Rep. Driehaus speaks to Rep. Carney on the House floor
Rep. Driehaus speaks to Rep. Carney on the House floor
 Press Conference on Gov. Kasich's Proposed Budget
Press Conference on Gov. Kasich's Proposed Budget
 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 (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
 Women's Caucus
Women's Caucus
 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
Rep. Driehaus (center) attends Testimony Tuesday to rally for voter rights
Rep. Driehaus (center) attends Testimony Tuesday to rally for voter rights
 
 
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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03.21.14 - The Forecast For Transparency In Job Creation For Ohio Looks Gloomy, By Rep. Denise Driehaus

 

While the rest of the country celebrates open and accountable government during Sunshine Week, the forecast for government transparency in Ohio looks much gloomier. In recent months, national groups have consistently ranked Ohio at the bottom of lists measuring both government accountability and the economic strength of our state. Yet, the annual report released last week by JobsOhio demonstrates this administration’s commitment to policies that continue to hurt regular Ohioans.

While Ohio’s economy falls further and further behind, no longer can middle-class Ohioans afford an agency that has failed to create jobs and remains unaccountable to the taxpayers who fund it. Instead, we need to get our economy moving again by investing in the middle class, prioritizing our local schools and communities and restoring accountability in state government.

A November 2013 Enquirer report demonstrated how the job-development incubator actually cost more and delivered less than their open and accountable predecessor, the Ohio Department of Development.

In 2008, when the Great Recession hit Ohio and the rest of the country, it was clear the road to recovery was going to be a long one. However, in 2014, while the national economic recovery continues to move forward, Ohio’s economic recovery has come to a grinding halt. As Ohio ranks 45th in the nation in job creation with nearly 400,000 Ohioans unemployed, clearly something in Columbus isn’t working for Ohioans.

I believe that Ohioans deserve economic policies that reflect their priorities and a government that is open and accountable about putting those policies into place. As I read this year’s JobsOhio report, it became obvious that the program contains neither.

A few troubling aspects of the report stood out: JobsOhio fared worse in more than half of the metrics by which they judge their success;  inconsistent reporting made it nearly impossible to judge the program’s progress from year to year; and a lack of line-item financial reports prevents the public from seeing how taxpayer money is spent.

Let’s use Sunshine Week as an opportunity to take an close look at why Ohio has failed to measure up with the rest of the nation both economically and in terms of transparency. Then, we must take action to put Ohio back on the right track. We can start by restoring accountability to your state government.   

 

--State Rep. Denise Driehaus

Denise Driehaus is a Cincinnati-area State Representative, serving constituents of the 31st Ohio House District. She brings her experience as a small business owner to the House Economic Development Committee, where she serves as the lead Democrat. In June, Rep. Driehaus sponsored the JobsOhio Accountability Act to ensure taxpayers and businesses have the same transparency and accountability that other state agencies deliver. 

 
 

03.04.14 - Bipartisan Education Reform Encourages Schools To Develop Wrap-Around Services

 

State Representative Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) recently introduced legislation, House Bill 460, to engage parents and community members in an education model based on Cincinnati Community Learning Centers (CLCs). The bill codifies CLCs as an education model to allow any Ohio school district to tailor services for their students.

 
 
 
Representative Denise Driehaus
District 31
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-5786
Fax      (614) 719-3585
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Hometown : Cincinnati
Party : Democrat
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Current Term : Expires December 2014 / Eligible to run for another term