If GOP leaders thought they were going to get rid of Denise Driehaus with their new state legislature map, they can think again.
Driehaus made it official today, announcing she would move into the new 31st House District before next year's election. Several weeks ago, the Republican-controlled state apportionment board reconfigured state legislative district boundaries and radically altered the political makeup of the current 31st House District, which Driehaus represents in Columbus.
Under the new map, the current 31st District becomes the 30th District and includes new areas so it will become nearly 70 percent Republican. That puts Driehaus, a Democrat who's represented the district for two terms, at a distinct disadvantage.
Instead, Driehaus will move from Price Hill and find a home on Cincinnati's East Side, so she can campaign for the new 31st District seat.
Driehaus, 44, will serve the remainder of her term in the old 31st District, she said.
“I am committed to continuing the work that I have started as a state representative,” Driehaus said in a prepared statement. “There is still much to be done to create jobs, improve our schools and make sure our communities are attractive and safe.”
Elections for state representative will be held on Nov. 6, 2012.
Driehaus has extensive ties to Cincinnati's West Side. She is a former president of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and served on its board as a volunteer since 1992. Also, She is a longtime member of the Price Hill Civic Club, the former vice president of the West Price Hill Merchants Association, a board member of Cincinnati Recreation Foundation, and a board member of Community Learning Center Institute.
Her brother, Steve Driehaus, served four terms in the Ohio House before running for Ohio's 1st Congressional District seat in 2008. He served a single term in Congress before being defeated by Republican Steve Chabot. Driehaus now works for the Peace Corps in Swaziland, in southern Africa.