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Meet your new lawmakers in Southwest Ohio: A congresswoman, superintendent, veteran and newcomer head to Columbus

Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati Enquirer |

Four new lawmakers from Southwest Ohio are headed to Columbus to tackle the novel coronavirus, a broken school funding formula and a slew of other legislative tasks.

One, former U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt, has been there before. Another, Madison Township Trustee Thomas Hall, will be the youngest in the room. All Republicans, each brings his or her past experiences to a job that will be challenging amid a COVID-19 crisis and tight state coffers. 

The Enquirer talked with each about how they will rise to the occasion. 

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