Lee Fisher
Dean of Cleveland–Marshall College of Law
Assumed office
May 2017
64th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
January 8, 2007 – January 10, 2011
GovernorTed Strickland
Preceded byBruce Johnson
Succeeded byMary Taylor
44th Attorney General of Ohio
In office
January 14, 1991 – January 9, 1995
GovernorGeorge Voinovich
Preceded byTony Celebrezze
Succeeded byBetty Montgomery
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 25th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – December 31, 1990
Preceded byPaul Matia
Succeeded byEric Fingerhut
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 16th district
In office
January 3, 1981 – December 31, 1982
Preceded byHarry Lehman
Succeeded byJudy Sheerer
Personal details
Born (1951-08-07) August 7, 1951 (age 70)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Peggy Zone
EducationOberlin College (BA)
Case Western Reserve University (JD, MA)

Lee Irwin Fisher (born August 7, 1951) is an American attorney, politician, and academic. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 64th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, with Governor Ted Strickland, from 2007 until 2011. He serves as the Dean of Cleveland–Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.

Early life and education

Fisher graduated from Oberlin College in 1973 and earned a Juris Doctor from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1976. He graduated from the Weatherhead School of Management Professional Fellows Program in 1996. In 2004, he received his master's degree in nonprofit organization from the Case Western Reserve University Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations.


After graduation from law school, he was a law clerk for Judge Paul C. Weick of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1976–1977). In 1978, he joined the Cleveland law firm of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, and was an instructor in Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy at Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law during the 1978 school year. During his 10 years in the state legislature, he continued to serve as of counsel to the law firm (1978–1990). He rejoined Hahn Loeser & Parks as a partner in 1995 and served as a partner until he was selected CEO of the Center for Families and Children in 1999.

Ohio House of Representatives

At the age of 29, Fisher was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1980. He served as a state representative for two years before being elected to the Ohio Senate in 1982. He was named " Outstanding Freshman Legislator" by Columbus Monthly magazine in 1982. He served as a state senator for eight years.[citation needed] In 1983 he was named a Chase Public Leadership Fellow and attended the Harvard Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

Attorney general

Fisher was elected Attorney General of Ohio in 1990, defeating Paul Pfeifer in the only statewide election in Ohio history to trigger a statewide recount.[1] In 1992, Fisher was elected a presidential elector for Ohio.[2][citation needed] Fisher served as attorney general from 1991 to 1995, narrowly losing his bid for re-election in 1994 to Republican Betty Montgomery.

Lieutenant governor

Joining the ticket of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland, Fisher was elected lieutenant governor in 2006.[3] The Ohio gubernatorial campaign was captured in the documentary film Swing State, which was directed by (his son) Jason Zone-Fisher, John Intrater, and H. Spencer Young.

2010 U.S. Senate campaign

Main article: 2010 United States Senate election in Ohio

In February 2009, Fisher announced his campaign to replace George Voinovich in the U.S. Senate.[4]

On May 4, 2010, Fisher won the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, defeating Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.[5]

In the general election on November 2, 2010, Fisher faced the Republican nominee, Rob Portman, a former Cincinnati congressman and Bush administration official.[5] Portman received 57% of the votes to Fisher's 39%. Fisher carried only six of Ohio's 88 counties and three of 18 congressional districts.[6]

Other work

In 1998, Fisher ran for governor but lost to Republican Bob Taft, 50%–45%, in the closest gubernatorial election in 28 years.

He has served on two public company boards: Rex Stores (now Rex American Resources) and Office Max (before it was sold to Boise Cascade).

Cleveland–Marshall College of Law

In 2016, Fisher was appointed Interim Dean of Cleveland State University's Cleveland–Marshall College of Law for the 2016–17 academic year. On May 3, 2017, Fisher was named permanent Dean after a national search. His selection was somewhat unconventional as the search committee opted for someone without a history in academia.

During his time as Dean, Fisher has focused on a number of initiatives. These have included a focus on leadership in the law, establishing the Cleveland-Marshall Hall of Fame, increased fundraising, and raising the school's national profile. Beginning in the fall of 2018, Fisher began teaching a course on leadership. That same year, the CM-Law P. Kelly Tompkins Leadership and Law Program was established. Named after P. Kelly Tompkins, a benefactor and 1981 graduate, the program places an emphasis on leadership as a necessary component of law.[7]

In the fall of 2017, Fisher led the effort in establishing the Cleveland-Marshall Hall of Fame. The now-annual fundraiser honors members of the CM-Law community who have had a positive impact on the school either through their reputation or as benefactors. Honorees include Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, and former Cleveland Mayor Carl B. Stokes among others. In addition to notable alum, the CM-Law Hall of Fame also highlights those who have been benefactors that have not graduated from the school including federal Judge Dan Polster and Judy and Robert H. Rawson, Jr. [8]

Personal life

He is married to Peggy Zone Fisher, the president and CEO of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. He has two adult children.

Electoral history

Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2006, James Lundeen received 579 votes and Larry Bays received 73 votes.


  1. ^ hosted.ap.org[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Presidential Electors: November 3, 1992 - Ohio Secretary of State". www.sos.state.oh.us. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
  3. ^ Strickland names Lee Fisher as running mate in governor's race. Business Courier of Cincinnati. January 26, 2006.
  4. ^ Naymik, Mark. Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher joins the race for U.S. Senate seat, The Plain Dealer, February 17, 2009
  5. ^ a b Naymik, Mark. Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher raises another $550,000 for Senate campaign, starts spending it on commercials. The Plain Dealer. April 14, 2010.
  6. ^ http://www.rollcall.com/issues/56_97/-204148-1.html
  7. ^ https://www.law.csuohio.edu/academics/leadership
  8. ^ https://www.law.csuohio.edu/alumnigiving/hof/members