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Ralph S. Regula (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 12/3/1924 (Beach City, OH)
Race: White
Religion: Episcopalian
Residence: Navarre, OH
Education: BA in Business Administration from Mount Union College, Alliance, OH; JD in Law from William McKinley School of Law, Canton, OH
Occupation: Attorney
Office Type: U.S. House -- Ohio District 16 

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Ralph Regula was born in 1924 in Beach City, Ohio, and resides in Navarre. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1948 from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, and a law degree from the William McKinley School of Law in 1952.

He served in the Navy, 1944-46. After graduating from law school, he practiced law and served on the Ohio Board of Education, 1960-64. He later served in the Ohio House, 1965-67, and the state Senate, 1967-73, before he was elected to the U.S. House in 1972.

He has a cattle farm near Canton, Ohio. Regula and his wife, Mary, have three adult children and three grandchildren.

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Ralph Regula was elected to the U.S. House in 1972, with 57 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Virgil L. Musser, for the seat given up by retiring Republican Rep. Frank T. Bow.

He has been re-elected every two years since then, defeating Democrat Warner Mendenhall with 59 percent of the vote in 1990.

He was re-elected in 1992 with 63 percent of the vote, defeating Mendenhall again. He was re-elected in 1994 with 75 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat J. Michael Finn. He was re-elected in 1996 with 69 percent of the vote against Democrat Thomas Burkhart.

Regula was re-elected in 1998, defeating Democrat Peter Ferguson with 64 percent of the vote. In 2000, he was re-elected with 69 percent of the vote, defeating William Smith. In 2002, he beat Democrat Jim Rice, again with 69 percent of the vote.

Regula served in the Ohio House, 1965-67, and the Ohio Senate, 1967-73.

He had no opposition in the 16th District for Ohio's March 2, 2004, primary election.

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