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Ohio lawmaker might not take House seat he won

By admin Published: November 18, 2010

Julie Carr Smyth
Associated Press

COLUMBUS: A Republican state senator who has been elected to the Ohio House may not make the move, possibly raising a new ethical issue in the era of term limits.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Sen. Tim Grendell of Chesterland declined to commit Thursday to whether he will serve in the open House seat he won easily.

If history's any indicator, Grendell's wife, Court of Appeals Judge Diane Grendell, may want to serve out the final two years of her husband's Senate term — or take his spot in the House. The two have alternated serving at the Statehouse for nearly 20 years.

Tim Grendell says he will do what's best for his constituents. He says whatever his wife does is between her and decision makers in the House and Senate.

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