LIMA — Ohio Sen. Matt Huffman tested positive for COVID-19, changing the swearing-in plans for the new president of the Ohio Senate.
The Lima Republican will now be sworn in during a private ceremony in Lima by Judge John Willamowski, of the Third District Court of Appeals, Huffman told The Lima News.
Huffman was expected to be officially elected by the senate as its president and take the oath to assume leadership of the chamber in a ceremony Monday afternoon in Columbus.
House Speaker Bob Cupp, R-Lima, is still expected to be sworn in Monday afternoon in Columbus. Cupp’s election to the top spot was the first time a Lima representative held a leadership post in the Ohio Legislature, much less have Lima men overseeing both sides of the elected government.
Huffman replaces Larry Obhof, who couldn’t seek re-election to the Senate due to term limits. Cupp replaced Larry Householder, who lost his leadership post amid an alleged bribery scandal.