COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Republicans in the Ohio Senate have picked a new leader to replace their term-limited president.
State Sen. Keith Faber will take over in January for current Senate President Tom Niehaus, who leaves his seat at the end of the year.
Faber, of Celina, has been in the Senate since 2007. He currently holds the chamber's No. 2 leadership position.
Other Republicans elected to leadership roles include Sen. Chris Widener of Springfield, Sen. Tom Patton of Strongsville and Sen. Larry Obhof of Medina.
The GOP will continue to control both the Ohio House and Senate next session.
House Republicans have again chosen William Batchelder of Medina as speaker.
Other GOP leaders include state Reps. Matt Huffman, Barbara Sears, John Adams, Cheryl Grossman and Jim Buchy.
The Associated Press