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Former congresswoman seeks Ohio legislative seat

January 16, 2019

CINCINNATI (AP) — Former Republican congresswoman Jean Schmidt wants to return to Ohio’s statehouse.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Schmidt says she has received encouragement to run, including from her husband. She will run in 2020 for a southwest Ohio seat held by Republican John Becker, who will be term-limited.

Schmidt had served two terms in the state House before winning a 2005 special U.S. House election to replace Republican Rob Portman after he joined the George W. Bush administration.

Schmidt held the seat until a 2012 Republican primary upset by Iraq war veteran Brad Wenstrup, who was elected to a fourth term last November.

The 67-year-old Clermont County native has remained an avid marathon runner and has advocated for women and men in prison who claim to be wrongfully convicted.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com