Cliff Hite, a Republican state representative from Findlay, has been selected to represent Fulton County in the Ohio Senate.
Fulton County is part of the First Senate District, which also covers Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Williams, and parts of Auglaize counties in Northwest Ohio.
Geographically, it is one of the largest senate districts in the state.
Voters reelected Stephen Buehrer, Delta, to a second term in the senate in November, but John Kasich, Ohio governor, tabbed Buehrer to head the state Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, creating a void in the senate.
Because Buehrer is a member of the GOP, the Senate Republican Caucus is required to pick Buehrer’s successor. Applied
Four other individuals expressed an interest in the job:
David W. Dodt, Sr., a General Motors employee who retired in 2005.
Bruce Goodwin, state representative (R-Defiance) for the 74th district, which includes Fulton County.
Joshua Harping, a University of Toledo student.
Travis A. Jerwers, a Putnam County commissioner.
A screening committee of the GOP Caucus conducted interviews with each candidate on Wednesday, Jan. 12. The committee announced it was recommending Hite to the full caucus that day.
A date for his swearing-in ceremony for the senate seat has not been set.
Buehrer resigned his senate seat effective Sunday, Jan. 9, and officially took over the BWC the following day. Hite
A native of Findlay, Hite earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from the University of Kentucky.
He taught and coached baseball for three years at Danville High School in Danville, Ky., before going to Findlay High School for 14 years, where he taught and coached football, eventually becoming head coach.
Hite spent 13 years teaching and coaching football at Bryan High School. He also served a year on the coaching staff at the University of Findlay.
He retired from education in 2006, and became a fulltime state representative in January 2007.
In the House of Representatives, Hite was a member of the criminal justice, education, and veterans’ affairs committees, and was the vice-chairman of the state government and elections committee.
He and his wife, Diane, have three children and one granddaughter.–David Pugh