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Politicos on the Move: Jan. 8, 2023

Written on Jan 6, 2023
  • State Representative Jason Stephens (R-Kitts Hill) was elected Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Tuesday on the first floor gathering of the 135th Ohio General Assembly. Scott Oelslager (R-Canton) will serve in the #2 role as speaker pro tempore.  Remaining members of the leadership team likely will be voted on in the near future, and House committee chairs and assignments are also forthcoming. 

  •  Allison Russo (D- Upper Arlington) has been re-elected as Minority Leader, and adoption of a minority leadership slate with Rep. Dontavius Jarrells (D-Columbus) as assistant minority leader, Rep. Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park) as minority whip, and Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) as assistant minority whip. 

  • Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) unanimously was re-elected to a second term as the Senate’s majority party leader. Joining President Huffman’s leadership team will be Sen. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) as president pro tempore, Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) as majority floor leader, and Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) as majority whip.  

  • Sen. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) was chosen as Senate Minority Leader, with a leadership team consisting of Sen. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) as assistant minority leader, Sen. Kent Smith (D-Euclid) as minority whip, and Sen. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) as assistant minority whip. 

  • Senate committee rosters have been announced.  A goal of Senate President Huffman was consistency, so a number of chairs from last session will continue this session, including Senator Bill Blessing as Ways and Means Committee chair and Senator Matt Dolan as Finance Committee chair.