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David Lee Hobson (born October 17, 1936) is an American politician of the Republican Party who served as a U.S. representative from the seventh congressional district of Ohio.

David Hobson
Dave Hobson, official 109th Congress photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 7th district
In office
January 3, 1991 – January 3, 2009[1]
Preceded byMike DeWine
Succeeded bySteve Austria
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 10th district
In office
December 13, 1982 – January 3, 1991
Preceded byMike DeWine
Succeeded byMerle G. Kearns
Personal details
Born (1936-10-17) October 17, 1936 (age 83)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Carolyn Alexander Hobson
ResidenceSpringfield, Ohio
Alma materOhio Wesleyan University, Ohio State University
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Air National Guard
Years of service1958-1963
RankAirman First Class

Early life and educationEdit

Hobson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from Withrow High School in 1954. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, Ohio) in 1958 and a law degree from Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) in 1963. He served in the Ohio Air National Guard from 1958 to 1963, serving in Europe throughout the Berlin Crisis of 1961 and obtaining the rank of Airman First Class.[2] Hobson served as an Ohio state senator from 1982 to 1990, serving as president pro tempore of the Ohio Senate from 1988 to 1990.

He served in numerous leadership roles, including president pro tempore, majority whip, chairman of the Health, Human Services and Aging Committee and chairman of the Reference and Oversight Committee. In the Ohio Senate, Hobson wrote AIDS legislation when it was difficult to do so. He was also involved in legislative efforts to help Alzheimer’s patients. In the early 1980s, he played a key role at the state level in the huge local effort to keep International Harvester in Springfield.


Working closely with both Republicans and Democrats, Mr. Hobson is known for his ability to bring together both parties. Throughout the country and in Ohio, Hobson worked to improve and privatize military housing, invest in defense research and development at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has supported the aeronautics and research programs at the NASA Glenn Research Center, and has supported numerous projects at the Cleveland Clinic. He is widely credited with improving management practices at the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Energy, and has deep experience working with health care, energy, water, infrastructure and education projects.

He is also known for his great success in obtaining funding for community projects. Programs he supported include Nextedge Applied Research and Technology Park, preserving the Springfield Air National Guard Base, and protecting Wright-Patterson Air Force base, his district’s largest employer.

Before elected to public office, Hobson was involved in both real estate development and the restaurant industry. He also worked at the Kissell Company in Springfield, Ohio and at the Union Central Life Insurance Company in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Committee AssignmentsEdit

  • House Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee (Chairman and Ranking Member)
  • Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee (Chairman)
  • Veterans Affairs/Housing Subcommittee and the Budget Committee
  • Defense Appropriations Subcommittee (Senior Member)

Honors and AwardsEdit

  • American Chemical Society’s Public Service Award, 2007
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) – Public Service Award, 2007
  • Received Honorary Doctorate from Wilberforce University, 2006
  • Dayton Children’s Medical Center’s “A Child’s Voice” Advocacy Award, 2006
  • U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) – Honorary Doctorate, 2005
  • Inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ Hall of Fame, 2005
  • Received Honorary Degree from Cleveland State University, 2004
  • Spirit of Enterprise Award, U.S Chamber of Commerce, 1992 – 2002
  • Guardian of Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Business, 2000 and 2002
  • Received honorary degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, 2002
  • Golden Eagle Award, Society of American Military Engineers, 2001
  • Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), 1998 and 2000
  • Received honorary law degree from Wittenberg University, 1992
  • Legislator of the Year, Ohio Nursing Association and Ohio Hospice Association, 1989
  • Legislator of the Year Award from the Ohio Association of Community Mental Health Boards, 1988
  • Distinguished Legislator Award, Association of Health Commissioners, 1988
  • Public Service Award, Ohio Chapter of American College of Health Care Administrators, 1987
  • Distinguished Service Award, Medical College of Ohio, 1987
  • Outstanding Legislator Award, Ohio Department of Mental Health, 1986
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, Central State University, 1983

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