COLUMBUS - GOP Sen. Cliff Hite resigned suddenly Monday.

Hite, 63, R-Findlay, who represented several counties in northwest Ohio, abruptly announced he would leave the Ohio Senate.

"Senator Hite submitted his resignation to me on Monday evening, and I accepted it," Senate President Larry Obhof said in a statement. "I will announce an application process for selecting a replacement for the 1st Senate District seat by the end of the week."

Senate GOP officials declined to comment on why Hite had resigned. The Enquirer has reached out to Hite.

Hite attended the University of Kentucky, where he played quarterback. Hite was a former teacher and football coach at Findlay High School. During his tenure, Hite coached Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Hite was appointed to the Ohio Senate in 2011. Since then, he has been elected three times. He was chairman of the Senate agriculture committee and has advocated for renewable energy.