Peggy Lehner is currently serving her second full term as state senator for the 6th Ohio District, representing portions of Montgomery County, and is one of just three Republican women in the Ohio Senate.
No stranger to public service, she served one term in the Ohio House of Representatives and 10 years as a member of the Kettering City Council. Lehner serves on a wide array of committees, both in Ohio and nationally, including the Human Services and Medicaid Committee and Judiciary Committee.
She has been appointed chair of the Senate Education Committee three times, working to close the racial achievement gap by advocating for accessible quality early learning for all. She has advocated for the prohibition of female genital mutilation and tightening Ohio’s gun laws to protect victims of domestic violence. Instrumental in the advocacy and facilitation of a multi-acre property transfer by the State of Ohio to YWCA Dayton – what will soon become YW’s new North Property in Huber Heights – Lehner also helped secure capital bill funding for YW’s first major central building renovations since 1961.
Throughout her career, she has shown a passion for helping individuals of all backgrounds. In 2008, she was named Freshman Legislator of the Year in honor and recognition of her commitment to helping Ohioans with developmental disabilities; in 2012, she received the Antoinette Parisi Eaton Advocacy Award from the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for her advocacy on behalf of Ohio’s children. Additionally, the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area presented Lehner with the Smith Moore Award in 2014 for her outstanding leadership, longevity, and service to her community.
“Throughout her professional life and her time in the legislature, Lehner has earned a seat at the table on key issues impacting Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens. Peggy truly is a woman of influence as she has not only inspired those working under her, but also her many colleagues regardless of political affiliation. She has motivated and inspired me countless times. Her positive attitude, dedication to serving and bettering the lives of those in her community and passion for public service are truly admirable and set her apart from others,” her nominator said.
Lehner attended both American College in Paris and St. Mary’s of the Woods College, where she obtained a degree in history.