Chairman David Pepper was unanimously elected Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party on December 17, 2014 and was reelected on June 5, 2018. He was first elected to public office in 2001 when he served on Cincinnati City Council, finishing first out of a field of 26 candidates, and was reelected for a second term in 2003. In 2006, Chairman Pepper was elected to the three-member Hamilton County Commission. He served as the Commission President from 2009-2010. Since 2000, he has also worked in the Cincinnati offices of major law firms Squire Sanders and Blank Rome. Chairman Pepper teaches election and voting rights law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Chairman Pepper earned his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and later earned his J.D. from Yale Law School. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife, Alana, and their children, Jacob and Charlie.