COLUMBUS—State Senator Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) announced this week his decision to leave the Ohio Senate at the end of March. He was appointed in January to replace State Senator Troy Balderson who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Hill represents the 20th District in the Ohio Senate, which encompasses all or parts of Athens, Fairfield, Guernsey, Hocking, Morgan, Muskingum, and Pickaway counties.
Hill explained his decision to leave the State Senate: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed serving the people of southeast Ohio during my time in the legislature. After serious discussions with my family, I’ve decided to accept an offer to become the CEO of the Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative. I plan to remain with the Senate through the end of March. I want to thank my Senate colleagues and President Obhof for the opportunity to serve with them. This has been a difficult decision, but one that is right for my family.”
In response to Senator Hill’s decision, Senate President Larry Obhof said, “We thank Brian for his service to the people of the state of Ohio and wish him well as he begins this new chapter in his life.”
The Senate Republican Caucus is responsible by law for appointing a temporary replacement to the seat. The appointee will serve for the remainder of the current term, ending in December 2020. The person appointed to the vacancy must seek election on the 2020 ballot if that person intends to seek an additional term. The Senate Republican Caucus will accept applications for the vacancy until 4 p.m. on Friday, March 8.