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Ohio State Senate
Ohio General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type Upper House
Term limits 2 terms (8 years)
New session started January 3, 2011
Leadership
President of the Senate Tom Niehaus, (R)
since January 3, 2011
President Pro Tempore Keith Faber, (R)
since January 3, 2011
Majority Leader Vacant, (R)
Minority Leader Capri Cafaro, (D)
since January 6, 2009
Structure
Members 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 2, 2010
(17 seats)
Next election November 6, 2012
(16 seats)
Meeting place
Ohio State Senate.jpg
State Senate Chamber
Ohio State Capitol
Columbus, Ohio
Website
Ohio State Senate

The Ohio State 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. He is currently Tom Niehaus.

Senators serve four year terms. The terms of the Senators are staggered so that about 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 even-numbered years not divisible by four. Senators are limited to two terms.

Each Senator represents approximately 330,000 Ohioans. Each Senate District covers three Ohio House districts.

Composition[change | change source]

129th General Assembly (2011-2012)
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 21 12 33 0
Begin 23 10 33 0
Latest voting share 69.7% 30.3%

Leadership[change | change source]

Majority leadership[change | change source]

Minority leadership[change | change source]

Members of the 129th Senate[change | change source]

District Senator Party Residence First elected Term Limited Seniority Office Leadership
1 Cliff Hite Republican Findlay 2011 (Appt. 02/11) 2022 29 34 Ground Floor Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Chairman
2 Mark Wagoner Republican Toledo 2008 (Appt. 01/08) 2016 11 137 Ground Floor Judiciary-Civil Justice Chairman
3 Kevin Bacon Republican Worthington 2010 2018 23 35 Ground Floor Insurance Commerce and Labor Chairman
4 Bill Coley Republican Middletown 2011 (Appt. 05/11) 2020 31 42 Ground Floor
5 Bill Beagle Republican Tipp City 2010 2018 26 132 First Floor
6 Peggy Lehner Republican Kettering 2011 (Appt. 01/11) 2020 28 128 First Floor Education Chairman
7 Shannon Jones Republican Springboro 2009 (Appt. 08/09) 2018 17 220 Second Floor Majority Whip
8 Bill Seitz Republican Cincinnati 2007 (Appt. 08/07) 2016 10 143 First Floor Government Oversight and Reform Chairman
9 Eric Kearney Democratic Cincinnati 2005 (Appt. 12/05) 2014 3 51 Ground Floor
10 Chris Widener Republican Springfield 2008 2016 14 127 First Floor Finance and Financial Institutions Chairman
11 Edna Brown Democratic Toledo 2010 2018 19 228 Second Floor Minority Whip
12 Keith Faber Republican Celina 2007 (Appt. 01/07) 2016 6 138 First Floor President Pro Tempore
13 Gayle Manning Republican North Ridgeville 2010 2018 25 38 First Floor
14 Tom Niehaus Republican New Richmond 2004 2012 2 201 Statehouse President of the Senate, Rules and Reference Chairman
15 Charleta Tavares Democratic Columbus 2010 2018 22 57 Ground Floor
16 Jim Hughes Republican Columbus 2008 2016 15 125 First Floor Financial Institutions Chairman
17 David T. Daniels Republican Greenfield 2010 2018 21 41 First Floor Energy and Public Utilities Chairman
18 Timothy Grendell Republican Chesterland 2004 2012 1 222 Second Floor Judiciary-Criminal Justice Chairman; Dean of the Senate
19 Kris Jordan Republican Powell 2010 2018 24 40 Ground Floor State and Local Government and Veterans Affairs Chairman
20 Troy Balderson Republican Zanesville 2011 (Appt. 07/11) 2020 32 129 First Floor
21 Shirley Smith Democratic Cleveland 2006 2014 4 223 Second Floor Assistant Minority Leader
22 Larry Obhof Republican Montville Township 2011 (Appt. 02/11) 2020 30 134 First Floor
23 Michael J. Skindell Democratic Cleveland 2010 2018 20 56 Ground Floor
24 Tom Patton Republican Strongsville 2008 (Appt. 12/08) 2016 13 140 First Floor Highways and Transportation Chairman
25 Nina Turner Democratic Cleveland 2008 (Appt. 10/08) 2018 12 48 Ground Floor
26 David Burke Republican Marysville 2011 (Appt. 07/11) 2020 33 39 First Floor
27 Frank LaRose Republican Fairlawn 2010 2018 27 221 Second Floor
28 Tom Sawyer Democratic Akron 2007 (Appt. 02/07) 2016 9 49 Ground Floor
29 Scott Oelslager Republican Canton 2010 2018 18 226 Second Floor Health, Human Services and Aging Chairman
30 Jason Wilson Democratic Columbiana 2007 (Appt. 01/07) 2016 8 50 Ground Floor Assistant Minority Whip
31 Tim Schaffer Republican Lancaster 2006 2014 5 142 First Floor Ways and Means and Economic Development Chairman
32 Capri Cafaro Democratic Hubbard 2007 (Appt. 01/07) 2016 7 303 Statehouse Minority Leader
33 Joe Schiavoni Democratic Canfield 2009 (Appt. 01/09) 2018 16 52 Ground Floor

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