|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Ohio's 10th district
January 3, 1963 - January 3, 1965
|Walter H. Moeller|
|Walter H. Moeller|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives|
|Born||November 21, 1916|
|Died||May 12, 2000 (aged 83)|
|Alma mater||Ohio State University College of Law (J.D.)|
Ohio University (B.A.)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1943 – 1946|
Homer E. "Pete" Abele (November 21, 1916 - May 12, 2000) was an American politician from the Republican Party. He was active in Ohio politics, and represented the state in the House of Representatives.
Homer "Pete" Abele graduated from Wellston High School in his birthplace of Wellston, Ohio in 1934. From 1935 to 1936, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps. From 1938 to 1941, he lived in Lancaster, Ohio and McArthur, Ohio, working for the Anchor Hocking Glass Corp. and the Austin Powder Co.
In 1949, while still a student in law school, Abele was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, where he served from 1949 to 1952. In 1952, Abele joined the unsuccessful presidential campaign of Robert A. Taft.
From 1953 to 1957, Abele was a lobbyist for railroad interests. In 1956, he was appointed solicitor of the village of McArthur, Ohio. In 1952, Abele attended the Republican National Convention. In 1956, he was a delegate to the convention. From 1954 to 1957, Abele was the chairman of the Vinton County, Ohio, Republican Executive Committee.
In 1958, Abele was the Republican nominee for U.S. Representative from Ohio's 10th congressional district. He lost to incumbent Walter H. Moeller. Abele challenged Moeller again in 1962, and unseated him; he began his service in 1963 in the 88th United States Congress. Abele served only one term - in 1964, Moeller won the seat back from Abele.
In 1966, Abele was elected to the office of judge of the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Fourth District. He was re-elected in 1972, 1978, and 1984. He retired at the end of his fourth term in 1991. During his tenure, he was presiding judge from 1977 to 1978 and from 1983 to 1984. In 1978, Abele was chief justice of the Ohio Court of Appeals. Abele also occasionally sat as a visiting judge on the Ohio Supreme Court.
Abele remained a member of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary, maintaining the rank of major. From 1967 to 1991, every graduating class of the State Highway Patrol Academy was administered its oath of office by Abele.
Abele's son Peter B. Abele is currently a judge on the Fourth District Appeals Court.