Jennifer Brunner


Jennifer Brunner has been married to Rick Brunner since 1978. Three adult children and 1 grandchild. Two rescue dogs and a cat. Live downtown in Columbus, Ohio. Value public service for the sake of public service. Hope to encourage many young people to enter public service, because it improves life for all of us. Brunner was given the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award from the bipartisan John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, 2008, the nation’s most prestigious award for elected public servants.


Jennifer Brunner is an attorney, author, former state trial court judge and former Secretary of State of Ohio. She is the founding partner of the Columbus, Ohio USA law firm of Brunner Quinn, since 1988. She served in elective office as Ohio’s first woman Secretary of State from 2007-2011 and as a state trial court judge from 2000-2005. Since leaving office she has consulted as an expert internationally on political finance and public outreach and provided commentary for local to international media outlets.

Brunner’s work while in office in improving Ohio’s elections received national recognition, including the nation’s most prestigious award for elected public servants, the bipartisan John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, for what Caroline Kennedy called, “her dauntless commitment to the enfranchisement of every Ohio voter.” Before serving as Ohio’s 52nd Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner was elected twice judge of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court where she received state, national and international recognition for her work in starting the county’s first adult felony drug court with a specific focus on poverty. In 2010, Brunner ran for the U.S. Senate from Ohio.


Since leaving public office Brunner formed and chaired an Ohio voting rights coalition, Fair Elections Ohio, responsible for protecting early voting in the 2012 Presidential election through a statewide election referendum. Brunner is the author of Cupcakes and Courage, a book about her state and national political experiences advocating individual political empowerment. She is working on a second book, Once Upon an Apple, Why Corruption Matters.

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