Just wondering…..do any Ohio State Reps or Senators actually ever have to get elected…..or are all they just appointed? Has any State Rep ever not been “selected” by the “screening committee” to be elevated to State Senator?

The Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus on Wednesday voted unanimously to appoint State Rep. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, to fill a vacancy in the 30th Senate District.

Gentile replaces Jason Wilson, who resigned to become Director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia.

“Lou Gentile is hard-working and passionate about public service,” said Senate Minority Leader Capri S. Cafaro, D-Hubbard. “He will be a strong voice for the residents of the 30th District and a great addition to the Ohio Senate.”

Gentile currently represents the 95th House District, which includes Jefferson County and parts of Belmont County. Prior to joining the General Assembly, he served as assistant director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia under former Governor Ted Strickland.

“I am honored and humbled to have been chosen to represent Southeastern Ohio in the State Senate,” Gentile said. “I am committed to working as hard as I can to give the people of the 30th District the kind of representation they deserve.”

Gentile received a unanimous recommendation from the Democratic chairmen of Belmont, Harrison and Jefferson counties for an appointment to the Ohio Senate. Those three counties will continue to be part of the 30th Senate District when boundaries change due to reapportionment.

Pretty sure the answer to the original question is “no,” though we haven’t done the exact math. And of course, this appointment happened after Democrat Jason Wilson was appointed to a job by Republican John Kasich. What? Maybe Nina Turner can be appointed to something so we can help the Democrats avoid a primary in the Ohio 11th. That would be a nice thing to do.

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