Mary Boyle
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 15th district
In office
January 3, 1979 – December 31, 1984
Preceded byArthur Brooks
Succeeded byJane Campbell
Personal details
Born (1941-12-23) December 23, 1941 (age 81)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationSaint Mary's College, Indiana (BA)

Mary O. Boyle (born December 23, 1941) is an American politician of the Ohio Democratic party.

Boyle started her career in elective office as a state legislator representing Cleveland Heights (Ohio District #9) in 1978. She was Elected Majority Whip in the Ohio House of Representatives in 1982. Following that, she served on the Board of County Commissioners of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, for twelve years. She was the first woman ever elected to a non-judicial county office in Cuyahoga County. She is married to the former Vice-President of Cleveland State, Jack Boyle.

Boyle was a candidate for the United States Senate in 1994, to replace the retiring Howard Metzenbaum, but she was defeated in the Democratic primary by Joel Hyatt. Republican Mike DeWine eventually was elected to the Senate seat in November 1994. In 1998, she was the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate to replace the retiring John Glenn. She was defeated by then-Ohio Governor George Voinovich. She was the first (and still only) woman nominated by a major party for the Senate from Ohio. Boyle also ran for Treasurer of State in 2002 against Joseph T. Deters, which she lost.[1]

Boyle is the mother of Ohio politician Jim Boyle and three other children: Catherine Boyle, John Boyle, and Peter Boyle.


  1. ^ "Warren County Ohio Board of Elections - November 5, 2002 Election Res…". Archived from the original on 24 December 2012.
Ohio House of Representatives Preceded byArthur Brooks Member of the Ohio House of Representatives from the 15th district January 3, 1979 – December 31, 1984 Succeeded byJane Campbell Party political offices Preceded byJohn Glenn Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Ohio (Class 3) 1998 Succeeded byEric Fingerhut Preceded byJohn A. Donofrio Democratic nominee for Treasurer of Ohio 2002 Succeeded byRichard Cordray