|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 31st district
January 5, 2009
|Preceded by||Steve Driehaus|
June 16, 1967 |
|Alma mater||Miami University|
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
Denise Driehaus is a Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 31st District since 2009.
Driehaus was raised in Green Township by H. Donald "Don" Driehaus and his wife Clare along with her seven siblings. Her seat in the Ohio House of Representatives was previously represented by her brother Steve Driehaus. After graduation from Miami University, Driehaus went on to own Philipps Swim Club and the Front Porch Coffeehouse in West Price Hill. She also formerly served on the Hamilton County Democratic Executive Committee.
With her term-limited brother, Representative Steve Driehaus, running for Congress, Driehaus sought to succeed him in 2008. With no primary opposition, she faced Republican Steve Johnson in the general election, and won by 14,000 votes.
For the 128th General Assembly, Speaker of the House Armond Budish appointed Driehaus as Vice Chair of the Economic Development committee.
In her 2010 reelection bid, Driehaus' seat was looked at as a potential pick-up by Republicans. Once again unopposed in the primary, she went on to run against Republican Mike Robinson in the general election. However, she managed to keep her seat, winning this time by a lesser number of 2,800 votes. She is currently serving on the committees of Economic and Small Business Development, Education, and Finance and Appropriations and its Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee. She is also serving as Treasurer of the Ohio Women's Democratic Caucus.
Driehaus has become vocal in regards to a plan to scrap portions of the education reform of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. While proponents of the measures are citing the economy, Driehaus has stated she does not think the economy should be an excuse not to educate children "smartly".
In 2012, Driehaus won a third term with 71.10% of the vote over Republican Michael Gabbard.
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