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Gov. Ted Strickland

President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Counselor to the Center for American Progress

Gov. Ted Strickland

Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH) is the President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and Counselor to the Center for American Progress. He served six terms in Congress and became Ohio’s 68th governor in 2006.

Most recently in 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Ted to be a public delegate to the 68th U.N. General Assembly. He also served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Although he led the state during the Great Recession, Ted worked with Republican and Democratic legislators to jumpstart the economy, prioritize Ohio’s education system, expand healthcare, and usher in new advanced energy and energy efficiency standards in Ohio. He also worked to improve the efficiency of state government by spearheading a comprehensive reform of business regulations that replaced an overly burdensome system with a common sense, streamlined approach.

During his six terms in Congress, Ted built an impressive record on behalf of the people of Ohio. He was instrumental in expanding access to health insurance for children, ensuring that America kept its promises to our veterans, and bringing home millions in investments for roads, technology, economic development, and healthcare initiatives. Ted helped co-author the Children’s Health Insurance Program, a federal initiative that provides health insurance to millions of children nationwide. He fought for adequate funding for the Appalachian Regional Commission and was a strong voice opposing the Iraq War.

Born to working-class parents in rural Ohio, Ted became the first in his family to attend college. He earned a B.A. in history from Asbury College in Kentucky and master’s degree in theological studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. He earned a second master’s degree in guidance counseling and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Kentucky.