son. Ohio state Rep. Kevin DeWine (R-Fairborn) is DeWine's second cousin.

On May 23, 2005, DeWine was one of fourteen moderate senators to forge a compromise on the Democrats' use of the judicial filibuster, thus blocking the Republican leadership's attempt to implement the so-called "nuclear option". Under the agreement, the Democrats would retain the power to filibuster a Bush judicial nominee only in an "extraordinary circumstance", and the three most conservative Bush appellate court nominees (Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen and William Pryor) would receive a vote by the full Senate.

Some members of the religious right have expressed the intent to seek revenge against DeWine for his involvement with the filibuster compromise by interfering with the plans of his son Pat to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Other speculation centered on DeWine's 2006 primary and the possibility of former U.S. Rep. John Kasich's running against him.

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Preceded by:
Clarence J. "Bud" Brown Jr.
U.S. Representative from Ohio's 7th Congressional District
1983-1989
Succeeded by:
Dave Hobson
Preceded by:
Paul Leonard
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
1991-1994
Succeeded by:
Nancy P. Hollister
Preceded by:
Howard M. Metzenbaum
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Ohio
1995-
Succeeded by:
Incumbent

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