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Ted Strickland (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 8/4/1941 (Lucasville, OH)
Race: White
Religion: Methodist
Residence: Lisbon, OH
Education: BA in History from Asbury College, Wilmore, KY; MA in Theology from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY; MA in Counseling Psychology from University of Kentucky, Wilmore, KY
Occupation: Minister
Office Type: U.S. House -- Ohio District 6 

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Ted Strickland was born in 1941 in Lucasville, Ohio. He now lives in Lisbon. He was one of nine children in a steelworker's family.

Strickland attended public schools and went on to obtain a bachelor's degree in history from Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky. He received a master's degree in theology from Asbury Theological Seminary and a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Kentucky.

He was a minister of the United Methodist Church, a construction worker and a consultant for the Ohio Department of Mental Health. He counseled state prison inmates and taught part time at Shawnee State University.

Strickland was elected to the U.S. House in 1992 but lost a 1994 re-election bid. He was elected again in 1996 and has won re-election ever since.

Strickland and his wife, Frances, have no children. She is a psychologist and author who wrote a biography for children of former Gov. Martha Collins of Kentucky.

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Ted Strickland lost to Republican Rep. William Harsha in 1976 and 1978 in the 6th District. In 1980, he lost to Harsha's former aide, Republican Bob McEwen, who got 55 percent of the vote compared to Strickland's 45 percent. In 1992, Strickland came back to win the seat with 51 percent of the vote, defeating McEwen, who had been implicated in the House banking scandal.

In 1994, Strickland lost his re-election bid with 49 percent of the vote to Republican Frank Cremeans. He gained his seat back, defeating Cremeans in 1996 with 51 percent of the vote. Strickland was re-elected in 1998, defeating Republican Lt. Gov. Nancy Hollister with 57 percent of the vote.

He was re-elected in 2000 with 58 percent of the vote, defeating Republican Michael Azinger, and in 2002 with 60 percent of the vote, defeating ex-Columbiana County Commission president Mike Halleck. He earned 83 percent of the vote to win the March 2, 2004, primary for the 6th District.

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