Governor Ted Strickland

After Ted Strickland was first reelected to Congress, he placed a plaque in his office with the following quote from Scripture:

"And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"-Micah 6:8

Throughout his service as a minister, a psychologist, a professor and a Member of Congress, Ted has worked to exemplify those simple, powerful words. The same plaque hangs in the Governor's Office, coupled with the same commitment to fulfill them.

He comes to the Governor's Office ready to put his heart and soul into fighting for the dignity of families and all people in Ohio." As governor, Ted is guided by his Turnaround Ohio plan, which focuses on the unbreakable link between economic growth and educational achievement. Ted wants to ensure that Ohio keeps and grows the jobs we have by investing in Ohio's strengths, and also wants to bring the jobs of the future to our state by ensuring that we have the best-educated workforce possible.

In Congress, Ted built an impressive record on behalf of the people of Ohio. He helped author the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a federal initiative that now provides health insurance to millions of children of working parents. He's led the fight to keep our promises to America's veterans and to ensure that our troops have life-saving armor and equipment. And he's brought millions in investments home to Ohio for roads, technology, economic development and health initiatives.

Ted is married to Frances Strickland of Simpsonville, KY. Frances is an educational psychologist and author of a widely-used screening test for kindergarten-age children.

Because of his background in the ministry and social service, Ted believes that government is at its best when it's guided by the heart and a good dose of common sense.

He didn't come to public service as a lawyer or an investor, but as the son of a steelworker. Ted was born on August 4, 1941 in Lucasville, Ohio, one of nine children. He spent his childhood active in church and school life. As a young man, he never imagined he'd be able to go to college until a high school teacher took him on a trip to Asbury College and Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

His family was able to piece together enough for tuition and, soon after graduating from Northwest High School, he found himself attending Asbury College in Kentucky, receiving a B.A. in History in 1963. He went on to attend the Asbury Theological Seminary and received a Master of Divinity. He continued his studies at the University of Kentucky, receiving a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology in 1980.

Professionally, Ted has served as a minister, a psychologist, and a college professor. He was an administrator at a Methodist children's home, an assistant professor of psychology at Shawnee State University, and a consulting psychologist at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF).

Ted was elected governor of Ohio on November 7, 2006, and was sworn into office on January 8, 2007.