Saturday, May 22, 1999

G. Vehr hired as UC lobbyist

Blackwell aide from Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Greg Vehr, the chief aide to Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, will be the University of Cincinnati's new lobbyist.

        Mr. Vehr, a Cincinnatian who was Mr. Blackwell's chief of staff in both the state treasurer's office and the secretary of state's office, will carry the title of vice president of governmental relations.

        He takes a job that has been vacant since 1997 when M.J. Klyn retired. She had lobbied for UC with state and local government for 22 years and is credited with bringing about $2 billion in state funding to the state university campus.

        “It's an exciting opportunity,” said Mr. Vehr. “I told Ken (Blackwell) that this is one of the few things that could tear me away from this office.”

        Mr. Vehr is a brother of Nick Vehr, the former Cincinnati councilman who is heading an effort to bring the Olympics to Cincinnati in 2012.

Up the ladder
        Greg Vehr, a 1984 graduate of Miami University, began his political career as an aide to then-councilman Steve Chabot in 1985.

        Afterward, he succeeded his brother as executive director of the Hamilton County Republican Party and was a lobbyist for the Cincinnati Board of Realtors when Mr. Blackwell was appointed state treasurer in 1990.

        Mr. Vehr went with Mr. Blackwell to the secretary of state's office in January, after Mr. Blackwell was elected to that office in November.

        UC President Joseph Steger said he was “delighted” to have Mr. Vehr as the university's chief lobbyist.

        “His experience indicates the depth of his abilities,” Mr. Steger said.

        As vice president, Mr. Vehr will be a member of the UC president's cabinet.

        Mr. Vehr, who has lived in Columbus since 1990, will move his family back to Cincinnati and start his new job Aug. 1.


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