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On the record: Who is Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann?

7:37 PM, May 2, 2008   |    comments
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Marc Dann was sworn in as Ohio's 47th Attorney General on January 8, 2007. Dann, 46, was appointed to the state Senate in the 32nd District in 2002, after state Sen. Tim Ryan was elected to the U.S. Congress. Dann won election to the same seat in 2004. In November 2006, Dann defeated incumbent Attorney General Betty Montgomery. In 2000, Dann had run for the state Senate in the 32nd district, located in Trumbull and Geauga counties. He finished third in the Democratic primary behind Ryan and a local township trustee. From 2001 to 2002, Dann served as a member of the Liberty Local School District board of education. While a senator in 2005, Dann was a leading figure in the exposure of a variety of ethics and criminal scandals involving a number of high-ranking Republican elected and appointed officials, including then-Gov. Bob Taft, who became the first sitting governor in Ohio history to plead guilty to a crime. Dann's most notable and noted role was as the leading critic of "Coingate," an investment plan in which $50 million of the state's workers compensation reserve fund was given to Tom Noe, a politically connected coin dealer. Dann is married to Alyssa Lenhoff, a well-known investigative journalist. The couple has a son, Charlie, and daughters, Mavilya and Jessie. Dann was born in Evanston, Ill., and his family moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio. He now lives in Liberty Township, in the Mahoning Valley. Dann is a 1984 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a bachelor's degree in history. He graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1987 and entered private practice in Youngstown, Ohio in 1991.


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