COLUMBUS – Mike DeWine, surrounded by family and friends in front of the Lincoln at Vicksburg Memorial in the historic Ohio Statehouse Rotunda, took the oath of office as Ohio's Attorney General. His eldest son Pat, a Judge of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, administered the oath, as his wife, Fran, held the Bible. Thomas M. Rose, Judge for the United States District Court of Southern Ohio, and DeWine's former law partner, also presided.
“What the Attorney General owes to the Governor and all other statewide office holders is good judgment and wise counsel. What the Attorney General owes to the people of Ohio, as I pledged in my oath, is to seek the truth and to seek justice,” DeWine said in his remarks.
Attorney General DeWine’s number one priority will be to protect Ohio families. He vows to be independent, bold, and innovative in pursuit of his responsibilities to the law and to the people of Ohio. “Now is an incredibly exciting and challenging time in Ohio history,” said DeWine. We have the opportunity to completely rethink how we do everything in state government. Simply put, we cannot run state government the same way we have always run it.”
DeWine will devote his time to making improvements to the state's crime lab; to assisting local law enforcement, sheriffs, and prosecutors; to creating a more business-friendly atmosphere to promote job growth; and to being an advocate on behalf of Ohio consumers and crime victims.
Mike DeWine is the second Ohio Attorney General from Greene County. The first was John Little, who served two terms as Ohio Attorney General from 1873 to 1877. Little was also instrumental in the building of the Greene County Courthouse.