New Ohio Senate President Sworn In At Home, With COVID-19

Jan 4, 2021

State Sen. Matt Huffman (R-Lima) takes Senate president oath of office on his front porch.

The newly elected Ohio Senate president was sworn into office from his home after contracting COVID-19 over the holidays.

Spokesperson John Fortney says Senate President Matt Huffman experienced mild symptoms before the new year and is doing well.

Huffman, a Republican from Lima, joins a list of more than a dozen Ohio lawmakers who have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began in March.

Huffman was chosen to succeed former Senate President Larry Obhof for the 134th General Assembly following a session filled with pandemic-related hurdles, a federal bribery scheme and infighting within the majority party.