Whether he's leading the charge to expose and clean up corruption, fighting to make sure our troops in Iraq have the body armor they need, working to improve our public schools, protecting our environment, defending Social Security, or helping to preserve family farms, Marc Dann brings a lifelong commitment to Democratic principles and a fierce devotion to working families to the Ohio Senate.
Not content to sit by and watch as the Republican Party and special interests loot and mismanage our great state, Senator Dann has amassed an impressive record during his time in Columbus. He has introduced innovative, sensible legislation that will make life better for Ohioans of all ages and he is recognized as one of the General Assembly's most thoughtful and tenacious members-a tireless champion for doing what's right.
Senator Dann's devotion to fighting for truth and justice motivated him to file suit against Governor Bob Taft who refused to release public documents related to the Bureau of Workers' Compensation's investment of $50 million in rare coins peddled by long-time Republican contributor Tom Noe. The scandal surrounding that ill-advised investment, now known as "Coingate," provided a window into the GOP's "pay-to-play" system that levies a billion dollar a year corruption tax against Ohioans.
Both angered and inspired by what he learned in the course of his investigation into Coingate and other scandals, Senator Dann decided to run for Ohio Attorney General in order to change the way business is done in Ohio. He announced his candidacy in November of 2005 and won the Democratic nomination in the May 2 primary by the impressive margin of 72% to 28% and is now waging an aggressive campaign for the General Election.
It is important to note that Senator Dann's fight against corruption and the special interests that fuel and fund it didn't begin with Coingate. He efforts to clean up Ohio politics started when he became a member of the State Senate in 2003 when he introduced legislation designed to bring transparency and accountability to campaign fundraising and government contracting.
Senator Dann's legislative activity has not been limited to fighting corruption. He acted immediately when members of the National Guard and their families told him that Ohio's fighting men and women in Iraq didn't have the lifesaving equipment they needed. Not only did he stand with soldiers and their families, he fought for additional funding to buy the body armor that's keeping our troops safe.
Senator Dann was there when Trumbull County residents raised concerns about odors emanating from a nearby landfill. He forced the state to act and then introduced legislation that will safeguard our environment by placing a moratorium on new construction debris landfills.
He's fought hard for working families by introducing legislation that will make sure more workers in our state receive the help they need in these tough economic times. His bills will extend unemployment benefits to more workers, provide retraining assistance to displaced workers, and protect good-paying construction jobs by making it illegal to use prison labor on public projects.
A former member of the Liberty Board of Education, he's waded into the battle to fix Ohio's broken school funding system, to make college more affordable for kids and adults, and to protect local school districts from state funding cuts that would lead to teacher firings and larger class sizes.
His work on behalf of families and seniors includes opposing the privatization of Social Security and recognizing that grandparents, who are often the primary caregivers for children in our society, need and deserve support from the state.
In short, Senator Dann is a reliable and active advocate for the people of Ohio. That advocacy is borne of his devotion to his own family, which includes his spouse, noted investigative journalist Alyssa Lenhoff, son Charlie, and daughters Mavilya and Jessie.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Senator Marc Dann is a 1984 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a Bachelors degree in History. He graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1987 and, after devoting the initial stages of his career to public service, entered private practice in Youngstown, Ohio in 1991. Today he continues to practice law in the Mahoning Valley.