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GARDNER NAMED SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

COLUMBUS — Senator Randy Gardner was elected Tuesday to serve as Senate Majority Leader when the 132nd General Assembly convenes in January.

Gardner, of Bowling Green, was selected unanimously by members of the Ohio Senate Republican caucus to the No. 3 leadership position. In addition, Senator Larry Obhof (Medina) was named Senate President; Senator Bob Peterson (Sabina) was selected President Pro Tem and Senator Gayle Manning (North Ridgeville) was chosen to serve as Majority Whip.

“It is a tremendous honor to be elected by my colleagues to serve in Senate leadership,” Gardner said. “As special as this is, I would not have this opportunity without the votes and support of the people back home in northern Ohio.”

Gardner earned re-election with more than 66% of the vote last week to serve Fulton, Lucas, Wood, Ottawa and Erie counties.

“The state of Ohio faces some significant challenges in the months and years ahead,” Gardner said. “We must continue to work toward an even stronger economy, support for education, access to quality health care and a healthy Lake Erie. All of these issues and more will continue to be priorities of mine.”

Gardner currently serves on the Senate Finance Committee, Health Committee, Education Committee, Energy and Environment Committee and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, in addition to being chairman of the Senate’s Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education.

To date Gardner has achieved a 100% voting record on bills, amendments and policy resolutions every year he has been a member of the House of Representatives and Senate – 9,952 roll call votes. His election Tuesday is the 10th time Gardner has been chosen for a House or Senate leadership post.

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