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Mary Jo Kilroy
Mary Jo Kilroy represented Ohio's 15th C.D, in the 111th Congress. She served on the Financial Services Committee and the House/Senate Conference Committee for Dodd-Frank. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Entries by Mary Jo Kilroy

A Lot Should Happen in 5 Years

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 4:00 PM

Five years ago, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) was signed into law. Nevertheless, sections of the law still remain to be implemented because of delays in enacting regulations. Five years should be more than adequate time to accomplish this task. During just two years of...

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Until CNN Apologizes to the Steubenville Rape Victim, Change the Channel

(189) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 10:15 AM

On a day when the victim in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case might have and should have received some measure of justice, CNN took to the air to report the breaking news of the guilty verdicts in a report that was suffused with sympathy for the convicted football players and...

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Bring Back Same-day Registration to Fix Ohio's Provisional Ballot Problem

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 11:20 AM

Living in Ohio, and not on the ballot myself this fall, I decided to put in some time with the talented lawyers and law students who were handling the thousands of calls (over 15,000 last Tuesday alone) on the Obama campaign election hotline. As a former Democratic candidate and office...

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In the Middle of a Drought, We Are 'Burning' Our Rivers

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 5:10 PM

You are the kind of environmentally conscientious energy-user who thinks about the impact that usage has on our planet, including the air we breathe, our carbon footprint, not to mention those energy bills. You pay attention to the monthly cost to power your home in kilowatt hours, and dollars and...

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Pursuing Freedom and Happiness

(7) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 6:58 PM

Okay, you are already online. Take a few moments and check out the Declaration of Independence. You may not have read it since middle school, but it is worth it to take a new look at it today. There you will find our founders succinct list of serious grievances with...

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Dads, Grads, Brides and Pride

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 4:49 PM

We just celebrated Pride Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, and it was a joyous occasion. This year's event honored straight allies, among whom I would include our president, vice-president, General Colin Powell, Jay-Z, the NAACP, and others, like myself, who have announced their support for marriage equality. It was also Father's...

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DeMarco Needs to Get to Work or Get a New Job

(6) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 4:24 PM

The people I spoke with on Lilly Avenue, an older neighborhood on the east side of Columbus, welcomed me into their homes with pride. They were building an active neighborhood, a mix of families who had lived there for generations as well as people much newer to the community. They...

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The End of DADT

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 2:06 PM

The odious military policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" came to an end today. Its demise is a result of the activism of many in the LGBT community and their allies, but especially that of members of the military who spoke up and spoke out about their lives...

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Big Announcement

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 12:57 PM


I have exciting news to share. I plan to seek the Democratic nomination for the new congressional seat in Franklin County, Ohio. I am running because our community needs a strong voice in Washington, who will remain focused on jobs, and will work to protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social...

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The Real Deficit in Washington Is in Adult Behavior

(185) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 5:20 PM

We are watching a Mad Hatter Tea Party Congress. Instead of the adult behavior House Speaker John Boehner promised last December after his party's victory, the American people are left with political games that make the new ultra-conservative elite pleased, but put middle class Americans and the country we love...

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Saving a Mother's Life: The Case for Abortion

(7) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 3:58 PM

Most politicians, even those calling themselves "pro-life," would allow an abortion where pregnancy resulted from rape or incest, or to save the life of the mother. Even before the 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade, as a young woman in my twenties, I knew of women making their case to...

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Social Security Doublespeak

(4) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 4:03 PM

Social Security is a lifeline for millions of Americans. It is one of our proudest historical achievements, this promise from one generation to the next that we will care for those who came before us. Last week we celebrated Social Security's 75th anniversary, and in commemoration I stood with House...

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I'm Just Absolutely Astonished

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2010 | 4:59 PM

Right now, I am absolutely astonished how the special interests work in this town. Incredible.

Ever since I took office, I have been meeting with people who have been hurt by the economic crisis by big Wall Street players. People who lost jobs and homes, or saw their savings decline....

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Stand Up for Decency

(194) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 5:15 PM

[Updated with new Thursday Hardball video at bottom]

Maybe you've seen it on TV or in one of the dozens of blog postings. The YouTube videos have been viewed over 51,108 times, and the original video from the Columbus Dispatch thousands more.

But on Tuesday, several protesters outside my district...

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