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 served as President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate during the 133rd, 132nd and the second half of the 131st General Assembly.
Bob represents the 17th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Pike and Ross counties as well as portions of Lawrence, Pickaway and Vinton counties.
A farmer by trade, Senator Peterson and his brother are the 8th generation of Petersons to farm in the United States. Peterson raises corn, soybeans, wheat and livestock on his family’s farm. He also has been active in the Farm Bureau holding a variety of leadership positions, culminating in his service as the Ohio Farm Bureau President for nearly five years.
In addition to his farming duties, Senator Peterson served as a Fayette County Commissioner for 14 years before being elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2011. He joined the Ohio Senate in 2012, where his knowledge and leadership have earned him a seat at the table on the issues that matter most to the families and communities of the 17th Senate District.
Peterson currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee and as a member of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, Energy & Public Utilities Committee, Finance Committee, Rules & Reference Committee, Veterans & Public Safety Committee and serves on the Controlling Board.
Senator Peterson has received numerous awards for his efforts in the Statehouse, including the Watchdog of the Treasury award, the Ohio Farm Bureau Friend of Agriculture, the NFIB Guardian of Small Business and the Nature Conservancy’s commitment to improving Ohio’s water quality award.
Peterson received his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.
Senator Peterson and his wife Lisa are the proud parents of Sarah, Hannah and Todd. The family lives on their farm in Fayette County. They are active in church, 4-H, FFA and other community activities.
134th General Assembly Committee Assignments:
- Energy & Public Utilities Committee (Chairman)
- Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee
- Finance Committee
- Rules & Reference Committee
- Veterans & Public Safety
- Controlling Board