COLUMBUS—Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced today the recommendation of Steve Wilson to fill the vacancy in Ohio’s 7th State Senate District seat, including all of Warren and part of Hamilton and Butler counties.

A seven-member screening committee of senators met with five applicants for the vacancy and recommended Wilson for appointment to the seat.  

“Steve has a tremendous record of leadership in the private sector,” said Obhof.  “This was a very talented group of candidates, and every applicant for this seat made a strong impression on the committee.  Steve offers a unique depth of experience, temperament and understanding of the issues impacting this region of the state, and we’re confident his constituents will agree.  Our caucus looks forward to helping him serve the people of the 7th Senate district."

Wilson, the former chief executive and current chairman of LCNB Corp and LCNB National Bank, offers more than 40 years of local service experience in the private and non-profit sectors.  Wilson serves on the board of trustees at his alma mater, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and as vice chair of the Warren County Port Authority.  He is a past chair of the American Bankers Association and the Ohio Bankers Association, as well as a former board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  Wilson served as president of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce, the Lebanon City Schools board of education and as a member of the board of directors for Countryside YMCA, currently the largest YMCA organization in the world.  He also is a member of the Butler County Business Hall of Fame, as well as Cincinnati Magazine’s Business Hall of Fame.

Wilson has chaired or coordinated multiple economic, capital and historic development campaigns, including projects with the Ohio Historical Society, the Little Miami Bike Trail, the Warren County Foundation and the Child Advocacy Center of Warren County.

Upon graduation from Miami University, Wilson received a commission as a United States Naval Officer and was named a Distinguished Naval Graduate by the Chief of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C.  He and his wife, Jill, have four children and five grandchildren.  They currently reside in Maineville, Ohio, where they are active members of the Otterbein United Methodist Church.  Wilson is an avid walker and recently completed the Ohio Erie Trail, which starts on the banks of the Ohio River and ends on the shores of Lake Erie.

The 24-member Senate Republican caucus is responsible by law for appointing a temporary replacement to the seat after the resignation of State Senator Shannon Jones, who recently became a Warren County commissioner.  The caucus plans to meet by the end of January to accept the screening committee’s recommendation and seat the new member.

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