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 is the former Vice President of the West Price Hill Merchants Association, a board member of Cincinnati Recreation Foundation, a board member of Community Learning Center Institute, and a member of the Education Program Committee of the SC Ministry Foundation.
Proudly representing her district in Columbus, Rep. Driehaus currently serves as Ranking Member of the Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the Finance and Appropriations Committee, Agriculture and Development Finance Subcommittee, and Education Committee.
Previously, Rep. Driehaus served on two committees which traveled throughout Ohio and heard testimony from local businesses and concerned citizens: the Ohio House Legislative Study Committee on Ohio’s Tax Structure and the Ohio House 21st Century Manufacturing Taskforce. She was also a member of the Development Financing Advisory Council.
In the 129th General Assembly, Rep. Driehaus was honored to sponsor legislation signed into law by the Governor that helped children and families by expanding kinship care (HB 279) and named I-75 the “Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Highway” (HB 325). She also helped establish The SEED School of Cincinnati which will be a college-preparatory, public boarding school for struggling students in Ohio. The Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers awarded her with the “Public Elected Official of the Year” Award for 2012.
Rep. Driehaus looks forward to pursuing her priorities including job creation, education, foreclosure prevention, fracking, and quality of life projects like parks and recreation.