Ohio House of Representatives

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Ohio House of Representatives

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   4 terms (8 years)
2015 session start:   January 7, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  William Batchelder, (R)
Majority Leader:   Barbara Sears, (R)
Minority Leader:   Armond Budish, (D)
Members:  99
   Democratic Party (34)
Republican Party (65)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art II, Ohio Constitution
Salary:   $60,584/year
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (99 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (99 seats)
Redistricting:  Ohio Redistricting Commission
The Ohio House of Representatives is the lower house of the Ohio State Legislature. A new legislative session is assembled every two years on the first Monday in January of the odd-numbered years. However, since there is no limit on the days the General Assembly may convene, it can respond immediately to emergency situations. While in session, the House generally meets Tuesday through Thursday. Committee meetings may be held any time before or after floor sessions. Both are open to the public. 99 members make up the Ohio State House of Representatives, serving terms of two years, with a limit of four consecutive terms. Each member represents an average of 116,530 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 116,530 residents.[2]

As of April 2015, Ohio is one of 23 Republican state government trifectas.


Article II of the Ohio Constitution establishes when the Ohio General Assembly, of which the House of Representatives is a part, is to meet. Section 8 of Article II states that the regular session is to convene on the first Monday in January of each year, or the following day if that Monday is a legal holiday.

Section 8 also contains rules for convening special sessions of the General Assembly. It empowers the Governor of Ohio or the presiding officers of the General Assembly to convene a special session. For the presiding officers to convene the session, they must act jointly.


See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the General Assembly will be in session from January 7 to a date to be determined.

Major issues

As Keith Faber (R) takes over as President of the Senate, the main focus of the legislature will be adopting a new biennial state budget. Additionally, lawmakers will address casino regulation, state collective-bargaining laws, Medicare expansion, and prison overcrowding.[3]


See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House began its legislative session on January 3.


See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House will be in session from January 3 through a date to be determined by the Ohio Legislature. [4]


See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House convened its legislative session on January 4th, and it remains in session throughout the year.[5]



See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Ohio House of Representatives will be held in Ohio on November 6, 2012. All 99 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for the candidates in these elections is December 7, 2011.

Ohio state representatives are subject to term limits, and may not serve more than four two-year terms. In 2012, 7 state representatives will be termed-out of office.

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.


See also: Ohio House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the Ohio House of Representatives were held in Ohio on November 2, 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was February 18, 2010 (May 3 for independents). The primary election day was May 4, 2010.

In 2010, the candidates for state house raised a total of $35,860,365 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [6]


Article 2, Section 3 of the Ohio Constitution states: Senators and representatives shall have resided in their respective districts one year next preceding their election, unless they shall have been absent on the public business of the United States, or of this state.

Article 2, Section 5 of the Ohio Constitution states: No person hereafter convicted of an embezzlement of the public funds, shall hold any office in this state; nor shall any person, holding public money for disbursement, or otherwise, have a seat in the General Assembly, until he shall have accounted for, and paid such money into the treasury.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the House, the seat must be filled by an election conducted by House members. Also, the election can only be conducted by the same members of the political party that hold the seat. A simple majority vote is needed in order to approve a replacement[7].


See also: Redistricting in Ohio

The Ohio Apportionment Board is responsible for legislative redistricting. It is comprised of 5 members: the Governor, State Auditor, Secretary of State, and two members selected by the legislative leaders of the two major parties.

2010 census

Ohio received its 2010 local census data in early March 2011. Although the state population showed net growth, Ohio's large cities recorded significant population loss. Of the state's five largest cities only Columbus showed population growth. Cleveland suffered the sharpest decline, losing 17.1% of its population.[8]

The Ohio Legislative Task Force on Redistricting, Reapportionment, and Demographic Research assisted the General Assembly and Ohio Apportionment Board in drafting new maps. Four of the five members of the Board were Republicans. By a vote of 4-1 they gave final approval to a new map on September 28, 2011 - two days after posting them online. The lone Democrat on the Board, Rep. Armond Budish, opposed the map, saying it "quarantines" Democrats in 1/3 of the legislative districts.[9]

On January 4, 2012, Democrats filed suit against the legislative maps, saying they violated constitutional requirements for compactness and preservation of county and municipal boundaries. The Ohio Supreme Court took the case but, due to the time factor, ruled the new maps would stand for the 2012 elections, with possible revisions to apply starting in 2014.[10]


Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 34
     Republican Party 65
Total 99

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Ohio State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the Ohio State House.PNG

Map of Districts

The Ohio Secretary of State's Office provides a link to a map of all 99 Ohio House Districts.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Ohio Legislature are paid $60,584/year during legislative sessions. Legislators receive no per diem.[11]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Ohio legislators assume office January 1st.


The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body and is elected by all members. Duties of the Speaker include appointing the members and chairpersons of all committees, directing the legislative procedures, and presiding over daily House sessions. In the absence of the Speaker, the Speaker Pro Tempore assumes the duties of the office.[12]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Ohio House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House William Batchelder Ends.png Republican
State House Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Huffman Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Floor Leader Barbara Sears Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Majority Floor Leader John Adams Ends.png Republican
State House Majority Whip Cheryl Grossman Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Majority Whip Jim Buchy Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Floor Leader Armond Budish Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Minority Floor Leader Matt Szollosi Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Whip Tracy Heard Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Minority Whip Debbie Phillips Electiondot.png Democratic

Current members

District Representative Party Residence
1 Ron Amstutz Ends.png Republican Wooster
2 Mark Romanchuk Ends.png Republican Ontario
3 Tim W. Brown Ends.png Republican Bowling Green
4 Matt Huffman Ends.png Republican Lima
5 Nick Barborak Electiondot.png Democratic Lisbon
6 Marlene Anielski Ends.png Republican Independence
7 Mike Dovilla Ends.png Republican Berea
8 Armond Budish Electiondot.png Democratic Beachwood
9 Barbara Boyd Electiondot.png Democratic Cleveland Heights
10 Bill Patmon Electiondot.png Democratic Cleveland
11 Sandra Williams Electiondot.png Democratic Cleveland
12 John E. Barnes Jr. Electiondot.png Democratic Cleveland
13 Nickie Antonio Electiondot.png Democratic Lakewood
14 Michael Foley Electiondot.png Democratic Cleveland
15 Nicholas Celebrezze Electiondot.png Democratic Parma
16 Nan Baker Ends.png Republican Westlake
17 Mike Curtin Electiondot.png Democratic Columbus
18 Michael Stinziano Electiondot.png Democratic Columbus
19 Anne Gonzales Ends.png Republican Canal Winchester
20 Heather Bishoff Electiondot.png Democratic Blacklick
21 Mike Duffey Ends.png Republican Worthington
22 John Patrick Carney Electiondot.png Democratic Columbus
23 Cheryl Grossman Ends.png Republican Hilliard
24 Stephanie Kunze Ends.png Republican Hilliard
25 Kevin Boyce Electiondot.png Democratic Columbus
26 Tracy Heard Electiondot.png Democratic Columbus
27 Peter Stautberg Ends.png Republican Anderson Township
28 Connie Pillich Electiondot.png Democratic Springdale
29 Louis W. Blessing, III Ends.png Republican Colerain Township
30 Louis Terhar Ends.png Republican Green Township
31 Denise Driehaus Electiondot.png Democratic Cincinnati
32 Dale Mallory Electiondot.png Democratic Cincinnati
33 Alicia Reece Electiondot.png Democratic Cincinnati
34 Vernon Sykes Electiondot.png Democratic Akron
35 Zack Milkovich Electiondot.png Democratic Akron
36 Anthony DeVitis Ends.png Republican Green
37 Kristina Daley Roegner Ends.png Republican Hudson
38 Marilyn Slaby Ends.png Republican Copley
39 Fred Strahorn Electiondot.png Democratic Dayton
40 Michael Henne Ends.png Republican Clayton
41 James Butler Ends.png Republican Oakwood
42 Terry Blair Ends.png Republican Washington Township
43 Roland Winburn Electiondot.png Democratic Dayton
44 Michael Ashford Electiondot.png Democratic Toledo
45 Teresa Fedor Electiondot.png Democratic Toledo
46 Matt Szollosi Electiondot.png Democratic Toledo
47 Barbara Sears Ends.png Republican Monclova Township
48 Kirk Schuring Ends.png Republican Canton
49 Stephen Slesnick Electiondot.png Democratic Canton
50 Christina Hagan Ends.png Republican Alliance
51 Wes Retherford Ends.png Republican Canton
52 Margaret Conditt Ends.png Republican Liberty Township
53 Timothy Derickson Ends.png Republican Millville
54 Peter Beck Ends.png Republican Mason
55 Matt Lundy Electiondot.png Democratic Elyria
56 Dan Ramos Electiondot.png Democratic Lorain
57 Terry Boose Ends.png Republican Norwalk
58 Bob Hagan Electiondot.png Democratic Youngstown
59 Ron Gerberry Electiondot.png Democratic Austintown
60 John M. Rogers Electiondot.png Democratic Mentor on the Lake
61 Ron Young Ends.png Republican Leroy
62 Ron Maag Ends.png Republican Lebanon
63 Sean O'Brien Electiondot.png Democratic Hubbard
64 Tom Letson Electiondot.png Democratic Warren
65 John Becker Ends.png Republican Union Township
66 Doug Green Ends.png Republican Mount Orab
67 Andrew Brenner Ends.png Republican Powell
68 Margaret Ruhl Ends.png Republican Mount Vernon
69 William Batchelder Ends.png Republican Medina
70 Dave Hall Ends.png Republican Millersburg
71 Jay Hottinger Ends.png Republican Newark
72 Bill Hayes Ends.png Republican Harrison Township
73 Rick Perales Ends.png Republican Beavercreek
74 Robert Hackett Ends.png Republican London
75 Kathleen Clyde Electiondot.png Democratic Kent
76 Matt Lynch Ends.png Republican Bainbridge Township
77 Gerald Stebelton Ends.png Republican Lancaster
78 Ron Hood Ends.png Republican Ashville
79 Ross McGregor Ends.png Republican Springfield
80 Richard Adams Ends.png Republican Troy
81 Lynn Wachtmann Ends.png Republican Napoleon
82 Tony Burkley Ends.png Republican Payne
83 Robert Sprague Ends.png Republican Findlay
84 Jim Buchy Ends.png Republican Greenville
85 John Adams Ends.png Republican Sidney
86 Dorothy Pelanda Ends.png Republican Marysville
87 Jeffrey McClain Ends.png Republican Upper Sandusky
88 Rex Arthur Damschroder Ends.png Republican Fremont
89 Chris Redfern Electiondot.png Democratic Catawba
90 Terry Johnson Ends.png Republican McDermott
91 Cliff Rosenberger Ends.png Republican Clarksville
92 Gary Scherer Ends.png Republican Circleville
93 Ryan Smith Ends.png Republican Marietta
94 Debbie Phillips Electiondot.png Democratic Albany
95 Andrew Thompson Ends.png Republican Marietta
96 Jack Cera Electiondot.png Democratic Bellaire
97 Brian Hill Ends.png Republican Zanesville
98 Al Landis Ends.png Republican Dover
99 John Patterson Electiondot.png Democratic Jefferson

Standing committees


House of Representatives
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House Committees

Agriculture and Rural Development
Armed Services, Veterans Affairs and Public Safety
Commerce and Labor
Community and Family Advancement
Economic and Workforce Development
EducationEnergy and Natural Resources
Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development
Government Accountability and Oversight
Health and AgingInsurance
JudiciaryLocal Government
Public UtilitiesRules and Reference
State Government
Transportation and Infrastructure
Ways and Means

Joint Committees
Senate Committees


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Ohio’’
Partisan breakdown of the Ohio legislature from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, the Republican Party was the majority in the Ohio State House of Representatives for 17 years while the Democrats were the majority for five years. Ohio was under Republican trifectas for the final three years of the study period.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Ohio, the Ohio State Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Ohio state government(1992-2013).PNG

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