Bob Taft Bob Taft, the great-grandson of President William Howard Taft and the grandson and son of U.S. senators, was elected governor of Ohio on Nov. 3, 1998, defeating Democrat Lee Fisher.
-- governor of Ohio, 1999-
CAREER: 1999- Ohio governor; 1991-1998, 50th Ohio secretary of state; 1981-1991, Hamilton County commissioner; 1976-1981, state representative; 1969-1973, budget officer and assistant director of the Bureau of the Budget, State of Illinois; 1967-1969, service in Vietnam, U.S. State Department; 1963-1965 Peace Corps teacher, Tanzania, East Africa.
EDUCATION: Yale University, B.A. 1963; Princeton University, M.A. in government, 1967; University of Cincinnati Law School, J.D., 1976
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 8, 1942; wife, Hope; daughter, Anna.