Ohio Republicans Can't Agree On New House Speaker

15 hours ago

As of Tuesday evening, there's still no word on who the next speaker of the Ohio House might be. Republican state lawmakers met for hours and there’s no decision yet, with a vote by the full House scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

House Speaker Pro Tem Kirk Schuring says the 65 member caucus needs to provide 50 votes for one person to serve as the speaker for the rest of this calendar year. Finance Committee Chair Ryan Smith led the vote total, but there’s a problem getting consensus needed from the rest of the caucus.

“We asked for a show of hands of who could not vote for the nominee on the floor," Schuring said. "And that’s where we are at right now. We’re real close to the 50 but we are not there yet but we are close enough that we can get there. And again, I just need to sit down with others and figure out what that pathway might be."

Smith and former Speaker Larry Householder have been angling for the Speaker position next year, but Householder didn’t put his name into this vote. Republicans are picking a nominee to replace Cliff Rosenberger, who resigned last month amid reports of an FBI inquiry about his travel and lobbyists.

Smith is Rosenberger's chosen successor, while other lawmakers who are not seeking reelection are running as neutral placeholder candidates.