The leaders of the 134th General Assembly have been announced, and there are some new faces joining the leadership teams along with several returnees.
The Senate GOP has elected Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima) as the Senate President following the expiration of Senator Larry Obhof’s (R-Medina) Presidential term. Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) will serve as the President Pro Tempore, while Senator Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) will be the Majority Floor Leader. Senator Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) will act as the Majority Whip.
The Senate Democrats will continue to be led by Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) with Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) serving as the Assistant Minority Leader. Senators Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) will join this group as the Minority Whip and Assistant Minority Whip, respectively.
Representative Robert Cupp (R-Lima) will retain his position as Speaker of the House with Representative Tim Ginter (R-Salem) as Speaker Pro Tempore. The Majority Floor Leader will be Representative Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) and the Assistant Majority Floor Leader will be Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township). Finally, Representative Don Jones (R-Freeport) has been chosen as the House GOP Majority Whip, with Representative Cindy Abrams (R-Harrison) chosen as the Assistant Majority Whip.
In the House of Representatives, Representative Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) will continue as the Minority Leader, with Representative Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) as the Assistant Minority Leader. This mostly female team will also be joined by Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) as the Minority Whip and Representative Richard Brown (D-Canal Winchester) as the Assistant Minority Whip.
We look forward to seeing all that these leadership teams will accomplish in the 134th General Assembly. We wish them all the best.