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Capri Cafaro

Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 32nd district
In office
2007 -
Preceded by Marc Dann

Born November 21, 1977 (1977-11-21) (age 32)
Youngstown, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Religion Catholic

Capri Silvestri Cafaro is a Democratic member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 32nd District since her appointment in 2007. In 2009, Cafaro became Minority Leader after serving as Assistant Minority Whip for the Senate. Entering the Senate at age 29, she is the youngest woman ever to serve in Ohio State Legislature. Cafaro has yet to win a general election against an opponent.[citation needed]

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Career

Capri S. Cafaro is a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 32nd Senate District since January 2007 when she was appointed to the 127th General Assembly. In January 2009 she was sworn in as the Ohio Senate Minority Leader.

Cafaro graduated from Stanford University with a BA in American Studies and from Georgetown University with a MALS in International Studies. She has a long standing interest in public policy pertaining to health care and the needs of older adults. She has served on the Trumbull County Senior Services Advisory Council and was a State Policy Liaison for Ohio with the National Patient Advocate Foundation. She was also a State Advocate Representative for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and served as a councilor for the Medicare Rights Center. Senator Cafaro has also acted as an Economic Policy Associate for Global Action on Aging, an NGO with consultative status at the United Nations. Additionally, as a participant in the Clinton Global Initiative, she developed a project on Anti-Corruption efforts in emerging democracies.

One year after becoming a member of the Ohio General Assembly, Cafaro secured a leadership position as the Assistant Minority Whip for the Senate Democrats. In addition to her leadership roles, Senator Cafaro has previously served as the ranking member of the Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee and served on the Senate Health, Human Services and Aging Committee, Highways and Transportation Committee and the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee.

As a member of the State Legislature, Senator Cafaro has also been called upon to serve on many of Ohio’s special committees, councils and taskforces. Such appointments include: the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohio Rail Development Commission, the Ohio Transportation Task Force, The Ohio Agriculture to Chemicals, Polymers, and Advanced Material Task Force, the Motor Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program Legislative Oversight Committee, the Ohio Advisory Council for the Aging, the Medicaid Administrative Study Council, the Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council, the Unified Long-Term Care Budget Workgroup, the Ohio Help Me Grow Advisory Council, the Household Sewage and Small Flow On-Site Sewage Treatment System Study Commission, the Ladies Gallery Committee, the Joint Legislative Committee on Health Care Oversight and the Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force.

Senator Cafaro has also taken on a national leadership role and currently serves as a Vice Chair of the National Conference of State Legislature’s Transportation Committee and the Midwestern Regional Member of the Women’s Legislative Network.

Additionally, State Senator Capri Cafaro was presented with the 2007-08 Legislator of the Year Award by the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses for her outstanding contributions to the practice of advanced nursing and advocacy of health care-related legislation. She was also honored as 2008 Woman of the Year Award by the Liberty Historical Society. In 2008 she was named a Friend of Agriculture by the Ohio Farm Bureau. In November 2008 she was awarded the honor of being one of the five MVP’s in her “40 under 40” Class, selected and hosted by the Mahoning Valley 20/30 Club.

Cafaro’s Senate District encompasses Ashtabula and Trumbull counties located in the Northeastern part of Ohio.

Political career

Cafaro, a political novice, won a surprise victory in the 2004 Democratic primary for Ohio's 14th congressional district, topping a five-candidate field, which included 2002 nominee Dale V. Blanchard, columnist Herb Hammer, U.S. Marine Charles L. Wolfe, and Ohio state Rep. Edward Jerse (who received the endorsement of the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper). Cafaro polled 54 percent of the vote, while Jerse, the second-place finisher, managed only 19 percent. In the general election, however, she lost to Republican Steve LaTourette by a huge margin.

Results, 2004 Democratic primary for U.S. Representative from Ohio, 14th District:

Candidate votes percentage
Capri S. Cafaro 34,400 54
Edward Jerse 11,913 19
Herb Hammer 9,304 15
Charles L. Wolfe 4,425 7
Dale V. Blanchard 3,808 6

Cafaro ran for the Democratic nomination in the open 13th Congressional District in 2006, placing second in a nine-candidate primary. That seat was vacated by U.S. Representative Sherrod Brown, Democrat who replaced Republican Senator Mike DeWine in the U.S. Senate after defeating him on November 7, 2006.

Ohio Senate

Cafaro was appointed to the 32nd District of the Ohio Senate to replace Marc Dann after Dann won the Ohio Attorney General's race on November 7, 2006. In 2008, Cafaro ran uncontested in an effort to keep her seat as the 32nd District Senator in the Ohio Senate. Cafaro quickly rose to Assistant Minority Whip, and at the start of the 128th General Assembly, was chosen as Minority Leader.

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