O’Connor and Lanzinger win; Governor-Elect Kasich; Portman to the U.S. Senate; Statewide Republican Sweep
John Kasich Elected Next Ohio Governor
John Kasich has been elected the 69th Governor for the State of Ohio. Governor-elect Kasich and Mary Taylor, the Lieutenant Governor, will be sworn-in in January 2011. Governor-Elect Kasich will take office on Monday, January 10, 2011.
Governor - Elect Kasich has announced that Tim Keen will be appointed Director of the Office of Budget and Management; Beth Hansen will be his Chief of Staff; and Wayne Struble will be the Director of Policy in the Governor’s Office.
O’Connor will become first female Supreme Court Chief Justice
Current Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor will become the Chief Justice of the Court. Justice O’Connor beat Governor Strickland’s appointee Eric Brown in the election. Also winning their elections were Justice Judith Lanzinger and Justice Paul Pfeiffer.
Statewide Office Republican Sweep
The election brought a sweep of Republicans into office. The Republican candidates in all the Statewide races won: State Senator Jon Husted defeated Maryellen O’Shaughnessy for Secretary of State; former Senator Mike DeWine defeated incumbent Richard Cordray in the Attorney General race; State Representative Josh Mandel beat incumbent Treasurer Kevin Boyce; and Dave Yost defeated David Pepper for the Auditor of State’s set. All Statewide officials will take office on January 10, 2011.