Sen. Chris Widener

Republican State Sen. Chris Widener has reached his term limit and won't seek election next year. Widener serves Clark, Madison and Greene counties, and is in the process of completing his second four-year term. 

Widener is term limited in the Ohio Senate, where he is currently the president pro tempore so he can’t run again. He has also served in the Ohio House of Representatives. 

Crowd Opposes EPA Proposed Landfill Clean-up Plan

Aug 28, 2015
Wayne Baker / WYSO

More than 650 people attended a public forum held by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday night at Northwestern High School in Clark County. The forum allowed residents to voice concerns over the EPA's refusal to stick with its original cleanup plan for the Tremont City Landfill.

Central State University

The presidents of Central State University and The Ohio State University signed a Memorandum Thursday afternoon to create a partnership to provide agricultural extension services to Ohio communities. 

CSU President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, OSU President Dr. Michael Drake joined other politicians and university representatives on the Central State campus to make the partnership official. The schools will work collaboratively to provide agricultural extension services to Ohio’s rural and urban communities.

Springfield's Global Stem Impact Academy is moving forward with plans to open this fall. The academy has found a new location and permanent director.

The Academy's plan to open this fall in the old South High School site was derailed in January when the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission released a report questioning the viability of the school that was proposed by Sen. Chris Widener. Widener says the academy will be the first regional science, technology, engineering and math school in the state focused on the agricultural-bioscience and food service industries.

The Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act Passes Ohio Senate

Mar 21, 2013


Senate Bill 7 has passed the Ohio Senate with bi-partisan support. The legislation also knows as The Deputy Suzanne Hopper Act, was named after the sheriff's deputy who was killed in 2011 in Enon, after responding to a call of shots fired on New Year’s Day.

Senate Bill 7 was jointly sponsored by State Senators Chris Widener and Bill Beagle.

A state agency charged with overseeing the development and construction of public schools, is trying to halt the opening of Springfield's Global Stem Impact Academy, which is to be located in the old Springfield South High School.

Springfield school officials are planning to fight to keep the project alive. The Stem Academy is a project developed by State Sen. Chris Widener to train students in the bio-agricultural science field. Sources say it would cost between $6 and $9 million dollars to renovate a portion of the old Springfield South High School.