A powerful Republican Ohio lawmaker has been quietly cleared in a sexual harassment investigation conducted by an outside law firm where he worked for 36 years.
A report obtained by the Associated Press shows Republican Representative Bill Seitz was investigated after a female Ohio House staffer complained about remarks he made at a staff going-away party worsened an already hostile Statehouse work environment. Seitz previously apologized . Special counsel Taft Stettinius & Hollister concluded in April that Seitz hadn't violated the House's anti-harassment policy. Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine's office retained the Taft firm. A DeWine spokesperson says the firm reported having no conflicts. Seitz called the complaint politically motivated. He said Friday that he left the firm in 2014 after 36 years and knew neither investigator who handled the complaint.