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Todd Portune

August 14, 1958 – January 25, 2020

Todd Brian Portune was a member of the Cincinnati City Council and a Hamilton County Commissioner. He was regarded as left of center on social issues, and a fiscal conservative. He became one of the longest-serving Democrats in the Cincinnati region’s history of public service. in a career that spanned more than 25 years. Raised on Cincinnati’s West Side, the son of a University of Cincinnati professor and a stay-at-home mom, who returned to the work force to support a family of four when her husband unexpectedly died. Portune himself began working while attending Colerain High School. Upon graduation, he attended Oberlin College, receiving a degree in political science. Later he graduated from The University of Cincinnati College of Law and became an attorney practicing in Cincinnati. As councilman and commissioner, Portune was instrumental in seeing The Banks Project (Cincinnati’s expanded entertainment and recreational riverfront) come to fruition. He advocated for an improved regional rail system, fought for gay rights, disability inclusion, and addiction help before it was popular.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve beside Todd, who has taught me the value of integrity, thoughtful deliberation and to make decisions based on what is right and just." - Hamilton County Commissioner, Denise Driehaus

Submitted by our members in 2020.