Eric Kearney serves as the Senator for Ohio's 9th District. Prior to joining the Ohio Senate, Kearney founded Sesh Communications — one of the largest African American-owned publishing companies, which publishes The Cincinnati Herald, The Northern Kentucky Herald and The Dayton Defender. He also practiced law with Strauss & Troy, LLP and later became a partner with the Cincinnati law firm Cohen, Todd, Kite & Stanford, LLC.
Kearney was appointed Senator of the 9th District in December of 2005. In November 2010, the citizens of Cincinnati showed their strong approval of his leadership by electing to keep Kearney in the Ohio Senate for a second time. In his service to Ohio's General Assembly, Senator Kearney has championed the issues of small business development, child safety, healthy choices and crime prevention.
In his quest to continue the fight for children's issues, he passed Senate Bill 210: Healthy Choices for Healthy Children, which focuses on decreasing and preventing childhood obesity in Ohio schools through a combination of exercise, healthy foods and education. Each year, Senator Kearney embarks on a 107-mile walk from Cincinnati to Columbus to bring attention to children's health issues. In January 2012, Kearney was unanimously elected as the Senate Minority Leader.
Kearney earned a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College, and a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.