A new general assembly means new lawmakers making the decisions that affect your lives. Two Ohio lawmakers are set to begin a four-year term as senator and make an impact at the state level.
Michael Rulli is new to the statehouse and he is looking to the previous senator to hold his seat for inspiration.
“I’ve been friends with Joe Schiavoni for years and he’s a centrist too,” said Sen. Rulli, (R) Senate District 33. “So, I think that if I can take some of the foundation that he began and grow from that a lot.”
Where Schiavoni didn’t have a seat at the majority party’s legislative table, Rulli does and thinks that will make the difference for northeast Ohio.
“I think they realize that, things are changing in the Youngstown area; things are changing in the 33rd district,” said Rulli. “People are moving towards the center. I think they realize that Columbus is their friend and that the GOP could really be a wonderful part of their future and can give them hope.”
Another new face in the Ohio statehouse is Tina Maharath, and she intends to represent her district in Franklin County and stand up for her ethnicity.
“I definitely want to open up an Asian American Commission,” said Sen. Maharath, (D) Senate District 3. We’re the only ethnicity currently that does not have a commission.”
Which committees Sen. Rulli and Maharath will be serving on have not been announced yet.