GOP State Senator Abruptly Resigns Seat

(Columbus, OH) A Findlay state senator abruptly resigns-- and mum's the word on why. 

Republican state senator Cliff Hite resigned his Senate seat effective immediately, but has yet to explain why he's leaving. Senate GOP leaders refuse to offer any insight, either. 

A statement from the 63-year old former Findlay teacher and football coach simply says he wants to focus on his personal health and spend more time with his family. 

The former three-term Ohio House member served as chairman of the Senate agriculture committee. Hite was expected to seek re-election next year and had a lot of legislation pending, including a bill that he recently introduced to help spur wind farm development across Northwest Ohio. 

A formal replacement process will be announced by the end of the week.

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