|Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 31st district
January 2, 2007
|Preceded by||Jay Hottinger|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 5th district
January 3, 2001-December 31, 2006
|Preceded by||Jon D. Myers|
|Succeeded by||Gerald Stebleton|
January 25, 1963 |
|Alma mater||Mount Union College|
Tim Schaffer is a Republican member of the Ohio Senate who has represented the 31st District since 2007. He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 2001 until 2006. He serves as Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee.
With Representative Jon D. Myers unable to run for another term due to term limitations, Schaffer, along with Bryan Fox, vied for the Republican nomination. Schaffer won the nomination with 58% of the electorate. He faced Democrat Dennis Lupher in the general election, and won again with 58% of the votes.
In 2002, Schaffer coasted to a second term unopposed. In 2004, Schaffer again faced primary opposition in Bradley J. Sodders, but won with 85.58% of the vote. He again ran unopposed in the general election, and was sworn into a third term on January 3, 2005.
Since Jay Hottinger was unable to run again for his seat in the Ohio Senate, Schaffer sacrificed a fourth term in the House to run for the Thirty First District of the Senate. In a three-way primary with fellow Representative Ron Hood and Jeff Furr, Schaffer won the nomination with 48.59% of the vote. Again facing Dennis Lupher, Schaffer moved to the Senate, earning 57.26% of the votes. In his first term, Schaffer served as Chairman of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee in the 128th General Assembly.
In 2010, Schaffer, again facing Lupher, won a second Senate term with 67.29% of the vote. Subsequently, Senate President Tom Niehaus named Schaffer as a member of the committees on Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources (as vice chairman); Energy and Public Utilities; Insurance, Commerce and Labor; and Ways and Means and Economic Development (as Chairman).
Policies, positions and initiatives
For one of his first measures in the 129th General Assembly, Schaffer has introduced a bill that directs the state auditor to conduct at least four performance audits per biennium of two executive agencies and two non-executive agencies.
Schaffer has also introduced legislation that allows for holders of a concealed carry license to carry their weapons in bars and restaurants provided that they are not consuming alcohol. The bill has been controversial, but was expected to pass the Republican-controlled Ohio Senate. Shaffer has stated Ohio is the only state with "specific mandates" on how guns must be carried in vehicles. He said the restrictions are confusing and have led to the arrest of out-of-state residents unaware of the law. The National Rifle Association-backed bill was staunchly opposed by law enforcement groups such as the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio. The bill ultimately passed and was signed into law by Ohio Governor John Kasich.
- Blackwell, Kenneth 2000 primary election results (2000-03-07)
- Blackwell, Kenneth 2004 primary election results (2004-03-02)
- Blackwell, Kenneth 2006 general election results (2006-11-07)
- Brunner, Jennifer 2010 general election results (2010-11-02)
- Senator Schaffer introduces legislation to require performance audits
- Candinsky, Catherine (2011-04-13). "Bill for concealed guns in bars advances in state Senate". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- Candinsky, Catherine (2011-04-13). "Restaurants' opposition might stop gun bill in House". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- Marshall, Aaron (2011-04-14). "Ohio Senate passes bill allowing concealed weapons in bars and restaurants". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- Johnson, Alan (2011-06-19). "Bill can expunge gun-crime record". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
- The Ohio Senate: Senator Tim Schaffer (R) - District 31
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Tim Schaffer (OH) profile
- Follow the Money - Tim Schaffer