(Columbus) - The 66-member Republican State Central and Executive Committee of Ohio unanimously re-elected Kevin DeWine on Sunday to serve a second consecutive two-year term as chairman of the Ohio Republican Party.
"I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve our candidates, our committee and all of our elected officials," said DeWine. "Ohio Republicans have come a long way in the past two years. The people have given our party a second chance, and we will work tirelessly to honor that trust."
In his remarks to the committee, DeWine laid out a framework for the party's agenda in 2011, which includes redrawing Ohio's political districts and preparing for the 2012 presidential election.
Elected to his first term as chairman in 2009, DeWine orchestrated a Republican comeback in the 2010 election that swept every statewide office, ousting four incumbent executive officeholders; defeated an incumbent governor for only the third time in Ohio history; claimed majority control of the state apportionment process; established solid majorities in both legislative chambers; defeated five congressional incumbents and reduced the number of Ohio Democrats in Congress by 50 percent; enabled an Ohioan to become Speaker of the United States House of Representatives; retained a seat in the United States Senate; kept three seats on the Ohio Supreme Court; elected the first female chief justice in state history; and won 77 percent of all non-judicial local races, reelecting every incumbent Republican running for countywide office.