Dayton-area business and community leaders gathered Thursday evening to honor the women named to the Dayton Business Journal's '2016 BizWomen Power 50.' Again this year, State Senators Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) and Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) earned their spot on the list of the region's most influential women.

Selected by the Dayton Business Journal's editorial board, the 2016 BizWomen Power 50 features women who have made important contributions to the region through their leadership in a variety of industries, including health care, education, government and defense.

Honorees were chosen based on the important contributions they have made in their respective fields to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Dayton region.

Senator Shannon Jones

"I am honored to receive this distinction and humbled to be included on this list with so many incredible women," said Senator Jones. “Our efforts to combat serious problems such as the abysmal infant mortality rate are making a difference. As a result, Ohio is a healthier place to raise a family, but we still have more work to do."

Senator Shannon Jones represents the 7th Senate District, encompassing all of Warren County and portions of Butler and Hamilton counties. Throughout her time in the legislature, Senator Jones has been named to key leadership posts and has earned recognition for driving innovation and change in Ohio's complex systems of health care and public utilities.

Jones serves as the chairwoman of the Senate's Health and Human Services Committee as well as the vice chairwoman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Senator Peggy Lehner

"Receiving this award is truly an honor," said Senator Lehner. "We have made great strides to ensure that Ohio's children receive quality educational opportunities and we will continue to hold schools accountable for meeting the high standards that our students and families deserve."

Peggy Lehner represents the 6th Ohio Senate District, which includes portions of Montgomery County. Lehner is no stranger to public service, having served a term in the Ohio House of Representatives after 10 years on the Kettering City Council. Senator Lehner has also served on the Ohio Ethics Commission, including two terms as chairwoman.

Lehner serves as the chairwoman of the Senate's Education Committee and vice chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Committee.

Click here for a full list of honorees named to the 2016 Dayton Business Journal BizWomen Power 50.

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