Larry Householder

Rep. Smith speaks during Ohio House session on April 11, 2018.
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The Ohio House attempted to elect a new speaker on Wednesday afternoon, following weeks of inertia, in-fighting and canceled meetings.

Even then, it took 11 rounds of voting and a rule change in order for Finance Chair and state Rep. Ryan Smith to finally win with a plurality of votes.

Ohio House Vote Set To Resolve Impasse Over Next Speaker

Jun 6, 2018
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The inert Ohio House is ready to vote on a new speaker. But even if they do, none of the bills held up by the delay will receive a vote.

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The fight over the next Speaker of the Ohio House continues to take strange turns.

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Accusations are flying at the State Capitol as the Ohio House continues in disorder without a speaker. The lawmaker considered to be the frontrunner says his rivals, such as the payday lending industry, are pulling the strings to delay a vote. But a top lending association is mounting its own, major accusation.

This week marked the second in a row without a voting session in the Ohio House. All sessions were canceled because majority Republicans cannot decide on a leader to replace former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger. He resigned in April and is embroiled in an FBI investigation involving his associations with payday lending lobbyists. 

Rep. Smith speaks during Ohio House session on April 11, 2018.
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Ohio House sessions for this week have, once again, been cancelled due to controversy over who will be the next speaker. The fight that’s been brewing between majority Republicans in the House is now affecting the business of the legislature, and is leading to some sharp party infighting.

Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, left) and Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) are two of the leading contenders to be the next speaker of the Ohio House.
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This Tuesday’s primary election could have a big impact on who gets elected by state lawmakers to be the House Speaker next week.

Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) speaks on the floor of the Ohio House
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Another state representative has confirmed he’s interested in the job of speaker of the Ohio House, now that Cliff Rosenberger has resigned following reports that the FBI is questioning his travel with lobbyists connected to payday lending.

Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, left) and Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) are two of the leading contenders to be the next speaker of the Ohio House.
Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, left) and Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) / Ohio House

The sudden resignation of House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger – after reports the FBI is looking into his travel records – has left the top leadership role in the Ohio House up for grabs. Already, lawmakers who want the job are lining up.

A medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles.
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One of the lawmakers who sat on the state panel that approved the state’s medical marijuana program wants to put it on hold until questions about it can be answered.

gun free zone decal
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The debate over gun-free zones is back in full swing at the Statehouse as lawmakers argue which should take precedence: the rights of gun owners or the rights of property owners.