Ohio House picks Cupp as new leader

Ohio House picks Cupp as new leader”

Republican Larry Householder has been removed as speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives by a unanimous vote, after his arrest last week on a federal racketeering charge related to the nuclear bailout law he pushed past year.

"It was clear that Mr. Householder is unable to effectively lead the House", House GOP leadership said in a statement to news outlets after the vote.

DeViller's office announced Thursday that a federal grand jury indicted Householder and the other defendants.

Householder and four associates were identified in a July 21 federal affidavit as allegedly taking part in a pay-to-play scheme involving corporate money secretly funneled to them for personal and political use in exchange for helping to pass House Bill 6 to financially bail out two OH nuclear plants.

Rep. Larry Householder is the first Ohio House speaker ever removed by the chamber, according to the Ohio History Connection.

He remains, however, a member of the House. The movement passed 90-.

Cupp got no votes from Democrats, who said in a statement: "We don't trust any of them". "Ohioans have earned representation that is not tainted by greed or deceit".

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The Republican-controlled House did not vote on whether to expel Householder from the legislature, WOSU reports, and he is running unopposed for reelection in the fall.

Dwelling members reconvened afterwards in the day to elect the new speaker.

Republicans then spent part of the afternoon deciding between speaker pro tem Jim Butler (R-Oakwood), who is term limited, and three term representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima).

The final tally was 55-38.

House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes, a Democrat, said the charges Householder faces meant he could no longer serve as House speaker. The majority settled on Cupp, a former Ohio Supreme Court Justice who wasn't a supporter of Householder for speaker. He is now serving his third term in the Ohio House.

Before Thursday's removal vote, House lawmakers also introduced a bill that would add extortion and other criminal offenses to a list of offenses that could result in an official losing their public retirement benefits.

"It is a great privilege to lead this chamber", Cupp said in an address to the chamber, according to WOSU. "Sorry it is in such challenging and attempting and unprecedented occasions as this, nonetheless, but I pledge to do so honorably and relatively and humbly".

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