State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today issued a statement on the expulsion from the Ohio House of former Republican Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) for his alleged role in a $60 million public bribery and corruption scheme to pass and prevent a referendum on a billion-dollar corporate bailout in 2019.
“Today’s difficult and historic vote to expel former Speaker Householder was a long time coming; the expectations for House members are that we all work for our constituents with integrity and honesty and avoid any appearance of impropriety. With this vote, the House of Representatives will be able to resume our efforts to improve the lives of Ohioans and restore trust that our attention will be focused on addressing unemployment, passing legislation to improve access to and affordability of health care, getting our state biennial budget passed by the June 30 deadline, and otherwise keeping our Ohio Promise that you can live, work, and retire here in Ohio with safety and security,” said Rep. Lightbody.
Householder and several close associates have been indicted for their involvement in what has been described as the largest public bribery scheme in Ohio history. The active criminal case stands as the largest open corruption investigation in any statehouse in the nation.
Democrats introduced a resolution to expel Householder earlier this month. They have also introduced bills to root out Statehouse corruption, including the Ohio Anti-Corruption Act, which would require dark money groups to identify their contributors and disclose their spending, and the Public Corruption Repayment Act, which would require legislators to reimburse the state for compensation received between the time they were indicted for a felony involving public corruption and their conviction.