GOP chooses Faber as next Ohio Senate president

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republicans in the Ohio Senate have picked a new leader to replace their term-limited president.

State Sen. Keith Faber (FAY'-bur) will take over in January for current Senate President Tom Niehaus (NEE'-hows), who leaves his seat at the end of the year. Faber, of Celina (suh-LEYE'-nuh), has been in the Senate since 2007. He currently holds the chamber's No. 2 leadership position.

Other Republicans elected to leadership roles include Sen. Chris Widener of Springfield, Sen. Tom Patton of Strongsville and Sen. Larry Obhof (OHB'-hawf) of Medina.

The GOP will continue to control both the Ohio House and Senate next session.

House Republicans have again chosen William Batchelder of Medina (meh-DY'-nuh) as speaker. Other GOP leaders include state Reps. Matt Huffman, Barbara Sears, John Adams, Cheryl Grossman and Jim Buchy (BEE'-kee).

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