House Speaker William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) announced today that the Republican Caucus has selected Robert C. Sprague of Findlay to replace former Rep. Cliff Hite (R-Findlay), who was appointed to the vacant 1st Senate District seat today. Mr. Sprague was recommended unanimously by a five-member House panel that interviewed 11 applicants on Monday.

“We are fortunate to have someone with the experienced leadership of Robert Sprague to be the newest member of our caucus,” Speaker Batchelder said. “It will be extraordinarily valuable to have someone with Robert’s expertise and record of service in the majority caucus to help bring real prosperity to the state of Ohio, especially during these challenging economic times.”

Representative Matt Huffman (R-Lima), who chaired the five-member panel, said that his colleagues were very grateful to have many well-qualified applicants interview for the vacancy. “Our caucus was privileged to have a number of capable, thoughtful applicants apply for this position,” Rep. Huffman said. “In the end, we believe Mr. Sprague will best represent the interests of all of the citizens of the 76th House District, and we look forward to serving with him.”

Mr. Sprague currently serves as the auditor of the City of Findlay, where he also served as the city’s treasurer. He was a valedictorian of Findlay High School, is a graduate cum laude of Duke University with a degree in mechanical engineering, and earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, he was a management consultant with Ernst & Young and later owned and operated his own consulting firm. He and his wife Amanda reside in Findlay with their four boys.

Mr. Sprague will be appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives during House session on Wednesday, February 2.


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