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Ted is married to Frances Strickland. Frances is an educational psychologist and author of a widely-used screening test for kindergarten-age children. 

Because of his background in the ministry and social service, Ted believes that government is at its best when it’s guided by the heart and a good dose of common sense.

He didn’t come to public service as a lawyer or an investor, but as the son of a steelworker. Ted was born on August 4, 1941 in Lucasville, Ohio, one of nine children. He spent his childhood active in church and school life. As a young man, he never imagined he’d be able to go to college until a high school teacher took him on a trip to Asbury College and Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

His family was able to piece together enough for tuition and, soon after graduating from Northwest High School, he found himself attending Asbury College in Kentucky, receiving a B.A. in History in 1963. He went on to attend the Asbury Theological Seminary and received a Master of Divinity. He continued his studies at the University of Kentucky, receiving a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology in 1980.

Professionally, Ted has served as a minister, a psychologist, and a college professor. He was an administrator at a Methodist children’s home, an assistant professor of psychology at Shawnee State University, and a consulting psychologist at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility (SOCF).

Ted was elected governor of Ohio on November 7, 2006, and was sworn into office on January 8, 2007.