MEDINA—Former Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) announced today that the he has received the Award for Conservative Excellence in the 2020 State Legislative Ratings of the American Conservative Union (ACU) Foundation. Obhof was tied in the ratings as the most conservative legislator in Ohio. This was the tenth consecutive year that Obhof was ranked among the most conservative members of the Ohio legislature.

The ACU Foundation is one of America’s leading conservative groups and annually hosts the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the nation’s largest gathering of conservatives. Its ratings are based on legislators’ actual voting records. The ratings focus on key issues such as supporting sound fiscal and economic policies, fighting for lower taxes and less regulation, promoting individual liberty, and protecting unborn life.

“It is an honor to be recognized again by the American Conservative Union,” said Obhof, who left office at the beginning of 2021 due to term limits. “During my tenure as Senate President, the Ohio Senate led the way in defending conservative values and ideals, at a time when many other policymakers lost their way. In 2020, we fought to protect unborn life, get rid of government red tape and regulation, expand school choice, and protect the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.”

As Senate President in 2020, Obhof led the Ohio Senate Republican Caucus to an average score of 86%— the third-highest average score so far for any state senate caucus in the nation. For 2020, Obhof was the only one of Ohio’s four legislative caucus leaders to receive the Award for Conservative Excellence.

The ACU Foundation considered 29 key votes, including bills to increase government transparency, defend religious freedom, protect unborn life, and protect the citizens’ Second Amendment right to self- defense. The key votes included five bills or resolutions co-sponsored by Obhof to limit the government’s authority during pandemics. This includes laws which now prevent any public official from cancelling or moving an election date or issuing a statewide closure of churches and other houses of worship (HB 272).

“We held firm to our core values,” said Obhof. “These principles were even more important in 2020. Some legislators were long on rhetoric but short on real solutions, but in the Senate we pushed back against administrative overreach and fought to reopen our economy.”

For more information on the rankings, visit http://ratings.conservative.org/states/OH.

Larry Obhof represented Ohio’s 22nd Senate District (consisting of Medina, Ashland, and Richland Counties, as well as portions of Holmes County) from 2011-2020. He served as Ohio Senate President from 2017-2020.