COLUMBUS - Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced today the application process to fill a vacancy in Ohio’s 1st Senate District seat, which encompasses all of Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Williams counties as well as portions of Auglaize, Fulton and Logan counties in northwest Ohio.

Former Senator Cliff Hite resigned from the position earlier this week.

The Senate Republican Caucus is responsible by law for appointing a temporary replacement to the seat. The appointee will serve for the remainder of the current term, ending in December 2018. The person appointed to the vacancy must seek election on the 2018 ballot if that person intends to seek an additional term.

The Senate Republican Caucus will accept applications for the vacancy until 4 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017. Applications may include a resume, letters of recommendation and any other supporting material considered relevant to the applicant's qualifications. The materials should be sent or hand-delivered to the following address:

The Honorable Larry Obhof
President, Ohio Senate
The Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square, Room 201
Columbus, OH 43215

Please send an identical copy of the application to the Senate Chief of Staff:

Jason Mauk
Chief of Staff, Ohio Senate
The Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square, Room 201
Columbus, OH 43215

The applicant screening and selection process will take place in early November. Applicants are expected to be available to meet in person with the screening committee.

Featured Posts

Oelslager Announces Meeting Schedule For Tax Expenditure Review Committee


COLUMBUS—State Senator Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton), Chair of the Joint House and Senate Tax Expenditure Review Committee, today announced a meeting of the committee has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.


Legislative Leaders Announce $2.62B Investment In Ohio's Local Communities Through Capital Bill


COLUMBUS—Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) and Speaker of the House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today introduced the state's Capital Budget, a $2.62 billion investment in Ohio's infrastructure and local community projects. 


Ohio Senate Passes Congressional Redistricting Reform Plan With Bipartisan Support


With unanimous, bipartisan support, the Ohio Senate today passed a plan to reform the process for drawing Ohio’s congressional districts. The passage of Substitute Senate Joint Resolution 5 follows weeks of negotiations between the leadership of both parties in the General Assembly and various redistricting reform coalitions.


GUEST COLUMN: A Look Back At 2017


As we begin the new year, we have passed the halfway point for the 132nd General Assembly, the two-year cycle for introducing and enacting new legislation.  As I look back at the past twelve months, I am proud that my colleagues and I have worked to keep our commitments to the people of our great state.