Mike DeWine was born on January 5, 1947, and grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio. As the son of parents and grandparents who ran a small agricultural business, he spent his youth and early adult life working in the fields and in the mill, learning the value of hard work and determination. He carried those values with him first to Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, where he graduated in 1969 with a degree in education and then to Ohio Northern University Law School, Ada, Ohio, where he graduated in 1972 with a law degree.
Soon after, he began his career in public service -- a career that now has spanned over 30 years and has involved work at all levels of government. Firm in his belief that criminals should be brought to justice, DeWine -- at the young age of 25 -- started working as the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Greene County, and in 1976, he was elected Prosecutor. What he learned during those years in the Prosecutor's office stayed with him and compelled him to continue in public service in a variety of capacities. DeWine served as an Ohio State Senator, a four-term U.S. Congressman, and as Ohio's 59th Lieutenant Governor. Mike DeWine was first sworn into the United States Senate on January 4, 1995, as the first Republican U.S. Senator to represent the Buckeye state in more than two decades. In 2000, he was the first Republican U.S. Senator in nearly a half-century to be re-elected to serve Ohio.
Mike DeWine and his wife, Fran, who have been married for over 39 years, are the parents of eight children and the grandparents of nine grandchildren. As a parent, grandparent, and United States Senator, he knows that the safety and security of our children extend beyond measures to protect their immediate well-being. He knows that the world he helps to shape today is the world our children and grandchildren will inherit and remains vigilant in his work to secure our children's future through the stabilization of countries around the world.
Earnest in his determination to get things done for those in need, Mike DeWine has been dubbed the "bodyguard of the poor." He has developed a reputation in Washington for being hard working, honest, and solution-oriented. He has immersed himself in issues that are vital to the well-being and prosperity of Ohioans, Americans, and citizens across the globe.
Through his membership on several important Senate Committees, Mike DeWine is able to work on legislative efforts that directly impact our health, safety, and security. He currently is assigned to the following Committees:
Appropriations Committee. Senator DeWine is the first Ohio U.S. Senator in six decades to serve on this Committee -- a Committee tasked with the important job of determining the use and distribution of our federal tax dollars.
Judiciary Committee. Senator DeWine is Chairman of the Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee. As a member of the full Judiciary Committee, he is able to work on many of his anti-crime initiatives, as well as immigration and judicial nominations.
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Senator DeWine is Chairman of the Retirement, Security, and Aging Subcommittee, where he is helping to develop and review legislation to modernize and strengthen this country's pension system and is studying the needs and concerns of our rapidly aging population. As a member of the full HELP Committee, he continues his mission to protect the health and welfare of children, adults, and the elderly, as well as his efforts to limit drug and alcohol abuse and promote vital mental health services for those in need.
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The work of this Committee is key in efforts to reform our Nation's intelligence community. Senator DeWine helped lead the Joint House-Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into our intelligence lapses and the events preceding and following September 11th. He knows that our safety and the safety of our loved ones is intrinsically linked to the quality of our intelligence, and through his membership on the Intelligence Committee, he is doing all he can to improve our information-gathering capabilities and protect us from terrorist threats.
Mike DeWine also serves as Co-Chairman of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, Congressional Fire Services Caucus, and Caucus on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children. He is a member of the following: Air Force Caucus, Alzheimer's Disease Congressional Task Force, Anti-Meth Caucus, Caucus on International Narcotics Control, Congressional Coalition on Adoption, Congressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus, Fatherhood Caucus (National Fatherhood Initiative), Fuel Cell Caucus, India Caucus, National Guard Caucus, National Stop DUI Caucus, Reserve Caucus, Rural Education Caucus, Senate Auto Caucus, Senate Manufacturing Caucus, Senate Manufacturing Task Force, Senate Rural Health Caucus, Senate Steel Caucus, Congressional Sportsmen Caucus, and States Highway Alliance for Real Equity (SHARE) Coalition.