State Senator Randy Gardner is serving his first consecutive term in the Ohio Senate, having previously served in the Chamber from 2001 through 2008. He has also been a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving from 1985 to 2000, and again from 2008 through 2012.
A well-respected leader in the state government, Senator Gardner has previously served in many leadership posts in the General Assembly including Senate Majority Leader, Senate President Pro Tempore, House Majority Leader, and House Speaker Pro Tempore..
Putting his prior experience as an educator to use, Senator Gardner has been chosen to preside as the Chairman of the Finance Subcommittee on Education. He is also a member of the powerful Senate Finance Committee and other important panels dealing with Ohio’s workforce development and budget management.
Senator Gardner received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University. Prior to his career in public service, he has worked both as a realtor and a high school history and government teacher.
Among many other awards and acclamations, Senator Gardner has been named Legislator of the Year by the Ohio Disabilities Council and received the Andrew Carnegie Award from the Ohio Library Association. He has also received the prestigious Watchdog of the Treasury Award numerous times for his 100% voting and attendance record in both the Senate and House.
Senator Gardner and his wife Sandy reside in Bowling Green with their children Brooks, Christina and Austin.