Get to know Ohio's Republican senators.
Our success is not measured by how many bills we pass. It is measured by how much we improve the lives of the people we represent.
A Voice for the People
 
Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman welcomes you to the 134th General Assembly.
 
 
Meet Our Leaders
The 25-member Senate Majority Caucus is led by Senate President Matt Huffman, President Pro Tempore Jay Hottinger, Majority Floor Leader Kirk Schuring, Majority Whip Rob McColley, Chair of Finance Matt Dolan and Vice Chair of Finance Theresa Gavarone.
 
Legislative Priorities.
Each of us holds fast to the oath we swore upon taking office to represent you. We did not swear to a political party, an interest group or a personal agenda. We swore to uphold the Constitution of Ohio and to work for all the people of this great state, and we are grateful and humbled by the trust you have placed in us. 

Our goal is to help each Ohioan secure the opportunity to obtain their God-given potential, and this drives the policy priorities we are working on.

Voter approved and now in place. Ohio voters approved two new map making processes for both the state legislative and congressional maps. Watch as the seven members of the Redistricting Commission took their oaths and went to work.

Training Our Workforce
An important part of our growth as a state is to create stronger pathways for Ohioans to connect and train for the job opportunities of today and tomorrow. That's why we passed legislation to make Ohio's education system more responsive to the workforce demands of today.

Investing In Our Schools
Senate Republicans have funded our schools at record levels and sustaining our investment in primary and secondary education remains a top priority. Other bills we've passed help our schools invest in safety and technology improvements, as well as remove burdensome administrative mandates.

Protecting Ohioans
It's important to us to protect and support those most vulnerable among us, and we continue to work on legislation that helps victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and other crimes reclaim and rebuild their lives.

Reforming Our Criminal Justice System
In addition to investing in drug treatment and addiction recovery efforts, Ohio has taken significant steps forward on criminal sentencing reforms. We are committed to finding opportunities for rehabilitation that give people a chance to turn their lives around, while at the same time protecting our communities from dangerous and repeat offenders.

Growing Our Economy and Enabling Job Creation
Eliminating bureaucracy. Reducing taxes. Improving infrastructure. Investing in education. All essential elements to Ohio's economic growth and progress. The work we have done has helped add over 500,000 new private sector jobs to our economy, lowered unemployment, and it has given us one of the most improved business climates in the nation.

Fighting the Opiate Crisis
We are committed to fighting one of the great epidemics of our time, from investing in prevention efforts and treatment programs to toughening penalties for traffickers. It's why the Senate passed a bill with harsher penalties for traffickers of deadly drugs like fentanyl, while ensuring addicts get the help they need.

Protecting Ohio's Natural Resources
Ensuring the quality of Ohio's drinking water and the long-term viability of our waterways are priorities for Senate Republicans. We are working together with the agricultural and environmental communities to protect our natural resources.

Reliable. Sustainable. Affordable. This represents the mission behind the Ohio Senate's new school funding plan. Watch our story about how the Senate modernized and simplified this complex issue that was the subject of a Supreme Court Case 30 years ago.
 
 
News
September 16, 2021
COLUMBUS- Faced with more than a four-month delay in critical U.S. Census data, the Ohio Redistricting Commission moved forward today with a four-year map plan for the Ohio General Assembly's legislative districts.
 
September 9, 2021
COLUMBUS- Today, new maps for Ohio's 132 state legislative districts were introduced to the seven-member Ohio Redistricting Commission. Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima), who serves on the Commission, complimented the dedication and long hours that went into completing the proposed maps.
 
August 20, 2021
COLUMBUS-Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) announced the launch of www.redistricting.ohio.gov. Designed for transparency and easy access, the website reflects the bipartisan cooperation of the seven-member Ohio Redistricting Commission.
 
June 28, 2021
COLUMBUS-Building on the legacy and mission of tax reform, the Ohio Senate passed a landmark $1.6 billion in personal income tax cuts. The reduction reflects the highest biennial personal income tax cut in state history.
 
June 1, 2021
COLUMBUS - Today, the Ohio Senate introduced a new biennium budget plan as the state forges ahead into the post pandemic economy. 
 
May 6, 2021
COLUMBUS- Today, Senator Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) and joint sponsors, Senator Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) and Senator Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) introduced the first comprehensive gaming bill for Ohio.
 
April 21, 2021
COLUMBUS-State Senator Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction) and State Representative Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) on Tuesday held the first meeting of the Ohio Veterans Caucus, which explores new and innovative ways to aid veterans and their families during their service, as well as when they hang up their uniforms.
 
April 13, 2021
COLUMBUS—Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and Senate Finance Chairman Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) today released the Ohio Senate's tentative hearing schedule for the state budget, H ...
 
March 25, 2021
COLUMBUS-Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) announced this week the Senate's unanimous passage of Senate Bill 111, providing nearly $912 million to support Ohio's schools and other educational providers as they transition back to the classroom. The bill promotes safe, effective learning for students as Ohioans emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
March 24, 2021
COLUMBUS-Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) today announced the Ohio Senate's unanimous passage of legislation investing $8.3 billion to fund the construction and maintenance of the state's transportation system. The bill enhances safety, promotes commerce and puts tens of thousands of Ohioans to work.
 
March 17, 2021
COLUMBUS - State Senator Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) today announced the Senate's unanimous passage of Senate Bill 108, his bill providing an additional $125 million of federal pandemic relief to bars, restaurants and lodging businesses across Ohio.
 
March 17, 2021
COLUMBUS-State Senators Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and Michael Rulli (R-Salem) today announced the Senate's unanimous passage of Senate Bill 109, providing an additional $300 million of combined state and federal funding to businesses and other entities across Ohio for COVID-19 pandemic-related expenses.
 
February 11, 2021
COLUMBUS-State Senator Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) announced that the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 8 this week, which would increase access to broadband services in underserved areas of Ohio. This would be done through the creation of the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program.
 
January 15, 2021
COLUMBUS-Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) today announced the Senate's committee structure and leadership for the 134th General Assembly. The Senate President laid the framework for 16 standing committees.
 
January 19, 2021
COLUMBUS-State Senator Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) last week introduced Senate Bill 2, legislation improving access to and quality of mental healthcare in Ohio by making significant reforms to Ohio's competency restoration procedure. 
 
January 13, 2021
COLUMBUS—Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) today issued the Ohio Senate's 2021 session and committee schedule. A copy of the schedule can be found here . Please note that all dates are s ...
 
January 19, 2021
COLUMBUS-State Senator Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) applauded the recent decision by Southern Ohio Communications Services, Inc. to invest $3.8 million to provide a 1 Gig optical fiber-to-the-home high-speed Internet service to over 1,300 residential and business customers covering 64 miles across southern Ohio.
 
May 8, 2019
COLUMBUS—State Senators Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) and Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson), sponsors of Senate Bill 1 , today announced the Senate passage of their bill to reform Ohio's regulatory ...
 
March 27, 2019
COLUMBUS—The Senate unanimously passed legislation today, sponsored by State Senators Michael Rulli (R-Salem) and Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard), which will invest an additional $100 million ...
 
March 21, 2018
COLUMBUS - The Senate passed the Ohio Public School Deregulation Act today, legislation sponsored by State Senator Matt Huffman, designed to reduce the amount of unnecessary mandates and regulations affecting Ohio's public schools.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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