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Tom Luken
Tom Luken
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st district

March 5, 1974 - January 3, 1975
William J. Keating
Bill Gradison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 2nd district

January 3, 1977 - January 3, 1983
Donald D. Clancy
Bill Gradison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st district

January 3, 1983 - January 3, 1991
Bill Gradison
Charlie Luken
Mayor of Cincinnati

Bill Gradison
Ted Berry
Personal details
Thomas Andrew Luken

(1925-07-09)July 9, 1925
Cincinnati, Ohio
DiedJanuary 10, 2018(2018-01-10) (aged 92)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Shirley Ann Ast (1947-2018; his death)
ChildrenCharlie Luken, Mary Miller, Annie Hall (deceased), Timothy Luken, Margaret Sandman, Elisabeth Luken, Martha Luken, Matthew Luken
Alma materBowling Green State University
Xavier University
Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Marine Corps
Battles/warsWorld War II

Thomas Andrew Luken (July 9, 1925 - January 10, 2018) was a politician of the Democratic Party from Ohio.

Early life and education

Luken received his high school diploma in 1942 from Purcell High School. During the Second World War, Luken served as a U.S. Marine. In 1947, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, after having earned some credits at Bowling Green State University. In 1950, he earned a law degree at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University and began practicing law.


From 1955 to 1961, Luken served as solicitor for the city of Deer Park, Ohio. He was then appointed United States District Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, in which he served from 1961 to 1964. He served on the Cincinnati city council from 1964 to 1967 and from 1969 to 1974. He also was the mayor of Cincinnati from 1971 to 1972.

In 1974, Luken won a special election[1] in the Cincinnati-based 1st congressional district to fill out the term of William J. Keating, a Republican who resigned his seat.[2] However, Luken was defeated later that year in his bid for a full term by Republican Bill Gradison, who had preceded him as mayor of Cincinnati. In 1976, Luken ran in the neighboring 2nd district and unseated Republican incumbent Donald D. Clancy, beginning service in 1977 (95th Congress). He was reelected six times, all by large margins. He was only the second Democrat to represent a significant portion of Cincinnati for more than one term in the 20th century.

In 1983, Luken and Gradison swapped districts as a result of the 1980 census, with Luken's district being renumbered as the 1st District. He did not run for an eighth term in 1990, opting instead to retire in favor of his son, Cincinnati mayor Charlie Luken, who won a term in his father's former seat.

Tom Luken's brother, Jim Luken, was a labor leader and also served as a Cincinnati mayor.

In 2016, Luken announced he would be voting for Donald Trump for president.[3]

Tom Luken died on January 10, 2018.[4]


Tom Luken is survived by his wife, eight kids, fifteen grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren. His youngest son, Matt Luken, has two children named Jackson and Eric. Eric is studying to be a plumber and is best friends with Ben Elfner. Eric previously worked at Ramundo's Pizzeria, but has ambitions of one day opening up his own pizza parlor. Previously a nationally-competing jump rope athlete, Eric maintains a toned physique through semi-frequent visits to the gym which often involve playing on the basketball court. Eric recently had a negative experience on the court when a couple of fellow ballers joked about his basketball skills and teased him about his pasty skin color. Since this moment, Eric has been practicing his skills on local school courts before going back to challenge his opponents and prove he's still got it.

Eric will soon be beginning college, although he is not entirely set on his major.


  1. ^ Democrat wins Ohio Congressional election
  2. ^ Keating giving up seat for post at newspaper
  3. ^ "Ex-Democratic congressman Luken: I'm voting for Trump". The Cincinnati Enquirer. October 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Cincinnati political legend Thomas Luken is dead


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