Rhine McLin

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Rhine McLin
Rhine McLin 2008.jpg
54th Mayor of Dayton
In office
January 4, 2002 – January 4, 2010
Preceded byMike Turner
Succeeded byGary Leitzell
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 5th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – December 5, 2001
Preceded byNeal Zimmers
Succeeded byTom Roberts
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 38th district
In office
January 3, 1989 – December 31, 1994
Preceded byC.J. McLin
Succeeded byLloyd Lewis Jr.
Personal details
Born1948 (age 72–73)
Political partyDemocratic
RelationsC. J. McLin (father)
EducationParsons College (BA)
Xavier University (MEd)
Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science (AS)

Rhine Lana McLin (born October 1948) is an American Democratic politician from Ohio who served as the 54th mayor of Dayton, Ohio from 2002 to 2010. McLin previously served as a member of both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly.


McLin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and secondary education from Parsons College and her Master of Education in guidance counseling from Xavier University. She also holds an associate's degree in mortuary science granted by the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.


In 1988, when McLin's father, C. J. McLin, died, Rhine was appointed to serve the remainder of his term in the Ohio House of Representatives. She was then elected to the seat in 1990, and re-elected in 1992. She then was elected to the Ohio Senate in 1994, and re-elected to the senate in 1998. In 2001, McLin was named Minority Leader (completing the term of Ohio senator Ben Espy). She served as Minority Leader until she left the Senate in 2002, barred by term limits from running for re-election again that year. She ran for the office of mayor of Dayton.

McLin was elected mayor of Dayton in 2001, defeating incumbent Republican Michael R. Turner and began serving her term in 2002. She was re-elected in 2005, defeating opponent David R. Bohardt. McLin was an Ohio delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention. In 2009, she lost re-election for mayor.[1]

In 1994, McLin became the first African-American woman elected to the Ohio State Senate. She was the first African-American woman to serve as Ohio Senate minority leader. Upon leaving the Senate, she became the first woman to serve as mayor of Dayton. She is the third African-American mayor of Dayton. Finally, in late 2005 she was the first African-American woman to serve as head of the Ohio Democratic Party.

Since 2012, McLin has served as the Vice Chairwoman of the Ohio Democratic Party.[2] In August 2012, McLin was mentioned as a possible candidate to fill the Ohio state representative seat vacated by Clayton Luckie, but she ultimately declined to run.[3]


  1. ^ Huist Smith, Joanne (3 November 2009). "Political newcomer Leitzell pulls off upset of two-term incumbent McLin". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Meet the Vice Chairwoman". ohiodems.org. Ohio Democratic Party. Archived from the original on 4 September 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  3. ^ WDTN.com - Former Dayton mayor won't run for state rep. Archived August 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Turner
Mayor of Dayton, Ohio
Succeeded by
Gary Leitzell