State Senator Bill Coley (left) is administered the oath of office for the Ohio Senate by Ohio Senate President Thomas Niehaus (right). Holding the Bible is Senator Coley's wife, Carolyn.
Columbus - 
The Ohio Senate today appointed Bill Coley (R- Liberty Township) to serve as state senator for the 4th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses all of Butler County. Coley replaces former Senator Gary Cates, who resigned from the Senate to become senior vice chancellor at the Ohio Board of Regents. "I am honored to be able to continue to serve the people of Butler County in the Ohio Senate, and look forward to working with my colleagues in both chambers as we tackle the many issues facing our state," Coley said. Coley was serving his fourth term in the Ohio House of Representatives prior to being chosen to represent the 4th Senate District. In addition to his legislative duties, Coley works as a commercial litigation attorney. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton and his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He and his wife Carolyn live in Liberty Township. Coley will serve as a member of the Senate Education Committee, the Health, Human Services and Aging Committee and the Highways and Transportation Committee.
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COLUMBUS - State Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) will join business leaders TOMORROW to announce legislation aimed at restoring the decision-making authority of restaurant owners in determining whether to allow dogs in their outdoor spaces. 


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"Working together, we have cut almost $1.1 billion from the original version of the budget and have brought the budget in balance without putting Ohio's economy at risk by raising taxes," said Senator Coley, who serves a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which is responsible for balancing Ohio's two-year operating budget. 


Senate Approves Awareness Legislation Aimed At Curing Pediatric Brain Tumors In Honor Of Kyler Bradley


"Today is another milestone in our efforts to honor Kyler and all those who suffer, both directly and indirectly, from the devastation that DIPG causes families," said Coley. 

DIPG is an aggressive, malignant brain tumor found at the base of the brain stem, affecting approximately 200 to 400 children in the U.S each year. It is the second most common malignant brain tumor and is the leading cause of childhood death due to brain tumors. The average prognosis of those diagnosed is 9 months. Symptoms include double vision, inability to close the eyelids completely, drooping of one side of the face as well as difficulty chewing and swallowing.


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"Today is another milestone in our efforts to honor Kyler and all those we've lost too soon to DIPG," said Coley. "This simple measure offers hope for families that one day we can overcome this disease and the heartbreak it causes."