Buzz Lukens (R) began his political career in 1967 as a United States Representative from Ohio's 24th District. In 1970, Lukens ran in the primary election for Governor of Ohio, losing to Republican Roger Cloud. (Cloud was defeated by Governor John J. Gilligan.)
Lukens was instead appointed to the Ohio Senate and served the 4th District from 1971-1986. He was then elected to the United States House of Representatives, this time representing Ohio's 8th District. He served from 1987-1990, when he was pressured by his party to resign due to his involvement in a Columbus-area scandal. Congressman John Boehner replaced him.