Pat DeWine

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Pat DeWine
Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
Assumed office
January 2, 2017
Preceded byPaul Pfeifer
Judge of the Ohio Court of Appeals
from the 1st district
In office
February 2013 – January 2, 2017
Succeeded byDennis Deters
Personal details
Richard Patrick DeWine

(1968-02-22) February 22, 1968 (age 55)[citation needed]
Political partyRepublican
RelativesMike DeWine (father)
EducationMiami University (BA)
University of Michigan (JD)

Richard Patrick DeWine (born February 22, 1968)[citation needed] is an American attorney, politician and jurist serving as a justice of the Ohio Supreme Court since 2017. He is the son of former U.S. Senator and Ohio Attorney General and current Governor Mike DeWine.

Early life and education[edit]

DeWine is the oldest of eight children born to Mike DeWine and Frances Struewing. DeWine grew up in the Mount Lookout neighborhood of Cincinnati. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University, he graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1994 and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.[1][2]


DeWine served as a member of the Cincinnati City Council and the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners . He was first elected to city council in 1999, finishing sixth with 27,745 votes in a field of 20 (with the top nine elected). He was re-elected in 2001 (finishing second with 43,191 votes in a field of 26) and in 2003 (finishing sixth with 26,573 votes in a field of 26). He resigned from city council in order to take his seat on the Hamilton County Commission.[3] Chris Monzel, a Republican who had lost his council seat in the last election, was appointed to fill out DeWine's term on city council.

DeWine was a candidate in the June 14, 2005 Republican primary for the Ohio's 2nd congressional district special election after Rob Portman resigned to become U.S. Trade Representative. He placed fourth behind Jean Schmidt, Bob McEwen, and Tom Brinkman. His campaign for Congress suffered after allegations of infidelity surfaced against DeWine.[4]

State judicial career[edit]

DeWine sought and won election to the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas in 2008, defeating Norma Holt Davis in the general election. He subsequently won a seat on the 1st District Ohio District Courts of Appeals in 2012, defeating Bruce Whitman in the November 6, 2012 election.[5]

DeWine took his seat on the Appellate bench in January 2013 after defeating Bruce Whitman in the November 2012 general election. He won an uncontested Republican primary election in March 2016 for a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court commencing January 2, 2017.[6] In November 2016 he won election to that seat over his Democratic opponent. Prior to his election as a justice, he served as a judge on the Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals and the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas and was an associate for 13 years with the firm of Keating Muething & Klekamp.

In August 2021, DeWine withdrew from the contest to be nominated as Ohio Supreme Court chief justice in succession to Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor.[7]

Involvement in legislative redistricting cases[edit]

DeWine refused to recuse from a case in which his father, Governor Mike DeWine, was a party[8] and helped author the minority opinion that would have upheld an unconstitutional gerrymander approved by the Ohio Redistricting Commission, of which Governor DeWine is the chairman.[9]

Personal life[edit]

DeWine's first marriage ended in divorce in 2003.[3][10] He and his ex-wife have three sons.[4] He was married to his second wife, Rhonda DeWine, from 2010 until 2019 when she filed for divorce.[11]


  1. ^ "About Judge Pat DeWine |". Retrieved 2020-12-09.
  2. ^ "Full Biography for Pat Dewine". Retrieved 2020-12-09.
  3. ^ a b O'Neill, Tom (June 2004). "The Long-Distance Runner". Cincinnati Magazine. p. 120. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Rudin, Ken (June 16, 2005). "Days of DeWine and Losses". NPR. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Lopez, German (March 7, 2012). "Election Results 2012 Democrats, progressives make gains all around nation Ohio". Cincinnati CityBeat. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
  6. ^ "Election Results 2016". Ohio Secretary of State.
  7. ^ "Pat DeWine drops out of race for Ohio Supreme Court chief justice, will run for reelection". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine's refusal to recuse from lawsuit involving father may be unprecedented". October 17, 2021.
  9. ^ "Ohio Supreme Court tosses GOP-leaning congressional map". January 14, 2022.
  10. ^ Wilkinson, Howard (June 1, 2005). "DeWine's name helps - and hurts". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  11. ^ Balmert, Jessie; Borchardt, Jackie (August 23, 2019). "Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine's wife files for divorce, cites adultery; DeWine laments 'political gossip.'". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved August 24, 2019.

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