Governor Ted Strickland holds a “ceremonial” repeat signing of the $50.5 billion, two-year Ohio state budget at Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton Friday July 17, 2009. The official signing occurred about 3 p.m. at another location. A large gathering of Ohio Education Association members where on hand for the event.
Theodore “Ted” Strickland 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).
In the 2006 gubernatorial election, Strickland was elected to succeed term-limited Republican incumbent Bob Taft after defeating Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, receiving 60% of the vote. He was narrowly defeated for re-election in the 2010 gubernatorial election by former U.S. Representative John Kasich.
In April 2014, Strickland became president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization. Strickland left that position in February 2015, and on February 25, 2015, he announced his intention to run for the United States Senate against incumbent Rob Portman. Strickland was defeated by Portman in the November 2016 general election.