Larry Obhof proudly represents the people of the 22nd Senate District, which includes Medina, Ashland and Richland counties, as well as portions of Holmes County. President Obhof was elected to serve as the presiding officer of 33-member Ohio Senate for the 132nd Ohio General Assembly. The Senate President is responsible for leading the Senate's Majority Caucus as they set the policy agenda for the two-year legislative cycle, as well as the formal organization of the chamber including recognizing members in debate, preserving order and decorum, calling for votes and signing all acts.
President Obhof is focused on improving Ohio’s economy and creating opportunities for economic growth. He is an advocate of fiscal responsibility, smaller government, and lower taxes. As a member of the Senate, Obhof has sponsored various pieces of legislation covering a wide range of issues including education, civil and criminal law, election administration, and taxation. He has been described by newspapers as someone who is “instrumental in passing key bills,” and who has earned “a reputation as a lawmaker with a willingness to work across party lines.” Prior to his election as President of the Senate, Obhof served as President Pro Tempore—the chamber's number two position— after serving two terms as Senate Majority Whip.
President Obhof currently chairs the Rules and Reference Committee, which determines which bills, resolutions and appointments are considered by the full Senate. Prior to his election as Senate President, Obhof served on a number of subject-matter committees, including the Government Oversight and Reform Committee, Civil Justice Committee, Financial Institutions Committee, and the Finance Corrections Subcommittee. Senator Obhof has also served on the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee and the Legislative Service Commission, which oversees a staff that is responsible for providing members of the General Assembly with impartial and accurate information and reports concerning legislative issues.
President Obhof has received numerous honors in recognition of his work, including several “Legislator of the Year” awards. Among others, these include being named Watchdog of the Treasury by the United Conservatives of Ohio and a Friend of Agriculture by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. In 2014, Senator Obhof was named Legislator of the Year by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. Obhof was named Guardian of Small Business by the National Federation of Independent Business (in 2013) and received the Outstanding Legislator Award from the Ohio Society of CPAs (in 2015) in recognition of his efforts to improve Ohio’s economy.
In addition to his legislative duties, President Obhof is an attorney at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he taught courses on legislation and civil procedure. Obhof graduated with degrees in Economics, History, and Political Science from The Ohio State University. He earned his law degree from Yale Law School.
President Obhof resides in Medina with his wife, Nicole, and their three daughters.