The Honorable David L. Hobson

10/17/1936 - Present

Inducted 2017


When he was an elected official, David L. Hobson listened to his constituents, was mindful of their needs, and worked in a bipartisan fashion in the Ohio State Senate and the U.S. Congress representing the Greater Dayton area. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and earned a law degree from The Ohio State University, while also serving in the Ohio Air National Guard. He was elected to the Ohio Senate representing the 10th District in 1982 and was President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate during the 1988-1990 sessions.

Hobson was then elected to the U.S. Congress to represent the 7th Congressional District and served from 1991 to 2009. He served as chairman of the Military Construction and Appropriations Subcommittee and a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. He paid particular attention to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and helped to secure and expand activities within the Base. While a member of Congress, he sponsored the legislation that created the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and National Aviation Heritage Area. Hobson also ensured that local institutions of higher learning received appropriate funding for improvements that would allow students throughout the region to have the best opportunities to learn.