The Ohio General Assembly today held their Opening Ceremonies for the 131st General Assembly, officially marking the beginning of the new legislative session.
During the ceremonies, Jay Hottinger (R–Newark) was sworn-in as a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 31st District in the state legislature’s upper chamber. Senator Hottinger won election to the seat in the November 4, 2014 General Election.
"I've had the privilege of serving my community in the Statehouse for nearly two decades, which is both an honor as well as a humbling experience," said Hottinger. "I have three daughters, which is why I chose a career in public service. Our work in the state capital should always be centered on creating opportunity for every Ohioan so every child in this state can get a good education, start a good career, raise a family, and reach ever greater potential right here in the Buckeye State."
Hottinger’s swearing-in marks the beginning of his second stretch in the Senate. He served in the chamber previously from 1998 through 2006 where he ascended to Senate leadership as the Assistant Majority Whip. Hottinger also served 6 terms in the Ohio House of Representatives.
An experienced leader and veteran legislator, Hottinger has been named to several leadership posts throughout his career including having served as the Chairman of the powerful House Finance Committee and as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Insurance, Commerce and Labor.
Senator Hottinger is a lifelong resident of Newark, Ohio where he graduated from Newark High School before receiving a degree in political science and public administration from Capital University. He and his wife Cheri have three daughters, Savannah, Heather, and Jayme.
Hottinger’s oath of office was administered by the Honorable Sharon Kennedy, Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court in the Senate Chamber in the historic Ohio Statehouse.
Each term in the Ohio Senate extends four years. Hottinger’s current term will expire at midnight on December 31, 2018.