State Rep. Andrew Brenner said he will not seek to fill Ohio’s 12th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Instead, the Delaware County Republican said Thursday that he is running for the Ohio Senate in 2018.
According to a Facebook post by Brenner, he’s received a great deal of encouragement from people to run for the House seat that Rep. Pat Tiberi plans to vacate at the end of January 2018. Tiberi announced this week that he is resigning from Congress to become the head of the Ohio Business Roundtable. Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, has represented the 12th District since 2001.
“It is extremely flattering to have received these calls,” Brenner wrote Thursday on Facebook. “However, I made it known to the Delaware County Republican Central Committee on Tuesday evening that I plan to run for State Senate to serve Ohio’s 19th Senate district.”
The 19th Senate District is currently represented by Powell Republican Kris Jordan. He’s serving his second consecutive term in the Ohio Senate. State senators are limited to two consecutive four-year elected terms, according to Ohio law.
Brenner is currently serving his fourth term in the Ohio House after first being elected in 2010. He represents the 67th District, which covers more than half of Delaware County. State representatives are limited to four consecutive two-year terms, according to Ohio law.
“Being in public office is about being a servant to those in the district,” Brenner posted on Facebook. “The House district I represent is 2/3 of Delaware county, and I previously represented all of Delaware county when I served as Delaware County Recorder. I have already built support in the other areas of the State Senate district, including Knox and Franklin counties.”
Brenner serves on the following House committees: Community and Family Advancement; Education and Career Readiness; Financial Institutions, Housing, and Urban Development; Insurance; Rules and Reference; and Joint Education Oversight Committee.
Republicans control both the House and the Senate in Ohio. The GOP enjoys a 66-33 margin in the House. Republicans hold 23 of the 33 Senate seats.
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