Early this week, State Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, resigned, effective immediately.
Hite represented Ohio’s 1st Senate District since early 2011.
In his resignation letter, Hite cited “personal health” issues as a reason for his departure.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve my constituents and the people of Ohio. I look forward to focusing on my personal health and spending more time with my family,” Hite wrote.
Hite was serving in his third General Assembly as a member of the Ohio Senate, representing the 1st Senate District, which encompasses an 11 county region of Northwest Ohio including all or part of Auglaize, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Logan, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and Williams Counties. Prior to his appointment to the Senate, Hite served two terms in the Ohio House of Representatives.
For the fourth time during his tenure in the Senate, Hite presided as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture.
Prior to entering public service in Columbus, Hite spent decades teaching high school history and coaching football. He served as Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Education and built a reputation as a strong advocate for schools and K-12 students.
Hite has received numerous accolades for his service to the people of Ohio’s 1st Senate District. He has been named a Defender of Liberty by the American Conservative Union and has been named Watchdog of the Treasury by the United Conservatives of Ohio every year he has been in office. He has also received the Golden Feather Award from the Ohio Poultry Association and been named Legislator of the Year by the Ohio Farmers Union and the Ohio Nursery & Landscaping Association.
Senator Hite holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Kentucky, where he played quarterback for the Wildcats. He and his wife, Diane, reside in Findlay. The couple has three grown children and four granddaughters.