Born and raised on the west side of Cincinnati, Commissioner Denise Driehaus is a lifelong resident of Hamilton County. She is honored to serve her hometown as Vice President of the Board of County Commissioners
Prior to her service as a Commissioner, Denise served 4 terms in the Ohio House of Representatives as the Representative of the 31st Ohio House District. Before entering public service full time, she owned and managed two small businesses. She understands many of the hurdles facing small businesses and economic development.
As a legislator, Denise brought a collaborative and bipartisan approach to pass laws relating to Education, Job Creation, and the Opioid Crisis. The first woman to serve as the Ranking Member on the House Finance Committee, Denise worked with other representatives from our region to secure state funding for economic and neighborhood development projects in Hamilton County.
Denise brings the same energy, passion and diligence to the County Commission. Denise’s priorities for county government include:
Jumpstarting economic development in a way that is inclusive and makes sure every person in every community has an opportunity to share in our region’s economic growth;
Working together with the City of Cincinnati to resolve the issues at the Metropolitan Sewer District while developing a plan to comply with the Federal Consent Decree that avoids an undue burden on sewer ratepayers;
Collaborating with law enforcement, treatment providers, local activists, healthcare providers, and other governments to fight the Heroin epidemic; and
Offering more shared services to the 49 cities, villages, and townships that make up Hamilton County to help local governments become more efficient.
As Commissioner, Denise serves as President of the Hamilton County Family and Children First Council, Vice Chair of the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency, and as a board member of the Hamilton County Transportation Improvement District, OKI Regional Council of Governments, Southwest Ohio Workforce Investment Board, Downtown Cincinnati, Inc., REDI Cincinnati, the City-County Shared Services Committee, and the Hamilton County Landbank.
Denise also serves as a board member of the Community Learning Center Institute and is a member of the Sisters of Charity Ministry Foundation’s Program Committee. Additionally, she serves as a Civility Facilitator for the National Institute for Civil Discourse.
Denise’s dedicated public service has been recognized by a number of organizations in recent years:
• Emergency Nurses Association Legislator Appreciation Award
• 2012 National Association of Social Workers-Ohio Chapter Public Elected Official of the Year (2-one statewide and one regional)
• 2012 Farm Bureau Friend of Agriculture
• 2013 Ohio Farmers Union Legislator of the Year
• 2014 Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Legislator of the Year
• 2014 Ohio Alliance of Early Learning Advocates Legislator of the Year
• 2015 Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District Steadfast Support of Environmental Conservation in Hamilton County Award
• 2015 Public Children Services Association of Ohio Legislator of the Year
Denise earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Miami University (OH). She is the mother of two children, Sarah and Andrew, and she resides in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Clifton.