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Richard Patrick "Pat" DeWine (born February 22, 1968) is an American lawyer and an Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. He is the son of former U.S. Senator and Ohio Attorney General and current Governor Mike DeWine. DeWine, like his father, is a member of the Republican Party.[1]


Pat DeWine
Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
Assumed office
January 2, 2017
Preceded byPaul Pfeifer
Judge of Ohio's 1st District Court of Appeals
In office
January 2013 – December 2016
Judge of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas
In office
January 2009 – January 2013
Personal details
Born (1968-02-22) February 22, 1968 (age 51)
Political partyRepublican
(div. 2003)

Rhonda Dayton DeWine
(m. 2010; div. 2019)
Alma materMiami University
University of Michigan Law School



A 1994 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, DeWine graduated in the top ten percent of his class with cum laude and order of the coif honors.[2]

DeWine served as a member of the Hamilton County Commission and Cincinnati City Council. 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 to the U.S. House of Representatives seat vacated by Rob Portman, who resigned to become U.S. Trade Representative. He placed fourth behind Jean Schmidt (who won the nomination and later the general election), Bob McEwen, and Tom Brinkman. His campaign for Congress was dogged with personal issues of infidelity.[4]

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 served as a judge on the Ohio 1st District Court of Appeals. 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 Party 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 Associate 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.

Personal lifeEdit

DeWine's first marriage ended in divorce in 2003.[7][3] He and his ex-wife have three sons.[4] He was married to his second-wife Rhonda DeWine in 2010 until 2019 when she filed for divorce.[8]


  1. ^ "Ohio Statewide Republican Elected Officials". Ohio Republican Party. June 27, 2018. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
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  3. ^ a b O'Neill, Tom (June 2004). "The Long-Distance Runner". Cincinnati Magazine. Emmis Communications. 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. ^ Wilkinson, Howard (June 1, 2005). "DeWine's name helps - and hurts". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  8. ^ 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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Preceded by
Paul Pfeifer
Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court