Ohio House of Representatives, 1962 – 1968
Margaret Dennison had a varied and successful professional and political career. She worked in journalism before her marriage and prior to holding public office. She had done editorial work on the Rotor, the Peerless Electric Company plant paper. This is the company her grandfather had helped to found, and the company that became famous for its Peerless Fans.
Dennison also served as an American Red Cross staff assistant in England in 1944. Her political career began with service in the Ohio General Assembly. Her appointments there included assignments with the following committees:
- Metropolitan Areas,
- Public Welfare,
- Reference, and
She became interested in a run for political office through her involvement in the Lordstown Parent/Teacher Association. Margaret Dennison stated that her involvement in civic affairs was natural: "I was brought up feeling I should do what I could, whatever that might be, toward trying to make conditions better" (Youngstown Vindicator, January 1, 1978). She left political life for eleven years, from 1968 to 1979, then she was chosen in 1979 by the Trumbull County Republican party to fill a vacant County Commissioner seat. She focused on conservation and water usage and quality during her years as County Commissioner.
Biography courtesy of the Ohio Women's Policy and Research Commission