O'Shaughnessy files to run for Ohio Secretary of State in 2010
|Franklin County, Ohio Clerk of Courts|
|Assumed office |
January 2, 2009
|Preceded by||John O'Grady|
|Member of Columbus City Council|
January 2, 1998 – January 1, 2009
|Alma mater||Ohio State University|
O'Shaughnessy is a fourth-generation funeral director and owner of the O'Shaughnessy Company Funeral Directors, established in 1889. She lost to Pat Tiberi in 2000 for Ohio's 12th congressional district. She was elected to three terms on the Columbus City Council before being elected to Franklin County Clerk of Courts in 2008.
In 2010, O'Shaughnessy was the Democratic Party nominee for Ohio Secretary of State. She was opposed by Republican Jon A. Husted, then a member of the Ohio State Senate, and previously Speaker of the Ohio House, and Libertarian Charles Earl. Husted won election with 53.7% to O'Shaughnessy's 41.5% and Earl's 4.8%.
O'Shaughnessy ran unopposed for a second four-year term as Clerk of Courts in 2012. In 2016, O'Shaughnessy was again victorious in her third election earning more than 67% of votes over her opponent. The current term ends January 2021.
During her tenure as clerk of courts, her leadership has led to the office processing more than half-a-million vehicle titles a year – the most in Ohio – and has sent more than $7 million in auto-title funds to the county’s general fund.
O'Shaughnessy lives in Columbus, Ohio. A member of the Roman Catholic Church, she has received the Diocesan Service Award. She has served or currently is on the boards of the Columbus Historical Society and the Greenways Working Group of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the metropolitan planning organization for central Ohio. ((-))
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- "Congressional Election Results, November 7, 2000". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved July 5, 2013.