State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) 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.
“Every branch of government has the authority and the obligation to ensure public officials act with integrity, and when that promise is broken, we must act to restore the public trust,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan. “Today is a somber day, the culmination of the effort to expel Larry Householder for his misconduct and to begin to restore trust in the People’s House. I am proud to have joined my colleague, Rep. Jeff Crossman, to introduce a resolution that finally triggered action to get Householder’s expulsion underway.”
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.