About Kathy

About Kathy

Kathy Wyenandt is the Democratic candidate for the Ohio Senate in the 4th district.

Kathy and her family

Kathy Wyenandt (why-nent) was born in Cincinnati but grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Her family moved back to Ohio in 1989, and she graduated from Fairfield High School in 1992. Kathy then went to Miami University, where she majored in psychology and political science, and graduated in 1997. 

Kathy and her husband Jim have four children: Abra, 21, Caden, 16, Emerson, 11, and Reese 9, and two golden doodles: Ollie and Maple. They live in Liberty Township. 

Kathy serves on the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit (SORTA) Board of Trustees, representing Butler County, and served as a board member of the Butler County Board of Elections, until stepping down from that position to run for office herself.

Kathy has a diverse professional background from market research at Procter & Gamble to pharmaceutical sales and business management. Over the years she has adapted her successful career to meet the needs of her growing family. After the birth of her second child, Kathy opened her own interior design business and increased even further her already active involvement in the community. 

She is also a strong advocate for the public schools. In many volunteer roles at multiple Lakota schools, she has helped coordinate events that have raised well over $250,000. Kathy served as the president of the Lakota West Athletic Boosters for many years, on the Wyandot PTO, and is very active in the Cherokee PTA. She currently is a representative on the District Parent Council.

In 2018, Kathy ran a very competitive race for the state house in Ohio’s 52nd district. She was one of the top 10 fundraisers in the Democratic field and grew the Democratic vote share by almost 17 points, outperforming up-ballot Democrats like Senator Sherrod Brown and the Democratic nominee for Governor, Richard Cordray.  Kathy plans to build on this progress and share her vision of People over Politics throughout Butler County in pursuit of change at the Statehouse.