Governor Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine and leaders of his program to fight opioid abuse in Ohio are meeting with local advocates from around the state to share ideas. Here are some highlights from his most recent session in Columbus.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine set his sights on working for the future in his ceremonial inauguration today. 

Surrounded by family and friends on his farm in Cedarville, Mike DeWine took the oath of office to become the 64th person to serve as Ohio Governor.

Gov.-elect Mike DeWine is giving a few hints about his inauguration next month.

The annual light display draws hundreds of visitors every night from all over the tri-state area, running every night through New Year's Eve.
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For many people across the Miami Valley, the holidays aren’t complete without a visit to the Historic Clifton Mill light-show. Clifton Mill’s annual Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill event attracts thousands of visitors to the tiny town of Clifton, south of Springfield. And this year, it included an appearance by Republican Attorney General and Governor-Elect Mike DeWine. 

The weather was beautiful for Clifton Mill’s opening night, held this year on the day after Thanksgiving.

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A new national report details some of the challenges faced by young people transitioning out of foster care. The report finds many foster children lag behind their peers when it comes to graduating high school or finding jobs. Ohio advocates say policy changes are needed to help level the playing field.

Brandi Slaughter, CEO of Voices for Ohio’s Children, says there have always been challenges for young people living in foster care.

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Republican Mike DeWine will be the new governor for Ohio. In one of the last state races called on Tuesday, DeWine picked up 51 percent of the vote. Democratic Candidate Richard Cordray received 46 percent of the vote.

Other statewide offices have also gone to the GOP. 

Frank LaRose will replace Jon Husted as Secretary of State. Former Ohio Auditor Dave Yost steps into the role of Ohio Attorney General after defeating attorney Steve Dettelbach.  State Representatives Keith Faber and Robert Sprague will take the offices of Ohio Auditor and Treasurer respectively. 


Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine tussled over healthcare, drug sentencing laws and support for local government in their third gubernatorial debate Monday night. 

DeWine, Ohio’s Republican attorney general, criticized Cordray for supporting Issue 1, which would reduce penalties for drug possession. Cordray, the Democratic former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director, assailed DeWine for suing to block the Affordable Care Act. 

The latest fundraising numbers show this year’s race for Governor is going to be the most expensive in the state’s history.

The most recent fundraising filing with the Secretary of State shows Republican Mike DeWine has raised a total of more than $24 million while Democrat Richard Cordray has nearly $14 million in his campaign war chest. That’s more than $38 million combined, and it’s $8 million more than was raised in 2010 when Republican John Kasich beat incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland.

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The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor met for their second face-to-face debate, this time taking questions from an audience and via social media at Marietta College.