State Senator Peggy B. Lehner was appointed to Ohio Senate in 2010 and was elected to her first full term in 2012.  She represents the 6th Senate district which includes most of the Montgomery County suburbs and the east side of Dayton.

Peggy chairs the Senate Education Committee and is an Ad Hoc member of the State Board of Education and the Board of Regents.  She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Health Committee, and is a member of the Medicaid and Criminal Justice Committees. Peggy has been an invited speaker at numerous national education conferences and is widely recognized for her leadership on education issues. In 2015, she was named Legislator of the Year for the Ohio Alliance of Public Charter Schools.

Prior to being appointed to the Ohio Senate, Peggy served one term as a State Representatives for the 37th House District.  Her first elected office was as a member of the Kettering City Council from 1998 to 2008. While she was on City Council, she was the founder and chairwoman of the First Suburbs Consortium of Dayton, a coalition of suburbs organized to seek solutions for challenges facing First Tier communities in the Dayton area.  She was also active in a number of county-wide initiatives ranging from senior transportation services to prison rehabilitation.

Always active with her community, Senator Lehner has served on the boards of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority, Senior Resource Connection, Dayton Right to Life, Catholic Social Services, and the Montgomery County Republican Party. In 1991, Governor George Voinovich appointed Peggy to Ohio Ethics Commission where she served two terms as chairwoman.

Senator Lehner attended both American College in Paris and St. Mary’s of the Woods College where she obtained a degree in history. She has a strong interest in the areas of education, health care, criminal justice reform, and local government. She and her husband Dr. James Lehner reside in Kettering and have five grown children and thirteen grandchildren.