State Senator Larry Obhof (R–Medina) was today unanimously reelected by his colleagues to serve as the Senate Majority Whip, a post he has held since January 2013. Senator Obhof will continue to serve as Majority Whip for the 131st General Assembly, which begins in January and runs through the end of 2016.
Senator Obhof has represented the 22nd Senate District since 2011. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Yale Law School.
“I am honored to receive my colleagues’ continued support in leading our caucus,” said Obhof. “I look forward to building on the progress we have made in recent years and I am dedicated to keeping Ohio moving in the right direction.”
As Majority Whip, Senator Obhof is responsible for monitoring legislation and securing votes for legislation on the Senate floor. Newspapers have described him as “a lawmaker with a willingness to work across party lines,” and have observed that he is “instrumental in passing key bills.”
The Republican Majority also retained the other members of the leadership team, including Senator Keith Faber (R–Celina) as Senate President, Senator Chris Widener (R–Springfield) as President Pro Tempore, and Senator Tom Patton (R–Strongsville) as Majority Floor Leader.
Under the direction of the leadership team, the Ohio Senate has passed broad tax reforms, reducing the tax burden on Ohioans by roughly $3 billion while increasing state investment in education by the largest amount in the past decade.
Senator Obhof’s new term as Majority Whip will begin on January 5, 2014. The Ohio Constitution requires the legislative session to begin on the first Monday in January during the odd-numbered calendar years.