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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
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 Rep Findlay 2011 (Appt. 02/2011) 2022 20 Agriculture Committee Chair
2 Randy Gardner Rep Bowling Green 2012 2020 28
3 Kevin Bacon Rep Minerva Park 2010 2018 14 Civil Justice Committee Chair
4 Bill Coley Rep Liberty Township 2011 (Appt. 05/2011) 2020 22 Government Oversight & Reform Committee Chair
5 Bill Beagle Rep Tipp City 2010 2018 18
6 Peggy Lehner Rep Kettering 2011 (Appt. 01/2011) 2020 19 Education Committee Chair
7 Shannon Jones Rep Springboro 2009 (Appt. 08/2009) 2018 9 Health & Human Services Committee Chair
8 Bill Seitz Rep Cincinnati 2007 (Appt. 08/2007) 2016 4 Public Utilities Committee Chair
9 Cecil Thomas Dem Cincinnati 2014 2022 33
10 Chris Widener Rep Springfield 2008 2016 7 President Pro Tempore
11 Edna Brown Dem Toledo 2010 2018 11 Minority Whip
12 Keith Faber Rep Celina 2007 (Appt. 01/2007) 2016 1 President of the Senate
13 Gayle Manning Rep North Ridgeville 2010 2018 16 Transportation, Commerce & Labor Committee Chair
14 Joe Uecker Rep Miami Township 2012 2020 29
15 Charleta Tavares Dem Columbus 2010 2018 13 Assistant Minority Leader
16 Jim Hughes Rep Columbus 2008 2016 6 Financial Institutions Committee Chair
17 Bob Peterson Rep Sabina 2012 (Appt. 03/2012) 2022 27 Ways & Means Committee Chair
18 John Eklund Rep Munson Township 2011 (Appt. 12/2011) 2020 25 Criminal Justice Committee Chair
19 Kris Jordan Rep Ostrander 2010 2018 15
20 Troy Balderson Rep Zanesville 2011 (Appt. 07/2011) 2020 23 Energy & Natural Resources Committee Chair
21 Sandra Williams Dem Cleveland 2014 2022 31
22 Larry Obhof Rep Medina 2011 (Appt. 02/2011) 2020 21 Majority Whip
23 Michael J. Skindell Dem Lakewood 2010 2018 12
24 Tom Patton Rep Strongsville 2008 (Appt. 12/2008) 2016 5 Majority Leader
25 Kenny Yuko Dem Richmond Heights 2014 2022 32
26 David Burke Rep Marysville 2011 (Appt. 07/2011) 2020 24 Medicaid Committee Chair
27 Frank LaRose Rep Copley Township 2010 2018 17 State & Local Government Committee Chair
28 Tom Sawyer Dem Akron 2007 (Appt. 02/2007) 2016 3
29 Scott Oelslager Rep North Canton 2010 2018 10 Finance Committee Chair
30 Lou Gentile Dem Steubenville 2011 (Appt. 12/2011) 2020 26 Assistant Minority Whip
31 Jay Hottinger Rep Newark 2014 2022 30 Insurance Committee Chair
32 Capri Cafaro Dem Hubbard 2007 (Appt. 01/2007) 2016 2
33 Joe Schiavoni Dem Boardman 2009 (Appt. 01/2009) 2018 8 Minority Leader

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