COLUMBUS (AP) — A state representative from Napoleon has assumed the seat of an Ohio senator who resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal.


Republican state Rep. Robert McColley, 33, was sworn in Tuesday to replace former GOP Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay.

The 63-year-old Hite resigned Oct. 16 after a sexual harassment complaint was filed against him by a female state worker.

McColley served two Ohio House terms and had been this session’s assistant majority whip.

GOP Senate President Larry Obhof said McColley has “the character and experience to represent the people of northwestern Ohio.” He called McColley committed and energetic.
McColley’s Senate appointment was unanimous.

He had been recommended for the post by a seven-member Senate screening committee.

He will now represent the Ohio 1st Senate District, and will serve out the remaining 13 months of Hite’s unexpired term.

The 1st Senate District includes all of Henry, Putnam, Williams, Defiance, Paulding, Hancock, Van Wert and Hardin counties; the southeastern corner of Fulton County; and northern sections of Auglaize and Logan counties.

In the Ohio House, McColley represented the 81st House District, which includes Putnam, Henry and Williams counties, and part of Fulton County.

It will be up to the House Republican caucus to make an appointment to fill McColley’s unexpired House term, which also has about 13 months remaining.