Ohio House to Vote Thursday on Removing Larry Householder as Speaker


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Ohio House of Representatives will vote Thursday on removing Larry Householder as Speaker of the Ohio House.

Householder was arrested last week, as part of a federal indictment on bribery and racketeering charges, connected to money funneled through a political action group, that supported the bailout of Ohio's nuclear power plants.

Prosecutors allege that Householder personally benefited from funds that went through Generation Now, which supported House Bill 6 and successfully derailed a ballot initiative that would have overturned HB6.

House Republicans met behind closed doors on Tuesday, and decided on setting the measure via secret vote. Governor Mike DeWine and other statewide leaders, also Republicans, have called for Householder to resign.

It would take a simple majority to remove Householder from his leadership role, but he would remain a State Representative.

Householder is currently in his 2nd stint as House Speaker. He was re-selected to the post in January 2019, after originally holding the position from 2001 to 2004.