On Monday, Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) appointed State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) as a sitting member of the Senate Finance Committee for the remainder of the 133rd General Assembly.

The Finance Committee is the influential panel charged with reviewing and revising the state’s biennial budget proposal, which allocates state expenditures, including support for primary and secondary education efforts and the state’s Medicaid program.

"I appreciate that President Obhof has given me the opportunity to serve on this important committee," Senator Peterson said. "I look forward to working with Chairman Dolan and other members of the committee to ensure we are executing our responsibilities to balance the state budget and are effectively prioritizing the needs of Ohio."

Utilizing his extensive knowledge of various policy areas, Senator Peterson's experience will provide a guiding hand in helping to review legislation affecting the expenditure of state funds.

In addition to serving on the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Peterson also serves as Vice-Chair of the Senate Rules and Reference Committee and as a member of the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, Energy and Public Utilities Committee, Higher Education Committee, Government Oversight & Reform Committee, Insurance & Financial Institutions Committee and Controlling Board.

For more information regarding the Senate Finance Committee, please visit http://www.ohiosenate.gov/committees/finance.

Peterson represents the 17th District in the Ohio Senate, which encompasses all or part of Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pickaway, Pike, Ross and Vinton counties. He currently serves as President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate.