Gardner

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine has appointed a state Sen. Randy Gardner to oversee the state’s public colleges and universities among other new picks for his Cabinet as he prepares to take office next week.

DeWine is scheduled to be sworn in on Monday after winning the election in November. He succeeds fellow Republican Gov. John Kasich.

DeWine on Thursday nominated Gardner, R-Bowling Green, as chancellor of the Department of Higher Education.

Gardner has served as senator in the 2nd District since 2013.

He earlier served as a state senator from 2001 to 2008, and was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives from 1985 to 2000, and from 2008 to 2012.

DeWine also announced nominations for the departments overseeing insurance, job and family services, transportation and aging and for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

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