Representative history of the Ohio Senate

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The Ohio Senate has elected members from 33 Districts since 1967. Currently, each district consists of approximately 345,000 Ohioans.

1st District[edit]

The 1st District has historically been located in northwestern Ohio, and currently consists of the counties of Hancock, Hardin, Putnam, Henry, Williams, Defiance, Paulding, and Van Wert and portions of the counties of Fulton, Logan, and Auglaize. It has a Cook PVI of R+11.

Senator Party Term Notes
Howard C. Cook Republican January 3, 1967-December 31, 1974 Cook defeated in 1974 Republican Primary Election[1]
M. Ben Gaeth Republican January 4, 1975-December 31, 1998 Gaeth was not a candidate for re-election in 1998[2]
Lynn Wachtmann Republican January 5, 1999-December 31, 2006 Term limited after four terms[3]
Steve Buehrer Republican January 2, 2007-January 15, 2011 Submitted resignation to become Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Administrator[4]
Cliff Hite Republican February 2, 2011-present Incumbent

2nd District[edit]

The 2nd District has been located in northwestern Ohio and currently stretches along the Great Lakes. Currently the district consists of the counties of Erie, Ottawa and Wood as well as portions of the counties of Fulton and Lucas. It has a Cook PVI of R+1.

The district was represented by the Senate President from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988 with Senator Paul Gillmor.

Senator Party Term Notes
Paul Gillmor Republican January 3, 1967-December 31, 1988 Gillmor won election to Congress.[5]
Betty Montgomery Republican January 3, 1989-January 2, 1995 Montgomery won election as Ohio Attorney General.[6]
Tim Greenwood Republican January 3, 1995-October 5, 1995 Greenwood resigned for personal reasons.[7]
Steve Yarbrough Republican October 5, 1995-December 31, 1996 Yarbrough opted not to seek re-election.
Bob Latta Republican January 6, 1997-December 31, 2000 Latta opted to seek election to the Ohio House of Representatives.
Randy Gardner Republican January 3, 2001-January 2, 2008 Gardner resigned to take a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives
Mark Wagoner Republican January 15, 2008-December 31, 2012 Wagoner opted not to seek re-election.
Randy Gardner Republican January 7, 2013-present Incumbent

3rd District[edit]

The 3rd District used to span vast portions of central Ohio from the Miami Valley to the Scioto Valley, but currently encompasses approximately a third of Franklin County. It has a Cook PVI of EVEN.

The district was represented by Ted Gray from 1951 to 1994, the longest tenure of any member of the Ohio Senate.[8]

Senator Party Term Notes
Ted Gray Republican January 3, 1951-February 2, 1994 Gray retired prior to the expiration of his term.
Bruce E. Johnson Republican March 1, 1994-September 18, 2001 Johnson resigned to become Ohio Lieutenant Governor.
David Goodman Republican October 2, 2001-December 31, 2010 Goodman was term limited after four terms.
Kevin Bacon Republican January 3, 2011-present Incumbent

4th District[edit]

The 4th District has been based in southwestern Ohio and currently consists of almost all of Butler County. It has a Cook PVI of R+13.

Senator Party Term Notes
Walter E. Powell Republican January 3, 1967-January 2, 1971 Powell was elected to Congress in 1970.
Donald E. "Buz" Lukens Republican January 3, 1971-January 2, 1987 Lukens was elected to Congress in 1986.
Barry Levey Republican January 4, 1987-June 30, 1995 Levey retired prior to the expiration of his term.[9]
Scott Nein Republican July 11, 1995-December 31, 2004 Nein was term limited.
Gary Cates Republican January 3, 2005-May 22, 2011 Cates resigned to become an administrator for the Ohio Board of Regents.
Bill Coley Republican May 23, 2011-present Incumbent

5th District[edit]

The 5th District has been based out of Dayton and currently consists of the counties of Miami and Preble along with portions of the counties of Darke and Montgomery. It has a Cook PVI of D+6.

Senator Party Term Notes
Clara Weisenborn Republican January 3, 1967-December 31, 1974 Weisenborn lost re-election in 1974 to Nick Zimmers.[10]
Nick Zimmers Democrat January 3, 1975-December 31, 1994 Zimmers opted not to seek re-election.
Rhine McLin Democrat January 3, 1995-December 1, 2001 McLin resigned to become Mayor of Dayton, Ohio.
Tom Roberts Democrat January 9, 2002-February 28, 2009 Roberts resigned to become a member of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.
Fred Strahorn Democrat March 31, 2009-December 31, 2010 Strahorn lost re-election in 2010 to Bill Beagle.[11]
Bill Beagle Republican January 3, 2011-present Incumbent

6th District[edit]

The 6th District has always been based in Dayton, Ohio and currently consists of about two-thirds of Montgomery County. It has a Cook PVI of R+9.

Senator Party Term Notes
David Holcomb Republican January 3, 1967-December 31, 1972 Holcomb lost re-election in 1972 to Tony Hall.
Tony P. Hall Democrat January 3, 1973-January 1, 1979 Hall was elected to Congress in 1978.
Chuck Curran Democrat January 9, 1979-December 13, 1982 Curran resigned to become a Commissioner for Montgomery County, Ohio.
Tom Fries Democrat December 13, 1982-March 6, 1984 Fries resigned prior to the expiration of his term.
Tom Talbott Democrat March 6, 1984-December 31, 1984 Talbott lost re-election in 1984 to Chuck Horn.
Chuck Horn Republican January 3, 1985-December 31, 2000 Horn was term-limited in 2000.
Jeff Jacobson Republican January 3, 2001-October 18, 2008 Jacobson resigned prior to the expiration of his term.
Peggy Lehner Republican November 18, 2008-December 31, 2008 Lehner served out the remainder of Jacobson's term until Senator-elect Jon Husted was seated.
Jon Husted Republican January 5, 2009-January 10, 2011 Husted won election as Ohio Secretary of State in 2010.
Peggy Lehner Republican January 11, 2011-present Incumbent

7th District[edit]

The 7th District has consisted of portions of southwestern Ohio, and currently consists of Warren County and portions of the counties of Butler and Hamilton. It has a Cook PVI of R+15.

The district was represented by the Senate President from 1997 to 2002 with Senator Richard Finan.

Senator Party Term Notes
Mike Maloney Republican November 9, 1964-August 14, 1978 Maloney resigned in 1978 to serve as Hamilton County Administrator.
Richard Finan Republican September 14, 1978-December 31, 2002 Finan served as Senate President from 1997 to 2002 and was term-limited in 2002.
Bob Schuler Republican January 6, 2003-June 19, 2009 Schuler died prior to the expiration of his second term.[12]
Shannon Jones Republican August 11, 2009-present Incumbent

8th District[edit]

The 8th District has been based in Cincinnati, Ohio and currently comprises the western portion of Hamilton County. It has a Cook PVI of R+14.

The district was represented by the Senate President from 1989 to 1996 with Senator Stanley Aronoff.

Senator Party Term Notes
Stanley Aronoff Republican January 3, 1967-December 31, 1996 Aronoff served as Senate President from 1989 to 1996 and opted not to seek re-election in 1996.
Lou Blessing Republican January 6, 1997-December 31, 2004 Blessing was term-limited in 2004.
Patricia Clancy Republican January 3, 2005-October 9, 2007 Clancy resigned prior to the expiration of her term to take a county position.[13]
Bill Seitz Republican October 10, 2007-present Incumbent

9th District[edit]

The 9th District has historically been a minority majority district based in urban Cincinnati. Currently it comprises central Hamilton County. It has a Cook PVI of D+18.

Senator Party Term Notes
Calvin C. Johnson Democrat January 3, 1967-February 9, 1970 Johnson resigned prior to the expiration of his term.
Bill Bowen Democrat February 11, 1970-December 31, 1994 Bowen did not seek re-election in 1994.
Janet C. Howard Republican January 3, 1995-December 31, 1998 Howard lost re-election in 1998 to Mark Mallory.
Mark Mallory Democrat January 5, 1999-December 1, 2005 Mallory resigned to become mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Eric Kearney Democrat December 6, 2005-present Incumbent

10th District[edit]

The 10th District has been based in south-central Ohio and currently comprises the counties of Clark, Greene and Madison. It has a Cook PVI of R+7.

Senator Party Term Notes
Max Dennis Republican January 8, 1963-December 31, 1976 Dennis did not seek re-election in 1976.
John Mahoney Democrat January 3, 1977-December 31, 1980 Mahoney lost re-election in 1980 to Mike DeWine.
Mike DeWine Republican January 3, 1981-December 13, 1982 DeWine won election to Congress in 1982.
Dave Hobson Republican December 13, 1982-January 3, 1991 Hobson won election to Congress in 1990.
Merle G. Kearns Republican January 3, 1991-December 31, 2000 Kearns was term-limited in 2000.
Steve Austria Republican January 3, 2001-December 31, 2008 Austria was term-limited in 2008.
Chris Widener Republican January 6, 2009-present Incumbent

11th District[edit]

The 11th District has been based in greater Toledo, Ohio and currently consists of about three-fourths of Lucas County. It has a Cook PVI of D+18.

Senator Party Term Notes
Frank W. King Democrat January 3, 1959-January 13, 1969 King resigned in 1969 prior to the expiration to his term.
Marigene Valiquette Democrat January 14, 1969-December 31, 1986 Valiquette did not seek re-election in 1986.
Linda J. Furney Democrat January 2, 1987-December 31, 2002 Furney was term-limited in 2002.
Teresa Fedor Democrat January 3, 2003-December 31, 2011 Fedor was term-limited in 2010.
Edna Brown Democrat January 3, 2011-present Incumbent

12th District[edit]

The 12th District has been based in rural western Ohio and currently comprises the counties of Allen, Mercer, Shelby, Champaign as well as portions of Auglaize, Darke and Logan counties. It has a Cook PVI of R+14.

The district is represented by current Senate President Keith Faber.

Senator Party Term Notes
Tennyson Guyer Republican January 3, 1967-December 31, 1972 Guyer was elected to Congress in 1972.
Walter White Republican January 3, 1973-June 26, 1979 White resigned prior to the expiration of his term in 1980.
Richard Ditto Republican July 17, 1979-December 31, 1980 Ditto lost re-election in 1980 to Steve Maurer.[14]
Steve Maurer Democrat January 3, 1981-December 31, 1984 Maurer lost re-election in 1984 to Robert Cupp.[15]
Robert R. Cupp Republican January 3, 1985-December 31, 2000 Cupp was term-limited in 2000.
Jim Jordan Republican January 3, 2001-December 31, 2006 Jordan was elected to Congress in 2006.
Keith Faber Republican January 2, 2007-present Incumbent and current Senate President.

13th District[edit]

The 13th District has been based out of metropolitan Lorain, Ohio and currently consists of all of the counties of Huron and Lorain. It has a Cook PVI of D+5.

Senator Party Term Notes
Harry Jump Republican January 3, 1967-January 31, 1969 Jump resigned after being named Ohio Director of Insurance.[16]
Robert J. Corts Republican January 31, 1969-December 31, 1974 Corts lost re-election in 1974 to Don Pease.
Don Pease Democrat January 3, 1975-January 3, 1977 Pease won election to Congress in 1976.
Ronald Nabowski Democrat January 3, 1977-December 31, 1982 Nabowski did not seek re-election in 1982.
Alan Zaleski Democrat January 3, 1983-December 31, 1998 Zaleski did not seek re-election in 1998.[17]
Jeff Armbruster Republican January 5, 1999-December 31, 2006 Armbruster was term-limited in 2006.
Sue Morano Democrat January 3, 2007-December 31, 2010 Morano lost re-election to Gayle Manning in 2010.
Gayle Manning Republican January 3, 2011-present Incumbent

14th District[edit]

The 14th District has historically stretched across the Ohio River east of Cincinnati in southern Ohio. Currently it encompasses the counties of Clermont, Brown, Adams, Scioto and portions of Lawrence County. It has a Cook PVI of R+10.

The district is the only to be represented by two different Senate Presidents, Doug White from 2003 to 2004 and Tom Niehaus from 2011 to 2012.

Senator Party Term Notes
Oakley C. Collins Republican January 3, 1951-December 31, 1972 Collins ran for the Ohio House of Representatives in 1972 after being redistricted.[18]
Bill Mussey Republican January 3, 1973-March 30, 1979 Mussey retired prior to the expiration of his term.[19]
Cooper Snyder Republican April 3, 1979-March 30, 1996 Snyder retired prior to the expiration of his term.
Doug White Republican April 16, 1996-December 31, 2004 White served as Senate President from 2003 to 2004 and was term-limited in 2004.
Tom Niehaus Republican January 2, 2005-December 31, 2012 Niehaus served as Senate President from 2011 to 2012 and was term-limited in 2012.
Joe Uecker Republican January 7, 2013-present Incumbent

15th District[edit]

The 15th District has always been based in Columbus, Ohio. Currently it comprises central Franklin County. It has a Cook PVI of D+25.

Ohio Governor John Kasich represented the district from 1979 to 1982.

Senator Party Term Notes
John W. Bowen Republican January 3, 1967-December 31, 1970 Bowen lost re-election in 1970 to Jerry O'Shaughnessy.
Jerry O'Shaughnessy Democrat January 5, 1971-August 23, 1972 O'Shaughnessy died prior to the expiration of his term in 1974.
Robert O'Shaughnessy Democrat October 2, 1972-December 31, 1978 O'Shaughnessy lost re-election in 1978 to John Kasich.
John Kasich Republican January 3, 1979-December 31, 1982 Kasich did not seek re-election to the Ohio Senate in 1982.
Richard Pfeiffer Democrat January 3, 1983-April 21, 1992 Pfeiffer resigned to take a seat on the Franklin County Municipal Court.
Ben Espy Democrat April 21, 1992-December 31, 2002 Espy was term-limited in 2002.
Ray Miller Democrat January 6, 2003-December 31, 2010 Miller was term-limited in 2010.
Charleta Tavares Democrat January 3, 2011-present Incumbent

16th District[edit]

The 16th District has always consisted of portions of the greater Columbus, Ohio area, and currently is made up of the western portion of Franklin County. It has a Cook PVI of R+6.

Senator Party Term Notes
Bob Shaw Republican January 3, 1953-December 31, 1972 Shaw did not seek re-election in 1972.
Donald L. Woodland Democrat January 3, 1973-December 31, 1976 Woodland lost the party nomination in 1976 to Michael Schwarzwalder.[20]
Michael Schwarzwalder Democrat January 3, 1977-December 31, 1984 Schawrzwalder lost re-election in 1984 to Eugene J. Watts.
Eugene J. Watts Republican January 3, 1985-December 31, 2000 Watts was term-limited in 2000.
Priscilla D. Mead Republican January 3, 2001-December 31, 2002 Mead resigned prior to the expiration of her term in 2004.[21]
Steve Stivers Republican January 6, 2003-December 31, 2008 Stivers did not seek re-election in 2008 to run for Congress.
Jim Hughes Republican January 5, 2009-present Incumbent

17th District[edit]

The 17th District has long been located in southeastern Ohio and currently consists of the counties of Ross, Fayette, Clinton, Highland, Pike, Jackson and Gallia as well as portions of the counties of Lawrence, Vinton and Pickaway. It has a Cook PVI of R+5.

Senator Party Term Notes
Harry Armstrong Republican January 3, 1967-December 31, 1974 Armstrong lost the party nomination in 1974 to Oakley C. Collins.[22]
Oakley C. Collins Republican January 3, 1975-December 31, 1986 Collins lost re-election in 1986 to Jan Michael Long.
Jan Michael Long Democrat January 2, 1987-February 8, 1997 Long resigned to take a seat on the Pickaway County Court of Common Pleas.
Michael Shoemaker Democrat February 5, 1997-December 31, 2002 Shoemaker lost re-election in 2002 to John Carey.
John Carey Republican January 6, 2003-December 31, 2010 Carey was term-limited in 2010.
David T. Daniels Republican January 3, 2011-April 24, 2012 Daniels resigned in 2012 to become Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Bob Peterson Republican May 24, 2012-present Incumbent

18th District[edit]

The 18th District has been established in northeastern Ohio primary along the shore of Lake Erie. It currently consists of Portage County and portions of Lake and Geauga counties. It has a Cook PVI of R+1.

Senator Party Term Notes
William W. Taft Republican January 3, 1967-December 31, 1972 Taft did not seek re-election in 1972.
Anice Johnson Republican January 3, 1973-April 21, 1975 Resigned in 1975 due to health reasons prior to the expiration of her term.[23]
David W. Johnson Republican April 22, 1975-December 31, 1976 Johnson lost re-election in 1976 to Marcus Roberto.
Marcus Roberto Democrat January 3, 1977-December 31, 1982 Roberto sought election instead to the 28th District in 1982.
Robert Boggs Democrat January 3, 1983-December 31, 1996 Boggs did not seek re-election in 1996.[24]
Robert A. Gardner Republican January 3, 1997-December 31, 2004 Gardner was term-limited in 2004.
Tim Grendell Republican January 3, 2005-September 18, 2011 Grendell resigned in 2001 to become a judge on the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas.[25]
John Eklund Republican November 18, 2011-present Incumbent

19th District[edit]

The 19th District is based in north-central Ohio, and currently consists of Delaware and Knox counties as well as a portion of Franklin county. It has a Cook PVI of R+6.

The district was represented by the Senate President from 2005 to 2010 with Senator Bill Harris.

Senator Party Term Notes
James K. Leedy Republican January 3, 1967-December 31, 1971 Resigned prior to the expiration of his term.[26]
Kenneth F. Berry Republican January 12, 1972-December 31, 1972 Berry lost the party nomination in 1972 to Tom Van Meter.[27]
Tom Van Meter Republican January 3, 1973-December 31, 1982 Van Meter opted to not seek re-election in 1982 and instead ran for Ohio Governor.[28]
Lowell Steinbrenner Republican January 3, 1983-July 7, 1985 Steinbrenner resigned prior to the expiration of his term in 1986.[29]
Richard Schafrath Republican July 7, 1985-August 15, 2000 Schafrath resigned to take a position within the Ohio Department of Health.[30]
Bill Harris Republican August 15, 2000-December 31, 2010 Harris served as Senate President from 2005 to 2010 and was term-limited in 2010.
Kris Jordan Republican January 3, 2011-present Incumbent

20th District[edit]

The 20th District is based out of east-central Ohio and in the past has stretched into southeastern Ohio. Currently it is made up of the counties of Fairfield, Hocking, Morgan, Muskingum and Guernsey as well as portions of Pickaway and Athens counties. It has a Cook PVI of R+5.

Senator Party Term Notes
Tom V. Moorehead Republican January 3, 1963-December 31, 1968 Moorehead lost re-election in 1968 to Robert Secrest.[31]
Robert Secrest Democrat January 3, 1969-December 31, 1976 Secrest did not seek re-election in 1976.[32]
Sam Speck Republican January 3, 1977-December 2, 1983 Speck resigned to take a position with FEMA in 1983.[33]
Bob Ney Republican January 10, 1984-January 3, 1995 Ney resigned in 1995 after winning election to Congress.
James E. Carnes Republican January 3, 1995-January 6, 2004 Carnes resigned to take a job at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.[34]
Joy Padgett Republican January 6, 2004-December 31, 2008 Padgett did not seek re-election in 2008.[35]
Jimmy Stewart Republican January 5, 2009-June 30, 2011 Stewart resigned prior to the expiration of his term in 2012.
Troy Balderson Republican July 14, 2011-present Incumbent

21st District[edit]

The 21st District has been based in urban Cleveland, Ohio historically and currently consists of central Cuyahoga County. It has a Cook PVI of D+33.

Senator Party Term Notes
Morris Jackson Democrat January 3, 1967-March 17, 1984 Jackson resigned prior to the expiration of his term in 1986.
Michael R. White Democrat May 17, 1984-December 31, 1989 White resigned in 1989 to become Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio.
Jeff Johnson Democrat January 3, 1990-December 31, 1998 Johnson did not seek re-election in 1998.
C.J. Prentiss Democrat January 5, 1999-December 31, 2006 Prentiss was term-limited in 2006.
Shirley Smith Democrat January 2, 2007-present Incumbent

22nd District[edit]

The 22nd District has historically been based in north central Ohio and currently consists of the counties of Medina, Ashland, Richland, and a portion of Holmes County. It has a Cook PVI of R+6.

Senator Party Term Notes
Anthony O. Calabrese Democrat January 3, 1957-December 31, 1980 Calabrese lost reelection in 1980 to Ben Skall.[36]
Ben Skall Republican January 3, 1981-May 20, 1984 Skall was redistricted out of his district and resigned in 1984 prior to the expiration of his term.
Grace L. Drake Republican May 20, 1984-December 31, 2000 Drake was term-limited in 2000.
Ron Amstutz Republican January 3, 2001-December 31, 2008 Amstutz was term-limited in 2008.
Bob Gibbs Republican January 5, 2009-December 31, 2010 Gibbs resigned in 2010 after winning election to Congress.
Larry Obhof Republican February 2, 2011-present Incumbent

23rd District[edit]

The 23rd District has always been based in western Cuyahoga County. It has a Cook PVI of D+12.

Senator Party Term Notes
Anthony F. Novak Democrat January 3, 1965-December 31, 1974 Novak lost the party re-nomination to Chuck Butts in 1974.[37]
Chuck Butts Democrat January 3, 1975-December 31, 1990 Butts lost re-election in 1990 to Anthony Sinagra.[38]
Anthony Sinagra Republican January 3, 1991-December 31, 1994 Sinagra lost re-election in 1994 to Dennis Kucinich.[39]
Dennis Kucinich Democrat January 3, 1995-January 6, 1997 Kucinich resigned in 1997 after winning election to Congress.
Patrick Sweeney Democrat January 6, 1997-December 31, 1998 Sweeney did not seek election in 1998.
Dan Brady Democrat January 5, 1999-February 28, 2006 Brady resigned in 2006 to take a position with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.[40]
Dale Miller Democrat February 28, 2006-December 31, 2010 Miller did not seek re-election in 2010 and instead ran for Cuyahoga County Council.
Michael J. Skindell Democrat January 3, 2011-present Incumbent

24th District[edit]

The 24th District has always been based in Cuyahoga County but has encompassed different regions over the decades. Currently it consists of outer suburbs from the eastern to the western portions of the county. It has a Cook PVI of R+2.

Senator Party Term Notes
Francis D. Sullivan Democrat January 3, 1963-December 31, 1968 Sullivan lost the party nomination in 1968 to Ron Mottl.[41]
Ron Mottl Democrat January 3, 1969-December 31, 1974 Mottl resigned in 1974 after being elected to Congress.
Jerome Stano Democrat January 3, 1975-December 31, 1980 Stano lost re-election in 1980 to Gary C. Suhadolnik.[42]
Gary C. Suhadolnik Republican January 3, 1981-January 5, 1999 Suhadolnik resigned in 1999 to work under Ohio Governor Bob Taft.
Robert Spada Republican February 2, 1999-November 2, 2008 Spada resigned in 2008 for a position on the State Employment Relations Board.
Tom Patton Republican November 18, 2008-present Incumbent

25th District[edit]

The 25th District has always been based in the Cleveland metro. It comprises the eastern portion of Cuyahoga County as well as the western portion of Lake County. It has a Cook PVI of D+20.

Senator Party Term Notes
John Weeks Republican January 3, 1967-December 31, 1970 Weeks was replaced on the 1970 General Election ballot by Paul Matia.
Paul Matia Republican January 5, 1971-December 31, 1974 Matia lost re-election in 1974 to Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr..
Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr. Democrat January 3, 1975-December 31, 1978 Celebrezze did not seek re-election in 1978 and instead ran for Ohio Secretary of State.
Paul Matia Republican January 1, 1979-December 31, 1982 Matia did not seek re-election in 1982.
Lee Fisher Democrat January 3, 1983-December 31, 1990 Fisher did not seek re-election in 1990 and instead ran for Ohio Attorney General.
Eric Fingerhut Democrat January 3, 1991-December 17, 1992 Fingerhut won election in 1992 to Congress.
Judy Sheerer Democrat December 17, 1992-December 31, 1998 Sheerer did not seek re-election in 1998.
Eric Fingerhut Democrat January 5, 1999-December 31, 2006 Fingerhut was term-limited in 2006.
Lance Mason Democrat January 2, 2007-September 16, 2008 Mason resigned in 2008 to take a seat on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.
Nina Turner Democrat September 16, 2008-present Incumbent

26th District[edit]

The 26th District has always been based in northern central Ohio, and currently comprises the counties of Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, Morrow, Marion and Union. It has a Cook PVI of R+7.

Senator Party Term Notes
Robin Turner Republican January 3, 1963-December 31, 1972 Turner lost re-election in 1972 to Gene Slagle.
Gene Slagle Republican January 3, 1973-December 31, 1976 Slagle lost re-election in 1976 to Paul Pfeifer.
Paul Pfeifer Republican January 3, 1977-December 31, 1992 Pfeifer did not seek re-election in 1992 and instead ran for the Ohio Supreme Court.
Karen Gillmor Republican January 3, 1993-December 5, 1997 Gillmor resigned in 1997 to become a member of the State Employment Relations Board.
Larry Mumper Republican December 5, 1997-December 31, 2008 Mumper was term-limited in 2008.
Karen Gillmor Republican January 5, 2009-July 15, 2011 Gillmor resigned in 2011 to become a member of the Ohio Industrial Commission.
David Burke Republican July 15, 2011-present Incumbent

27th District[edit]

The 27th District has historically been based in metro Akron. Currently it consists of Wayne County as well as portions of both Summit and Stark counties. It has a Cook PVI of R+4.

The district was represented by the Senate President from 1978 to 1979 with Senator Oliver Ocasek.

Senator Party Term Notes
Oliver Ocasek Democrat January 3, 1959-December 31, 1986 Ocasek was Senate President and did not seek re-election in 1986 but instead ran for Congress.
Roy Ray Republican January 2, 1987-January 16, 2001 Ray resigned in 2001 to work at Cleveland State University.[43]
Kevin Coughlin Republican February 6, 2001-December 31, 2010 Coughlin was term-limited in 2010.
Frank LaRose Republican January 3, 2011-present Incumbent

28th District[edit]

The 28th District has historically been based in metro Akron. Currently it consists of a portion of Summit County. It has a Cook PVI of D+14.

Senator Party Term Notes
William B. Nye Democrat January 3, 1967-January 7, 1971 Nye resigned in 1971 to take a seat under Governor John Gilligan.
John Poda Democrat January 13, 1971-December 31, 1972 Poda did not seek re-election in 1972.
David Headley Democrat January 3, 1973-December 31, 1976 Headley did not seek re-election in 1976.
Kenneth Cox Democrat January 3, 1977-December 31, 1982 Cox was redistricted out of his district in 1982 and did not seek re-election.
Marcus Roberto Democrat January 3, 1983-December 17, 1986 Roberto was redistricted to the 28th District in 1982. He died in 1986 while in office.
Bob Nettle Democrat January 2, 1987-March 31, 1995 Nettle resigned in 1995 prior to the expiration of his term.
Leigh Herington Democrat March 31, 1995-August 31, 2003 Herington resigned in 2003 to run for Portage County Court of Common Pleas.
Kimberly Zurz Democrat September 3, 2003-January 28, 2007 Zurz resigned in 2007 to work under Governor Ted Strickland.
Thomas C. Sawyer Democrat February 20, 2007-present Incumbent

29th District[edit]

The 29th District has historically been based in Canton, Ohio. Currently it consists of the majority of Stark County. It has a Cook PVI of R+1.

Senator Party Term Notes
Ralph Regula Republican January 3, 1967-January 3, 1973 Regula resigned in 1973 after winning election to Congress.
Richard Reichel Republican January 3, 1973-December 31, 1974 Reichel lost re-election in 1974 to Robert D. Freeman.
Robert D. Freeman Democratic January 3, 1975-December 31, 1978 Freeman lost re-election in 1978 to Tom Walsh.
Tom Walsh Republican January 1, 1979-February 5, 1985 Walsh resigned in 1985 prior to the expiration of his term.
Scott Oelslager Republican February 5, 1985-December 31, 2002 Oelslager was term-limited in 2002.
Kirk Schuring Republican January 6, 2003-December 31, 2010 Schuring was term-limited in 2010.
Scott Oelslager Republican January 3, 2011-present Incumbent

30th District[edit]

The 30th District has historically been based in the Ohio Valley. Currently it consists of large swaths of eastern and southeastern Ohio and includes the counties of Carroll, Jefferson, Harrison, Belmont, Noble, Monroe, Washington and Meigs as well as portions of Athens and Vinton counties. It has a Cook PVI of D+6.

Senator Party Term Notes
John Longsworth Republican January 3, 1967-December 31, 1968 Longsworth lost re-election in 1968 to Doug Applegate.
Doug Applegate Democrat January 3, 1969-December 31, 1974 Applegate resigned in 1974 after winning election to Congress.
Kinsey Milleson Democrat January 3, 1975-December 31, 1980 Milleson lost re-election in 1980 to Bill Ress.
Bill Ress Republican January 3, 1981-December 31, 1984 Ress lost re-election in 1984 to Rob Burch.
Rob Burch Democrat January 3, 1985-December 31, 1996 Burch did not seek re-election in 1996 and instead ran for Congress.
Gregory L. DiDonato Democrat January 6, 1997-December 31, 2004 DiDonato was term-limited in 2004.
Charlie Wilson Democrat January 3, 2005-December 31, 2006 Wilson resigned in 2006 after winning election to Congress.
Jason Wilson Democrat January 2, 2007-December 5, 2011 Wilson resigned in 2011 to become Director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia.
Lou Gentile Democrat December 14, 2011-present Incumbent

31st District[edit]

Thirty-First District Consists of Tuscarawas County, Coshocton County, Licking County, Perry County, and a portion of Holmes County.

Senator Party Term Tenure Notes
Robert Stockdale Republican January 3, 1963-December 31, 1974 12 Lost re-election
Tim McCormack Democrat January 3, 1975-December 31, 1982 8 District redistricted to Central Ohio
Eugene Branstool Democrat January 3, 1983-December 31, 1990 8 Ran for Ohio Lieutenant Governor
Steven O. Williams Republican January 3, 1991-December 31, 1993 3 Resigned to take a seat on the Fairfield County Juvenile Court.
Nancy Dix Republican January 4, 1994-February 20, 1998 4 Resigned
Jay Hottinger Republican February 20, 1998-December 31, 2006 9 Term limited
Tim Schaffer Republican January 2, 2007-present

Thirty-Second District Consists of Ashtabula County, Trumbull County, and portions of Geauga County.

Senator Party Term Tenure Notes
Bishop Kilpatrick Democrat January 3, 1967-December 31, 1972 6 Did not seek re-election
Tom Carney Democrat January 3, 1973-December 31, 1988 16 Did not seek re-election
Charles Henry Democrat January 3, 1989-December 31, 1992 4 Did not seek re-election
Anthony Latell Jr. Democrat January 3, 1993-December 31, 2000 8 Term limited
Tim Ryan Democrat January 3, 2001-December 19, 2002 2 Won election to the United States House of Representatives
Marc Dann Democrat January 6, 2003-December 31, 2006 4* Won election as Ohio Attorney General
Capri Cafaro Democrat January 2, 2007-present

Thirty-Third District Consists of Mahoning County and Columbiana County.

Senator Party Term Tenure Notes
Charles J. Carney Democrat January 3, 1951-November 30, 1970 20 Resigned to take a seat in the United States House of Representatives
Harry Meshel Democrat January 3, 1971-April 13, 1993 22 Resigned to become leader of the Ohio Democratic Party
Joseph Vukovich Democrat April 21, 1993-February 5, 1997 4 Resigned to become judge on Ohio Seventh District Court of Appeals
Bob Hagan Democrat February 5, 1997-December 31, 2006 10 Term limited
John Boccieri Democrat January 2, 2007-December 31, 2008 2 Resigned to take a seat in the United States House of Representatives
Joe Schiavoni Democrat January 5, 2009-present

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Bryan Times,5/8/1974
  2. ^ Congressional Record: Tribute to Ben Gaeth, 11/12/1998
  3. ^ Ohio Constitution
  4. ^ Columbus Business First, November 23, 2010
  5. ^ Toledo Blade 2/14/88
  6. ^ Ohio Secretary of State - 1994 General Election Results
  7. ^ Bryan Times 10/06/1995
  8. ^ Congressional Record: 04/12/1994
  9. ^ BARRY LEVEY, JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN IN THE OHIO SENATE, PLANS TO RESIGN AFTER THE LEGISLATURE COMPLETES WORK ON A NEW STATE BUDGET 05/27/1995
  10. ^ Clara Weisenborn Papers
  11. ^ Tipp News 01/01/11
  12. ^ Dayton Daily News 06/21/2009
  13. ^ Capitol Blog 08/17/2007
  14. ^ Toledo Blade 01/06/1981
  15. ^ Bryan Times 01/03/1985
  16. ^ Bryan Times 01/31/1969
  17. ^ Toledo Blade 01/03/1998
  18. ^ Collins to go for House seat". Portsmouth Times. 1972-02-02
  19. ^ Bryan Times 04/03/1979
  20. ^ Ohio Election Statistics (JK5593) 1975-76
  21. ^ Northwest Columbus News 12/25/2002
  22. ^ Ohio Election Statistics 1973-74
  23. ^ Toledo Blade 05/07/1975
  24. ^ Toledo Blade 01/20/1996
  25. ^ Grendell appointed judge
  26. ^ Bryan Times 01/20/1972
  27. ^ Ohio Election Statistics 1971-1972
  28. ^ The Day 03/09/1992
  29. ^ Bryan Times 07/05/1985
  30. ^ Toledo Blade 08/15/2000
  31. ^ Ohio Election Statistics 1965-1970.
  32. ^ Toledo Blade 05/07/1994
  33. ^ Toledo Blade 12/04/2006
  34. ^ Gaadsden Times 12/28/2003
  35. ^ The Post 09/07/2007
  36. ^ Ohio Election Statistics 1979-80
  37. ^ Ohio Election Statistics 1973-74
  38. ^ 1990 Election Statistics
  39. ^ 1994 election statistics
  40. ^ Gongwer News Service 02/28/2006
  41. ^ Ohio Election Statistics 1965-1970
  42. ^ Ohio Election Statistics 1979-1980
  43. ^ Toledo Blade 04/01/2006