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Householder Sentenced to 20 Years For $60 Million Bribery Scheme

June 29, 2023
C. Allison Russo News

COLUMBUS– House Minority Leader Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) released the following statement in response to today’s sentencing of former Republican House Speaker Larry Householder for his crimes committed in Ohio’s largest corruption scandal: 

“U.S. District Judge Timothy Black delivered a 20-year prison sentence that proves, once again, no one is above the law,” said Leader Russo. “We must not forget the ongoing damage former Republican Speaker Householder has done to our democracy, to the integrity of state government, and to the values that define us as Ohioans. We owe it to all citizens to do whatever is necessary to end political corruption and to regain the public’s trust that elected leaders work for the people, not special interests and personal gain.”

In the wake of former Republican House Speaker Householder’s racketeering conviction, House Democrats have introduced several pieces of legislation aimed at weeding out corruption and correcting wrongs created by the largest public corruption scandal in Ohio’s history. 

The Ohio Anti-Corruption Act (House Bill 112 Miranda/Sweeney) would require dark money groups to identify their contributors and disclose their spending. 

The HB 6 Repeal and Repay Act (House Bill 120 Weinstein/Brennan) would fully repeal and refund subsidies established in HB 6 during the 133rd General Assembly that are still being paid by Ohioans to bail out two Ohio Valley Electric Corp. (OVEC) coal-fired power plants—one of which is located in Indiana.