A longtime township trustee has resigned after GOP state lawmakers selected him to fill a vacant Ohio House seat.
George Lang is expected be sworn in Wednesday as Representative of the 52nd Ohio House District, which includes West Chester, Liberty and Fairfield townships and part of Sharonville.
Lang, 55, was selected last week after Margy Conditt, 64, abruptly announced her retirement last month, saying she wanted to spend more time with her family. She served the district six years and was most recently elected last year.
Lang is a staunch fiscal conservative who has overwhelmingly won four elections, beginning in 2003 and most recently in 2015.
"The screening panel unanimously recommended George Lang to fill the vacancy because of his solid conservative background, his local experience as a township trustee and his attention to business-friendly policies," said Rep. Kirk Schuring, R-Canton, in a news release.
Lang said Wednesday he is keeping an open mind with no immediate agenda as he heads to Columbus. He expects he will be busy with a learning curve the first few months.
"My priorities will be to build relationships with both Republicans and Democrats, try to figure out where all the bathrooms are in the place are - that's going to be an important thing to know - and just fit in," he said.
Lang said he hopes to serve on banking, finance and insurance committees.
A resident of West Chester since 1990, Lang is married to his longtime sweetheart, Debbie. The couple has two daughters.
Because Lang’s resignation is effective more than 40 days before the next general election, on Nov. 7, voters will now decide who will replace Lang, township officials announced in a prepared statement.
The other two trustee seats also are up for grabs in the election.