Outgoing Ohio Senate leader gets Statehouse portrait


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former Senate President Keith Faber (FAY’-bur) has been captured on canvas.

The 51-year-old Republican from Celina (suh-LY’-nuh) on Wednesday became the latest state legislative leader to be memorialized in a Statehouse portrait.

The oil painting was unveiled at a crowded Statehouse luncheon featuring remarks by House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Faber’s successor as Senate president, Larry Obhof (AWB’-hawf), and other dignitaries.

Artist Leslie Adams helped Faber and his wife and children remove the black drape to reveal the piece. The artwork will be permanently displayed in the Ohio Senate Office Building.

“It was a very special moment to be surrounded by my family, friends, and colleagues that have supported me throughout my career as my children unveiled the portrait,” said Faber. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have served as Senate President and carry with me many memories and lessons as I continue the work to make Ohio the best place to work, live, and raise a family.”

Faber served in the Senate from 2007 to 2016, the last four years as president. He left due to term limits. Faber has been returned by voters to a seat in the Ohio House. He is currently the state representative for the 84th Ohio House District.

The oil painting will hang in the Ohio Senate Office Building, connected to the Ohio Statehouse.

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