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Remembering the Legacy of Senator Ted Gray

Senator Gray Served Longer Than Any Member of the the Ohio General Assembly
By John Fortney
March 8, 2024
On The Record

Senator Ted Gray passed away this week. His legacy is unlike any other member of the Ohio General Assembly. Senator Gray served 43 years in the Ohio Senate. 

His first term began in 1951 and his final term ended in 1994.

Originally from Piqua, Ohio, Senator Gray later became President Pro Tempore, and in the 1990's served as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

His colleagues honored him at the Ohio Senate Reunion, which was held in the Statehouse Atrium in 2022.

Never one to use a microphone while speaking, he entertained his former colleagues with a good story and accepted a portrait of his second home, the Ohio Statehouse, from current Senate President Matt Huffman and former Senate President Tom Niehaus.

"It was an honor to meet Senator Gray at the reunion," said President Huffman. "He was a statesman, an honorable public servant who loved the Senate and his time crafting policy for the people of Ohio."

Senator Gray served Union, Champaign, Clark, Franklin, and Delaware counties during his time in office.

Senator Gray was 96.