Ohio Government

Second Highest Ranking Leader In Ohio Senate Resigns

Jan 22, 2016
Ohio Senate

The second-in-command in the Ohio Senate announced he’s retiring at the end of the month.

Republican Senator Chris Widener of Springfield has served in the Ohio General Assembly for more than two decades. 

He got his start in the House before moving into the Senate and rising to rank of President Pro Tempore.

Widener was chair of the Senate Finance Committee and oversaw two budgets through his chamber.

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