Ohio Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Twp., told the Journal-News he will not seek Ohio’s 8th Congressional District seat once Speaker of the House John Boehner resigns from Congress on Oct. 30.
“We have too much good stuff going on in the Ohio Senate,” he said.
Coley, 55, was one of several people talked about to replace Boehner, who made his resignation announcement last week.
Coley said his decision to seek re-election as opposed to Congress came today.
Coley, a commercial litigation attorney with Strauss and Troy, is serving his first full term in the 4th Ohio Senate seat, which represents the majority of Butler County. He was appointed to the seat in the spring of 2011 after Gary Cates resigned to become the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Ohio Board of Regents.
In the Ohio Senate, Coley is the chair of the Government Oversight and Reform Committee and vice chair of the Finance Committee, as well as a member of the Civil Justice, Education, Medicaid, and Rules and Reference committees. He also serves on the Finance Subcommittee on Education.
Prior to his service in the Ohio Senate, Coley was a four-time elected state representative, which represented the eastern portion of Butler County, including West Chester and Liberty townships. While in the Ohio House, Coley was named chairman of the House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development Committee, as well as a member of the Constitutional Modernization Commission.
During his time in the Columbus, Coley has been recognized as a Watchdog of the Treasury by the United Conservatives of Ohio and received the Robert R. Cupp Legislative Award from the eTech Ohio Commission.
Several local Republicans are considering a run for the open House seat, but the first declared candidates are J.D. Winteregg, of Troy, who ran against Boehner in 2014, and Tipp City Republican Sen. Bill Beagle, who has been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton.
No Democrat has emerged as a possible candidate to run in a special election to replace Boehner as the district’s congressional representative.
A date for a special election, which will be paid for by the state, for the soon-to-be-vacated congressional seat has yet to be set.