Former Attorney General of Ohio
Betty Montgomery’s distinguished career in public service has been one of “firsts”. She has served as Ohio’s first woman Auditor of State, first woman Attorney General, first woman State Senator in District 2, first woman Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Perrysburg and first woman Wood County Prosecuting Attorney (and the only woman prosecutor in the state). Montgomery’s long career in public service has included a number of highlights and awards. A dedicated crime-fighter from her earliest days in the workforce, she directed a 250 percent increase in the felony conviction rate of the Wood County Prosecutor’s Office.
As State Senator from the 2nd District in northwest Ohio, Betty Montgomery drafted far-reaching legislation that continues to make a positive difference in our state. Her work included Ohio’s first Living Will law, Ohio’s first brownfields legislation, and Ohio’s Victim’s Rights Law. During her years in the Senate, she served on many committees, including service as chair of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee, and vice-chair of both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission.
As Ohio Attorney General, Betty Montgomery dramatically increased state support for local law enforcement, as well as rebuilt all of Ohio’s crime labs, introduced DNA and 21st century technology to Ohio, thus helping the office join just four percent of the nation’s law enforcement agencies by earning accreditation for both the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. At all times during her service as Attorney General, she emphasized protection of Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens – senior citizens, youth, and crime victims. Her office also received national recognition for excellence in service and advocacy in many areas including legal work before the U.S. Supreme Court. This commitment reflected itself in her Consumer Section which was recognized in 2000 as being the nation’s most outstanding consumer protection agency in the country by the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators (NACAA). Additionally, her Senior Citizen Initiative was one of five agencies (and the only public agency) recognized by the American Bar Association with the national “Pro Bono” Award in 2002.
Betty Montgomery is a graduate of Bowling Green State University (1970) and the University of Toledo College of Law (1976).
President of Montgomery Consulting Group which was founded in 2007, Betty Montgomery is also an Attorney Of Counsel with MacMurray Petersen & Shuster LLP. Last year Montgomery was appointed by Governor Kasich to be his Senior Advisor for his Opiate Action Team. She also Chairs The Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute and serves on the Boards of Prevent Blindness Ohio, the Capitol Square Foundation, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association Foundation and the Ohio Domestic Violence Network Advisory Board.