Ladies' Gallery - Legislators

Clara E. Weisenborn

 
Service
Ohio House of Representatives, 1952 - 1966
Montgomery County

Ohio Senate, 1966 - 1974
Montgomery County

Party
Republican

Biography

Clara Weisenborn was active in community affairs as a state legislator, serving nine consecutive terms – seven in the Ohio House and two in the Ohio Senate. She was a newspaper columnist for 42 years for the Dayton Journal Herald, and produced a weekly radio program for 10 years.

 

As a legislator her involvement included being a member of the following House committees:

-Health,

-Education,

-Labor and Mines, and

-Industry.

 

Among the Senate committees on which she served:

-Agriculture and State Agencies,

-Finance,

-Education and Health (vice chair), and

-Ways and Means.

 

Clara Weisenborn was active in many different civic associations, including: the American Red Cross, the 4-H Club Advisory Council of Montgomery County, the National Garden Writers Association, the American Horticultural Society, the Dayton Press Club, the Ohio Newspaper Women's Association, the Business and Professional Women's Club, the National Order of Women Legislators, the Wayne and Harrison Township Women's Republican Club, and the Dayton Altrusa Club.

 

Weisenborn was also the first woman to serve on the Legislative Service Commission. During her long career, she was honored numerous times for her work in community achievements. She received an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Wright State University, recognizing her work to establish the university. She was also inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame, and a junior high school in Wayne Township school district was dedicated in her name to honor her service and dedication to public schools in Ohio.

 

Biography courtesy of the Ohio Women's Policy and Research Commission