Portrait of Mike DeWine.
Mike DeWine was born on January 5, 1947, in Springfield, Ohio. He graduated from Miami (Ohio) University with an undergraduate degree in 1969 and from Ohio Northern University Law School in 1972. He practiced law for several years before embarking upon a career in politics.
A member of the Republican Party, DeWine served one term in the Ohio Senate before winning election to the United States House of Representatives in 1982. He was reelected three additional times, serving in the House from 1983 to 1990. Upon winning election as Ohio's lieutenant governor in 1990, DeWine resigned his House seat. He served as lieutenant governor from 1991 to 1995.
In 1994, DeWine won election to the United States Senate. He won reelection in 2000. As a senator, DeWine routinely has voted his conscience, rather than sticking exclusively to the Republican Party platform. DeWine's willingness to cross party lines has resulted in strong support from Ohioans of all political, social, and economic backgrounds. Despite his broad support, DeWine lost his reelection bid in 2006.