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Ohio Senate

Ohio Senate
131st Ohio General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
2 terms (8 years)
New session started
January 5, 2015
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
Joe Schiavoni (D)
Since January 14, 2014
Seats 33
Layout of Ohio
Political groups
Length of term
4 years
Authority Article II, Ohio Constitution
Salary $60,584/year
Last election
November 4, 2014
(17 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2016
(16 seats)
Meeting place
Senate Chamber
Ohio Statehouse
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Senate

The Ohio Senate has been meeting since 1803. It is the upper house of the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio state legislature. The State Senate meets in the State Capitol building in Columbus. 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 Keith Faber.

Currently, the Senate consists of 23 Republicans and 10 Democrats; Senators are limited to two terms. Each Senator represents approximately 349,000 Ohioans, and each Senate District encompasses three corresponding Ohio House of Representatives Districts.


  • Composition 1
    • Leadership 1.1
      • Majority leadership 1.1.1
      • Minority leadership 1.1.2
    • Members of the 131st Senate 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3


131st General Assembly (2015–2016)
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 23 10 33 0
Begin 23 10 33 0
Latest voting share 69.7% 30.3%


Majority leadership

Minority leadership

Members of the 131st Senate

District Representative Party Residence Counties represented Term Limited First Elected
1 Cliff Hite Rep Findlay Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams 2022 2011*
2 Randy Gardner Rep Bowling Green Erie, Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa, Wood 2020 2012
3 Kevin Bacon Rep Columbus Franklin 2018 2010
4 Bill Coley Rep West Chester Butler 2020 2011*
5 Bill Beagle Rep Tipp City Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble 2018 2010
6 Peggy Lehner Rep Kettering Montgomery 2020 2011*
7 Shannon Jones Rep Springboro Butler, Hamilton, Warren 2018 2009*
8 Bill Seitz Rep Cincinnati Hamilton 2016 2007*
9 Cecil Thomas Dem Cincinnati Hamilton 2022 2014
10 Chris Widener Rep Springfield Clark, Greene, Madison 2016 2008
11 Edna Brown Dem Toledo Lucas 2018 2010
12 Keith Faber Rep Celina Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Shelby 2016 2007*
13 Gayle Manning Rep North Ridgeville Huron, Lorain 2018 2010
14 Joe Uecker Rep Loveland Adams, Brown, Clermont, Lawrence, Scioto 2020 2012
15 Charleta Tavares Dem Columbus Franklin 2018 2010
16 Jim Hughes Rep Columbus Franklin 2016 2008
17 Bob Peterson Rep Sabina Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Lawrence, Vinton 2022 2012*
18 John Eklund Rep Chardon Geauga, Lake, Portage 2020 2011*
19 Kris Jordan Rep Ostrander Delaware, Franklin, Knox 2018 2010
20 Troy Balderson Rep Zanesville Muskingum, Pickaway 2020 2011*
21 Sandra Williams Dem Cleveland Cuyahoga 2022 2014
22 Larry Obhof Rep Medina Ashland, Holmes, Medina, Richland 2020 2011*
23 Michael J. Skindell Dem Lakewood Cuyahoga 2018 2010
24 Tom Patton Rep Strongsville Cuyahoga 2016 2008*
25 Kenny Yuko Dem Richmond Heights Cuyahoga, Lake 2022 2014
26 David Burke Rep Marysville Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Sandusky, Seneca, Union, Wyandot 2020 2011*
27 Frank LaRose Rep Copley Stark, Summit, Wayne 2018 2010
28 Thomas C. Sawyer Dem Akron Summit 2016 2007*
29 Scott Oelslager Rep Canton Stark 2018 2010
30 Lou Gentile Dem Steubenville Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Meigs, Monroe, Noble, Vinton, Washington 2020 2011*
31 Jay Hottinger Rep Newark Coshocton, Holmes, Licking, Perry, Tuscarawas 2022 2014
32 Capri Cafaro Dem Hubbard Ashtabula, Geauga, Trumbull 2016 2007*
33 Joe Schiavoni Dem Boardman Columbiana, Mahoning 2018 2009*


  1. ^ Article II, section 2, Ohio Constitution.

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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