Whether leading the charge to expose and clean up corruption, fighting to make sure our troops in Iraq have the body armor they need, working to improve our public schools, protecting our environment, defending Social Security, or helping to preserve family farms, Marc Dann brings a lifelong commitment to democratic principles, a commitment to the highest ethical standards, and a fierce devotion to working families to the office of Ohio Attorney General.
Marc Dann became Ohio's 47th Attorney General on January 8, 2007, at a swearing-in ceremony conducted in Courtroom Three of the Trumbull County Courthouse. It was an appropriate setting for the occasion because Attorney General Dann has spent hundreds of hours in just such courtrooms representing and fighting for the thousands of clients who turned to him for help and guidance during his career as an attorney in private practice.
It was his concern for the problems that beset the men and women who drove up to the front door of his law practice in the Mahoning Valley-problems caused by job loss, a failing economy, drug abuse, domestic violence, and lack of health care--that motivated Marc to enter public service, first as a member of the Liberty Local Schools Board of Education, then as a member of the Ohio Senate and now as Attorney General.
As a member of the Liberty Board of Education, he waded into the battle to fix Ohio's broken school funding system, led efforts to make college more affordable and accessible for kids and adults, and worked tirelessly to protect local school districts from state funding cuts that would lead to teacher firings and larger class sizes.
After entering the Ohio Senate in 2003, Attorney General Dann was quickly recognized by his colleagues and the public as one of the General Assembly's most thoughtful and tenacious members-a tireless champion for doing what's right. He acted immediately when members of the National Guard and their families told him that Ohio's fighting men and women were sent to Iraq without the lifesaving equipment they needed. Not only did he stand with soldiers and their families, he fought for additional funding to buy the body armor that is keeping our troops as safe as possible in this dangerous theatre.
Then-Senator Dann responded immediately when Trumbull County residents raised concerns about odors emanating from a nearby landfill. He forced the state to act and then introduced legislation that will safeguard our environment by placing a moratorium on new construction debris landfills.
He fought hard for working families by introducing legislation that will make sure more workers in our state receive the help they need in these tough economic times. Bills he introduced and supported will extend unemployment benefits to more workers, provide retraining assistance to displaced workers, and protect good-paying construction jobs by making it illegal to use prison labor on public projects.
His work on behalf of families and seniors includes opposing the privatization of Social Security and recognizing that grandparents, who are often the primary caregivers for children in our society, need and deserve support from the state.
While he is proud of all his legislative accomplishments, it was his work to expose and end corruption that had the greatest impact on Ohio. Marc played a critical role in the investigation of "Coingate," the scandal surrounding the investment of $50 million by the Bureau of Workers Compensation in rare coins peddled by Tom Noe, a long-time fundraiser.
Attorney General Dann will continue to be a reliable and active advocate for the people of Ohio. That advocacy is borne of his devotion to his own family, which includes his spouse, noted investigative journalist Alyssa Lenhoff, son Charlie, and daughters Mavilya and Jessie.