A look at Scioto County’s senate representation


Melissa Martin, Ph.D.



Ohio senators represent 88 counties, divided into 33 districts. Scioto County is represented by District 14 (encompasses counties: Adams, Brown, Clermont Scioto, and a portion of Lawrence County).

Republican Senator Joe Uecker serves District 14. He is serving a second term in the Ohio Senate, having previously served four terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. www.ohiosenate.gov/senators/uecker/bio.

What does an Ohio senator do? “During committee hearings, senators debate bills and hear from Ohioans about how legislation may affect their lives. The Senate works hard to develop sound policies that reflect those things Ohioans value — to create jobs, educate children, protect citizens and help the less fortunate,” according to the Ohio government website. Senators belong to the legislative branch, which is the part of the government that makes laws.

Senator Uecker serves on the following committees: the Senate Agriculture Committee; Criminal Justice Committee; Energy and Natural Resources Committee; Finance Subcommittee on Corrections; Senate Medicaid Committee; Public Utilities Committee; and the Senate’s Transportation, Commerce and Labor Committee.

To examine the bills that were sponsored or co-sponsored by Senator Uecker, go to www.Ohiosenate.gov/legislation.

Senator Uecker is an advocate for guns, hunting, right to life — a conservative. He resides in Clermont County with his wife, and they have four children and six grandchildren. Uecker could be the spokesman for the 1974 “Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet” campaign and TV commercial jingle. Add God, country and a bald eagle, and he could sing the second verse as well.

Three Questions

What has Senator Joe Uecker done for Ohio lately? Not to be confused with lyrics to the 1986 Janet Jackson song.

In March 2018, Senator Joe Uecker announced the Senate passage of the state’s Capital Budget, a $2.62 billion investment in Ohio’s infrastructure and local community projects.

What has Senator Joe Uecker done for District 14 lately? “What Have You Done for Me Lately” is one of Jackson’s signature songs.

Of the $2.62 billion, Clermont, Brown, Adams and Scioto counties were allotted approximately $2.96 million in funding for community projects.

What has Senator Joe Uecker done for Scioto County lately? “Ooh ooh ooh yeah. What have you done for me lately?”

Of the $2.96 million for District 14, Scioto County was allocated $950,000 for the following three projects: Earl Thomas Conley Splash Pad $100,000, Kricker Innovation Hub $500,000, and Southern Ohio Medical Center Hospice Inpatient Center $350,000.

What is the Kricker Innovation Hub? “Shawnee State University will be a leader in regional entrepreneurism when our new Kricker Innovation Hub opens on Chillicothe Street in downtown Portsmouth on Sept. 28, 2018, during Homecoming Weekend. This is a landmark facility that will promote entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity in the region,” according to the SSU website. The Kricker Center, an Innovation Accelerator, is a shared campus-community facility located in Portsmouth. www.shawnee.edu.

The $350,000 will be used to turn 12 patient rooms at the Southern Ohio Medical Center into a hospice inpatient center to provide additional patient rooms, a new mediation room, a common gathering room, family restrooms/showers, upgraded kitchen and service areas, according to a 2018 article in The Daily Times.

Contact Senator Uecker’s office by phone at 614-466-8082 or by email at Uecker@OhioSenate.gov to give feedback.

I am giving kudos to Senator Uecker for helping Scioto County obtain $950,000 for special projects. That’s what he did for us lately.

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Melissa Martin, Ph.D.

Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is an author, self-syndicated columnist, educator and therapist. She resides in Scioto County, Ohio. www.melissamartinchildrensauthor.com. Contact her at melissamcolumnist@gmail.com.

Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is an author, self-syndicated columnist, educator and therapist. She resides in Scioto County, Ohio. www.melissamartinchildrensauthor.com. Contact her at melissamcolumnist@gmail.com.