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Ohio’s first “triple flipper” state legislator, despite term limits
State law says that elected officials  can only serve eight consecutive years in the House or Senate, but some find ways around it. 
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN


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In 1992, Ohio voters put term limits into the state Constitution for state legislators. The provision says no one can serve more than eight straight years in the Ohio Senate or House. Still, there’s nothing stopping lawmakers from hopping back and forth between the chambers, as long as their local voters elect them. And that leads us to State Representative Randy Gardner. His election to an Ohio senate seat this week has earned him the self-proclaimed title of Ohio’s first “Triple Flipper.” He explains in this interview with statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen.

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That is Randy Gardner, a republican state legislator from Bowling Green. Despite term limits for lawmakers in the Ohio Constitution, his career as a legislator stretches over parts of four decades and has just been extended another four years.

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