Dennis E. Eckart
Dennis E. Eckart of Concord, Ohio has had a distinguished career in public and community service. A graduate of Xavier University and Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Dennis first began public service when he worked on his father's campaigns for Euclid City Council as a teenager.
He worked his way through college and Law School at the old Fisher Foods warehouse and his first job after law school was as an Assistant Lake County Prosecutor under the tutelage of former Judge Paul Mitrovich.
Dennis was first elected to the Ohio General Assembly in 1974 and served through 1980 when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives. From 1980 to 1993 Dennis represented Northeast Ohio in Congress where he served as Deputy Democratic Whip, Co-Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and a member of the influential Energy and Commerce Committee.
In Congress, Dennis authored numerous pieces of national legislation:
- Title II 1990 Clean Air Act Reauthorization
- Superfund Reauthorization
- Telecommunications Reform
- Cigarette health warning labels
- Several labor and education initiatives
Dennis was one of the leading members of the powerful Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee which exposed government and corporate misconduct involving consumer and taxpayer abuse and many government agencies such as the FAA, SEC, and the EPA.
Prior to his retirement from Congress, Dennis was widely respected as a diligent and productive member on the fast track to leadership. Congressional Quartely featured Dennis as a “rising star” while National Journal called him one of Congress’ 8 “designated hitters.”
Since leaving office, Dennis has had significant roles in numerous national and state elections.
He gained some notoriety in 1988 with his portrayal of Dan Quayle in debate preparation for the late Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen. Since then, Dennis has carved a well-known niche in testimony and debate preparation for political and corporate leaders including presidential and vice-presidential candidates. In 2006 Dennis worked with then-Congressman Sherrod Brown in his upset of Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine and has worked on several additional US Senate and Congressional races shaping strategy, preparing candidates, and crafting media relations. Dennis was also the Senior Advisor to the Obama presidential campaign in Ohio in 2008.
Since leaving Congress, Dennis has had a successful legal and governmental affairs practice both in Ohio and in Washington, D.C. and more recently served as the President and CEO of the nation's largest Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Cleveland Growth Association.
Dennis formed North Shore Associates, LLC in 2006.
Dennis serves on numerous community and corporate boards, including the Kent State University Board of Trustees, Lake Metroparks, Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross, Lake Geauga Fund of the Cleveland Foundation, and is a former member of the boards of the Ashtabula County, Ohio Port Authority and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Dennis can be seen most Sundays as political/community commentator on the local NBC affiliate, WKYC TV.
Eddy Eckart is a graduate of Kenyon College and the “kitchen table” school of politics. He will complete his MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve Univeristy in May of 2014. He is a veteran of two presidential and multiple statewide issue campaigns. Eddy has also parlayed five years of work in commercial real estate into a successful project management practice that has covered managing a Clean Ohio grant, oversight of environmental remediation, and property acquisition.
Having worked to build relationships at several levels of government, development, labor, and business, Eddy offers a broad-based perspective on how to achieve the goals of his clients.
In April, Dennis was named strategic advisor to Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDco), the entity seeking to place wind turbines offshore in Lake Erie. He's proud to be a part of the process of securing new energy solutions and creating jobs in Ohio.
Eddy married Misty Kochemba in August 2013, and the two live in Cleveland Heights. He recently became a freelance contributor to Road & Track magazine, and looks forward to another season of amateur auto racing in 2014.