COLUMBUS – Speaker Larry Householder announced several appointments today to the following entities:


Commission on Minority Health



  • Representative J. Todd Smith (R-Germantown)

  • Representative Erica Crawley (D-Columbus)


Statewide Emergency Services Internet Protocol Steering Committee



  • Representative Rick Carfagna (R-Westerville)

  • Representative Kent Smith (D-Euclid)


Southern Ohio Agriculture and Community Development Foundation Board of Trustees



  • Representative Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester)

  • Representative Jessica Miranda (D-Cincinnati)

 
 
  

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.


In nominating Householder for Speaker on the floor of the House chamber, Representative Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton) said, “Having served with Representative Householder while he was Speaker, I observed his strong leadership abilities to guide this chamber.”


Seconding Oelslager’s nomination on the floor, Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood) said about Householder, “He’s not afraid to take up big ideas, no matter where they come from.” Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Patrick F. Fischer, administered the oath of office to Speaker Householder immediately following the election.


Addressing the House of Representatives, Speaker Householder said “I like to take a bipartisan approach.” He went on to say, “We represent every single man, woman and child in, what I believe to be, the greatest state in the United States – the state of Ohio.” Speaker Householder stressed the importance that the people’s house embody the will of Ohio’s citizens and work towards building a better future for all Ohioans.


“There’s a lot of work to be done for the people of Ohio,” said Speaker Householder. “We were elected to get the job done and make this state the best it can possibly be. Our children, our grandchildren, and everyone who calls Ohio home, now and in the future, are counting on us to make the big decisions and set the policy priorities that will move Ohio forward.”

 
 
  

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


Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee



  • Representative Mark Romanchuk (Chair) (R-Mansfield)

  • Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg)

  • Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville)

  • Representative Thomas West (D-Canton)

  • Representative Allison Russo (D-Columbus)


Sunset Review Committee



  • Representative Nino Vitale (Chair) (R-Urbana)

  • Representative Scott Wiggam (R-Wooster)

  • Representative Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati)


Joint Education Oversight Committee



  • Representative Bob Cupp (Chair) (R-Lima)

  • Representative Jamie Callender (R-Concord)

  • Representative Don Jones (R-Freeport)

  • Representative Phillip Robinson (D-Solon)

  • Representative Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo)


Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review



  • Representative Jamie Callender (Chair) (R-Concord)

  • Representative Dick Stein (R-Norwalk)

  • Representative Brett Hillyer (R-Uhrichsville)

  • Representative Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus)

  • Representative Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood)


Joint Legislative Ethics Committee



  • Speaker Larry Householder (Chair) (R-Glenford)

  • Representative Jim Butler (R-Oakwood)

  • Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima)

  • Representative Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)

  • Representative Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus)

  • Representative Kent Smith (D-Euclid)


Controlling Board



  • Representative Scott Oelslager (R-North Canton)

  • Representative Shane Wilkin (R-Hillsboro)

  • Representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire)


Legislative Task Force on Redistricting, Reapportionment and Demographic Research



  • Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford)

  • Jonathon McGee

  • Representative Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)

 
 
  

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.

 
 
  
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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.



 
 

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