COLUMBUS - State Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, was sworn in as assistant minority whip of the Ohio Senate this week.
The swearing-in ceremony took place during Ohio Senate Session Tuesday afternoon.
Gentile was elected late last year to fill one of four Democratic leadership positions in the Legislature.
"I am humbled to have been chosen by my colleagues in the Ohio Senate to serve as the assistant minority whip. I look forward to working in a bipartisan fashion to improve Ohio's economy, invest in education and strengthen our local communities," said Gentile.
The position of assistant minority whip helps count and track votes for the caucus and is one of four leadership positions that took effect this week.
This is the first time in several years that east and southeast Ohio has had representation in the state senate leadership.
"As a Democratic leader in the Ohio Senate, I am ready to begin working with our entire leadership team to make strengthening and growing Ohio's middle class our top priority," Gentile added.
Gentile was mentioned as a possible candidate for U.S. Congress but since has announced he will not run for Congress in 2014.
Gentile represents part of Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Meigs, Monroe, Noble, Washington and Vinton counties.