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Dennis Edward Eckart (born April 6, 1950) is a Democratic politician from Ohio who served in the United States House of Representatives. He is married to Sandy and has one son, Eddy.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio with brothers Gary and Edward, Eckart attended St Joseph High School in Euclid, Ohio and received his B.A. from Xavier University in Cincinnati in 1971. He went on to earn an LL.B. from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1974, and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1974. He commenced practice in Cleveland.

Eckart served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1975 until 1980. Afterwards he was elected as to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from January 3, 1981 until January 3, 1993. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1992. His district was eliminated in redistricting, and its territory was distributed to the 13th, 14th, 17th and 19th districts. Lou Stokes's district was subsequently renumbered as the 11th.

After his term in Congress, Eckart worked in the American Bar Association's Congressional Process Committee, and was also on the board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also served as chair of the United States Delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

From 2000 to 2003 he served as President and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association. He practiced law as a partner of Baker & Hostletler LLP, representing "a variety of clients before Congress, the Executive Branch, federal and state agencies and state legislatures" (see [1])until 2006, when he opened North Shore Associates, a consulting firm. Mr. Eckart's North Shore work includes many of his previous clients as well as some real estate development work.

Americans for Democratic Action lists his liberal quotient as 80% for the entirety of his service[1]. In 2002 the National Center for Responsible Gaming, or NCRG, elected him as chairman. This is an organization that does scientific research on pathological gambling and youth gambling.

Occasionally, when media begin to speculate about persons running for statewide office in Ohio, Eckart is usually mentioned by prognosticators for United States Senator. However, nothing besides mere mentions have occurred and it does not seem that Eckart will run again for public office.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles A. Vanik
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 22nd congressional district

Succeeded by
district eliminated
Preceded by
J. William Stanton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Louis Stokes


  1. ^ Ohio lifetime voting record —

When not working for Northshore Associates he is spending time with his family at one of his two estates.

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