Ohio Senate

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Ohio Senate
131st Ohio General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
2 terms (8 years)
History
New session started
January 5, 2015
Leadership
President of the Senate
Keith Faber (R)
since January 7, 2013
President Pro Tempore
Chris Widener (R)
since January 7, 2013
Majority Leader
Tom Patton (R)
since September 21, 2011
Minority Leader
Joe Schiavoni (D)
since January 14, 2014
Structure
Seats 33
Layout of Ohio
Political groups
Length of term
4 years
Authority Article II, Ohio Constitution
Salary $60,584/year
Elections
Last election
November 4, 2014
(17 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2016
(16 seats)
Meeting place
Ohio State Senate.jpg
Senate Chamber
Ohio Statehouse
Columbus, Ohio
Website
Ohio Senate

The Ohio Senate is the upper house of the Ohio General Assembly, the legislative body for the U.S. state of Ohio. There are 33 Senators. The state legislature meets in the state capital, Columbus. The President of the Senate presides over the body when in session, and is currently Keith Faber.

Senators serve four year terms. The terms of the Senators are staggered so that approximately half the membership is elected every two years. The Senators representing the even-numbered districts are elected in years evenly divisible by four. The Senators from the odd-numbered districts are elected in the intervening even-numbered years. Senators are limited to two terms.

Each Senator represents approximately 330,000 Ohioans, and each Senate District encompasses three corresponding Ohio House of Representatives Districts.

Composition[edit]

131st General Assembly (2015–2016)
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 23 10 33 0
Begin 23 10 33 0
Latest voting share 69.7% 30.3%

Leadership[edit]

Seal of the President

Majority leadership[edit]

Minority leadership[edit]

Members of the 131st Senate[edit]

District Senator Party Residence First elected Term Limited Seniority Leadership
1 Cliff Hite Republican Findlay 2011 (Appt. 02/2011) 2022 20
2 Randy Gardner Republican Bowling Green 2012 2020 28
3 Kevin Bacon Republican Minerva Park 2010 2018 14
4 Bill Coley Republican Liberty Township 2011 (Appt. 05/2011) 2020 22
5 Bill Beagle Republican Tipp City 2010 2018 18
6 Peggy Lehner Republican Kettering 2011 (Appt. 01/2011) 2020 19
7 Shannon Jones Republican Springboro 2009 (Appt. 08/2009) 2018 9
8 Bill Seitz Republican Cincinnati 2007 (Appt. 08/2007) 2016 4
9 Cecil Thomas Democratic Cincinnati 2014 2022 33
10 Chris Widener Republican Springfield 2008 2016 7 President Pro Tempore
11 Edna Brown Democratic Toledo 2010 2018 11 Minority Whip
12 Keith Faber Republican Celina 2007 (Appt. 01/2007) 2016 1 President of the Senate
13 Gayle Manning Republican North Ridgeville 2010 2018 16
14 Joe Uecker Republican Miami Township 2012 2020 29
15 Charleta Tavares Democratic Columbus 2010 2018 13 Assistant Minority Leader
16 Jim Hughes Republican Columbus 2008 2016 6
17 Bob Peterson Republican Sabina 2012 (Appt. 03/2012) 2022 27
18 John Eklund Republican Munson Township 2011 (Appt. 12/2011) 2020 25
19 Kris Jordan Republican Ostrander 2010 2018 15
20 Troy Balderson Republican Zanesville 2011 (Appt. 07/2011) 2020 23
21 Sandra Williams Democratic Cleveland 2014 2022 31
22 Larry Obhof Republican Medina 2011 (Appt. 02/2011) 2020 21 Majority Whip
23 Michael J. Skindell Democratic Lakewood 2010 2018 12
24 Tom Patton Republican Strongsville 2008 (Appt. 12/2008) 2016 5 Majority Leader
25 Kenny Yuko Democratic Richmond Heights 2014 2022 32
26 David Burke Republican Marysville 2011 (Appt. 07/2011) 2020 24
27 Frank LaRose Republican Copley Township 2010 2018 17
28 Tom Sawyer Democratic Akron 2007 (Appt. 02/2007) 2016 3
29 Scott Oelslager Republican North Canton 2010 2018 10
30 Lou Gentile Democratic Steubenville 2011 (Appt. 12/2011) 2020 26 Assistant Minority Whip
31 Jay Hottinger Republican Newark 2014 2022 30
32 Capri Cafaro Democratic Hubbard 2007 (Appt. 01/2007) 2016 2
33 Joe Schiavoni Democratic Boardman 2009 (Appt. 01/2009) 2018 8 Minority Leader

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