COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The paralyzed Ohio House is ready to vote on a new speaker.
Republican Rep. Kirk Schuring, acting House leader, has called a vote Wednesday. The vote follows weeks of stalemate during which GOP representatives failed to agree on a successor to former Republican Speaker Cliff Rosenberger. Rosenberger resigned last month amid an FBI investigation.House Finance Chairman Ryan Smith, a Gallia (GAL’-yuh) County Republican, is the leading speaker candidate. A faction led by former Speaker Larry Householder opposes Smith in favor of term-limited Rep. Andy Thompson, of Marietta.
Householder aspires to be speaker next year, as does Smith. Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn also is running.
If no candidate wins a majority of those present after 10 rounds of voting, the one with the most votes on the 11th vote wins.
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