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Michael DeBose

Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 12th district
In office
2002 -
Preceded by John Barnes

Born August 1, 1966 (1966-08-01) (age 43)
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Residence Cleveland, Ohio
Alma mater Cleveland State University
Profession Building and Grounds Superintendent, Minister
Religion Christian

Michael DeBose is a Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives for District 12. He was first elected to that position on 13 February 2002.

He attended Cleveland State University, where he earned a BA in Mass-Media Communications. He is also an ordained and licensed minister of the Zion Chapel Baptist church. He is married with three children. [1]

As of 2009 he is on his sixth term in office, and is the Ranking Minority Member for the Economic Development and Environment committee. He is also on the Health and Insurance committees.

He was the primary sponsor of four bills, including one to create a mandatory pink sex offender license plate so people can better identify them, saying "The primary reason they can prey is because they're camouflaged from who they really are." [2]

On 1 May 2007, Rep. DeBose was taking a walk around his neighborhood after returning from Columbus when two armed robbers attempted to hold him up. He had in the past voted against concealed weapon legislation, but cited this incident as changing his stance: "I don't want to hurt anyone. But I never again want to be in the position where I'm approached by someone with a gun and I don't have one." [3]


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