- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A veteran state lawmaker has abruptly resigned his Senate seat in northwest Ohio with scant explanation.

Republican Sen. Cliff Hite, of Findlay, had served in the state Senate since 2011 after winning three terms to the Ohio House.

GOP Senate President Larry Obhof (AWB’-hawf) said he accepted Hite’s resignation late Monday. It was effective immediately.

The 63-year-old Hite had been expected to seek re-election. His resignation letter said simply that he looked forward “to focusing on my personal health and spending more time with my family.”

Messages seeking further comment were left on Hite’s email and office and personal phones.

Hite is a former teacher and football coach who chaired the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Obhof said a replacement process will be announced by the end of the week.

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