Gavarone, Ghanbari sworn in


COLUMBUS — State Sen. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, was sworn in as majority whip of the Ohio Senate during opening day ceremonies at the Ohio Statehouse. The ceremony marked the beginning of the 135th General Assembly.

“I am honored to be elected by my colleagues to serve as the Majority Whip,” Gavarone said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Ohio Senate to continue to advance a conservative agenda for the state of Ohio.”

As majority whip, Gavarone will serve on the Senate Republican leadership team and will be responsible for monitoring legislation and securing votes for legislation on the Senate floor.

Gavarone will continue to serve as state senator for the 2nd Senate District, which encompasses all or parts of Wood, Erie, Huron, Lucas and Ottawa counties.

In addition to her public service, Gavarone is an attorney and co-owner of a family business with her husband, Jim. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law.

She and her husband reside in Bowling Green.

The 135th Ohio General Assembly will run through Dec. 31, 2024. The opening ceremony can be viewed on

State Rep. Haraz Ghanbari, R-Perrysburg, was administered his oath of office by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Patrick Fischer during a recent ceremony at the Statehouse. Ghanbari, serving his second elected term in the Ohio House of Representatives, was initially appointed in March 2019 during the 133rd General Assembly.

“It’s an honor and privilege to serve the folks of House District 75 which encompasses nearly all of Wood County,” Ghanbari said. “With the official start of the 135th General Assembly, I remain committed to ensuring the interests of those back home are well represented in the committee process and on the House Floor.”

Ghanbari, who was joined by his wife Kim and their two children on the House floor, said that he intends to focus legislative priorities on “investing in our children’s future, growing our economy and making our communities safer.”

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