Larry Householder

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After a contentious leadership battle, the Ohio House Republicans have held a vote to re-elect state Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) as House Speaker for the 133rd General Assembly. But the merits of the vote have been called into question.

Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, left) and Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) are set for a second battle to be the next speaker of the Ohio House.
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When the Ohio House comes back Thursday to possibly vote on overriding Gov. John Kasich's vetoes, Republicans may also take their long-awaited informal vote for speaker.

However, the current dean of the GOP caucus says there won't be a vote until he calls it.

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State lawmakers are coming back to work after Christmas to consider overriding at least one veto – if not more – from Gov. John Kasich. At the same time, Republicans are being pushed to hold a long-awaited vote for Speaker to lead the House next year.

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Fraud was widespread at the Ohio agency that provides prison jobs for inmates, including granting employees improper freebies and discounts on prisoner work and building an illegal shack for smoke breaks, the state watchdog said in a report issued Thursday.

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The behind-the-scenes battle over who will lead the Republican-dominated Ohio House next year isn’t just between supporters of current Speaker Ryan Smith and former speaker Larry Householder.

Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, left) and Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) are set for a second battle to be the next speaker of the Ohio House.
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As Ohio lawmakers prepare for the next General Assembly to begin in January, House leadership is still up in the air. Just like the last showdown, there are two candidates who still both want to be Speaker. 

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.

Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, left) and Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) are set for a second battle 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)
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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.

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