State Senator Cliff Hite is currently serving his second General Assembly in the Ohio Senate. Representing the 1st Senate District, Hite represents all of Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and Williams Counties, as well as portions of Auglaize, Fulton, and Logan Counties. Prior to joining the Senate in 2011, Hite served two terms in the Ohio House of Representatives.
Senator Hite has recently been appointed to a second term as the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture. Employing one in every 7 Ohioans, Agriculture is Ohio’s number one industry and contributes more than $105 billion to the state economy every year.
Prior to his time in the Ohio Statehouse, Senator Hite spent nearly three decades as a history teacher and football coach. With experience on both the high school and college levels, education remains a strong passion of Senator Hite’s and a focus of his time in the State Senate. Recently appointed Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, he will have a greater opportunity to drive thoughtful education policy in Ohio from the Statehouse.
Outside of his legislative work, Hite remains active in his community, serving as the general chairman for the United Way Campaign of Hancock County. He has been accepted into the Hancock County Sports Hall of Fame, is an honorary member of Kiwanis International and is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of Findlay.
Hite graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. He and his wife Diane reside in Findlay and have three grown children and two grandchildren.