Rep. Driehaus (right) joins Reps. Bishoff (center) and Patterson (left) after taking oath of office
Rep. Driehaus (right) joins Reps. Bishoff (center) and Patterson (left) after taking oath of office
 Women's Caucus
Women's Caucus
 Rep. Driehaus presents the UC dance team with a House Resolution
Rep. Driehaus presents the UC dance team with a House Resolution
Rep. Driehaus speaks during session about a piece of legislation
Rep. Driehaus speaks during session about a piece of legislation
 Rep. Driehaus (center) attends Testimony Tuesday to rally for voter rights
Rep. Driehaus (center) attends Testimony Tuesday to rally for voter rights
 Rep. Driehaus honors the UC Hip Hop Dance team with a House Resolution
Rep. Driehaus honors the UC Hip Hop Dance team with a House Resolution
Rep. Driehaus speaks with Rep. Strahorn during House Session
Rep. Driehaus speaks with Rep. Strahorn during House Session
 Rep. Foley offers testimony during Committee
Rep. Foley offers testimony during Committee
 Rep. Driehaus pushes for changes that would put middle class families first.
Rep. Driehaus pushes for changes that would put middle class families first.
Rep. Driehaus speaks about the late former Minority House Leader William Mallory with his sons watching on
Rep. Driehaus speaks about the late former Minority House Leader William Mallory with his sons watching on
 Rep. Driehaus (third from right) takes oath of office for the 131st General Assembly
Rep. Driehaus (third from right) takes oath of office for the 131st General Assembly
 Reps. Driehaus and Redfern with Legislative Director Andy DiPalma
Reps. Driehaus and Redfern with Legislative Director Andy DiPalma
Reps. Driehaus and Fedor
Reps. Driehaus and Fedor
 Reps. Driehaus and Strahorn
Reps. Driehaus and Strahorn
 Reps. Driehaus, Perales and Strahorn
Reps. Driehaus, Perales and Strahorn
Rep. Driehaus unveils the JobsOhio Accountability Act
Rep. Driehaus unveils the JobsOhio Accountability Act
 Rep. Driehaus speaks to the attendees of Women's Lobby Day
Rep. Driehaus speaks to the attendees of Women's Lobby Day
 Women's Lobby Day
Women's Lobby Day
Rep. Driehaus at a press conference opposing the so-called "Right to Work" legislation
Rep. Driehaus at a press conference opposing the so-called "Right to Work" legislation
 Reps. Driehaus, Barborak and Antonio
Reps. Driehaus, Barborak and Antonio
 Reps. Driehaus and Barborak at a union event outside of the Statehouse
Reps. Driehaus and Barborak at a union event outside of the Statehouse
Rep. Driehaus speaks at a press conference to discuss a proposal that would ban injection wells as a means for disposal of toxic hydraulic fracturing waste in Ohio.
Rep. Driehaus speaks at a press conference to discuss a proposal that would ban injection wells as a means for disposal of toxic hydraulic fracturing waste in Ohio.
 Rep. Driehaus speaking at a Medicaid expansion press conference
Rep. Driehaus speaking at a Medicaid expansion press conference
 Rep. Lundy signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
Rep. Lundy signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
Rep. Driehaus presents a Resolution to UC Track and Field Athletes
Rep. Driehaus presents a Resolution to UC Track and Field Athletes
 House Session
House Session
 Reps. Fedor, Antonio, Bishoff, Driehaus
Reps. Fedor, Antonio, Bishoff, Driehaus
Reps. Driehaus and Gerberry
Reps. Driehaus and Gerberry
 Rep. Driehaus presents a Resolution to UC Track and Field Athletes
Rep. Driehaus presents a Resolution to UC Track and Field Athletes
 House Session
House Session
Press Conference on Gov. Kasich's Proposed Budget
Press Conference on Gov. Kasich's Proposed Budget
 Rep. Driehaus (left) joins Rep. Reece and other lawmakers to speak out against HB 203, which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
Rep. Driehaus (left) joins Rep. Reece and other lawmakers to speak out against HB 203, which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
 Rep. Driehaus speaks at a press conference highlighting the number of voter suppression cases that were overlooked by Secretary of State Husted
Rep. Driehaus speaks at a press conference highlighting the number of voter suppression cases that were overlooked by Secretary of State Husted
Rep. Driehaus speaks at a press conference to discuss a proposal that would ban injection wells as a means for disposal of toxic hydraulic fracturing waste in Ohio.
Rep. Driehaus speaks at a press conference to discuss a proposal that would ban injection wells as a means for disposal of toxic hydraulic fracturing waste in Ohio.
 Rep. Driehaus Presenting Resolution to UC Football Team
Rep. Driehaus Presenting Resolution to UC Football Team
 Rep. Driehaus speaks to Rep. Carney on the House floor
Rep. Driehaus speaks to Rep. Carney on the House floor
 
Representative Denise Driehaus (D – Clifton) is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati and is honored to continue to serve the area as a state representative for the 31st District. Rep. Driehaus earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Miami University of Ohio.  She has a daughter, Sarah, and a son, Andrew.  Rep. Driehaus has experience as a small business owner having previously co-owned Philipps Swim Club and the Front Porch Coffeehouse. Rep. Driehaus is the former President of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and served on its board as a volunteer for sixteen years.  She...
 
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Representative Driehaus Serves In the Following Committees :

Economic and Workforce DevelopmentFinanceConference Committee on HB64Ways and Means
 
 
 
 

06.26.15 - Rep. Driehaus Issues Statement On Historic Supreme Court Ruling

 

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. The historic 5-4 decision overturns a 6th Circuit Court case brought by Ohio native Jim Obergefell and invalidates bans on same-sex marriage across the country, including the one in Ohio. Rep. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) issued this statement following the court’s historic ruling:

“After decades of struggle, the Supreme Court today affirmed what many of us already knew: that LGBT people should have the right to marry the person they love. I commend the many people who have worked over the years to make this day possible, including Cincinnati's own Jim Obergefell.

“In Cincinnati, in Ohio, and in this country, there have been an army of people who have made this day possible with their tireless advocacy. Many of them did not live to see this day, including Jim's late husband, John Arthur, but this is their victory, too. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who took up this fight long before it was popular or mainstream.

“I hope that Cincinnati and Ohio can continue to be at the forefront of the fight for justice. I am proud to have stood alongside the LGBT Community throughout this struggle and hope to continue working with them to make Ohio a more inclusive, welcoming place for everyone.

“Today and this weekend, I hope we can all celebrate this amazing success. And in the days, months, and years to come, I hope we will continue to fight for a more equitable and just society for all.”

 
 

05.27.15 - Rep. Driehaus: Fifth Annual Women's Lobby Day Empowers Women To Engage Decision Makers

 

State Rep. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) and the Ohio House Democratic Women’s Caucus (OHDWC)  today convened with women from across the state to discuss and lobby for policy solutions to challenges Ohio women face.

 
 

05.27.15 - Democratic Lawmakers Disappointed With Restricted Discussion On Equal Pay

 

State Reps. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati), Kent Smith (D-Euclid) and Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) expressed disappointment with today’s House Committee on Economic Development proceedings, after the panel dismissed a Democratic proposal requiring the state to study gender pay inequality and publicly report the findings.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women on average make 78 cents for every dollar a man earns.

“It is disappointing that a majority of men and women want changes to achieve gender equality in the workplace, but Ohio’s legislature cannot seem to even have an honest debate about studying pay inequality,” said Rep. Driehaus.

The Democratic amendment was not allowed discussion and was ruled out of order for House Bill 103, a bill that creates “Ohio Womens' Week for Policy and Entrepreneurship” and establishes an “Ohio Womens' Policy and Entrepreneurship Committee.”

“Ohio cannot afford to be left behind in the national conversation about equal pay for equal work,” said Rep. Craig. “Our state’s women and families deserve policies that push us to be better and contribute to a higher quality of life in our state.”

 
 

05.19.15 - Driehaus' Bipartisan Community Learning Center Bill Passes Ohio House

 

The Ohio House favorably passed Rep. Denise Driehaus’ (D-Cincinnati) bipartisan legislation, House Bill 70, today. Based on Cincinnati’s Community Learning Centers (CLCs), the model would allow any Ohio school to work with parents and community members to provide supplemental services for students such as on-site healthcare, dental care, tutoring, recreation and mental health services. 

“To make sure our children succeed, we must address the academic and non-academic needs of students and families,” said Rep. Driehaus. “Through developing local partnerships and gathering community input, the CLC model allows schools to transform their buildings beyond their traditional purpose to become a true focal point for the community.”     

 
 
 
Representative Denise Driehaus
District 31
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-5786
Fax      (614) 719-3585
Email Representative Driehaus
 
Hometown : Cincinnati
Party : Democrat
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Current Term : Expires December 2016 / Eligible to run for another term