Buckeye Firearms Assoc. endorsees dominate leadership positions in State House & Senate majority caucuses

Senate President and House Speaker are both BFA "A+" - rated

by Chad D. Baus

Buckeye Firearms Association endorsees have been elected by both House and Senate Republicans to a majority of leadership positions in their respective chambers for the 130th General Assembly, which convenes in January.

In the Senate, Republicans have elected BFA "A+" -rated Sen. Keith Faber of Celina as Senate President. Faber has held other leadership positions in the Senate, and is a former endorsee of this political action committee.

Other Republicans elected to leadership positions are "A" -rated Sens. Chris Widener of Springfield, president pro tempore; Tom Patton of Strongsville, majority floor leader; Larry Obhof of Medina, majority whip - all are also former endorsees of Buckeye Firearms Association.

Sen. Faber will succeed Senate President Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond), who is leaving the legislature at the end of the year due to term limits.

In the House, Republicans reelected "A+" -rated Speaker Bill Batchelder to lead the caucus, and retained all of the leadership team who are returning next year.

"A" -rated Reps. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) will serve as pro tem, Barbara Sears (R-Sylvania) as majority leader, John Adams (R-Sidney) as assistant majority floor leader, Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) as majority whip and Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) as assistant majority whip. All are former BFA-endorsees.

On the Democrats' side, with a couple of exceptions, caucus leaders in the House and Senate are much less friendly to gun owners.

Whereas in the 128th General Assembly a majority of the Senate Democrat's caucus was pro-gun, leadership chosen for the 130th General Assemblies are much less friendly to gun owners, mirroring last session.

BFA "D" -rated State Sen. Eric Kearney of Cincinnati will remain the minority leader in the Senate. Re-joining Kearney on the Senate leadership team are "C" -rated Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Boardman, "D" -rated Sens. Nina Turner of Cleveland and Edna Brown of Toledo.

In the House, the Democrats' leadership is a bit more mixed when it comes to gun rights. "D" -rated state Rep. Armond Budish of Beachwood will once again lead the caucus. Democrats also re-elected "B" -rated Rep. Matt Szollosi of Toledo, "F" -rated Tracy Maxwell Heard of Columbus and "A" -rated Debbie Phillips of Albany to its leadership.

Gun owners are encouraged to contact these Senators, congratulate them on their appointments, and express your hope that pro-gun legislation will take center stage in the 130th General Assembly.

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Vice Chairman.

Help us fight for your rights!

Become a member of Buckeye Firearms Association and support our grassroots efforts to defend and advance YOUR RIGHTS!

Subscribe to our FREE Newsletter

Get weekly news and instant alerts on the latest laws and politics that affect your gun rights. Enjoy cutting-edge commentary. Be among the first to hear about gun raffles, firearms training, and special events. Read more.

We respect your privacy and your email address will be kept confidential.


Buckeye Firearms Association is a grassroots organization dedicated to defending and advancing the right of citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities, including self-defense, hunting, competition, and recreation. Read more.