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Ohio Senate

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NameOhio State Senate
LegislatureOhio General Assembly
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House TypeUpper House
Term Limits2 terms (8 years)
New SessionJanuary 3, 2011
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Leader1 TypePresident of the Senate
Leader1Tom Niehaus
Election1January 3, 2011
Leader2 TypePresident Pro Tempore
Leader2Keith Faber
Election2January 3, 2011
Leader3 TypeMajority Leader
Leader4 TypeMinority Leader
Leader4Capri Cafaro
Election4January 6, 2009
Term Length4 years
AuthorityArticle II, Ohio Constitution
Political Groups1Republican Party (23)
Democratic Party (10)
Last Election1November 2, 2010
(17 seats)
Next Election1November 6, 2012
(16 seats)
Meeting PlaceState Senate Chamber
Ohio State Capitol
Columbus, Ohio

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The Ohio State Senate is the upper house of the Ohio General Assembly, the legislative body for the U.S. state of Ohio. There are 33 State Senators. The state legislature meets in the state capital, Columbus. The President of the Senate presides over the body when in session, and is currently Tom Niehaus.

Senators serve four year terms. The terms of the Senators are staggered so that approximately half the membership is elected every two years. The Senators representing the even-numbered districts are elected in years evenly divisible by four. The Senators from the odd-numbered districts are elected in the intervening even-numbered years. Senators are limited to two terms.

Each Senator represents approximately 330,000 Ohioans, and each Senate District encompasses three corresponding Ohio House Districts.

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