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Ted Strickland

Template:TOCnestleft Ted Strickland is an Ohio politician.


Strickland is a former minister, psychologist, congressman and governor of Ohio. Born in 1941, he was raised in rural Scioto County by his mother and steelworker father, Strickland is the eighth of nine children and was the only child in his family to attend college. He earned degrees from Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary. After running a Methodist children’s home, he went on to earn a master’s degree and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Kentucky.

In 2007, he became Governor of Ohio, serving for four years, before losing a close election to the current governor, John Kasich, by a narrow margin of 49%-47% in 2010. Since then, he was a public delegate to the U.N. General Assembly and worked to advance policies like raising the minimum wage at the progressive Center for American Policy.

Supported by Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Ted Strickland in his successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Washington.[1]

DSA endorsement


In July 1996, the Democratic Socialists of America Political Action Committee endorsed Ted Strickland, running in, OH 6 in that year's Congressional elections.[2]

21st Century Democrats support

21st Century Democrats is a Political Action Committee that has stood for Progressive causes for over 20 years. Founded in 1986 by Institute for Policy Studies affiliate, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, Democratic Socialists of America affiliates, former Texas Agriculture Secretary Jim Hightower, and former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans. Its three main goals are to help elect progressive candidates, train young people about grassroots organizing, and lastly, to continue to support our elected officials after Election Day "through our comprehensive progressive network".

Long time Board chair was Democratic Socialists of America member Jim Scheibel, a former Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The mission of 21st Century Democrats is to build a "farm team" of progressive populists who will be the future leaders of the Democratic Party.

In each election cycle, we endorse a diverse array of candidates who exemplify our values and show unusual promise to advance our progressive goals. We invest in some of the most competitive races as well as in some of the most challenging – those in which the candidates are outstanding but the traditional Democratic supporters are most reticent. We back candidates in primaries as well as general election races, and we focus the bulk of our resources on electing challengers and protecting vulnerable incumbents.[3]

Strickland was one of 17 key progressives endorsed by 21st Century Democrats in the 2010 election cycle. [4]

21st Century Democrats endorsed Kamala Harris for Senator from California, Patty Murray, Senator Washington, Russ Feingold Senator Wisconsin, Ted Strickland, Senator Ohio, and Steve Bullock, Governor Montana.[5]

After serving as governor of Ohio, Strickland was nominated by President Obama to be a public delegate to the 68th U.N. General Assembly. He also served as a senior adviser to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

Most recently, he ran the Center for American Progress Action Fund, where he advocated for policies to strengthen America’s working families.

ARA endorsement


Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans & AFSCME retirees hold Ted Strickland for Governor endorsement event in Columbus, OH, on October 29, 2010.[6]



Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans President, Norm Wernet presented Ted Strickland with a certificate recognizing his history of standing up for retirees, July 2015.[7]

Obama for America, National Co-Chair

February 22, 2012, Obama for America, announced the selection of the campaign’s National Co-Chairs, a diverse group of leaders from around the country committed to re-electing President Obama. The co-chairs will serve as ambassadors for the President, advise the campaign on key issues, and help engage and mobilize voters in all 50 states.

Governor Ted Strickland – Former Governor of Ohio, was on the list.[8]


"Frances and I, on behalf of all Ohioans, appreciate your vision to promote justice and mutual understanding. As modern technology seems to shrink our planet, all peoples must strive to understand and respect each and every culture. This is one of CAIR's goals, that of enhancing understanding of Islam. We gather under CAIR-Ohio's theme this year "American Muslims: Connecting and Sharing" to do just that, to connect and share and get to know each other better. Muslims have been in Ohio since the 1800's and the Islamic Center in Toledo is the third mosque ever built in the United States. We honor the Muslim traditions of strong family, hard work, and education. We all deeply value the many contributions Muslims make to this great state. May God bless you!" - former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) (June 2007)[9]

Democrats for Public Education

An energized resistance to ongoing attacks on education was on display at 2014's American Federation of Teachers national convention Los Angeles, July 11-14. Under the theme of "Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education," speakers and more than 3,500 delegates pledged to rebuff attacks by corporate forces on teachers, while also vowing to bring back equity in higher education for students and faculty.

Political strategist Donna Brazile, self-described in her address as a "labor Democrat," teaches at Georgetown University and is presently organizing her fellow part-time faculty adjuncts into a union.

Brazile described the recent Vergara v. California decision as "perverse," in its ruling that teacher tenure violates the civil rights of children. Social and economic inequality are the result of bad policies that have resulted in 22% of children living today under the federal poverty line, Brazile reported.

"As a lifelong Democrat I am ashamed by attempts by some within in my own party ... who are trying to undermine public schools under the guise of reform," Brazile said. "Let me state this bluntly: the assault on public education is an assault on the principles of democracy and the foundation of our country."

Brazile introduced Democrats for Public Education, a new organization to counter Democrats for Education Reform and other billionaire-funded organizations that pour money into charters and laws rolling back union protections. Former Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio and former Gov. Jennifer Granholm of Michigan will be working in partnership with Brazile in the new organization.[10]

Council for a Livable World 2016


Council for a Livable World Senate endorsed candidates in 2016 were Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Deborah Ross (D-N.C.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), Ted Strickland (D-Ohio).[11]

According to the Council;

He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993–1995 and 1997–2007, during which he received an average score of 84% on the Council’s legislative scorecard.Strickland was an unwavering voice of opposition to the Iraq War and was one of the few votes against President George W. Bush’s authorization of military force in 2002. He consistently spoke out against unnecessary, heavy-handed military engagement around the world.

Strickland supports diplomacy to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and the Kissinger-Schulz-Nunn-Perry vision of moving responsibly toward a world free of nuclear weapons. A real populist, he has a strong message of re-balancing our nation’s spending priorities. He believes that the U.S. nuclear weapons budget should be reduced because the U.S. has more than enough nuclear weapons, and other security and foreign policy programs are of higher priority.
He would withdraw U.S. armed forces from Afghanistan as quickly as possible.