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Ohio Senate's number two resigns
Sen. Chris Widener leaving after two decades

Andy Chow
Chris Widener is leaving the Ohio Senate at the end of the month.
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The second-in-command in the Ohio Senate announced he’s retiring at the end of the month. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

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Republican Senator Chris Widener of Springfield has served in the Ohio General Assembly for more than two decades. He got his start in the House before moving into the Senate and rising to rank of President Pro Tempore.

Widener was chair of the Senate Finance Committee and oversaw two budgets through his chamber.

The term-limited senator announced last year that he would not seek election in any public office. With his resignation, Widener says he will focus on his design and construction business.

Senate President Keith Faber commended Widener for his service and they’re working on a plan to find his replacement. A likely choice is Rep. Bob Hackett of London, who’s running for that seat in the Republican primary in March.

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