Ohio state senate

Ohio Senate
Ohio General Assembly
Type
Type Upper House
Term limits 2 terms (8 years)
History
New session started January 7, 2013
Leadership
President of the Senate 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 Eric Kearney, (D)
Since January 31, 2012
Structure
Seats 33
Political groups Republican Party (23)
Democratic Party (10)
Length of term 4 years
Authority Article II, Ohio Constitution
Salary $60,584/year
Elections
Last election November 6, 2012
(17 seats)
Next election November 4, 2014
(16 seats)
Meeting place
State Senate Chamber
Ohio State Capitol
Columbus, Ohio
Website
Ohio State 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 State 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

130th General Assembly (2013–2014)
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

Majority leadership

Minority leadership

Members of the 130th Senate

District Senator Party Residence First elected Term Limited Seniority Leadership
1 Cliff Hite Republican Findlay 2011 (Appt. 02/2011) 2022 24 Agriculture Committee Chairman
2 Randy Gardner Republican Bowling Green 2012 2020 32 Finance: Education Subcommittee Chairman
3 Kevin Bacon Republican Worthington 2010 2018 18 Commerce & Labor Committee Chairman
4 Bill Coley Republican Middletown 2011 (Appt. 05/2011) 2020 26 Civil Justice Chairman
5 Bill Beagle Republican Tipp City 2010 2018 22 Workforce & Economic Development Committee Chairman
6 Peggy Lehner Republican Kettering 2011 (Appt. 01/2011) 2020 23 Education Chairwoman
7 Shannon Jones Republican Springboro 2009 (Appt. 08/2009) 2018 13 Medicaid, Health & Human Services Committee Chairwoman
8 Bill Seitz Republican Cincinnati 2007 (Appt. 08/2007) 2016 7 Public Utilities Committee Chairman
9 Eric Kearney Democratic Cincinnati 2005 (Appt. 12/2005) 2014 1 Minority Leader
10 Chris Widener Republican Springfield 2008 2016 10 President Pro Tempore
11 Edna Brown Democratic Toledo 2010 2018 15 Assistant Minority Whip
12 Keith Faber Republican Celina 2007 (Appt. 01/2007) 2016 4 President of the Senate; Rules Committee Chairman
13 Gayle Manning Republican North Ridgeville 2010 2018 20 Transportation Committee Chairwoman
14 Joe Uecker Republican Loveland 2012 2020 33
15 Charleta Tavares Democratic Columbus 2010 2018 17
16 Jim Hughes Republican Columbus 2008 2016 11 Insurance & Financial Institutions Committee Chairman
17 Bob Peterson Republican Sabina 2012 (Appt. 03/2012) 2022 31 Finance: General Government Subcommittee Chairman
18 John Eklund Republican Munson Township 2011 (Appt. 12/2011) 2020 29 Criminal Justice Committee Chairman
19 Kris Jordan Republican Powell 2010 2018 19 Reference Committee Chairman
20 Troy Balderson Republican Zanesville 2011 (Appt. 07/2011) 2020 27 Energy & Natural Resources Committee Chairman
21 Shirley Smith Democratic Cleveland 2006 2014 2
22 Larry Obhof Republican Montville Township 2011 (Appt. 02/2011) 2020 25 Majority Whip
23 Michael J. Skindell Democratic Cleveland 2010 2018 16
24 Tom Patton Republican Strongsville 2008 (Appt. 12/2008) 2016 9 Majority Leader
25 Nina Turner Democratic Cleveland 2008 (Appt. 10/2008) 2018 8 Minority Whip
26 David Burke Republican Marysville 2011 (Appt. 07/2011) 2020 28 State Government Oversight & Reform Chairman; Finance: Medicaid Subcommittee Chairman
27 Frank LaRose Republican Copley Township 2010 2018 21 Public Safety, Local Government & Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman
28 Tom Sawyer Democratic Akron 2007 (Appt. 02/2007) 2016 6
29 Scott Oelslager Republican Canton 2010 2018 14 Finance Committee Chairman
30 Lou Gentile Democratic Steubenville 2011 (Appt. 12/2011) 2020 30
31 Tim Schaffer Republican Lancaster 2006 2014 3 Ways & Means Committee Chairman
32 Capri Cafaro Democratic Hubbard 2007 (Appt. 01/2007) 2016 5
33 Joe Schiavoni Democratic Canfield 2009 (Appt. 01/2009) 2018 12 Assistant Minority Leader

External links

  • Ohio Senate official website
  • Project Vote Smart – State Senate of Ohio
  • Map of Ohio Senate Districts, 2012-2022
  • 2012 Election Results from Ohio Secretary of State
  • 2010 Election Results from Ohio Secretary of State
  • 2008 Election Results from Ohio Secretary of State
  • 2006 Election Results from Ohio Secretary of State
  • Reclaim Ohio – A Detailed Site About Ohio State House / Senate Election Results
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