Elected on November 7, 2006, Richard A. Cordray is Ohio's 46th State Treasurer.
A native of Grove City, Ohio, Cordray has served the public as Franklin County Treasurer, State Solicitor, and State Representative.
Cordray's career has been guided by the spirit of community service and the belief that government should make a positive difference in the daily lives of its citizens. American City and County magazine named Cordray "County Leader of the Year" in 2005 for his innovative work as Franklin County Treasurer, where he collected record levels of delinquent taxes, created the state's first county land bank to redevelop abandoned and blighted properties, and promoted personal finance education in the schools and throughout the community.
As a State Representative, Cordray sponsored the Ohio Community Service Education Act. An active volunteer, he received the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation's Presidential Award for his work supporting legal services for the poor, and the Human Rights Campaign recognized him as Humanitarian of the Year for his efforts to promote tolerance and understanding in our communities.
Cordray attended Michigan State University on a full academic scholarship and was captain of the MSU "College Bowl" team. Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude, he was awarded a Marshall Scholarship which took him to Oxford University in England. At Oxford his Varsity "Blue" basketball team became British Champions. He earned the Brasenose College Prize in Economics and graduated from Oxford with an M.A. with Honours in Economics. Cordray graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law & Economics and Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He was a U.S. Supreme Court law clerk for Justices Byron R. White and Anthony M. Kennedy.
Cordray has argued six cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and taught constitutional law for 13 years at The Ohio State University College of Law.