As a former minister, psychologist, congressman and governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland has dedicated his life to serving people.
As governor, Ted worked each day to expand opportunity for Ohioans. Ted created one of the nation’s leading advanced energy laws, preventing runaway electricity rate hikes that plagued other states and making Ohio a national leader in green energy jobs. Ted kicked open the doors to Ohio’s universities by holding tuition increases to the lowest rate in the nation and making Ohio the first state to offer free tuition to veterans from across the country. Under Ted’s leadership, Ohio’s primary and secondary schools won the nation’s top prize for education innovation from the Education Commission of the States. In his cabinet and judicial appointments, Ted assembled a talented team of public servants who looked like Ohio.
In Congress, Ted was a tireless fighter for working families, children, and veterans. He was instrumental in expanding access to health insurance for children, ensuring that America kept its promises to our veterans, and bringing home to Ohio millions in investments for roads, technology, economic development, and healthcare initiatives. Ted was instrumental in passing the Children’s Health Insurance Program that provides health coverage to millions of children nationwide. He was a leading advocate for funding the Appalachian Regional Commission and was an unwavering voice in opposition to the Iraq War.
Raised in rural Scioto County by his mother and steelworker father, Ted is the eighth of nine children. The struggles of working people was not a subject he needed to read about in a book. But even when their house burned down and the Strickland family had to live in their chicken shack, Ted was taught to count his blessings and to fight for those who couldn’t fight for themselves.
The only child in his family to attend college, Ted earned degrees from Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary, then served his faith and his calling running a Methodist children’s home. Seeking to expand his ability to help people, he went on to earn a master’s degree and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Kentucky. While a student at Kentucky, Ted met Frances Smith – now FrancesStrickland. They have been married for 27 years.
After serving as governor, Ted was nominated by President Barack Obama to be a public delegate to the 68th U.N. General Assembly. He also served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. Most recently, Ted ran the Center for American Progress Action Fund where he spoke out on behalf of policies to strengthen America’s working families.