Senator Peterson meets with constituents after session in the Ohio Senate chambers.
Senator Peterson meets with constituents after session in the Ohio Senate chambers.
 (L to R) Legislative Aide, Vanessa Burris; Pastor Alvis Pollard; and Senator Bob Peterson before a session of the Ohio Senate
(L to R) Legislative Aide, Vanessa Burris; Pastor Alvis Pollard; and Senator Bob Peterson before a session of the Ohio Senate
 Senator Bob Peterson is joined by Senator Joe Uecker for the opening of the Port of South Point in South Point, Ohio. The opening of the port in Southern Ohio could bring as many as 1200 direct and indirect jobs to the region within the next three to five years.
Senator Bob Peterson is joined by Senator Joe Uecker for the opening of the Port of South Point in South Point, Ohio. The opening of the port in Southern Ohio could bring as many as 1200 direct and indirect jobs to the region within the next three to five years.
Senator Peterson joins other legislators to announce RuleWatchOhio, a new level of transparency for the public to understand government rules and regulations
Senator Peterson joins other legislators to announce RuleWatchOhio, a new level of transparency for the public to understand government rules and regulations
 Senator Peterson speaks with FFA students from across Ohio at a luncheon at the Statehouse.
Senator Peterson speaks with FFA students from across Ohio at a luncheon at the Statehouse.
 Surrounded by his family, Bob Peterson is sworn in as State Senator for the 17th Senate District.
Surrounded by his family, Bob Peterson is sworn in as State Senator for the 17th Senate District.
Senator Peterson speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony, marking the beginning of construction for a $1.6 million lodge at YLA Camp Cave Lake in Pike County.
Senator Peterson speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony, marking the beginning of construction for a $1.6 million lodge at YLA Camp Cave Lake in Pike County.
 Senator Peterson (third from right) joins area leaders to break ground on the new Campbell's Market. L to R: Finance Fund CEO Diana Turoff, Rick Campbell Jr., Rick Campbell Sr., State Sen. Bob Peterson, Food Trust Associate Director Caroline Harris, and Vinton County Commissioner Tim Eberts.
Senator Peterson (third from right) joins area leaders to break ground on the new Campbell's Market. L to R: Finance Fund CEO Diana Turoff, Rick Campbell Jr., Rick Campbell Sr., State Sen. Bob Peterson, Food Trust Associate Director Caroline Harris, and Vinton County Commissioner Tim Eberts.
 Senator Peterson (right) presents Director Gary Mohr with a resolution during a special presentation.
Senator Peterson (right) presents Director Gary Mohr with a resolution during a special presentation.
State Senator Bob Peterson recognizes the University of Rio Grande soccer team on winning the 2015 NAIA National Championship tournament held in Delray Beach, Florida.
State Senator Bob Peterson recognizes the University of Rio Grande soccer team on winning the 2015 NAIA National Championship tournament held in Delray Beach, Florida.
 State Senator Bob Peterson recognizes the University of Rio Grande soccer team on winning the 2015 NAIA National Championship tournament held in Delray Beach, Florida.
State Senator Bob Peterson recognizes the University of Rio Grande soccer team on winning the 2015 NAIA National Championship tournament held in Delray Beach, Florida.
 State Senator Bob Peterson presents a Senate Resolution to the Ohio Valley Christian Boys basketball team during today's Senate session.
State Senator Bob Peterson presents a Senate Resolution to the Ohio Valley Christian Boys basketball team during today's Senate session.
Senator Bob Peterson and Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) join Sofidel CEO Luigi Lazzareschi, local officials and economic development leaders at the groundbreaking of the new Sofidel manufacturing facility in Circleville.
Senator Bob Peterson and Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) join Sofidel CEO Luigi Lazzareschi, local officials and economic development leaders at the groundbreaking of the new Sofidel manufacturing facility in Circleville.
 Senator Peterson (right) and Representative Scherer (left) pose with two Ross County youth both giving a 'thumbs up' after receiving their new bike helmets at the fair.
Senator Peterson (right) and Representative Scherer (left) pose with two Ross County youth both giving a 'thumbs up' after receiving their new bike helmets at the fair.
 Senator Peterson (right) pictured with his wife, Lisa, while being sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate.
Senator Peterson (right) pictured with his wife, Lisa, while being sworn in as President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate.
Peterson and his family on the family farm.
Peterson and his family on the family farm.
 Senator Peterson welcomes Pastor Alvis Pollard for invocation
Senator Peterson welcomes Pastor Alvis Pollard for invocation
 Senator Peterson receives Guardian of Small Business Award from NFIB executive director, Roger Geiger.
Senator Peterson receives Guardian of Small Business Award from NFIB executive director, Roger Geiger.
Senator Bob Peterson introduces Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor at the opening of the Port of South Point in South Point, Ohio. The opening of the port in Southern Ohio could bring as many as 1200 direct and indirect jobs to the region within the next three to five years.
Senator Bob Peterson introduces Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor at the opening of the Port of South Point in South Point, Ohio. The opening of the port in Southern Ohio could bring as many as 1200 direct and indirect jobs to the region within the next three to five years.
 Senator Peterson discusses how tax cuts will help to create jobs and attract employers to Ohio.
Senator Peterson discusses how tax cuts will help to create jobs and attract employers to Ohio.
 Senator Peterson honors Lebanon Correctional Institute's Ernie Moore as Ohio's Warden of the Year.
Senator Peterson honors Lebanon Correctional Institute's Ernie Moore as Ohio's Warden of the Year.
Senator Peterson leads Senate session.
Senator Peterson leads Senate session.
 Senator Peterson congratulates members of the Clinton-Massie High School football team during Senate session.
Senator Peterson congratulates members of the Clinton-Massie High School football team during Senate session.
 Senator Peterson and Jason Wilson of the Governor's Office of Appalachia visit Custom Molded Products during a tour of Highland County.
Senator Peterson and Jason Wilson of the Governor's Office of Appalachia visit Custom Molded Products during a tour of Highland County.
Senator Peterson joins other elected officials during a tour of McClain High School in Greenfield.
Senator Peterson joins other elected officials during a tour of McClain High School in Greenfield.
 Senator Peterson watches as Governor Kasich signs House Bill 420 into law.
Senator Peterson watches as Governor Kasich signs House Bill 420 into law.
 Senator Peterson talks with his colleagues prior to the start of Senate session.
Senator Peterson talks with his colleagues prior to the start of Senate session.
 

As a farmer, business owner and former county official, Bob Peterson has devoted much of his time and attention to solving the challenges facing our communities. He now brings that same attitude and drive to the Ohio Senate as he works to improve all of Ohio. He currently serves as President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate.

 

 
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State Sen. Bob Peterson Highlights Agriculture's Vital Role in Ohio
Senators Bob Peterson & Randy Gardner discuss Senate Bill 1, which continues the state's effort to fight toxic algae in Ohio's waterways and ensure clean drinking water for Ohioans. This initiative helps the state more effectively monitor and respond to water quality issues.

04.27.17 - Peterson Announces Senate Passage Of Bill To Prepare Ohio's Workforce For In-Demand Jobs

 

"This is an important step in preparing Ohioans for the workplace of tomorrow. As our economy changes, so will the skills needed to secure a good-paying job," said Peterson. "Senate Bill 3 builds on our efforts to ensure that the workforce is ready to take on careers in our region's most in-demand professions."

 
 

03.28.17 - State Grant Awarded To Rio Grande For Fire Equipment

 

"First responders put their lives on the line every day to ensure safety in our communities," said Senator Peterson. "I was pleased to support this grant application, in collaboration with officials from Gallia and Jackson counties, to help equip our firefighters with the resources necessary to protect families and property in the Village of Rio Grande."

 
 

03.28.17 - PHOTO RELEASE: Partnership Creates Opportunities For Wilmington Air Park

 

"The Wilmington Air Park is an economic hub for Clinton County," said Senator Peterson. "I applaud this partnership and the collaboration between our universities and the private sector which play an important role in job creation and the economic growth of our state."

 
 

03.22.17 - Senate-Passed Transportation Budget Bill Invests $7.8 Billion For Improving Local Roads And Bridges

 

“This transportation budget makes a continued investment in Ohio's communities and local infrastructure while reducing unneeded state government regulation," said State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House). “I am confident that House Bill 26 will improve the roads and infrastructure that Ohioans use every day and will enhance Ohio’s economic and job growth”.

 
 
 
 
 

Senate District 17

 
Counties: Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence (part), Pickaway (part), Pike, Ross, Vinton (part)
 
 

Contact Senator Peterson

 
Senate Building
1 Capitol Square, 1st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-8156
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Background

 
Hometown : Washington Court House
Party : Republican