Ohio Senator Matt Huffman, (R-Lima) will once again serve as President of the Ohio Senate for the 135th General Assembly after a unanimous vote Tuesday, as reported by a release from the State Senate.
Huffman was first elected to the Ohio Senate in 2016. He was re-elected to a second term in 2020 when he previously served as senate president during the 134th General Assembly and before that as majority floor leader. This follows his serving four terms in the Ohio House of Representatives building up to his election as speaker pro tempore.
Huffman represents the 12th Ohio Senate District, which includes Allen, Champaign, Mercer, and Shelby counties and parts of Auglaize, Darke, and Logan counties.
“The beginning of a new General Assembly builds the foundation for Ohio’s new biennium budget. Our 26 members offer a robust spectrum of professional backgrounds. This, combined with our extraordinary leadership team, brings experience, excellence, and understanding to public policy and the budget that keeps the focus on Ohio families and Ohio taxpayers,” Huffman said.
Huffman is a lifelong resident of Lima, and he has practiced law for over 35 years in his family’s private law practice in his hometown. He began his public service career in 1992 with his election to Lima City Council where he served for 15 years, the last seven as Council President.
According to the Senate release, Huffman has been a champion of lower taxes and smaller, more efficient government; regulatory, redistricting, and education reforms; and the protection of states’ rights, the Second Amendment, and the sanctity of life since he was first elected to the state legislature in 2006.
“I appreciate the confidence my colleagues have placed in me. I have great respect for the diverse perspectives, experiences, and knowledge every senator brings to the Statehouse and the heart with which they serve the Ohioans they represent,” Huffman said.
Other members of leadership elected by the Ohio Senate Majority Caucus for the 135th General Assembly include Senator Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) as President Pro Tempore, Senator Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) as Majority Floor Leader, and Senator Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green) as majority whip.
All members of the Senate leadership team will be formally elected by their colleagues and sworn in during the opening session of the Ohio Senate, which is scheduled for January 3rd, 2023.
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Photo “Matt Huffman” by Senator Matt Huffman. Background Photo “Ohio Statehouse” by Ɱ. CC BY-SA 4.0.