Chris Widener

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Chris Widener
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Ohio State Senate District 10
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 1, 2017
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$60,583.70/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Prior offices
Ohio State House of Representatives
1999-2001, 2003-2009
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Cincinnati
Personal
ProfessionArchitect
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Christopher 'Chris' R. Widener (b. August 22, 1963) is a Republican member of the Ohio State Senate, representing District 10. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Widener served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1999 to 2001 and 2003 to 2008.

Biography

Widener earned his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. His professional experience includes working as a Civil Service Architect at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Widener served on the following committees:

Ohio Committee Assignments, 2013
Reference
Rules
State Government, Oversight, and Reform
Ways and Means
Workforce and Economic Development

2011-2012

2009-2010

Elections

2012

See also: Ohio State Senate elections, 2012

Widener won re-election in the 2012 election for Ohio Senate, District 10. Widener was unopposed in the March 6 Republican primary election and defeated Jeff D. Robertson (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Ohio State Senate, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Widener Incumbent 61.3% 95,440
     Democratic Jeff D. Robertson 38.7% 60,191
Total Votes 155,631

2008

See also: Ohio State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Widener was elected to Ohio State Senate District 10.[4] Widener raised $869,355 for his campaign.[5]

Ohio State Senate District 10
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Chris Widener (R) 99,508
Roger Tackett (D) 60,787

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Widener is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Widener raised a total of $2,536,791 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 31, 2013.[6]

Chris Widener's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Ohio State Senate, District 10 Won $752,063
2010 Ohio State Senate, District 10 Not up for election $363,847
2008 Ohio State Senate, District 10 Won $869,355
2006 Ohio State House, District 84 Won $193,259
2004 Ohio State House, District 84 Won $179,043
2002 Ohio State House, District 84 Won $90,156
2000 Ohio State House, District 74 Defeated $89,068
Grand Total Raised $2,536,791

2012

Widener won re-election to the Ohio State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Widener raised a total of $752,063.
Ohio State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Chris Widener's campaign in 2012
Ohio Republican Party$47,217
Wholesale Beer & Wine Association of Ohio$13,544
American Electric Power$12,000
Boich, Emeline I.$11,544
Black-Kurek, Linda M.$10,544
Total Raised in 2012$752,063
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Widener was not up for election to the Ohio State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Widener raised a total of $363,847.

2008

Widener won election to the Ohio State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Widener raised a total of $869,355.

2006

Widener won re-election to the Ohio State House in 2006. During that election cycle, Widener raised a total of $193,259.

2004

Widener won re-election to the Ohio State House in 2004. During that election cycle, Widener raised a total of $179,043.

2002

Widener won election to the Ohio State House in 2002. During that election cycle, Widener raised a total of $90,156.

2000

Widener lost the election for the Ohio State House in 2000. During that election cycle, Widener raised a total of $89,068.

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 130th Ohio General Assembly was in session from January 7 to December 31. In 2014, the 130th Ohio General Assembly will be in session from January 7 through December 31.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 129th Ohio General Assembly was in session from January 3 through December 31.[7] In 2012, the 129th Ohio General Assembly was in session from January 3 through December 31.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on women’s issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on middle class.
  • Innovation Ohio: 129th General Assembly - Votes on legislation supported by Governor Kasich
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bill's introduced at Governor Kasich’s urging or that had his vocal support.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Senators are scored based on how they voted on issues of priority to members of the Ohio Federation of Teachers.
  • Representatives are scored based on how they voted on issues of priority to members of the Ohio Federation of Teachers.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills impacting Ohio's business community.

Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Chris Widener endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [8]

Personal

Widener and his wife, Sally, have two children. They currently reside in Springfield, Ohio.[1]

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Ohio State Senate District 10
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