Jennifer Brunner is a state appellate court judge for Ohio's tenth appellate district. She holds 17 years private law practice experience, having previously worked as an attorney and partner at the Columbus, Ohio USA law firm of Brunner Quinn, founded by her in 1988. She holds prior elective experience as Ohio's first female Secretary of State from 2007-2011.
Her work 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 pioneered the practice of allowing jurors to ask questions and started the county's first adult felony drug court. She did not run for reelection as Secretary of State in 2010, instead running to be Ohio's first woman U.S. Senator in a primary election where she gained 45% of the vote with no television advertising after being outspent nearly 4 to 1.
Jennifer Brunner's private practice experience includes managing the work of associates in litigation and representing and advising clients on specific FCC telecom and related government affairs matters and on general litigation, administrative, criminal and campaign finance matters. Brunner has served as an expert for USAID funded projects in Serbia in 2012 and 2013 on political finance and public outreach in anti-corruption and judicial reform and as an international observer in the 2014 Egyptian constitutional referendum and presidential elections.
She previously served as a Governor's appointee on the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board and a mayor's appointee to the board of the Central Ohio Transit Authority in Columbus. Brunner is the author of the book, published on Amazon.com, Cupcakes and Courage, about her political and professional experiences.
She is a mother of three adult children and a grandmother. Jennifer and her husband, Rick, also an attorney, have been married since 1978. She is a native of Springfield, Ohio.
- Benjamin A. Tracy
- Gretchen Quinn