The Ohio Senate Democrat Caucus has selected Sen. Lou Gentile to be its assistant minority whip.
The assistant minority whip tracks and counts how expected votes will transpire in the Senate,
Gentile, 34, of Steubenville joins a four-person Senate Democrat leadership that also includes Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, D-Youngstown; Assistant Minority Leader Charleta Tavares, D-Columbus; and Minority Whip Edna Brown, D-Toledo.
"We have a strong leadership structure in place, and we will be working as a team," Gentile said.
"I will continue my approach to being an effective legislator - which includes being bi-partisan, but also upholding the core Democratic principles we believe in. I will be representing the working and middle class in Ohio, and trying to have an impact that will benefit working and middle class families in the state. It will be nice to have someone from East Ohio to have influence within the Democratic leadership since our part of the state often gets left behind in state government. This puts me in the position to advance our issues within state government, and within the Democratic Party."
Gentile added he will focus on issues to bring more higher-paying jobs to the state, to improve education and strengthen communities.
Gentile has served in the Ohio Senate since December 2011, when he was appointed by the caucus to fill the seat vacated by Jason Wilson.
At the time, he was a member of the Ohio House, having been just elected to his first term in 2010.
Gentile ran for election to the Senate seat in 2012, and was victorious.
"As we approach 2014, one of our goals has to be to pick up more seats in Senate," he said. "In this way, we can do our part to pass laws that benefit the working and middle class families.
"We have to work in bi-partisan fashion, but also have the obligation to stand up for core Democratic principles," he said.