Larry Householder

Amid Harassment Allegation, Householder Promises Reform In Ohio House

Jan 8, 2019
House Speaker Larry Householder and Minority Leader Fred Strahorn at the Ohio Speaker Dias after Householder was elected Speaker of the House.
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In an unprecedented vote, the Ohio House has elected a new speaker, rejecting the Republican who had been serving in that position since June, when the previous speaker resigned.

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State Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) has been elected to serve as Ohio House Speaker, defeating incumbent Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) after months of behind-the-scenes maneuvering. Householder previously served in the role from 2001-2004.

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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Lawmakers in the Ohio House are about to vote on their next leader, potentially putting to bed drama that’s roiled the Statehouse for the better part of a year.

Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell, left) and Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford)

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the ongoing contest for who will be the next Speaker in the Ohio House. Political reporter for Jeremy Pelzer joins the show.

Former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger
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In between campaigning and legislating, state lawmakers also found themselves in the middle of some high profile drama and scandal in 2018, including a leadership fight that continued through the end of the year.

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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.

Ohio Statehouse Legislative Chamber
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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.

payday lending sign
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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.