Wednesday afternoon, Ohio Governor-Elect Mike DeWine gave his first formal address from the Ohio Statehouse. He thanked voters and announced the first three people joining him in the Governor’s office; strong women he said won’t be afraid to tell him he’s wrong.
“People who will be on the 30th floor advising me every day will be strong people. We will not have weak people, we’ll have strong people,” he said. “These are three strong people.”
Laurel Dawson who served as DeWine’s Chief of Staff in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate will lead Governor-Elect Mike DeWine’s transition team.
Lisa Peterson will serve as the Governor’s Communications Director. Peterson currently serves as the Communications Director for Attorney General DeWine, and previously has served as the Communications Director for the Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio Association of Health Plans.
LeeAnne Cornyn will serve as Governor-Elect DeWine’s Director of Children’s Initiatives. LeeAnne was the Deputy Policy Director for the DeWine-Husted for Ohio campaign, and previously served as the the Director of Children’s Initiatives in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party, Brad Sinnott, said DeWine is the most qualified candidate to ever hold the office.
“Nobody is better prepared to be governor in the state of Ohio on day one than Mike DeWine is now,” said Sinnott.
DeWine said he and running mate Jon Husted are ready to go.
“We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and do the work that needs to be done to move the state forward.”
DeWine won’t officially take office until January 14th.