COLUMBUS — Thirteen Republican state lawmakers will attend Friday’s inauguration of President-elected Donald Trump as part of Ohio’s official legislative delegation.
The list includes six members from the Ohio Senate and seven from the Ohio House, including Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), Sens. Frank Hoagland (R-Adena) and Frank LaRose (R-Copley); and state Reps. Christina Hagan (R-Alliance), Tim Ginter (R-Salem) and Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland).
The House members were journalized last week, while senators were made official in a filing with the clerk’s office Tuesday.
No Democratic lawmakers are part of this year’s Joint Committee to Attend the Inauguration of the President, but that’s not unusual. Four years ago, only Democratic members were part of the formal delegation the state legislature sent to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, according to legislative journals from the time.
Lawmakers adopted a resolution earlier this month declaring their intentions to send a state delegation of up to 16 members to Washington, D.C., noting that “it is fitting that the state of Ohio be represented in its official capacity at said inauguration of the Honorable Donald J. Trump as President of the United States.”
Several lawmakers voted against that resolution, including Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent), who said in a released statement earlier this month that her “no” vote “was a protest vote against a man who admits to committing sexual assault, defrauding working people and continuing his many conflicts of interest that put America in danger.”
Republican Gov. John Kasich is among other state officials who plan to attend Trump’s inauguration.
Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.