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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

State Sen. Bill Seitz And Wife Heading For Splitsville: Cincinnati Republican's Dissolution Of Marriage Filed Election Day

Seitz Split Cites Irreconcilable Differences
CINCINNATI (TDB) -- After 32 years of marriage, Ohio State Sen. Bill Seitz is getting a dissolution of marriage from his wife, Diane. The couple separated 13 months ago and have been living apart. Papers filed with the Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court on Election Day state that the longtime lawyer and his wife Diane are incompatible, “irreconcilable differences having arisen between them rendering it impracticable for them to live together.” The jointly filed suit doesn’t say what those irreconcilable differences are, only that they were enough for them to separate in October 2009. He’ll stay in the marital home in Green Township. She has a house in Delhi Township.  The couple's two children are grown.  Seitz represents District 8 in the Ohio Senate and chairs the civil justice committee.  In 2004, he sponsored the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union  between a man and a woman.  At the time, Seitz said this about the measure:  "It's a gigantic step toward strengthening the traditional view of marriage."

Unfortunately, his own traditional marriage hit the skids after more than three decades.  Seitz, a full-throated Republican, is known for his wit, his speeches in the legislative chambers, his intelligence, and his willingness to quickly respond to inquiries from constituents and the media.  He is fairly popular in Columbus among his colleagues, and is one of the more noteworthy state legislators from Greater Cincinnati. He spent seven years in the Ohio House of Representatives, was appointed to the Senate in 2007 and was elected to that seat a year later. His chairmanship of the Senate's civil justice panel makes sense since he has worked at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister since 1978 and is now a partner.  Seitz is seen as favoring pro-business interests over those of unions and the plaintiff's bar.  The court filings say that he'll need two incomes to fulfill the spousal support payments he agreed to -- $3,400 a month starting in January. That was based on $146,000 in annual income for Seitz, $17,500 for his wife. Both sides agreed that a “significant” portion of Seitz’s income hinges on his re-election in 2012, should he pursue it:  “In the event that Husband is no longer in the Ohio Senate and he does not have other income to equal at least $124,100, the Court shall have continuing jurisdiction to lower his spousal support amount.”

Diane Seitz will also get her share of the family nest eggs. She’ll receive $236,000 of her husband’s retirement account at Taft and half of their stock in Cheviot Savings Bank and Cincinnati Financial Corp.  Bill Seitz is on some lists of possible GOP candidates for the 2012 U.S. Senate nomination.  The winner would face Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, a freshman who plans to seek reelection.  Seitz has not put his hat in the ring -- the speculation has come from insiders and handicappers -- and Seitz has not publicly touted a candidacy against the expected Republican field.  It is not clear what effect if any the dissolution might have on his political career.  Was it a clean split, or is there something else going on that caused the break up?


  1. where there's smoke there's fire....

  2. Does this involve cherchez la femme in Colmbus? A Marc Dann situation?

  3. He's a handson lawmaker.

  4. There's almost ALWAYS a "cherchez la femme in Columbus" where a politician is concerned,,,,not to mention Washington, DC ! Women love that power "thing."

  5. Somebody in the know should spill details about Sen. Seitzs extracurricular activities if there are any. Post an anonymous comment. Did he stray? Westsiders want to know!!