|Name||Robert A. "Bob" Taft III|
|Address||30 E. Broad St. 14th Floor |
Columbus, Ohio 43266, United States
|| January 08, 1942
Aug 03, 2018 10:25am
Caucasian - Married - Reprimanded - Methodist - Straight -
|Info||Robert Alphonso Taft III has been the Republican governor of the U.S. state of Ohio since 1999. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts. |
He attended Yale University, graduating in 1963. After Yale, he received a master of arts degree from Princeton University in 1967 and then a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1976.
At the age of 21, from 1963 to 1965, Taft served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching in Tanzania, Africa.
He was elected governor in 1998, defeating Democrat Lee Fisher 50-45 percent and reelected in 2002, defeating Democrat Tim Hagan 58-38 percent. He has been governor since January 1999.
Prior to his election as governor, Taft served as Ohio's secretary of state (1991–1998), Hamilton County commissioner (1981–1990), and in the state House of Representatives (1976–1981). In 1990, Taft was elected secretary of state, defeating incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown. In the 1994 election for Ohio secretary of state, Taft won re-election, defeating Democrat Dan Brady.
As of September 20, 2005, according to a poll, Taft has the lowest approval rating out of the 50 governors. His approval rating is only 17 percent, while his disapproval rating is 79 percent.
On August 17, 2005, Taft was charged with four criminal misdemeanors stemming from his alleged failure to disclose golf outings paid for by lobbyists. The Associated Press reported the total value of the undisclosed gifts as about US$5,800. It is the first time an Ohio governor has ever been charged with a crime while in office. At his arraignment in Franklin County Municipal Court in Columbus on August 18, Taft pleaded no contest and was fined $4,000 plus court cost. Judge Mark Froehlich also ordered Taft to apologize to the people of Ohio as well as state workers. In addition, Taft's conviction is grounds under the Ohio Constitution for impeachment and removal from office by the Ohio General Assembly, although this appears unlikely at this time. Taft has also stated that he will not resign from office.
Taft does have the option to fully and unconditionally pardon himself after a potential conviction.
Taft's family has been involved in Republican politics for over a century. His great-great-grandfather Alphonso Taft was Secretary of War, Attorney General, and an Ambassador; his great-grandfather William Howard Taft was President and Chief Justice of the United States; and his grandfather (Robert Alphonso Taft I) and his father (Robert Taft Jr.) were both U.S. Senators. His first cousin, William Howard Taft IV currently serves as chief legal advisor to the U.S. Department of State. His uncle, William Howard Taft III was an Ambassador. His great-grand-uncle Charles Phelps Taft was a U.S. Representative from Ohio and for a time, an owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. His great-great-great-grandfather, Peter Rawson Taft, was a member of the Vermont legislature. Other prominent relatives include Seth Chase Taft, Charles Phelps Taft II, Peter Rawson Taft II, Henry Waters Taft, Walbridge S. Taft, and Horace Dutton Taft. Kingsley A. Taft was a U.S. Senator from Ohio and Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.
Bob Taft is also related to current President George W. Bush through at least three different marriages, ranging from eighth-cousin-once-removed to 11th-cousin-once-removed, as well as being a ninth cousin of Vice President Dick Cheney.