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Paul E. Pfeifer (born 15 October 1942) is an American politician of the Ohio Republican party. He served in both houses of the Ohio General Assembly and is currently a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court.

Pfeifer was born in Bucyrus in 1942. He grew up on his family's dairy farm near Bucyrus. As a teenager, he raised purebred Yorkshire hogs to finance his college education. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics, political science, and history in 1963 from Ohio State University. In 1966, he also earned a law degree from the College of Law.

Pfeifer owns a cattle farm in Crawford County, near his childhood home. Pfeifer and his wife Julia have three children and four grandchildren.


Law practice

From 1967 to 1970, he worked as an assistant attorney general under Ohio Attorney General William B. Saxbe. Pfeifer practiced law – tax and trial law – as a partner with the firm Cory, Brown & Pfeifer from 1972 to 1992. From 1973 to 1976, he also served as an assistant to the Crawford County, Ohio, county prosecutor.

Political career


Ohio House of Representatives

In 1970, Pfeifer was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives. Pfeifer served as an Ohio state representative from 1971 to 1976. In 1976, he successfully ran for a seat in the Ohio Senate. Pfeifer was re-elected in 1980, 1984, and 1988. From 1983-1984, Pfeifer was minority floor leader and from 1985 to 1986, with a Republican majority in the Senate, Pfeifer begame assistant president pro tempore.

Election bids

In 1982, Pfeifer ran for the U.S. Senate, but was defeated by incumbent Democrat Howard Metzenbaum.

In 1990, Pfeifer ran for Ohio attorney general, losing to Democrat Lee Fisher. Fisher defeated Pfeifer with a narrow margin of just over 1,200 votes. Pfeifer, claiming that there were discrepancies between the total number of ballots cast and the number of signatures in the poolling books, appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court to review the results, but the court refused.

Ohio Supreme Court justice

In 1992, Pfeifer was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court, defeating John T. Patton. In 1998, he was re-elected to the court, defeating Ronald Suster. Pfeifer was unopposed in his bid for re-election in 2004. His current term extends until January 1, 2011.

Although a Republican, Pfeifer has often joined the Democratic minority on the court in opposing the court's conservative bloc.



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