Tom Niehaus

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Tom Niehaus
93rd President of the Ohio Senate
In office
January 3, 2011 – December 31, 2012
Preceded by Bill Harris
Succeeded by Keith Faber
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 14th district
In office
January 3, 2005 – December 31, 2012
Preceded by Doug White
Succeeded by Joe Uecker
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 88th district
In office
January 3, 2001 – December 31, 2004
Preceded by Rose Vesper
Succeeded by Danny Bubp
Personal details
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Emily Niehaus
Residence New Richmond, Ohio
Alma mater Xavier University, Ohio State University
Profession Journalist
Religion Catholic

Tom Niehaus is the former President of the Ohio Senate. He served from 2011 to 2012. He also was the state senator for the 14th District from 2005 to 2012. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2001 to 2004. He currently works as a principal with Vorys Advisors LLC, a wholly owned affiliate of the law firm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease. In this role, Niehaus provides business and strategic counsel to the law firm’s clients and other businesses and organizations. Niehaus works in the firm’s Cincinnati office and also maintains an office in Columbus.[1]


A graduate of Xavier University and Ohio State University, Niehaus spent ten years with Harte Hanks Communications, and 15 years (ten as an editor/publisher) with Community Press, a network of 27 community newspapers serving the Greater Cincinnati area.

With incumbent Representative Rose Vesper term limited and unable to run for another term, Niehaus sought to replace her. In the 2000 election, Niehaus defeated Melvin Dean and Scott Boone to win the Republican nomination with 46% of the vote.[2] He won the general election against Democrat Ken Zuk by 10,000 votes.[3] Niehaus was unopposed for reelection in 2002.

Ohio Senate[edit]

Midway through 2003, Niehaus and Jean Schmidt stated their intentions to run to succeed Senate President Doug White in 2004. Niehaus was supported by Senator White and former Representative Rose Vesper, while Schmidt received support from Speaker of the House Larry Householder. The primary proved to be one of the closest watched of the cycle. The campaign prompted complaints over fund-raising tactics and featured testy television spots centered on disputes over tax votes. The Ohio Taxpayers Association launched a $100,000 TV "issue ad" campaign that labeled Mr. Niehaus a tax-hiker.

Schmidt initially beat Niehaus by 62 votes. However, with a mandatory recount enacted and the counting of provisional ballots beginning, Niehaus began to close the gap, and by late March, Niehaus had taken the lead. Niehaus was certified the winner by 22 votes.[4] Niehaus went on to defeat Democrat Paul Schwietering by 53,000 votes.[5]

In his first term in the Senate, Niehaus served as Chairman of the Senate Environment & Natural Resources Committee. In 2008, when Randy Gardner resigned from the Senate, Niehaus was chosen by Senate colleagues to take his place as Senate majority floor leader, and after Jeff Jacobson's resignation, Niehaus again was elevated to Senate President pro tempore.

Niehaus won reelection in 2008 against Democrat Gregory Napolitano by 50,000 votes.[6] He again was selected to serve as President pro tempore for the 128th General Assembly.

Niehaus served again as President of the Senate for the 129th General Assembly. On opening day of that assembly, Niehaus set a tone for bipartisanship, stating "I want to assure the Senate that this will be a deliberative body where all voices will be heard."[7] As President of the Senate, Niehaus also served as chairman of the Rules and Reference Committee.


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  2. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth 2000 primary election results 2000-03-07
  3. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth 2000 general election results 2000-11-07
  4. ^ "Rep. Niehaus nips Rep. Schmidt by 22 votes for White's Senate seat". Buckeye Firearms Association. 2004-04-12. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 
  5. ^ Blackwell, Kenneth 2004 general election results 2004-11-02
  6. ^ Brunner, Jennifer 2008 general election results 2008-11-04
  7. ^ Ryan, Rory (2011-01-02). "Niehaus to serve as next Senate President". Highland County Press. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 

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