Ohio Senate

The Ohio Senate is the upper house of the Ohio General Assembly. The State Senate, which meets in the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, first convened in 1803. 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 Matt Huffman.

Ohio Senate
134th Ohio General Assembly
Type
Type
Upper House
Term limits
2 terms (8 years)
History
New session started
January 4, 2021
Leadership
President
Matt Huffman (R)
since January 4, 2021
President pro Tempore
Jay Hottinger (R)
since January 4, 2021
Majority Leader
Kirk Schuring (R)
since January 4, 2021
Minority Leader
Kenny Yuko (D)
since April 26, 2017
Structure
Seats33
Political groups
Majority
  •   Republican (25)

Minority

  •   Democratic (8)
Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle II, Ohio Constitution
Salary$60,584/year
Elections
Last election
November 3, 2020
(16 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(17 seats)
Meeting place
Senate Chamber
Ohio Statehouse
Columbus, Ohio
Website
ohiosenate.gov

Currently, the Senate consists of 25 Republicans and 8 Democrats, with the Republicans controlling 3 more than the 22 required for a supermajority vote. Senators are limited to two consecutive terms. Each Senator represents approximately 349,000 Ohioans, and each Senate District encompasses three corresponding Ohio House of Representatives Districts.

Composition

134th General Assembly (2021-2022)
Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total Vacant
Democratic Republican
End of previous Assembly 9 24 33 0
Begin (January 4, 2021) 8 25 33 0
Latest voting share 24.2% 75.8%

Leadership

Seal of the President
Presiding
President of the Senate Matt Huffman
President Pro Tempore Jay Hottinger
Majority Leadership
Majority Floor Leader Kirk Schuring
Majority Whip Rob McColley
Minority Leadership
Minority Leader Kenny Yuko
Assistant Minority Leader Nickie Antonio
Minority Whip Tina Maharath
Assistant Minority Whip Hearcel Craig

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 133rd Senate

Senate districts by party
  Democratic
  Republican
District Senator Party Residence Counties represented Term Limited First Elected
1Rob McColleyRepublicanNapoleonAuglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams20262017*
2Theresa GavaroneRepublicanBowling GreenErie, Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa, Wood20282019*
3Tina MaharathDemocraticCanal WinchesterFranklin20262018
4George LangRepublicanWest ChesterButler20282020
5Steve HuffmanRepublicanTipp CityDarke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble20262018
6Niraj AntaniRepublicanMiamisburgMontgomery20282020
7Steve WilsonRepublicanMainevilleButler, Hamilton, Warren20262017*
8Louis BlessingRepublicanColerain TownshipHamilton20282019*
9Cecil ThomasDemocraticCincinnatiHamilton20222014
10Bob HackettRepublicanLondonClark, Greene, Madison20242016*
11Theresa FedorDemocraticToledoLucas20262018
12Matt HuffmanRepublicanLimaAllen, Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Shelby20242016
13Nathan ManningRepublicanNorth RidgevilleHuron, Lorain20262018
14Terry JohnsonRepublicanMcDermottAdams, Brown, Clermont, Lawrence, Scioto20282019*
15Hearcel CraigDemocraticColumbusFranklin20262018
16Stephanie KunzieRepublicanColumbusFranklin20242016
17Bob PetersonRepublicanJasper TownshipClinton, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Lawrence, Vinton20222012*
18Jerry CirinoRepublicanKirtlandGeauga, Lake, Portage20282020
19Andrew BrennerRepublicanPowellDelaware, Franklin, Knox20262018
20Tim SchafferRepublicanLancasterAthens, Fairfield, Guernsey, Hocking, Morgan, Muskingum, Pickaway20282018*
21Sandra WilliamsDemocraticClevelandCuyahoga20222014
22Mark RomanchukRepublicanOntarioAshland, Holmes, Medina, Richland20282020
23Nickie AntonioDemocraticLakewoodCuyahoga20262018
24Matt DolanRepublicanChagrin FallsCuyahoga20242016
25Kenny YukoDemocraticRichmond HeightsCuyahoga, Lake20222014
26Bill ReinekeRepublicanEden TownshipCrawford, Marion, Morrow, Sandusky, Seneca, Union, Wyandot20282020
27Kristina RoegnerRepublicanHudsonStark, Summit, Wayne20262018
28Vernon SykesDemocraticAkronSummit20242016
29Kirk SchuringRepublicanCantonStark20262018
30Frank HoaglandRepublicanAdenaAthens, Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Meigs, Monroe, Noble, Vinton, Washington20242016
31Jay HottingerRepublicanNewarkCoshocton, Holmes, Licking, Perry, Tuscarawas20222014
32Sandra O'BrienRepublicanRomeAshtabula, Geauga, Trumbull20282020
33Michael RulliRepublicanSalemColumbiana, Mahoning20262018

References

  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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