Sen. Mark Wagoner submits his resignation PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by By MARIE THOMAS Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:42
File photo. Mark Wagoner (right) and Randy Gardner talk to senior citizens at the Bowling Green Manor in Bowling Green. (Photo: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)
Sen. Mark Wagoner submitted his resignation today as the fourth-ranking Republican in the Ohio Senate.
Wagoner, R-Ottawa Hills, said this morning he is stepping down as majority whip to devote more time to his family and his law career.
"I just decided to re-prioritize," he stated.
The legislator was elected majority whip in 2009, at the start of this General Assembly. He said he will continue as senator for the 2nd District - representing Wood and Erie counties as well as parts of Ottawa and Lucas counties - until his term expires in 2012.
He was named a partner with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLL, Toledo, on Jan. 1, "which is an exciting professional opportunity for me." He is a commercial business litigator and has been with the law firm nearly a dozen years.
For the past five years, "I really put my law practice on hold and spent virtually all my time doing the legislative work," he explained.
With the promotion, Wagoner said it became apparent he would not be able to meet those commitments and remain as majority whip, which had him traveling the state four to five nights a week raising money for the Senate's majority caucus.
The 38-year-old is married and has two children, ages 5 years and 18 months, and he wants to be able to spend more time with them. "I owe it to them to be home more, to be a father and be there for special moments."
He added, "I'm a young guy and have to provide for my family. I've made some tremendous financial sacrifices over the last five years or so. I'm just going to focus on my career for a while and be a dad, there for their special moments."
He said his resignation letter to Senate President Bill Harris (R-Ashland) would be sent today.
Wagoner's name has been bandied about Columbus as a possible replacement to Mary Taylor as state auditor. Taylor's name has been mentioned as possible running mate to John Kasich of Westerville who, after serving nine terms in the U.S. Congress, is considering a bid for Ohio governor. Kasich is expected to name his lieutenant governor running mate today.
Wagoner served as a state representative from 2005 to 2008, but said his state political career will end in 2012. "I will not be running for state auditor. I will not be a lieutenant governor candidate. I am not running for state office this year," he said this morning.
He also has no plans to run for state office after 2012, nor does he plan to accept an appointment; however, he hasn't ruled out local office.
"I love Northwest Ohio. It would be hard to pull me out of here. This is my hometown and I'm going to do whatever I can to improve the quality of life here."

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