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Ohio State Senate
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Type
Type Upper House
Leadership
President of the Senate Bill Harris, (R)
since January 6, 2005
President Pro Tempore Tom Niehaus, (R)
since January 6, 2009
Majority Leader Keith Faber, (R)
since January 6, 2009
Minority Leader Capri Cafaro, (D)
since January 6, 2009
Structure
Members 33
Political groups Democratic Party
(12 seats)
Republican Party
(21 seats)
Election
Last election November 4, 2008
Meeting place
Senate Chamber
Ohio State Capitol
Columbus, OH, US
Website
http://www.ohiosenate.gov

The Ohio State Senate is the upper house of the Ohio State Legislature. 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 Bill Harris.

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 Districts.

Contents

Composition

128th General Assembly (2009-2010)
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 21 12 33 0
Begin 21 12 33 0
Latest voting share 63.6% 36.4%

Leadership

Majority leadership

Minority leadership

Members of the 128th Senate

District Senator Party Residence First elected Term Limited Office Leadership
1 Steve Buehrer [1] Republican Delta 2006 2014 129 First Floor Majority Whip, Insurance Commerce and Labor Committee Chairman
2 Mark Wagoner [2] Republican Toledo 2008 (Appt. 08/08) 2016 134 First Floor
3 David Goodman [3] Republican New Albany 2001 (Appt. 09/01) 2010 39 Ground Floor Reference Committee Chairman
4 Gary Cates [4] Republican West Chester 2004 2012 132 First Floor Education Committee Chairman
5 Fred Strahorn Democratic Dayton 2009 (Appt. 03/09) 2018 128 First Floor Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee Ranking Member
6 Jon Husted [5] Republican Kettering 2008 2016 34 Ground Floor Government Oversight Committee Chairman
7 Shannon Jones [6] Republican Springboro 2009 (Appt. 08/09) 2018 221 Second Floor
8 Bill Seitz [7] Republican Cincinnati 2007 (Appt. 08/07) 2016 143 First Floor Judiciary- Civil Justice Committee Chairman
9 Eric Kearney [8] Democratic Cincinnati 2005 (Appt. 12/05) 2014 57 Ground Floor Judiciary- Civil Justice Committee Ranking Member
10 Chris Widener [9] Republican Springfield 2008 2016 41 Ground Floor Energy and Public Utilities Committee Chairman
11 Teresa Fedor [10] Democratic Toledo 2002 2010 51 Ground Floor State and Local Government and Veteran's Affairs Committee Ranking Member
12 Keith Faber [11] Republican Celina 2007 (Appt. 01/07) 2016 138 First Floor Majority Leader
13 Sue Morano [12] Democratic Lorain 2006 2014 56 Ground Floor Environment and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member, Health Human Services and Aging Committee Ranking Member
14 Tom Niehaus [13] Republican New Richmond 2004 2012 220 Second Floor President Pro Tempore
15 Ray Miller [14] Democratic Columbus 2002 2010 228 Second Floor Minority Whip, Energy and Public Utilities Committee Ranking Member
16 Jim Hughes [15] Republican Columbus 2008 2016 38 Ground Floor State and Local Government and Veteran's Affairs Committee Chairman
17 John Carey [16] Republican Wellston 2002 2010 127 First Floor Finance and Financial Institutions Committee Chairman
18 Timothy Grendell [17] Republican Chesterland 2004 2012 42 Ground Floor Judiciary- Criminal Justice Committee Chairman
19 Bill Harris [18] Republican Ashland 2000 (Appt. 08/00) 2010 201 Statehouse President of the Senate, Rules Committee Chairman, Dean of the Senate
20 Jimmy Stewart [19] Republican Albany 2008 2016 40 Ground Floor
21 Shirley Smith [20] Democratic Cleveland 2006 2014 223 Second Floor Assistant Minority Leader, Government Oversight Committee Ranking Member
22 Bob Gibbs [21] Republican Lakeville 2008 2016 125 First Floor Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee Chairman
23 Dale Miller [22] Democratic Cleveland 2006 (Appt. 03/06) 2014 48 Ground Floor Finance and Financial Institutions Committee Ranking Member
24 Tom Patton [23] Republican Strongsville 2008 (Appt. 12/08) 2016 140 First Floor Highways and Transportation Committee Chairman
25 Nina Turner [24] Democratic Cleveland 2008 (Appt. 10/08) 2018 226 Second Floor Highways and Transportation Committee Ranking Member, Judiciary- Criminal Justice Committee Ranking Member
26 Karen Gillmor [25] Republican Tiffin 2008 2016 35 Ground Floor
27 Kevin Coughlin [26] Republican Cuyahoga Falls 2001 (Appt. 02/01) 2010 222 Second Floor Health Human Services and Aging Committee Chairman
28 Tom Sawyer [27] Democratic Akron 2007 (Appt. 01/07) 2016 49 Ground Floor Education Committee Ranking Member
29 Kirk Schuring [28] Republican Canton 2002 2010 137 First Floor Agriculture Committee Chairman
30 Jason Wilson [29] Democratic Columbiana 2007 (Appt. 01/07) 2016 50 Ground Floor Assistant Minority Whip, Agriculture Committee Ranking Member
31 Tim Schaffer [30] Republican Lancaster 2006 2014 142 First Floor Environment and Natural Resources Committee Chairman
32 Capri Cafaro [31] Democratic Hubbard 2007 (Appt. 01/07) 2016 303 Statehouse Minority Leader, Reference Committee Ranking Member, Rules Committee Ranking Member
33 Joe Schiavoni [32] Democratic Canfield 2009 (Appt. 01/09) 2018 52 Ground Floor Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee Ranking Member

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