Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) was elected Senate President Pro Tempore this week. Senator Obhof replaces Senator Chris Widener (R-Springfield) who resigned office this month. Obhof had been challenged by Senator John Ecklund (R-Chardon). Obhof is the favorite to become Senate president next session, when the current president, Keith Faber, will be term-limited.
Sen. Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) replaced Obhof as Senate majority whip.
Obhof and Manning are good friends of Ohio manufacturing.
Meanwhile, Senator Bob Hackett (R-London) was sworn in to fill Widener’s vacant seat. Hackett had been one of the three state reps in the district.