COLUMBUS – Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced this week the recommendation of State Representative Brian Hill to fill the vacancy in Ohio’s 20th State Senate District seat, which includes all of Fairfield, Guernsey, Hocking, Morgan and Muskingum counties and portions of Athens and Pickaway counties. The seat was vacated earlier this year when former State Senator Troy Balderson was elected to Congress.
A seven-member screening committee of senators met with nine applicants for the vacancy and recommended Hill for appointment to the seat.
“We met with a very talented group of candidates, and we appreciate each of their interest and willingness to serve,” said Obhof. “Brian brings a strong understanding of the issues important to the people of the 20th Senate District, and we look forward to working with him here in the Senate.”
Hill will join the Senate from the Ohio House of Representatives where he currently represents the 97th House District, which includes Guernsey County and most of Muskingum County.
Prior to joining the Ohio House, Hill served as a Muskingum County Commissioner for more than six years. His service to the public also includes work as a board member for the Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative, where he not only interacts with legislators at various levels of government, but also meets with community members to discuss electric service and deregulation.
Before his work as county commissioner, Hill worked at ADM Alliance Nutrition in Zanesville, where he assisted farmers in a six-county region on the production and nutrition of livestock. A two-time graduate of The Ohio State University, he has his associate degree in applied science and his bachelor’s degree in animal science. Additionally, he is a member of the Muskingum County Farm Bureau and Muskingum County Cattleman’s Association, Ohio Cattleman’s Association, National Cattleman Association, and the National Rifle Association.
Hill raises beef cattle and grows crops at the family farm he co-owns and has helped to manage with his father since 1980. He lives with his wife and three children outside of Zanesville.
The Senate Republican caucus is responsible by law for appointing a temporary replacement to fill a member vacancy. The caucus plans to meet soon to accept the screening committee’s recommendation and seat Hill sometime this month.