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
Keith Faber (R)
Since January 7, 2013
President Pro Tempore
Larry Obhof (R)
Since February 23, 2016
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 has been meeting since 1803. It is the upper house of the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio state legislature. The State Senate meets in the State Capitol building in Columbus. Senators are elected for four year terms, staggered every two years such that half of the seats are contested at each election.[1] Even numbered seats and odd numbered seats are contested in separate election years. The President of the Ohio Senate presides over the body when in session, and is currently Keith Faber.

Currently, the Senate consists of 23 Republicans and 10 Democrats; Senators are limited to two terms. Each Senator represents approximately 349,000 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]

Other Officers

Clerk: According to the Rules of the Senate, the Clerk is elected by the members of the Senate and is tasked with maintaining records of all Senate bills and resolutions. The Clerk is also responsible for handling all documents received from other government departments. [2]

Members of the 131st Senate[edit]

District Representative Party Residence Counties represented Seniority Term Limited First Elected
1 Cliff Hite Rep Findlay Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams 19 2022 2011*
2 Randy Gardner Rep Bowling Green Erie, Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa, Wood 27 2020 2012
3 Kevin Bacon Rep Columbus Franklin 12 2018 2010
4 Bill Coley Rep West Chester Butler 21 2020 2011*
5 Bill Beagle Rep Tipp City Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble 15 2018 2010
6 Peggy Lehner Rep Kettering Montgomery 18 2020 2011*
7 Shannon Jones Rep Springboro Butler, Hamilton, Warren 8 2018 2009*
8 Bill Seitz Rep Cincinnati Hamilton 4 2016 2007*
9 Cecil Thomas Dem Cincinnati Hamilton 32 2022 2014
10 Bob Hackett Rep London Clark, Greene, Madison 33 2024 2016*
11 Edna Brown Dem Toledo Lucas 10 2018 2010
12 Keith Faber Rep Celina Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Shelby 1 2016 2007*
13 Gayle Manning Rep North Ridgeville Huron, Lorain 17 2018 2010
14 Joe Uecker Rep Loveland Adams, Brown, Clermont, Lawrence, Scioto 28 2020 2012
15 Charleta Tavares Dem Columbus Franklin 13 2018 2010
16 Jim Hughes Rep Columbus Franklin 6 2016 2008
17 Bob Peterson Rep Sabina Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Lawrence, Vinton 26 2022 2012*
18 John Eklund Rep Chardon Geauga, Lake, Portage 24 2020 2011*
19 Kris Jordan Rep Ostrander Delaware, Franklin, Knox 14 2018 2010
20 Troy Balderson Rep Zanesville Athens, Fairfield, Guernsey, Hocking, Morgan, Muskingum, Pickaway 22 2020 2011*
21 Sandra Williams Dem Cleveland Cuyahoga 30 2022 2014
22 Larry Obhof Rep Medina Ashland, Holmes, Medina, Richland 20 2020 2011*
23 Michael J. Skindell Dem Lakewood Cuyahoga 11 2018 2010
24 Tom Patton Rep Strongsville Cuyahoga 5 2016 2008*
25 Kenny Yuko Dem Richmond Heights Cuyahoga, Lake 31 2022 2014
26 David Burke Rep Marysville Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Sandusky, Seneca, Union, Wyandot 23 2020 2011*
27 Frank LaRose Rep Copley Stark, Summit, Wayne 16 2018 2010
28 Thomas C. Sawyer Dem Akron Summit 3 2016 2007*
29 Scott Oelslager Rep Canton Stark 9 2018 2010
30 Lou Gentile Dem Steubenville Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Meigs, Monroe, Noble, Vinton, Washington 25 2020 2011*
31 Jay Hottinger Rep Newark Coshocton, Holmes, Licking, Perry, Tuscarawas 29 2022 2014
32 Capri Cafaro Dem Hubbard Ashtabula, Geauga, Trumbull 2 2016 2007*
33 Joe Schiavoni Dem Boardman Columbiana, Mahoning 7 2018 2009*

References[edit]

  1. ^ Article II, section 2, Ohio Constitution.
  2. ^ "Rules of the Senate | The Ohio Legislature". www.legislature.ohio.gov. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 

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