On This Day … 04 August

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  • 1941 – Ted Strickland, American psychologist and politician, 68th Governor of Ohio.

Ted Strickland

Theodore Strickland (born 04 August 1941) is an American politician who was the 68th Governor of Ohio, serving from 2007 to 2011. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio’s 6th congressional district (1993-1995, 1997-2007).

A 1959 graduate of Northwest High School, Strickland went on to be the first member of his family to attend college. Strickland received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in psychology from Asbury College in 1963. In 1966, he received a Master of Arts degree in guidance counselling from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from the Asbury Theological Seminary in 1967. He then returned to the University of Kentucky to earn his Ph.D. in counselling psychology in 1980. He is married to Frances Strickland, an educational psychologist.

Strickland worked as a counselling psychologist at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. He was an administrator at a Methodist children’s home and was a professor of psychology at Shawnee State University. Strickland is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. He was a minister at a Methodist church in Portsmouth, Ohio.

In the 2006 gubernatorial election, Strickland was elected to succeed term-limited Republican incumbent Bob Taft, receiving 60% of the vote and defeating Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. He was narrowly defeated for re-election in the 2010 gubernatorial election by former US Representative John Kasich.

In April 2014, Strickland became president of the Centre for American Progress Action Fund, a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization. Strickland left that position in February 2015, and on 25 February 2015, he announced his intention to run for the United States Senate against incumbent Rob Portman. Strickland lost by 20 points. As of 2021, he is the last Democrat to serve as Governor of Ohio.

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