Thursday, January 27, 2011

Speaker Batchelder Announces Screening Panel to Replace Rep. Hite

COLUMBUS—Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) and members of the House Republican Caucus today announced that a screening panel will begin screening candidates who wish to replace Representative Cliff Hite (R-Findlay). Rep. Hite will be appointed to the vacant 1st District Senate seat next week.

Representative Matt Huffman (R-Lima), who will chair the screening panel, will be joined by Reps. Lynn Wachtmann (R-Napoleon), John Adams (R-Sidney), Barbara Sears (R-Sylvania), and Jeff McClain (R-Upper Sandusky) in thoroughly researching and interviewing each applicant.

“I am very pleased that five of our caucus members from Northwest Ohio will lead this screening panel,” Speaker Batchelder said. “I know that the panelists will engage in a thoughtful review of the unique qualifications of each applicant for the 76th House District.”

Residents of the 76th House District who wish to be considered for the appointment should provide a letter of interest to Speaker Batchelder at 77 South High Street, 14th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215 by Friday, January 28, 2011 at 5:00pm. Applicants may also email their letter to Speaker Batchelder at

The panel of five Republican House members will begin interviewing applicants at a location to be determined in the 76th House District on Monday, January 31, 2011. A full vote will be taken by the Republican caucus on Tuesday afternoon with the likely appointment to take place during House Session the following day.