1/11/19 - Outnumbered Ohio House Democrats Score a Coup by Deciding GOP Speakership

The 38 Ohio House Democrats sworn in Monday for the 133rd General Assembly make up a distinct minority of the House -- about 38 percent, in fact. But a majority made their votes matter for the first time in a long time in the GOP-dominated legislature by swinging Monday's vote for the next House speaker to Republican Larry Householder, who didn't have enough GOP votes to win. In return, Householder has promised to name Democrats as co-chairs of a House committee on kindergarten-through-12th-grade education and of two subcommittees, on criminal justice and energy generation. Householder also pledged that amendments won't be tabled in committee -- a sore point with Democrats -- and called for televised committee hearings and a nonpartisan professional human resources office. He's also told Democrats that his door will continue to be open to them. And he's reiterated his opposition to right-to-work legislation. How far the Householder-Democratic coalition will go is still open to question. But this alliance of convenience creates the possibility of far more politically interesting scenarios for the 2019-2020 legislative term than might previously have been imagined in a Statehouse so dominated by one party.


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