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Steve Driehaus

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2009
Preceded by Steve Chabot

Minority Whip of the Ohio House of Representatives
In office
January 2005 – January 2008
Preceded by Dale Miller
Succeeded by Fred Strahorn

Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 31st district
In office
January 2003 – January 2009
Preceded by Catherine Barrett
Succeeded by Denise Driehaus

Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 33rd district
In office
January 2001 – January 2003
Preceded by Jerry Luebbers
Succeeded by Tyrone Yates

Born June 24, 1966 (1966-06-24) (age 43)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lucienne Driehaus
Children two daughters (Alex and Clare), one son (Jack)
Residence Cincinnati, Ohio
Alma mater Miami University,
Indiana University
Profession educator, community activist
Religion Roman Catholic

Steven L. "Steve" Driehaus (born June 24, 1966 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is the Democratic Congressman for Ohio's 1st congressional district. The district includes the western four-fifths of Cincinnati, as well as suburbs north and west of the city in Hamilton and Butler counties.[1] He was formerly a four-term member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 31st District from 2001 to 2009. His Ohio State House district included western Cincinnati and all of Addyston, Cheviot, Cleves and North Bend, Ohio. He served as the Minority Whip of the Ohio House of Representatives for one and a half terms until he resigned from his party leadership duties due to his Congressional campaign.


Education and early career

Driehaus (January 21, 2008)

Driehaus, a 1984 graduate and class president of Elder High School in Cincinnati (the same high school his father graduated from in 1951),[2][3] studied political science at Miami University while earning a B.A. in 1988 and holds an Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Indiana University earned in 1995.[4][5][6] He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa where he worked with village groups and local schools as a natural resource volunteer to promote sustainable environmental practices from 1988 to 1990.[7]

Driehaus then served as Associate Director of the Center for International Education and Development Assistance at Indiana University. While serving in this role, he coordinated the South African Internship Program, which was sponsored by the United States Information Agency that is the largest professional exchange program between the United States and the "new" South Africa.[7]

Driehaus formerly directed and now serves as a consultant to the Community Building Institute, a collaborative effort of Xavier University and United Way & Community Chest that promotes citizen-led, asset-based community development. Driehaus is a member of the Price Hill Civic Club and serves on the Board of Seton High School.[7] He was also a part time political science instructor at Xavier University.[8]

Political career

Driehaus (July 21, 2008)

Entering the 2008 election, Driehaus had won ten consecutive elections.[9] Driehaus served as Minority Whip of the Ohio House of Representatives from the beginning of his third term in January 2005 until he resigned from the position to be replaced by Fred Strahorn in December 2007 due to his campaign for the United States House of Representatives.[10]

Driehaus has taken a leadership role on issues such as election law and redistricting reform.[11] He has also taken issue with information privacy in the state.[12] A fiscal conservative, Rep. Driehaus is the sponsor of legislation that would force a review of the billions of dollars Ohio now foregoes in "tax expenditures."

Driehaus has been a highly regarded politician. The Cincinnati Enquirer named him legislative "Rookie of the Year" during his first term. In 2008, the ARC of Ohio and the Ohio Association of Election Officials named him Democratic Legislator of the Year.[7] He has a reputation as a pro-life fiscal conservative.[13] He has not had an opponent in any of his Democratic primaries,[14][15][16][17][18] and he earned at least 57% shares of the vote in each of his general elections for state legislature.[19][20][21][22]


Early political career

Driehaus began his political career as an aide for Cincinnati City Council Member Todd Portune and former U.S. Rep. Charlie Luken in the 1990s.[8] In 2000, Driehaus ran for the Ohio House of Representatives from the 33rd district, which at the time included Delhi Township, Price Hill, Sayler Park and other parts of western Hamilton County.[19][23] The incumbent, Jerome Luebbers, had surrendered his seat due to term limits.[24] In the 2002 redistricting, Driehaus' district became the 31st district and surrendered many Republican constituents.[25][26] Driehaus has served the 31st Ohio House of Representatives district, which has included wards 19–22, 25 & 26 of Cincinnati as well as Cheviot, Cleves, North Bend, and Addyston since the 2002 redistricting. This district is fully-contained in the United States House of Representatives Ohio first district. It is also (along with districts 32 and 33) part of Ohio Senate district 9, which encompasses the south central portion of Hamilton County.[27]

2006 elections

Driehaus during third term in the Ohio House (October 11, 2005)

Driehaus had been the choice of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to run in Ohio's first congressional district for the 2006 United States House of Representatives elections, but he decided to run for re-election in his Ohio House of Representatives seat.[9] He had been elected as the Minority Whip of the Ohio House of Representatives, replacing Dale Miller for the beginning of the 2005 session, in a November 2004 vote after being reelected to his third term.[28][29] Driehaus survived his own challenge from Scott Gehring with a 2:1 victory margin in the 2006 election for his state house seat.[1][22]

Driehaus campaigning in 2008

Based on the 2000 and 2004 United States Presidential election the district has voted 1% more Republican than the nation as a whole.[30] The district is regarded as a Democratically shifting maturing suburban district that is expected to vote more city-like as it becomes more dense.[9] The district was one of four Republican Ohio congressional seats that the party had targeted for takeover, but Chabot held off John Cranley by a 52%–48% margin and the Republicans held on to three of the four seats.[9]

2008 congressional race

Driehaus outside Great American Ball Park on day of League of Conservation Voters endorsement (July 21, 2008)

Although Driehaus passed on the 2006 race, he began planning a run for the district in 2008 almost as soon as the 2006 election cycle ended. This was largely because he was barred from running for a fifth term in the state house.[31]

Ohio's 1st district was very high on the target list for the Democrats in both 2006 and 2008.[32][33] Seven-term Republican incumbent Steve Chabot, elected in the Republican wave of 1994, had won the district consistently, but not convincingly.[1] He had won the seat with less than 55% of the vote in four of his seven previous victories.[9]

Driehaus at IUPAT Obama-Biden rally in Cincinnati, Ohio (October 24, 2008)

In previous elections, the 1st congressional district was hotly contested. It narrowly favored Democratic Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and United States Senator Sherrod Brown in 2006; and United States President George W. Bush narrowly outpaced Democratic nominee John Kerry by just 1 percentage point in the 2004 United States presidential election.[1] Driehaus was recruited for the race by Democratic party officials,[34] and he received early contributions for this race from Nancy Pelosi, Steny H. Hoyer, James E. Clyburn, and Chris Van Hollen that were included in his 2007 second quarter financial filings.[35] From the time of the first official announcement on May 3, 2007 and first financial filing deadline on July 15, 2007, the race has been closely watched in the national media, and Time described it as one of the 15 Congressional races to watch in the 2008 election.[34][36] The DCCC has named the district's race as one of the thirteen that it is supporting in hopes of ousting a Republican incumbent in the 2008 United States House of Representatives elections.[37]

In the midst of the financial crisis of 2007–2010, especially the subprime mortgage crisis, one of the issues in the race has been the candidates stances on foreclosures.[38]

The race was considered to be close. As of October 14, 2008 (three weeks before election day), The Rothenberg Political Report considered the race to be a toss up.[39] A poll by Survey USA indicated that African-American turnout would probably determine who won the race.[40] Although it was considered a marginally Republican district, 27 percent of the district's voters are African-American—one of the highest percentages for a Republican-held district in the 109th Congress. The district includes nearly all of Cincinnati's African-American voters. In the November 4 election, Driehaus defeated incumbent Chabot with 52 percent of the vote, largely on the strength of a 16,000-vote margin in Hamilton County. He was also helped by Barack Obama carrying the district with 55 percent of the vote.

Chabot has announced his intention to challenge Driehaus in 2010.[41]

Committee assignments


Driehaus was raised in Green Township by H. Donald "Don" Driehaus and his wife Clare along with his seven siblings.[2] His wife, Lucienne, their two daughters Alex and Clare, and a son, Jack, live in Price Hill, Cincinnati and attend the Roman Catholic St. Teresa of Avila parish.[6][44] His father, Don Driehaus, is a former Hamilton County Democratic Party Co-chairman.[2][8] He was succeeded in the Ohio House of representatives by his sister Denise Driehaus.[45] Don died on September 21, 2008 at the age of 75.[2] Driehaus's other siblings who survived his father were brothers Don, Joe, Jim, and Dan and sisters Dianne Brinkman and Cathy Allaben. He has twenty nieces and nephews as well as two uncles and two aunts who survived his father.[2]

Electoral history

Date Office District Democrat Votes Percentage Republican Votes Percentage
November 7, 2000 Ohio House of Representatives 33[19] Steve Driehaus 19,263 57.26% Tony Condia 14,377 42.74%
November 5, 2002 Ohio House of Representatives 31[20] Steve Driehaus 13,916 65.21% Sheryl Ross 7,425 34.79%
November 2, 2004 Ohio House of Representatives 31[21] Steve Driehaus 26,330 69.36% Terry Weber 11,634 30.64%
November 7, 2006 Ohio House of Representatives 31[22] Steve Driehaus 15,557 67.33% Scott Gehring 7,550 32.67%
November 4, 2008 U.S. House of Representatives Ohio's 1st[46] Steve Driehaus 155,089 52.45% Steve Chabot 140,469 47.5%


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Ohio House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jerry Luebbers
Ohio House of Representatives 33rd District
Succeeded by
Tyrone Yates
Preceded by
Catherine Barrett
Ohio House of Representatives 31st District
Succeeded by
Denise Driehaus
Political offices
Preceded by
Dale Miller
Minority Whip of the Ohio House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Fred Strahorn
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Steve Chabot
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st congressional district

2009 – present


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