Laura A. Bischoff

Laura Bischoff has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1995 and focuses on state and federal government. She has been assigned to the Statehouse bureau since 2001 and has broken stories on the public pension funds, Ohio State University, Ohio Medicaid and politicians of all stripes.  Her work has earned her a number of state and national reporting honors.  Prior to her current assignment, Bischoff worked as a business reporter and covered Dayton city hall. She previously covered local government for the Flint (Mich.) Journal.  Bischoff was raised in Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  She lives in Worthington with her husband and two sons.

Latest from Laura A. Bischoff

24th grandchild on the way for Gov. Mike DeWine, first lady Fran DeWine
 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and first lady Fran DeWine are preparing for grandchild number 24 to arrive any minute, according to the governor. “Looks like @FranDeWine and I will have a new grandson today! Our daughter, Alice, is in labor,” the governor tweeted earlier today. Alice DeWine Dudukovich is an assistant Greene County prosecutor...

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and first lady Fran DeWine are preparing for grandchild number 24 to arrive any minute, according to the governor. “Looks like @FranDeWine and I will have a new grandson today! Our daughter, Alice, is in labor,” the governor tweeted earlier today. Alice DeWine Dudukovich is an assistant Greene County prosecutor...
Gov. DeWine unveils plans to help pregnant women, new moms
 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine plans to at least triple funding for health care home visits for at-risk pregnant women and new moms in an effort to lower Ohio’s high infant mortality rate. “It’s no secret that children’s issues will be a focal point of our administration,” DeWine said at Nationwide Children’s Hospital...

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine plans to at least triple funding for health care home visits for at-risk pregnant women and new moms in an effort to lower Ohio’s high infant mortality rate. “It’s no secret that children’s issues will be a focal point of our administration,” DeWine said at Nationwide Children’s Hospital...
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich lands job at CNN
 Just one day after leaving office as governor, John Kasich has signed with CNN to be a commentator. >> Read more trending news  On Tuesday, CNN announced that he would be “the newest addition to the network’s stable of commentators.” His first appearance will be on CNN tonight on Cuomo Prime Time.  In the...

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Just one day after leaving office as governor, John Kasich has signed with CNN to be a commentator. >> Read more trending news  On Tuesday, CNN announced that he would be “the newest addition to the network’s stable of commentators.” His first appearance will be on CNN tonight on Cuomo Prime Time.  In the...
DeWine signs 6 executive orders after taking office: What are they?
 Gov. Mike DeWine issued six executive orders just minutes after his official swearing-in. The orders covered issues including anti-discrimination in state hiring, fighting the opioid crisis, promoting foster care, and health and education issues for children. Related: DeWine takes office: Promises to focus on children, fight opioid epidemic...

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Gov. Mike DeWine issued six executive orders just minutes after his official swearing-in. The orders covered issues including anti-discrimination in state hiring, fighting the opioid crisis, promoting foster care, and health and education issues for children. Related: DeWine takes office: Promises to focus on children, fight opioid epidemic...
DeWine takes office: Promises to focus on children, fight opioid epidemic
 Before hundreds gathered at the Ohio Statehouse on Monday, Republican Mike DeWine in his first public address as Ohio governor struck chords of optimism and unity. “We are united in our passion and commitment to ensuring that all of our children lead meaningful, fulfilling lives. We are united in our resolve to end this horrible opioid...

Posted: 3 days ago

Before hundreds gathered at the Ohio Statehouse on Monday, Republican Mike DeWine in his first public address as Ohio governor struck chords of optimism and unity. “We are united in our passion and commitment to ensuring that all of our children lead meaningful, fulfilling lives. We are united in our resolve to end this horrible opioid...
Who is Ohio’s new first lady, Fran DeWine?
 To their friends and family, they’re “Mike & Fran” — team leaders of a sprawling, close-knit family with eight kids and 23 grand kids. Frances Struewing met Mike DeWine in the first grade and the two married in June 1967 while they were both still undergraduate students at Miami University in Oxford. “She is...

Posted: 3 days ago

To their friends and family, they’re “Mike & Fran” — team leaders of a sprawling, close-knit family with eight kids and 23 grand kids. Frances Struewing met Mike DeWine in the first grade and the two married in June 1967 while they were both still undergraduate students at Miami University in Oxford. “She is...
WATCH: Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich makes debut as CNN commentator
 Just one day after leaving office as governor, John Kasich signed with CNN to be a commentator. On Tuesday, CNN announced that he would be “the newest addition to the network’s stable of commentators.” He made his debut Wednesday on Cuomo Prime Time, which can be viewed above.  In the midst of Gov. Mike DeWine&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Just one day after leaving office as governor, John Kasich signed with CNN to be a commentator. On Tuesday, CNN announced that he would be “the newest addition to the network’s stable of commentators.” He made his debut Wednesday on Cuomo Prime Time, which can be viewed above.  In the midst of Gov. Mike DeWine&rsquo...
Mike DeWine sworn in as Ohio governor; first from Dayton area in nearly 100 years
 Mike DeWine took the oath to become governor just after midnight on Monday at his home in Cedarville. With his wife, Fran by his side, DeWine was sworn in by his son Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine. Judge Thomas Rose presided over the event. A public inauguration was held at noon today at the Statehouse in Columbus, where DeWine gave...

Posted: 4 days ago

Mike DeWine took the oath to become governor just after midnight on Monday at his home in Cedarville. With his wife, Fran by his side, DeWine was sworn in by his son Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine. Judge Thomas Rose presided over the event. A public inauguration was held at noon today at the Statehouse in Columbus, where DeWine gave...
Dayton’s Strahorn stepping down as Ohio House Minority Leader
 House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn will step down from his post leading the 38-member Democratic caucus at the end of January but will remain in the Legislature. Strahorn, D-Dayton, said he is proud that Democrats gained five seats in the Ohio House. “My decision to step down is bittersweet, but it is made sweeter knowing that I will...

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House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn will step down from his post leading the 38-member Democratic caucus at the end of January but will remain in the Legislature. Strahorn, D-Dayton, said he is proud that Democrats gained five seats in the Ohio House. “My decision to step down is bittersweet, but it is made sweeter knowing that I will...
Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson joining DeWine administration
 Governor-elect Mike DeWine named 14 more people to his cabinet and staff, including Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson as a senior advisor for criminal justice policy. DeWine also tapped people who will oversee programs that touch Ohioans everyday: road maintenance, Medicaid coverage, injured worker claims and more. Aging: Ursel McElroy...

Posted: 7 days ago

Governor-elect Mike DeWine named 14 more people to his cabinet and staff, including Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson as a senior advisor for criminal justice policy. DeWine also tapped people who will oversee programs that touch Ohioans everyday: road maintenance, Medicaid coverage, injured worker claims and more. Aging: Ursel McElroy...
Anti-abortion activists say ex-state Sen. Bill Beagle “unfit” for job with state treasurer
 Former state senator Bill Beagle is facing a backlash from anti-abortion forces who are urging incoming state treasurer Robert Sprague to rescind Beagle’s appointment to a job in Sprague’s administration. Beagle voted against overriding Gov. John Kasich’s veto of the heartbeat abortion ban bill. RELATED: Ohio Senate short...

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Former state senator Bill Beagle is facing a backlash from anti-abortion forces who are urging incoming state treasurer Robert Sprague to rescind Beagle’s appointment to a job in Sprague’s administration. Beagle voted against overriding Gov. John Kasich’s veto of the heartbeat abortion ban bill. RELATED: Ohio Senate short...