State of the State
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There are 99 seats in the House (65% R) and 33 in the Senate (76% R). House members serve 2-year terms limited to 4 terms and Senate members serve 4-year terms limited to 2 terms. Elections occur in even years with all of the House seats and 1/2 the Senate seats up every 2 years.
State Legislative Term
January 3, 2022 - December 31, 2022. No session limits.
State Elected Officials
The Governor (R), SOS (R) and AG (R) are elected for 4-year terms in midterm elections, limited to two consecutive terms. The next election is in 2022.
State Supreme Court
There are 7 judges, selected through partisan primaries and nonpartisan elections, to serve 6-year terms after which they must run for re-election to remain on the court. All current judges were elected (4R, 3D). Vacancies are filled by an appointment by the governor.
US Representatives & Senators
Senate seat (R) is up in 2022 and (D) in 2024. House seats (11R, 3D, 2V) are up in even years. Ohio lost a US House seat after the 2020 census so there will be 15 after redistricting
Congressional legislative district maps are drawn for a 10-year duration by the state legislature if 3/5 vote to approve including 1/2 of the minority party members; if unsuccessful, a commission is formed to agree on a map, including the governor, state auditor, SOS and 4 legislators, 2 from the minority party; if commission unsuccessful, the legislature tries again for a 3/5 vote including 1/3 of the minority party members; if legislature fails again the majority party can adopt a map that will last 4 years. State legislative district maps are drawn by a bipartisan state legislative commission of 7 members: governor, state auditor, SOS, one person appointed by the speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, one person appointed by the House leader of the largest political party of which the speaker is not a member, one person appointed by the President of the Ohio State Senate, and one person appointed by the Senate leader of the largest political party of which the president is not a member. Map is valid for 10 years if at least 2 commissioners from each major party approves, otherwise the maps are valid for 4 years. There is a 6 member advisory commission for congressional and state redistricting where the majority leaders of the Ohio House and Senate each appoint 3 members, at least one of whom must be from a different party and one of whom cannot be a legislator. There are 16 congressional (15 after redistricting), 33 state senate and 99 state house districts. A new state legislative district map was approved in September along partisan lines to last 4 years. A new congressional district map has not yet been enacted.
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