Gary Newnham
5203 Kings Run
Sylvania, OH 43560
Spouse: Suellen
I am still a staff attorney with the Lucas County Child Support Enforcement Agency and have a private practice out of my home on the side. I have almost 28 years of service credit, and my wife wants me to accumulate 30 years before retiring. I consider this to be a fair request since she worked 35 years for the Toledo Public Schools as a teacher and administrator. My first job after law school was as a VISTA attorney for the Nebraska Indian Commission. Subsequently, I was a staff attorney for Western Nebraska Legal Services and worked for Bolotin Law Offices in Toledo before obtaining employment with Lucas County. The staff attorneys in our agency are organized under national local 2320 of the UAW, and I am presently serving my fourth term as unit president. Also, I am treasurer of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission which was formed to preserve the actual site of the battlefield and which a prominent historian considers to be one of the three most important battles in our nation's history. The site is being developed as an affiliate of the National Park Service, although the process is being delayed by funding problems. I spent many years in competitive running, including the 1982 New York City Marathon, but I now keep in shape by riding my Trek bike because of a problem with my Achilles tendon and surgery on my quadriceps tendons in 2009 resulting from playing in Sylvania Senior Softball. I recovered from my surgery sufficiently to accept an invitation from State Senator Teresa Fedor to join her on her annual bike tour from Toledo to Columbus in 2010 to promote fitness.

Suellen keeps active in retirement. She has been president of the Lucas County Retired Teachers Association and the Toledo Bar Auxiliary. She also belongs to the Kiwanis Club. She has been actively involved in politics and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1992.

Our son, Nicholas, has been employed with Governor Strickland's administration in the Columbus office of the Industrial Commission of Ohio since 2007. His future there is uncertain as a consequence of the election of a new governor. He graduated in 2006 from Ohio University with a degree in economics. During his college years, he was a member of the Student Senate and several other student organizations. In 1996, Nicholas was selected to be a torchbearer during the tour of the torch across the United States prior to the Atlanta Olympics.

My family and I had some interesting and fun travels in 2010. In February, I attended the NBA All Star Game at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. In July and August, my family spent two weeks at a cottage near Traverse City with my in-laws from Texas. Last October, my family took a cruise in Europe with members of the Toledo Bar Association which left and returned to Venice with stops in Crotia and Greece. Finally, my niece, who is a junior at TCU, got tickets for me and my wife to the
Rose Bowl. In addition to watching the Horned Frogs beat Wisconsin, we attended a pep rally at Staples Center, enjoyed a New Year's Eve celebration with TCU supporters at a hotel in Hollywood, had reserved grandstand seats for the Rose Bowl Parade, and ate a tailgate lunch prior to the game.
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Lucas Co. Child Support Enforcement