Meet Frances

Frances Strickland is an educator, tireless advocate for children and families and former First Lady of Ohio.

Frances was born in Kentucky, where she grew up on a dairy farm. Like Ted, she had the opportunity to pursue higher education and eventually earned a doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Kentucky — where she met her future husband.

After graduation, Frances worked many years in a public school system as an educational psychologist. She authored a screening test for kindergarten-age children and a children's book, The Little Girl Who Grew Up To Be Governor, based on the life of the first female Governor of Kentucky Martha Layne Collins.

As First Lady of Ohio, Frances worked on a number of initiatives. She served as the chair of the Family and Children First Council, composed of state-agency leaders that help families seeking government services. Her work also focused on education, the environment, renewable energy, and inclusion.

She plays the guitar and is often heard at rallies for her husband. She is a strong partner with Ted in fighting to make life better for Ohio’s working people.

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