|Member of the Ohio Senate|
from the 15th district
April 21, 1992 – December 31, 2002
|Preceded by||Richard Pfeiffer|
|Succeeded by||Ray Miller|
|Alma mater||Howard University|
The Ohio State University
Sandusky High School
Ben E. Espy is a Democratic politician who formerly served in the Ohio Senate. A member of Columbus City Council from 1982 to 1992, Espy went on to obtain an appointment to the Ohio Senate after Senator Richard Pfeiffer resigned in 1992. He won election to fill the remainder of the term in 1992, and to a full term in 1994.
By 1994, Espy had been chosen to serve as assistant Senate minority leader, and by 1996, he was minority leader. He won a second term in 1998.
In 1999, Espy challenged Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman in the Democratic primary for mayor, but lost. He subsequently resigned his minority leader post, and served the remainder of his term in the Senate as a lame duck. Term limited in 2002, he left office and was replaced by Ray Miller.
Espy returned to private law practice, and also went on to serve as a special counsel to the Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann. He continues to reside in Columbus, Ohio. He is also a Prince Hall Freemason.
- "Legislative Roundup". Portsmouth Daily Times. Portsmouth, Ohio. January 8, 1992. p. A3. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
- "Democrats Elect Minority Leaders". Portsmouth Daily Times. Portsmouth, Ohio. December 1, 1994. p. A1. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
- Gray, David (2012). The History of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio F&AM 1971 – 2011: The Fabric of Freemasonry. Columbus, Ohio: Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio F&AM. p. 414. ISBN 978-0615632957.
- Powers, Scott (October 5, 1990). "Espy Believes Time Ripe For Mayoral Bid". The Columbus Dispatch. The Dispatch Printing Co. p. 08C.
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