Peggy Lehner

Peggy Lehner
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 6th district
Assumed office
January 11, 2011
Preceded by Jon Husted
In office
November 18, 2008  December 31, 2008
Preceded by Jeff Jacobson
Succeeded by Jon Husted
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 37th district
In office
January 5, 2009  January 10, 2011
Preceded by Jon Husted
Succeeded by Jim Butler
Personal details
Born (1950-08-05) August 5, 1950
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dr. Jim Lehner (5 children)
Residence Kettering, Ohio, U.S.
Alma mater Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (B.A.)
Profession Legislator
Religion Catholic

Marguerite B. "Peggy" Lehner (born August 5, 1950) is the state senator for the 6th District of the Ohio Senate. Formerly she served in the Ohio House of Representatives and on the Kettering City Council. Her district is located entirely in Montgomery County, and includes Vandalia, Riverside, Kettering, Centerville, Miamisburg and Germantown. Lehner is a Republican.


A graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Lehner was a three-term city councilwoman in Kettering, sat on the Ohio Ethics Commission from 1991 to 1997, served as a board member for the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority and has been active in efforts to address issues facing Dayton-area suburbs for decades.

While Lehner was originally elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2008, she came first to the Statehouse as a member of the Ohio Senate. When Senator Jeff Jacobson resigned his seat early, he left a vacancy in an important lame duck session. Since Jacobson's elected successor Jon Husted was at that time serving as Speaker of the Ohio House, he was unable to resign and take his new seat in the Senate. Therefore, Senate leadership appointed Lehner to temporarily take a seat in the Senate to fill out the remainder of Jacobson's term. Following a month-long tenure in the Senate, Lehner then began her term as in the House.

With incumbent and Speaker of the House Husted unable to run due to term limits, Lehner opted to succeed him.[1] She faced Democrat Andi Eveslage in the general election, and won with 64% of the vote.[2] She easily won reelection in 2010 with 70% of the vote, but only would serve about a week of that term.

Return to the Ohio Senate

After Senator Husted was elected as Ohio Secretary of State on November 2, 2010, he was required to resign his seat in the Ohio Senate. Lehner, who preceded Husted (albeit for only a month-long tenure), was named as a potential successor once the seat had been vacated. Lehner was up against five other potential appointees, including former state Representative Seth Morgan.

On December 13, 2010, it was announced that the Senate Republicans had decided to appoint Lehner to fill the remaining two years of Husted's term.[3] In a homecoming of sorts, Lehner was sworn in to the seat she previously held on January 11, 2011, resigning from the House to do so.[4][5]

Lehner won a full term in the Ohio Senate in 2012, defeating Democrat Rick McKiddy with 63% of the vote.[6] In 2013, she began serving as Chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee. Lehner, as Chairwoman, has been influential in all education policy, including charter school reform.[7] Although she is pro-charter,[8] she has advocated for stronger charter school oversight and reform.[9]

Electoral history

Election results
Year Office Election Votes for Lehner % Opponent Party Votes %
2001 Kettering City Council General 5,158 51% Don Patterson Democrat 4,974 49%
2005 General 10,545 40%
2008 Ohio House of Representatives General 35,171 64% Andi Eveslage Democrat 19,089 36%
2010 General 28,598 70% Steven Byington Democrat 12,429 30%
2012 Ohio Senate General 103,183 62% Rick McKiddy Democrat 61,235 38%


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