Cliff Hite

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Cliff Hite
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 1st district
Assumed office
February 1, 2011
Preceded by Steve Buehrer
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 76th district
In office
January 1, 2007 – February 1, 2011
Preceded by Mike Gilb
Succeeded by Robert Sprague
Personal details
Born (1954-09-04) September 4, 1954 (age 62)
Findlay, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence Findlay, Ohio, U.S.
Education Findlay High School (1972)
Alma mater University of Kentucky (B.S. 1977)
Profession Teacher, Coach
Religion Methodist

Cliff Hite (born September 4, 1954) is a Republican politician who has represented the 1st district of the Ohio Senate since 2011. Formerly he represented the Ohio House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. He is the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.


Hite graduated in Findlay Ohio from Findlay High School in 1972, and obtained his B.S. degree from the University of Kentucky in 1977 in Secondary Studies with an emphasis in social studies.[1]

Upon graduating from UK, Hite served in four school districts as teacher. From 1977 to 1980, Hite taught in Danville, Kentucky at Danville High School. In 1980, Hite returned to Findlay for the first of three years as a teacher at Findlay High School. Hite spent from 1983 to 1996 teaching at Bryan High School in Bryan, Ohio. In 1996, Hite returned to Findlay High School where he remained until 2006 when he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives.

The decisions which probably garnered Hite the most national attention during his coaching tenure were those surrounding Ben Roethlisberger, now the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Roethlisberger did not play quarterback until his senior year of 1999-2000, giving way to the Cliff Hite's son, Ryan Hite. Roethslisberger played college quarterback at Division I Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Roethlisberger holds every major passing record at the school and a number of passing records in the Mid-American Conference although he only played for three years. Ryan Hite played college wide receiver at Division III Denison University where he set numerous receiving records.

Hite was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2006, defeating Democrat John Kostyo with 59.94% of the vote.[2] In 2008, he won reelection with 98.39% of the vote, and in 2010, won a third term with 70.78% of the vote over Democrat Jeffrey Detmer.[3]

Ohio Senate[edit]

Representative Hite was sworn into a third term on January 3, 2011,[4] however, with Senator Steve Buehrer's pending resignation from the Ohio Senate to head the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation under Governor-elect John Kasich, Hite was mentioned as a possible successor.[5]

It was announced that Hite would be appointed to the Senate in January 2011. Upon announcement of the appointment, Senate President Tom Niehaus stated “Cliff Hite knows the many challenges that are facing our state, but he is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and delve into the issues.”[6]

Hite won reelection to complete the unexpired term in 2012 unopposed, and again in 2014 for a full term.[7]


  1. ^ "About Clifford R. Hite". Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  2. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth 2006 general election results (2006-11-07)
  3. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2010 general election results (2010-11-02)
  4. ^ Democrats sworn in amid GOP sweep
  5. ^ Maughn, Lindsay (2010-11-24). "Rep. Hite to pursue Senate seat". The Findlay Courier. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  6. ^ Hite likely to get appointed to Buehrer’s seat in Senate
  7. ^ "Cupp, McColley win state seats". November 4, 2014. 

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