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Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) is the Ohio House Democrats' first new leader in five years.
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The election of a third Ohio House Speaker in less than a year caused a shakeup among the minority party, as well. A three-term representative from Akron with a family history in politics has been picked to lead the Democratic caucus.

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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Following the election of state Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) as Ohio House Speaker, the head of Ohio House Democrats says he’s stepping down as minority leader.

Householder's Comeback

Jan 10, 2019
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the rise and fall and rise of state Rep. Larry Householder, the newly elected Ohio House Speaker. Veteran political reporter Joe Hallett joins the show.

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Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder was just elected this week, but he isn't new to the position. His first stint ended 15 years ago amid a finance scandal and FBI investigation.

House Speaker Larry Householder and Minority Leader Fred Strahorn at the Ohio Speaker Dias after Householder was elected Speaker of the House.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Larry Householder's election to Speaker of the Ohio House ended a months-long battle, and returned him to the role 14 years after he first held it. The vote also marked the beginning of some new work and maybe more changes in the legislature.

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.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

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.

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

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.

Rep. Smith speaks during Ohio House session on April 11, 2018.
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When newly-elected Speaker Ryan Smith talked to reporters after the House’s voting session on June 8, he was all smiles.

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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's political podcast from WOSU Public Media, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how the Ohio House finally quieted the storm over the next speaker. The calm should last, oh, about six months.

Meanwhile, qualifying patients hoping for some green relief likely won't be getting medical marijuana by the state's September deadline.

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