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As part of the Opening Ceremonies of the 130th General Assembly, Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) swore-in Bill Coley (R–Liberty Township) as the Senator for the 4th District. Coley was first appointed to the State Senate in 2011. During the 129th General Assembly, Senator Coley presided as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Government Oversight and Reform. Prior to his appointment, he served four terms in the Ohio House of Representatives’ 55th District, serving a portion of Butler County. 

“Ohio has seen its fair share of difficult times over the past decade, but I am proud of the great progress that we have made in the Statehouse,” said Coley. “With a balanced budget, lower income taxes and reduced regulation, we have been able to see our unemployment rate drop more than 2 percent in just 2 years.”

During his tenure in the House of Representatives, Coley was named Chairman of the House Financial institutions, Housing and Urban Development Committee. In addition to his legislative duties, Coley works as a commercial litigation attorney with the firm of Strauss and Troy and is licensed to practice in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. An active member of his community, Coley is involved in the Butler County Republican Party, St. John’s Catholic Church, Sons of the American Legion and the Boy Scouts of America.

Coley received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Dayton and his law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. A licensed pilot, he and his wife Carolyn live in Liberty Township.

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