Ted Celeste is a former Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing District 24 from 2007 to 2013. Celeste was a candidate for the United States Senate in 2000, and for the United States House of Representatives in 2012. After leaving the Ohio House, Celeste founded and directed Next Generation, a program of the National Institute for Civil Discourse. He trained legislators and former legislators to lead a legislative workshop called “Building Trust through Civil Discourse”. His workshop was held 27 times in 17 states.
Celeste's professional experience includes serving as president of the National Housing Corporation in Cleveland; president of New Town Housing; Ohio campaign director and regional coordinator for Carter for President; assistant to finance director for the state of Ohio; bureau chief for Ohio State Department of Public Welfare; teacher for the Peace Corps in Fiji; and has been a real estate broker at Celeste and Associates Real Estate for 40 years.
Celeste earned a B.A. in Psychology from the College of Wooster. He and his wife, Bobbie, have two daughters, Christiana and Liz, and three grandchildren, Milo, Arlo and Callan.