Cliff Rosenberger

A headshot of Rep. Andy Thompson of Marietta, in the running for House Speaker.
OHIO HOUSE

Another state representative has confirmed he’s interested in the job of speaker of the Ohio House, now that Cliff Rosenberger has resigned following reports that the FBI is questioning his travel with lobbyists connected to payday lending. 

Republican Rep. Andy Thompson of Marietta says he has a lot he’d like to see the House do in the next few months. He says since he’s term limited, he’s uniquely positioned to step into the short-term speaker’s role through the end of the year.

Photos of Rep. Ryan Smith and Rep. Larry Householder
OHIO HOUSE

The sudden resignation of Speaker Cliff Rosenberger – after reports the FBI is looking into his travel records – has left the top leadership role in the Ohio House up for grabs and those who would like the job are lining up.

Speaker Pro Tem Kirk Schuring has said the 65-member Republican caucus is still discussing when a vote will be held for a new speaker, who would serve through the end of this year. But House Finance Committee Chairman Ryan Smith says when it happens, he’s ready.

Rep. Cliff Rosenberger
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger's resignation is now effective immediately. Rosenberger had previously announced he would stay on the job until May 1. Rosenberger is still maintaining his innocence in the face of an FBI inquiry.

The FBI is said to be interested in Rosenberger’s international travel last year with some lobbyists connected to payday lending. 

CLIFF ROSENBERGER
STATE OF OHIO

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A photo of Carl Ruby, pastor at the Central Christian Church in Springfield and leader of the Ohioans for Payday Loan Reform.
DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

An anti-payday lender group is crying foul after a bill to reform the industry was once again delayed in committee. The coalition says the hesitation from lawmakers only intensifies their drive to put the issue on the November ballot. 

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