Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) today appointed State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) to serve as Chairman of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee.

“I can think of no one more experienced, more knowledgeable or more honorable to serve as chair of this important committee,” Speaker Rosenberger said. “The amount of work and oversight that takes place in Finance Committee is unmatched and I look forward to what we will achieve in the coming months. Rep. Smith is up to the task and I know he will guide the budget process to ensure that Ohio is made better for its citizens through common-sense initiatives and responsible financial decision-making.”

The House Finance and Appropriations Committee will be tasked with passing the state operating budget bill, which will be introduced by Governor John Kasich by the first week of February.

“I am honored to be appointed as the Finance and Appropriations chairman and I look forward to working with our partners across the state to pass a budget bill that works best for Ohio,” Rep. Smith said. “The upcoming budget will provide the state the tools necessary to continue its momentum and will support our job growth agenda.”

Rep. Smith is currently serving his second complete term for the Ohio House of Representatives since being appointed during the 129th General Assembly. He represents the 93rd House District, which includes Gallia and Jackson counties along with parts of Lawrence and Vinton counties.

Additional House committee information will be released at a later date.

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