• Members of the House must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Members are required by the state constitution to reside in their respective districts for at least one year before being eligible to be elected that district's legislator.
  • Members may not hold another state, federal or local public office while serving in the House.
  • Members have a variety of backgrounds. There are dentists, teachers, farmers, business persons, lawyers and retailers.
  • The first Speaker of the Ohio House was Michael Baldwin.
  • The first year women served in the Ohio House was 1923-24. The four women members were Mrs. Nettie Clapp, Mrs. Lu Lu Gleason, Mrs. C.J. Ott & Mrs. May Van Wye.
  • The first African American to serve in the Ohio House was George W. Williams, 1879-1881.
  • The first woman to serve 11 consecutive terms - Ethel Swanbeck, 1955-1976.
  • The first African American woman to serve in the Ohio House - Helen Rankin, 1978-1994.
  • The first woman Speaker of the Ohio House - Jo Ann Davidson, 1995- 2000.
  • The longest serving speaker in Ohio House History - Vern Riffe, 1975-1994.