Jim Hughes (politician)

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Jim Hughes
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 16th district
Assumed office
January 5, 2009
Preceded by Steve Stivers
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 22nd district
In office
September 13, 2000-December 31, 2008
Preceded by E.J. Thomas
Succeeded by John Patrick Carney
Personal details
Born (1964-09-07) September 7, 1964 (age 50)
Columbus, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Hughes
Residence Clintonville, Ohio
Alma mater Ohio State University, Capital University
Profession Attorney
Religion Lutheran

Jim Hughes is a member of the Ohio Senate who has represented the Sixteenth District since January 2009. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008. He is the Chairman of the Senate Financial Institutions Committee.


Hughes began his career in public service as a prosecutor in the Columbus City Prosecutor's Office and later, as an Assistant County Prosecutor for Franklin County.

With Representative E.J. Thomas unable to run for another term in the House, Hughes sought to replace him, along with fellow Republican Dave Robinson. However, Hughes obtained the nomination with 58.3% of the vote.[1] Soon after, Hughes career was expedited when Thomas decided to leave office early, which left House Republicans able to seat Hughes prior to the November elections. He won the general election against Democrat Mark Hatch with 51.9% of the electorate.[2]

In 2002, Hughes won a second term with 65.2% of the vote. In 2004 Hughes sought a third term, and won against Democrat Brian McCann with 60.80% of the vote.[3] Able to run for a final term, Hughes faced his toughest opposition yet in Democrat John Patrick Carney. However, he won a final term with 53.09% of the vote.[4]

Ohio Senate[edit]

When Senator Steve Stivers decided to give up his second term in the Ohio Senate in order to run for Congress in 2008, Hughes sought the nomination to replace him. Unopposed in the primary, Hughes faced Democrat Danielle Blue in the general election. Although Democrats had high expectations for Blue in an overwhelmingly Democratic year, Hughes won the election with 58.06% of the electorate.[5] Sworn into his first term on January 5, 2009, Senate President Bill Harris soon after appointed Hughes as Chairman of the Senate State and Local Government and Veterans Affairs Committee, Vice Chairman of the Judiciary-Criminal Justice Committee, and as a member of the Finance and Financial Institutions Committee, the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee and the Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee for the 128th General Assembly.

In the 129th General Assembly, Senate President Tom Niehaus named Hughes to the committees of Energy and Public Utilities; Financial Institutions (as Chairman); Insurance, Commerce and Labor; and State and Local Government and Veteran's Affairs. He also serves on the State Victims Assistance Advisory Board.

Hughes, along with Representative Anne Gonzales, has founded the Legislative Cancer Caucus, which will meet quarterly to raise understanding among their colleagues about one of the nation's leading killers.[6]

In 2012, Hughes won a second term in the Senate unopposed.[7]


  1. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth 2000 general election results (2000-03-07)
  2. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth 2000 general election results (2000-11-07)
  3. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth 2004 general election results (2004-11-02)
  4. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth 2006 general election results (2006-11-07)
  5. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2008 general election results (2008-11-04)
  6. ^ Siegel, Jim (2011-05-20). "Legislative caucus will focus on cancer issues". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  7. ^ Husted, Jon 2012 general election results (2012-11-06)

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