State Senator Jimmy Stewart was one of those in attendance during Thursday's visit by governor Kasich and we talked with him on his recent announcement that he will resign from office in July.
Stewart says it has been a pleasure being able to work in the State Senate for his constituents. He is also grateful for the support he has received over the years serving the 20th district, but says it's time to move on.
"At this point in time, i've been offered an incredible opportunity, i'm going to be the president of the Ohio Gas Association. I'll be starting sometime in either late June or early July, basically whenever we can get the budget done," said Stewart.
Stewart says despite the rumors that his resignation is the result of his vote in favor of Senate Bill 5, that is not the case.
"We make tough votes, i've made tough votes ever since I first got into politics. Certainly for all the negative things that people say, i've also had positive comments made about that bill," said Stewart.
Stewart remains convinced that most Ohioans will, in the end agree, that Senate Bill 5, which severely cuts the barganing power of public employees, will have a positive impact on the state.