Michael J. Skindell

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Mike Skindell
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 23rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Dale Miller
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 13th district
In office
January 3, 2003-December 31, 2010
Preceded by Bryan Flannery
Succeeded by Nickie Antonio
Personal details
Born 1962[1]
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Single
Residence Lakewood, Ohio
Alma mater Walsh College (B.A.)
Cleveland Marshall College of Law (J.D.)
Occupation Attorney

Michael J. Skindell (born 1962) is the state Senator for the 23rd District of the Ohio Senate. He previously served in the Ohio House of Representatives. He is a Democrat.

Life and career

Skindell graduated from Walsh College (now Walsh University) in North Canton, Ohio with a B.A. in Business and Political Science in 1983. He received his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland in 1987. He is a practicing attorney with the firm of Friedman, Damiano and Smith[2] in Cleveland, specializing in personal injury and product liability.

He is a past president of the Lakewood Jaycees, and past Chairman of Lakewood Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development Block Grant. He is a former Assistant Attorney General of Ohio, and former member of Lakewood City Council. In 2004, he received the award for Ohio Environmental Council Public Servant of the Year.

After an unsuccessful run in the primary election in 1996, Skindell was first elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2002[3] taking the place of Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar who retired after serving one term in the State House.

Skindell ran unopposed in 2004 for a second term, and won a third in 2006 with 77.26% of the vote over Republican John Patrick Hildebrand. He won a fourth term in 2008 with 75.29% over Republican Mary Louise Kirk.

In 2012, Skindell opted to run for the Ohio Supreme Court, but lost to incumbent Terrence O'Donnell 70% to 30%.[4]

Ohio Senate

Term limits prevented Skindell from seeking a fifth term in 2010. However, Senator Dale Miller did not run for another term, and Skindell was one of four who sought the Democratic nomination to replace him. Skindell won the nomination over former Rep. Ron Mottl Jr., Parma Councilman Nicholas Celebrezze and John Harmon with 46.82% of the vote. He won the general election easily with 60.77% of the electorate.

Skindell was sworn into his first term as Senator on January 3, 2011.

Committee assignments

  • Public Safety, Local Government & Veterans Affairs--RMM
  • Civil Justice
  • Finance: Education Subcommittee
  • Insurance & Financial Institutions
  • Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review
  • State Government Oversight & Reform
  • Ways & Means
  • Workforce & Economic Development

Electoral history

Ohio Supreme Court Associate Justice: 2012
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2012 Michael J. Skindell 1,252,688 30.87% Terrence O'Donnell 2,804,629 69.13%
Ohio Senate 23rd District: 2010
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2010 Michael J. Skindell 49,406 60.77% Dave Morris 31,892 39.23%
Ohio House of Representatives 13th District: 2002 to 2006
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2008 Michael J. Skindell 27,010 75.29% Mary-Louise Kirk 8,865 24.71%
2006 Michael J. Skindell 19,943 77.26% John Patrick Hildebrand, Jr. 5,869 22.74%
2004 Michael J. Skindell 29,322 100.0% Unopposed
2002 Michael J. Skindell 13,241 63.86% Ryan Dro 7,495 36.14%

Personal life

Skindell is single and resides in Lakewood, Ohio.


  1. Project Vote Smart profile
  2. "Michael J Skindell, profile". Friedman, Damiano & Smith,. Retrieved 2008-01-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "2002 election results". Ohio Secretary of State. 2002-11-05. Retrieved 2008-01-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Husted, Jon 2012 general election results (2012-11-06)

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