COLUMBUS – Speaker Larry Householder today announced Matthew McAuliffe, most recently the Director of Cabinet Affairs & Special Advisor to the Governor, as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy. In this role McAuliffe will lead the development and implementation of the Republican Caucus policy agenda.

McAuliffe has decades of experience solving problems, leading large-scale transformations, boosting performance, and doing it all under-budget. He has previously served as Chief of Staff for both the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Office of the Treasurer.

“Matthew has such a wide range of experience and we are excited to have him as a part of this exceptional team we’re assembling,” said Householder (R-Glenford). “His depth of knowledge will be essential as we shape the path forward to improving the lives of all Ohioans.”

McAuliffe became Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of The Treasurer in 1999, later rising to Chief of Staff, where he served until 2004. McAuliffe then spent time in the private sector, first as Director of PNC Capital Markets and later as Senior VP for PNC Bank. In 2013, McAuliffe was named Executive Director of the Ohio Republican Party where he served until 2015 before accepting a position with the Ohio Department of Transportation as Chief of Staff.  He served at ODOT until 2017, and was most recently the Director of Cabinet Affairs & Special Advisor to the Governor.

McAuliffe’s early career experience includes solving legislative problems for clients of Strategic Global Policy as a Consultant, serving as Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff for the Office of the Governor, Political Director for the Voinovich for Senate Campaign, and Lead Advance for the Bush Administration and Campaigns and the McCain Campaign. McAuliffe was a delegate to two Republican National Conventions.


COLUMBUS –Speaker Larry Householder today announced the selection of Gail Crawley as Communications Director for the Ohio House of Representatives.

Crawley has more than 30 years of experience in implementing marketing and communications strategies for the public and private sectors.

“I am excited to have Gail join our leadership team, said Householder (R-Glenford). “She brings a wealth of communications experience that will help raise awareness of the House Caucus agenda to enhance the quality of life for Ohio citizens.”

Gail’s tenure with the Ohio Department of Development spans 24 years where she worked as a Public Information Officer, Assistant Deputy Director of Communications, Director of Marketing and Communications and Special Assistant to the State Development Director/Lt. Governor. In 2007, Gail was recruited to direct marketing and communications for Brooks City-Base, a military base reuse initiative in San Antonio, Texas. In 2015, Gail began communications consulting with the Verano Land Group and the Small Business Development Centers on various economic development initiatives.


COLUMBUS – Speaker Larry Householder today named Christine Morrison, a longtime budget and policy staffer, budget director for the Ohio House of Representatives.

Morrison has more than 20 years of experience working in the legislative and executive branches at the Statehouse, most recently serving as president of the State Controlling Board.
“I’m thrilled to have Christine joining our team and coming home to the Ohio House,” said Householder (R-Glenford). “Her background and experience will be invaluable as we work to make a difference for the people of Ohio.”

Morrison began her career as an intern with the Ohio House, rising through the ranks to become a caucus policy advisor and, in 2005, being named policy director. She later worked in the Ohio Senate and in the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.

In 2012, she was appointed to lead Gov. John Kasich’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team, where she led a coordinated, multi-agency response to the state’s drug epidemic. She was later named assistant director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, where she helped reform Ohio’s workforce development system and create the state’s first-ever unified workforce plan.

In September 2015, she was named president of the State Controlling Board and deputy director of the Office of Budget and Management.


COLUMBUS - Speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and members of the Ohio House Republican Caucus today announced a screening panel to begin reviewing candidates wishing to fill the vacant 97th House District seat.

At the Speaker’s request, Rep. Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville) will serve as the chairman of the panel. The panel of Republican House members will include Rep. Brett Hillyer (R-Uhrichsville), Rep. Don Jones (R-Freeport) and Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum). The panel will meet to interview candidates on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.


COLUMBUS –Shawn Kasych submitted his resignation from the position of chief of staff of the Ohio House of Representatives effective January 8, 2019. Speaker Larry Householder stated that he appreciates Shawn’s dedication and service to the House.

Speaker Householder has named Statehouse veteran Jonathon L. McGee as chief of staff and majority legal counsel for the Ohio House of Representatives, effective immediately.

“Jonathon is a trusted, detail-oriented professional who is well-respected on Capitol Square,” said Speaker Householder (R-Glenford). “His experience in the legislative, legal and regulatory arenas will be a tremendous asset to the Ohio House and its members.”

From 2001 through 2004, he served as majority legal counsel for the Ohio House of Representatives under Speaker Householder, and became chief of staff for Householder in 2004.

McGee has more than 25 years public and private sector experience. His background includes serving as deputy chief legal counsel under Gov. George Voinovich, and work as an attorney at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ compensation and he served as Vice Chair of the State Employment Relations Board. He currently serves as executive director for the Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association, who he was affiliated with for over ten years.

McGee is a Kenton native and graduate of Ohio Northern University. He earned his law degree at The Ohio State University.

House Republicans Nominate Ryan Smith As Speaker For 133rd General Assembly
House Majority leadership team selected by Republican Caucus
December 27, 2018

COLUMBUS—Today, a majority of Ohio House Republican members selected their leadership team for the 133rd General Assembly. Current Speaker of the Ohio House, Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell), was again selected by his legislative peers to serve as Speaker.

Additionally, State Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) will serve as Speaker Pro Tempore, Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) will continue to serve as the Majority Floor Leader, and Rep. Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) will continue to serve as Assistant Majority Floor Leader. The House Republican Whip team will again include Rep. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) as the Majority Whip and Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) as the Assistant Majority Whip.

Speaker Smith released the following statement:

“I’m incredibly proud of the work this caucus has accomplished since I was elected Speaker earlier this year, and I have every confidence that members will continue to work together to make Ohio communities stronger. It is truly humbling to be selected again by my legislative colleagues to serve as Speaker, and it is an honor to lead this caucus going into the 133rd General Assembly. We have a lot of work to do, and I’m ready to hit the ground running on January 7th.”

The official swearing in of new members and leadership positions will occur on Monday, January 7, 2019 during opening day ceremonies in Columbus.


COLUMBUS—Today, the Ohio General Assembly approved legislation that will create a study committee to review the faculty tenure guidelines and requirements at state colleges and universities.

Substitute House Bill 66, sponsored by Rep. Ron Young (R-Leroy Township), creates the “Undergraduate Mission Study Committee,” a 15-person panel consisting of six legislators appointed by the House Speaker and Senate President. Each chamber is required to appoint three members, at least one of which being from the minority party. A member from both the House and Senate will act as co-chairpersons.

“I believe that there is a great need for tenure reform in the state. I also recognize that each university has its own set of needs and goals,” Young said. “Teachers and universities must have as their priority the contribution to the undergraduate mission. This may, however, be different for each state university. That is why the study committee was created rather than passing legislation that would automatically apply to all state universities.”

The Speaker and Senate President also will each be responsible for appointing:
• One state university faculty member
• One state university chief academic officer or the equivalent
• One state university student

Finally, the remaining membership consists of:
• The Chancellor of Higher Education or designee
• The President and chief executive officer of the Inter-University Council of Ohio or designee
• The chairperson of the Ohio Faculty Council or designee

The study committee’s tasks will include submitting a report of its findings and recommendations, which will include a review of the faculty composition at each public institution based on employment status. This would include tenured faculty, full-time tenure-track faculty, full-time non-tenure track faculty and part-time faculty. Universities will be graded in one of three categories: “exceeds standards,” “meets standards” or “needs improvement.”

The bill includes a provision that requires each public school to attempt to contact parents or guardians two hours after the of the start of the school day, if their student is absent without a legitimate excuse. This concept stemmed from the death of Alianna DeFreeze, a student who was abducted, raped, and killed while on her way to school.

Sub. House Bill 66 now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature.


COLUMBUS—State Representative Ron Young (R-Leroy Twp.) honored the Kirtland high school football team as the 2018 Division VI State Champion on the House floor during a session of the Ohio House of Representatives.

Led by Coach Tiger LaVerde, the Hornets finished the year with a 15-0 record, and the team was honored for its fourth state championship on November 20th, defeating Marion Local 13-7 to capture the Division VI title.

“Whether on the football field or in the classroom, Kirtland High School stands for excellence,” said Rep. Young. “I’m proud to represent this extraordinary institution.”

On the House floor with the team were Coach Tiger, Assistant Coach John Lipps and Kirtland high school principal, Scott Amstutz.


Ohio House Passes Legislation Creating Cybersecurity Team
Bill aims to prevent cyberattacks on Ohio infrastructure
November 29, 2018

COLUMBUS—The Ohio House of Representatives today passed legislation that would require the state’s Adjutant General’s Office to establish the Ohio Cyber Reserve. This newly formed security organization would be responsible for maintaining teams of IT professionals to protect citizens, businesses, infrastructure and local governments from cyberattacks.

“House Bill 747 creates an additional tool for protecting Ohioans from cyber terrorists,” said Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City), who sponsored the legislation with Rep. Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario). “While we hope it’s rarely called into action, the Ohio Cyber Reserve is a necessary addition to our state’s arsenal as we continue to prepare for the realities of an ever-advancing technological world.”

The Ohio Cyber Reserve would be issued active duty orders similar to the Ohio National Guard’s response to a national disaster. The Governor could call upon these teams when local resources are insufficient to counter attacks on critical IT infrastructure. The Ohio Cyber Reserve would include trained and vetted civilian volunteers who are cybersecurity experts and would receive compensation when called to active duty.

“The frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks will only increase in the future,” said Rep. Romanchuk. “The Cyber Reserve will position Ohio to be ready and able to respond to attacks on our critical infrastructure should they occur.”

Adapted from the section of Ohio law pertaining to organizing a militia and informed by previous attempts to address this problem in other states, House Bill 747 takes into account Ohio’s unique needs and capabilities and is broadly written to assist the Adjutant General in preventing cyberattacks. The bill will also help local townships and municipalities facilitate their cybersecurity efforts.

House Bill 747 now awaits further consideration by the Ohio Senate.

Ohio House Passes Legislation That Bans Placing Taxes On Plastic Bags, Other Packaging Items
HB 625 provides clarity, greater freedom for Ohio businesses
November 28, 2018

COLUMBUS—The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 625, legislation that clarifies state law for businesses in regards to their use of packaging containers such as bags, bottles and other food service items.

Specifically, HB 625 prohibits local governments from imposing taxes and fees on the use, sale or consumption of these products, which are known as “auxiliary containers.”

“My priority serving as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives is to put business first and make Ohio the most business-friendly state in the country,” said Rep. George Lang (R-West Chester), who joint-sponsored the legislation with Rep. Scott Lipps (R-Franklin). “Passing House Bill 625 has moved us further in the right direction by decreasing the cost of doing business in our state. Reducing and preventing the tax burden in our state makes Ohio a more attractive destination for businesses looking to relocate or expand.”

If signed into law, Ohio would join several states that have already passed similar legislation, including Florida, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina.

“It was an honor to sponsor this important business legislation with Representative Lang,” Lipps said. “A competitive and business-friendly environment is a WIN for Ohio businesses, jobs and Ohioans.”

The bill is supported by the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Manufacturer’s Association and the National Federation of Independent Business, among others.

House Bill 625 now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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Representative Larry Householder Elected Speaker


COLUMBUS – On January 7th, Representative Larry Householder (R-Glenford) was elected Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 133rd General Assembly. Householder represents the 72nd House District, encompassing all of Coshocton and Perry counties, as well as parts of Licking County. Representative Householder, currently serving his second consecutive term in the Ohio House, previously served as Speaker from 2001 to 2004.


Speaker Householder Announces Several Appointments


COLUMBUS – Speaker Larry Householder made several appointments today to the following special committees, the Controlling Board, and the Legislative Task Force on Redistricting. 


Speaker Householder Announces Ohio House Communications Director


COLUMBUS –Speaker Larry Householder today announced the selection of Gail Crawley as Communications Director for the Ohio House of Representatives.


Representative Hambley Appointed To Co-Chair Of Newly Created Economic Development Committee

Columbus - 

State Representative Steve Hambley (R-Brunswick) this week was appointed by Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) to serve as Co-Chair of the Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee.