Last month, I had the privilege and honor of being appointed to the Ohio Senate. My thanks go to former 17th District State Senator David Daniels, whom I have succeeded, for his tireless and diligent service. Filling his shoes will not be easy. I am, however, grateful that his knowledge and experience will now be put to use on behalf of our entire state in his new role as Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. I wish him well in his new endeavor. For those of you who may not know me, I am an eighth-generation farmer, raising corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock on our family's farm in Fayette and Clinton Counties. My wife Lisa and I are the proud parents of three active teenagers. Our family is involved in church, 4-H, FFA, as well as other community activities. I served as Ohio Farm Bureau President for nearly five years, and was a Fayette County Commissioner for 14 years before being elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2011. As a Fayette County Commissioner, I and my fellow elected officials worked to recruit companies to locate in our county. Over and over, we heard the companies both large and small tell us that while we have great sites and a talented workforce, they were not going to locate their business in Ohio, because our taxes were too high, the regulatory environment was difficult and the Bureau of Worker's Compensation needed reformed. Caring very deeply for my state's future, I ran for State Representative with the goal of improving Ohio's business climate, making Ohio attractive to business and bringing the jobs we desperately need. I have been an active legislator, working on and supporting legislation that will help create economic growth and jobs. House Bill l28 and House Bill 225, bills that I sponsored and that have been signed into law, have given flexibility and freedom to local governments. While Ohio's economy has begun to grow and companies are starting to locate in Ohio, I understand many families are still struggling, and too many are still unemployed. Every day I am mindful that I was chosen to represent you, your views and opinions; I can't do it alone. I need your support. So please, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached by phone at (614) 466-8156, by e-mail at or in writing at State Senator Bob Peterson, Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, OH 43215. I look forward to being your voice at the Statehouse.
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PHOTO: Peterson Announces Grand Opening Of New Vinton County Supermarket


COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) joined State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) and area leaders for the grand opening of Vinton County's new supermarket, Campbell's Market. 


MEDIA ADVISORY: Peterson And Smith Invite Area Residents To Attend District Office Hours


COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) and State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) are inviting area residents to attend district office hours on Friday, December 1, 2017 in Gallia, Lawrence and Jackson counties. 


Peterson Applauds Funding For Area Parks


COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) today applauded the announcement of local investments through the Clean Ohio Trails Fund, NatureWorks and Recreational Trails grant programs, which seek to improve outdoor recreational opportunities for Ohio families and promote tourism.


MEDIA ADVISORY: Peterson Invites Area Residents To Attend District Office Hours


COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) is inviting area residents to attend his district office hours on Monday, November 27, 2017 in Clinton, Highland, Ross and Pickaway counties.