State Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, likes the job so much he plans to run for re-election in 2018.
Hite was the guest speaker Wednesday at a Findlay Kiwanis lunch held at The Dock at St. Marks United Methodist Church.
Should he win re-election, Hite said he will have the longest tenure of any Ohio state senator since term limits were approved by voters in 1992.
Under term limits, state senators can serve two four-year elected terms, or a total of eight years.
This is Hite’s first full four-year term, although he has represented Ohio’s 1st Senate District since early 2011. Hite was appointed to fill the unexpired term of state Sen. Steve Buehrer in early 2011, after Buehrer was named administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation by Gov. John Kasich. Hite then was elected to his current term in 2014.
Hite called his appointment “the best deal.”
“Those first years didn’t count. I’m still considered a beginner,” Hite said.
He was beginning his third term representing the 76th District in the Ohio House before being named state senator.
Hite’s 1st Senate District encompasses all or parts of Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Logan, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and Williams counties.
Courier reporter Denise Grant will have more on Thursday.