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Faber elected president of Ohio Senate
11/28/2012 2:32:00 PM
By Press Release
– State Senator Keith Faber (R–Celina) was unanimously elected by the Senate Majority Caucus to serve as President of the Ohio Senate for the 130th General Assembly.
President-Elect Faber, who was first elected to the Ohio Senate in 2007, has served on the Senate leadership team since 2009 when he was selected as Majority Floor Leader by his colleagues. Currently, Senator Faber serves as the Senate President Pro Tempore, the chamber’s number two post. Prior to his time in the Ohio Senate, Senator Faber served three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives.
“Keith Faber is an outstanding legislator with well-respected leadership abilities,” said outgoing Senate President Thomas E. Niehaus. “I am confident with Senator Faber’s background in both the private and public sector. He has the experience the Senate needs to navigate these challenging economic times.”
The Senate President presides over the chamber when the Senate is in session and is in charge of enforcing the rules of the Senate. He also serves as the leader of the Majority Caucus.
“I am humbled that my Senate colleagues have placed their trust in my leadership for the coming General Assembly,” said Faber. “As our economic recovery continues, I look forward to working with Governor Kasich and Speaker Batchelder to maintain a responsible, balanced state budget while continuing our work to make Ohio more business friendly.”
Having maintained their control of 23 of the chamber’s 33 seats, the Republicans continue to hold the largest Ohio Senate majority in more than four decades.
Senator Faber will take the gavel as Senate President when the 130th General Assembly convenes on Monday, January 7, 2012. Joining the new president will be a newly elected Republican leadership team that will be made up of Senator Chris Widener (R–Springfield) as President Pro Tempore, Senator Tom Patton (R–Strongsville) who will return as Majority Floor Leader, and Senator Larry Obhof (R–Medina) who will serve as Majority Whip.
Senator Faber resides just outside Celina, Ohio with his wife and two children. He is active with the Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Farm Bureau, and the Ohio Right to Life. He is also a member of the National Rifle Association and the Mercer County Sportsman Club.
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