Rosenberger re-elected as House speaker

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Source: The Times-Gazette

The Republican speaker of the Ohio House will keep the top post next year.

The House GOP caucus says it re-elected Rep. Cliff Rosenberger, of Clarksville, to the position for the next General Assembly.

The legislature’s session is set to wrap up in a few weeks. State lawmakers return to Columbus for voting sessions next week.

Rosenberger represents the 91st House District, which includes Highland, Clinton and Pike counties, and parts of Ross County.

“I am humbled and extremely honored to be re-elected by my friends and colleagues in the Ohio House to serve as speaker for the 132nd General Assembly,” Rosengerber said. “As I have always said, we are a family, and I am proud of what we have accomplished together and look forward to witnessing what more we can achieve in the future.

“Our caucus is blessed with great leaders, and it is a tremendous privilege to serve alongside them as we continue to promote policies that provide businesses with certainty and predictability and ensure a better quality of life for all Ohioans. I know our caucus is eager to continue its work of honorably serving Ohio families as we close out this General Assembly and begin the next.”

Other members of the House Republican’s leadership team include Reps. Kirk Schuring of Canton, Sarah LaTourette of Chesterland and Rob McColley of Napoleon.

One Republican state senator also will join the leadership ranks in the House after Tuesday’s elections. Tom Patton of Strongsville will serve as majority whip.

Rosenberger has tapped veteran lawmaker Bill Seitz of Cincinnati to serve as policy chair.

The caucus elected Schuring as speaker pro tempore. Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) has been elected to serve as majority floor leader, LaTourette as assistant majority floor leader, Patton as majority whip and McColley as assistant majority whip.

In addition to the leadership announcements, Rosenberger selected Representative-elect Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) to serve as the Policy Chair during the 132nd General Assembly.

“I am looking forward to having Senator Seitz join our caucus in the next General Assembly as he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that will greatly benefit our caucus,” Rosenberger said. “His position as Policy Chair will allow him to further utilize his expertise and be a great asset to our caucus by providing valuable insight during our many policy discussions.”

“A strong caucus demands a strong and experienced policy rudder,” said Seitz. “I am honored that Speaker Rosenberger has asked me to fulfill that roll as part of his leadership team.”

The official swearing in of new members and leadership positions will occur during opening day ceremonies in Columbus in January.

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