Hackett running for state senate

State Rep. Bob Hackett (R-London) rides in a vehicle along the parade route in the 2015 Fourth of July parade in London on Saturday. Hackett, who is serving his fourth term as an Ohio state representative, plans to run for state senate next year.

State representative and London native Bob Hackett has announced he is running for the Ohio State Senate after serving four terms in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Hackett hopes to take on the new position after his current and final two-year term in the House expires at the end of 2016. He has served in the House since January 2009.

The 10th District seat he will seek is currently held by State Sen. Chris Widener (R-Springfield), who is serving his second and final term. Like Hackett’s House seat, the four-year Senate term expires at the end of 2016.

Hackett, a Republican, hopes to continue his efforts on the other side of the legislative branch.

“I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish during my time in the Ohio House of Representatives, but also realize there’s much more to do in the 131st General Assembly,” Hackett said.

The 10th District includes Madison, Clark and Greene counties.

Hackett will appear on the Republican primary ballot in March 2016. If elected (he is currently unopposed), he would again appear in November 2016 on the general election ballot.

If elected to the Senate, Hackett said he would focus on the fields of insurance, investments, local governments and healthcare, similarly to what he did in the House.

“Those are the four areas that I’ve always been involved with in the legislature,” he said. “I want in the areas where I can really be an asset.”

Though he has put a significant number of years into politics, Hackett said he has no interest in running for U.S. House of Representatives or U.S. Senate. He said he is happy with balancing his business and state politics.

Hackett grew up in London, captaining an undefeated football team at London High School, and going on to play at Columbia University, where he graduated.

He founded the Central Ohio Financial Management Group, where he has stayed for the past 30 years.

Hackett served as a Madison County commissioner before running for the Ohio House.

The current Choctaw Lake resident said his upbringing in London has made him the man and politician that he is today. He said his admiration of memorable Londoners like Bengals co-founder John Sawyer, who passed away this week, and football great Dick LeBeau have shown him “the Madison County way.”

“I think I learned to treat people the Madison County way, and that is, just treat everybody fairly and equally,” Hackett said. “Even though I have a big business in Columbus, and all over Ohio, we live in Madison County.”

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.