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Why Batchelder’s back isbackattheStatchouse after | elidedhim duringhis prior 28- | doesn't really use the Internet winningtheseatforthe6%th | yeartenure: becomingSpeaker | (instead relying on two aides to | thecold clammies, nothing District in November. “My ‘ofthe House. Butin theeraof | answerhise-mail).And hehas | does. Itis daunting, and it feeling, frankly, was thought! | termlimits,Batcheldersayshe | another representative help him | should be daunting.” could be helpfil because of my | isn'tsurehowalegislatorgoes | use the computerathis desk on Y Chuck Bowen hesays.“Ifthat doesn't give you rio Rep. Bll Batchelder about moving up the thehouse floor to vote. walls down the wood- Statehouse hierarchy these | ‘Now afeshman once more, days. "Hopefilly, canfigureit | Batchelder sayshefeelsabit ty out," hesays.“Ifnot,Pmnota | strangeall overagnin. “After Building, where the Republican bad representative” ‘youve been therealong ‘maintains his district ofice. With. AccordingtoStatehouse time, you know everybody. his lanky stride, boyish grin and records, Batchelderis the ‘mean, you know everybady"he histrademark thick, black- longest-serving representativein | says. But nowhe says he can'ttell rimmed glasses, Batchelder’s ‘Ohio history. “It'shelpful tohave | some ofhis peers in the General Jookchasn't changed much inthe thatbackground,no question Assembly “from able ofhay, 40 years since, at age24, he about that. Every so often,the | andit's very disconcerting to me.” became one ofthe youngest men youngpeoplewouldsaytome, | Much has changed for ever elected to office in Ohio. "What'sthehistory onthis?I | Batchelder—whose wife, Alice, When the ultra-conservative | Temenpennduepiaserisone | °2)2 Nowwaitaminute Toyou, | isa Sith Circuit Courtof Batchelder retired fromthe | flop Bit Bateheldeg it’shistory.Tome,itscurrent | Appeals udgenamed among ‘Ohio House in 1994, he events; *hesays, laughing. the short list of candidates to arguably was one ofthe most | experience,"hesays,sounding | “Iwaskindofan odd duck,” | replaceSandra Day O'Connor influential politicansinthe | likeafatherwhowatcheshis | hesays,referringtohis election | onthe US. Supreme Courtin state. Now,more than adecade | son ilatataskbeforesaying, | to Ohio's House of 2005. But he says the impact of later-his party reeling from “Oh, just let medo it” Representatives in 1967. He representing lange scandals and widespread ‘He also concedes he hasan | remains an odd duck today. constituency is still the same. defeats at the polls-Batchelder | eyeon the onetthing that Whilehehasacellphone,he | “Tm voting for 110,000 people,”