David Pepper (politician)
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David Pepper Politician
David Pepper
David A Pepper (City Club of Cleveland) (cropped).jpg
Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party

January 1, 2015
Chris Redfern
Personal details
Born (1971-06-07) June 7, 1971 (age 48)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationYale University (BA, JD)
WebsiteOfficial website

David Andrew Pepper (born June 7, 1971) is an American politician, the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party (began his term in January 2015), a former councilman for the city of Cincinnati and former member of the Hamilton County, Ohio Board of Commissioners.[1]

Early life

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Pepper is the son of former Procter & Gamble CEO, John Pepper.[2] Pepper earned his B. A. at Yale University and his J.D. from Yale Law School.[1] He specialized in commercial litigation for the Blank Rome firm.[3]


Political career

In 2001, Pepper was elected to the Cincinnati City Council and served as the Chairman of Council's Law and Public Safety Committee.[4] Pepper was defeated in his run for mayor in 2005.[5]

Pepper was elected to the Hamilton County's Board of Commissioners in November 2006.[3] In 2010 Pepper was a candidate for Ohio Auditor and in April 2013, Pepper said he would run for state Attorney General in the 2014 election.[1] In 2014 Pepper ran unsuccessfully for Ohio Attorney General. He was elected Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party in 2015.[6]

Writing career

Pepper is the author of The People's House, a political thriller.[7] The book centers around a Russian scheme to help elect Republican candidates.[6] The Wall Street Journal wrote that Pepper "writes with flair and insider knowledge of everything from gerrymandering to arrogant D.C. press aides." and "With speed and savvy, "The People's House" emerges as a sleeper candidate for political thriller of the year."[8]


  • The People's House. St. Helena Press. 2016. ISBN 978-1619845121.
  • The Wingman. St. Helena Press. 2018. ISBN 978-1619848719.
  • The Voter File. To be released June 2, 2020.

Electoral history

Date Position Status Opponent Result Vote share Opponent vote share
2014 Attorney General Challenger Mike DeWine Defeated 38.5% 61.5%
2010 Auditor Open-Seat Dave Yost Defeated 44.9% 50.2%
2006 County Commissioner Phil Heimlich Elected 53.0% 47.0%
2005 Mayor Open-Seat Mark Mallory Defeated 47.9% 52.0%
2001 City Council Elected


  1. ^ a b c Borchardt, Jackie (April 16, 2013). "Democrat Will Enter Race for Ohio Attorney General ; David Pepper to Run against Mike DeWine. - Former Hamilton County Commissioner Lost Race for Auditor in 2010". Dayton Daily News. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved 2014 – via HighBeam.
  2. ^ Wessels, Joe (Oct 4, 2006). "Heckler peppers Pepper with curses". The Cincinnati Post. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved 2014 – via HighBeam.
  3. ^ a b Gomez, Henry (April 15, 2015). "Democrat David Pepper launches campaign to unseat Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine". Cleveland.com. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Coolridge, Sharon (2016-07-25). "Ohio Dem party leader writes political thriller". cincinnati.com. Cincinnati.com. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Kinny, Terry. "Mark Mallory narrowly wins Cincy race". The BG News. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved .
  6. ^ a b Debenedetti, Gabriele (2018-02-17). "The Thriller That Predicted the Russia Scandal". Politico.com. Politico.com. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Skolnick, David (2016-08-14). "Ohio Dem Party Chair Pens Novel About Vindy Reporter Who Uncovers National Political Scandal". Vindy.com. Vindy.com. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "A Sleeper Candidate". Wall Street Journal. November 4, 2016.

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Preceded by
Chris Redfern
Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party

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