Betty Montgomery

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Betty Montgomery
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30th Auditor of Ohio
In office
January 6, 2003 – January 2, 2007
GovernorBob Taft
Preceded byJim Petro
Succeeded byMary Taylor
45th Attorney General of Ohio
In office
January 6, 1995 – January 5, 2003
GovernorGeorge Voinovich
Nancy Hollister
Bob Taft
Preceded byLee Fisher
Succeeded byJim Petro
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byPaul Gillmor
Succeeded byTim Greenwood
Personal details
Born (1948-04-03) April 3, 1948 (age 73)
Political partyRepublican
Alma materBowling Green State University (BA)
University of Toledo (JD)

Betty Montgomery (born April 3, 1948) is an American politician from the state of Ohio. A Republican, she formerly served as Ohio State Auditor and is the first woman Ohio Attorney General.[1]


Montgomery earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University and Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law.[2]


County Prosecutor[edit]

Montgomery was elected Wood County Prosecutor in 1980.[3] In 1988, she was elected to the Ohio Senate where she chaired the Criminal Justice Subcommittee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Montgomery worked on passing Ohio's first living-will law.[4]

Attorney General[edit]

In 1994 Montgomery was urged by Republican Party leaders to challenge Democrat Lee Fisher for the job of Ohio Attorney General. Montgomery was the first Republican attorney general in 24 years to hold the office. She faced an uphill battle against the very-popular Fisher.[5] Montgomery campaigned on her record as a prosecutor. She narrowly defeated Fisher by a vote of 1,716,451 to 1,625,471. As Attorney General, Montgomery worked to increase funding for law enforcement and for more crime labs. She defeated Democrat Richard Cordray for re-election in 1998, earning more votes than any other Republican candidate.


By the end of 2001, Montgomery was term limited from being re-elected Attorney General. Ohio Republican Party Chairman Robert Bennett urged Montgomery to run for the job of state auditor. She swapped offices with then Auditor Jim Petro, who was elected as attorney general. Montgomery defeated Democrat Helen Knipe Smith and became State Auditor in 2003. Montgomery was the top vote-getter in the 1998 and 2002 state elections.[6]

2006 Election[edit]

In 2006, Montgomery opted to run for Ohio Governor. During her campaign for governor, Montgomery challenged Ken Blackwell and Petro. After trailing both Blackwell and Petro in early polls, Montgomery dropped out of the governor's race to once again run for Attorney General. Her 2006 opponent in the general election was State Senator Marc Dann, who defeated Montgomery.

Later career[edit]

Montgomery runs a private law practice and a consulting company. She is the vice-chair of the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees and serves on several boards and foundations.[7] She is the chair of a leadership institute named after Ohio's first woman speaker of the house, Jo Ann Davidson, that helps develop young, female leaders.[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Montgomery is recognized for her civic and political achievements and has received awards that include the Robert E. Hughes Memorial Award, the Black Swamp Humanitarian Award, the Ohio Hospice Senator of the Year and the Medical College of Ohio Distinguished Citizen Award.[8]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "GOP Women Urge Each Other To Run For Office In Ohio". Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  2. ^ "Betty Montgomery". Mac Murray & Shuster LLP. December 7, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  3. ^ 3 Northwest County Sheriffs defeated in bids for nomination
  4. ^ Ohio Senate veteran upset
  5. ^ Montgomery picks tilling to head staff
  6. ^ Montgomery for auditor
  7. ^ "Betty Montgomery's homecoming: Lincoln speaker talks about the 'Wood County way'". Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  8. ^ "Betty Montgomery for president". Retrieved December 31, 2019.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Lee Fisher
Attorney General of Ohio
Succeeded by
Jim Petro
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Petro
Auditor of Ohio
Succeeded by
Mary Taylor