Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Ohio Senate President Announces Committee Chairmanships

COLUMBUS – Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) announced today the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Senate’s standing committees for the 130th General Assembly. Below is a listing for each committee. Membership will be announced on January 9.

Standing Committees of the 130th GA:

Chair: Sen. Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) | Vice Chair: Sen. Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville)

Energy & Natural Resources
Chair: Sen. Troy Balderson | Vice Chair: Sen. Kris Jordan (R-Ostrander)

Public Utilities
Chair: Sen. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) | Vice Chair: Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Copley)

Workforce & Economic Development
Chair: Sen. Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) | Vice Chair: Sen. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville)

Chair: Sen. Gayle Manning | Vice Chair: Sen. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville)

Public Safety, Local Government & Veterans Affairs
Chair: Sen. Frank LaRose | Vice Chair: Sen. Jim Hughes (R-Columbus)

State Government Oversight & Reform
Chair: Sen. David Burke (R-Marysville) | Vice Chair: Sen. Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township)

Criminal Justice
Chair: Sen. John Eklund (R-Munson Township) | Sen. Bill Seitz

Civil Justice
Chair: Sen. Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) | Vice Chair: Sen. Larry Obhof (R-Medina)

Commerce & Labor
Chair: Sen. Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) | Vice Chair: Sen. John Eklund

Ways & Means
Chair: Sen. Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) | Vice Chair: Sen. Bob Peterson (R-Sabina)

Medicaid, Health & Human Services
Chair: Sen. Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) | Sen. David Burke

Insurance & Financial Institutions
Chair: Sen. Jim Hughes | Vice Chair: Sen. Kevin Bacon

Chair: Sen. Keith Faber (R-Celina) | Vice Chair: Sen. Chris Widener (R-Springfield)

Chair: Sen. Kris Jordan | Vice Chair: Sen. Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton)

Chair: Sen. Scott Oelslager | Vice Chair: Sen. Bill Coley

Education will be announced on January 9.

About Senate Committees: Senate committees are a critical part of the legislative process and function as the second consideration required of a bill before it can become law. Following a bill’s introduction, it is assigned to one of the Senate’s standing committees. During committee meetings, bills are debated and amended, and members of the general public are given the opportunity to contribute testimonies. Weekly committee schedules are posted on the Ohio Senate’s website, in the Senate Clerk’s office and in the hall outside the Senate Chamber. For more information, visit