COLUMBUS – State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) issueda statement today as the Ohio House voted unanimously to strip Larry Householder (R-Glenford) of his role as Speaker of the House. Householder and four associates were indicted by a federal grand jury today amid an ongoing FBI criminal investigation into his connection to an alleged $60 million public corruption and bribery scheme—the largest in state history.
“When I first entered the General Assembly, I did my due diligence and decided that I could not vote for Larry Householder for Speaker of the House. We need a Speaker now who will restore public confidence and work towards ending the Republican culture of corruption. I believe there are many Democrats who could serve effectively and with integrity as Speaker. Unfortunately, due to the gerrymandered districts and unbalanced government, Democrats have been unable to lead the House. Republicans currently have a supermajority, so it will ultimately be up to them to decide who leads the rest of this General Assembly,” said Rep. Miller.