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How will term limits impact Ohio elections?

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August 11, 2010

Teresa Fedor, Senate Minority Whip, is ineligible to run for Ohio State Senate District 11 because of term limits. Fedor has held the seat since 2003.

By Linda Palmer

Ohio is one of only 15 states that has state legislative term limits. In the November 1992 ballot, the voters approved Ohio Issue No. 4, a constitutional amendment establishing term limits. After 10 years, these limits have changed the nature of the Ohio State Senate, with no member having a tenure of more than eight consecutive years.

Republican state senators David Goodman, John Carey, Bill Harris, Kevin Coughlin and Kirk Schuring are ineligible to run for re-election to the Oklahoma legislature in 2010, as are two Democrats, Teresa Fedor and Ray Miller.

While Republicans are losing five senators to term limits and the Democrats only two, the GOP still seems likely to retain control of the Senate. Only 17 of the 33 seats are up for election this November, and the senate Republicans currently hold 21 seats to the Democrats' 12. Of the nine seats with incumbents eligible for another term, eight are running for their second term, enhancing the prospects for stability in the senate composition.

Party As of March 2015
     Democratic Party 10
     Republican Party 23
Total 33

Louis Jacobson, a staff writer for PolitiFact, did an early-season analysis of which state legislatures may change majority party control as the result of the November elections. He considers the Ohio State Senate to be safe to retain it's Republican majority.[1]

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