Householder Returns As House Speaker
After months of political positioning and backroom deals, the Ohio House has a new speaker.
Republican Larry Householder was speaker from 2001-2004. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.
Householder is a strongly conservative Republican, and got votes from as many Democrats as Republicans by promising more of a voice in the legislative process.
“This house has went through some very tough times during the past four years and we have a lot of work to do to make sure we put this house in order.”
Householder says he wants all committee hearings to be televised and a human resources professional to be hired to handle personnel matters. And he says his first order of business is the state budget and school funding. Householder beat Ryan Smith who took over in June after Republican Cliff Rosenberger resigned after confirming an FBI investigation.