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5 things to know about potential governor candidate Richard Cordray


Richard Cordray is rumored to be considering a 2018 run to be the next governor of Ohio after resigning from his position as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau .

Cordray, a Democrat, has not yet announced a run, but for months has been rumored to be planning one. Cordray previously worked in state government in Ohio.

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Cordray would join a crowded field of gubernatorial contenders, including Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. Below are five things you should know about Cordray:

1. He is a Michigan State grad but still a Buckeye

Cordray is a graduate of one of Ohio State University’s chief rivals, Michigan State University. But, he later went on to serve as an adjunct professor at Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, according to his biography page on the CFPB’s website.

Cordray also graduated from both Oxford University and the University of Chicago Law School.

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2. The first leader of the CFPB

Cordray served as the first-ever director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — a post he resigned on Nov. 15. Before joining the bureau, Cordray was Ohio Attorney General. He helped to recover more than $2 billion for Ohio retirees, investors and business owners, according to his biography.

3. He’s held elected office before

Cordray once served as Franklin County Treasurer and later served as Ohio Treasurer. In both positions, he led banking, investment, debt and financial activities, according to his biography.

He also served as the state representative for Ohio’s 33rd house district.

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4. He’s argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court

Throughout his career, Cordray has argued seven cases in front of the United States Supreme Court. He was appointed to argue cases by both the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush justice departments, according to his biography.

As a lawyer, Cordray also served as counsel to Kirkland & Ellis, one of the world’s largest law firms.

5. He’s still an Ohioan

Cordray lives in Grove City, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. While he served as director of the CFPB, he was a law school professor at Capital University, a private liberal arts and research school located in Bexley. He and his wife Peggy have twin children named Danny and Holly.

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