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State Senator Chris Widener represents the 10th Senate District, which includes Madison, Clark and Greene counties. Before coming to the Senate, he served three terms as the State Representative for the 84th House District.
An architect by trade, Senator Widener brings strong interpersonal skills, a dedicated work ethic and a keen attention to detail to his job as a legislator. He has a genuine passion for public service and a dedication to doing what is best for the people of the 10th District and the future success of the region.
Senator Widener’s work ethic at the Statehouse led him to be named President Pro tempore by his colleagues – the number two post in the Senate. He is only the third Senator from Clark County to serve in one of the top two Senate leadership positions since 1834. He serves as a member of the Workforce & Economic Development Committee, the Ways & Means Committee, the State Government Oversight & Reform Committee, the Reference Committee and the Finance Subcommittee on Education. Widener also serves as Vice-Chair of the Rules Committee.
Throughout his tenure in the legislature, Senator Widener has championed policy that promotes limited government, low taxes, strong schools and works to encourage business development and job creation in our local communities. Notably, he won support in the Senate for Senate Bill 232, which has created more than 700 clean energy construction jobs by reforming the tax code to make Ohio a more competitive state for advanced and renewable energy industries.
Senator Widener has received a number of awards over the years for his service in the Legislature. This past year he was named 2013 Conservation Champion by the Ohio League of Conservation Voters. He has been recognized three times as a Watchdog of the Treasury by the United Conservatives of Ohio for his fiscally-responsible voting record, and a Friend of the OARDC and OSU Extension for his strong support of agriculture. In addition, he was inducted into the Greenon High School Hall of Fame in 2007.
Outside of Columbus, Senator Widener is active in several organizations, including the Ohio Township Association, Springfield Rotary Club, the Ohio Farm Bureau, the National Rifle Association and several local chambers of commerce. He is also a member of High Street United Methodist Church.
Senator Widener was raised on a farm, which his family continues to operate today. After earning a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a certificate in historic preservation from the University of Cincinnati, he worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base as a civil service architect and as the base’s first full-time historic preservation officer. Later, he founded his own architectural firm in Springfield, which he has operated successfully for the past 23 years. He was also elected twice to the Mad River-Greene Local Board of Education prior to beginning his service in the Ohio House.
Senator Widener has been married to Sally, a dental hygienist, for more than 20 years. They live in Springfield with their two children.