Bob Cupp selected as next Ohio House speaker

Republican Ohio state Rep. Larry Householder of District 72 sits at the head of a legislative session as Speaker of the House in Columbus. The House is prepared to take a vote Thursday

Ohio House Speaker faces bribery charges, is removed from position

Soon after Thursday's vote, he was sworn in by Ohio Supreme Courtroom Justice Judi French. On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted Householder with conspiracy to dedicate racketeering, a cost punishable by up to 20 a long time in prison.

Investigators said the scheme was led by Republican House Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, and has been described as the largest corruption and money-laundering scheme ever in Ohio.

Cupp replaces Larry Householder, whom legislators unanimously ousted from his leadership position earlier Thursday after Householder was charged in what the Federal Bureau of Investigation has described as a $60 million bribery scheme.

Householder's No. 2, Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Jim Butler, of Oakwood, also was a potential candidate for the role.

Three other potential candidates to be the next speaker - Reps.

Sykes and other Democrats hope Republicans quickly choose their next leader so the legislature can do its job. Nine didn't vote, including Householder. Proceedings were brief: The motion to remove Householder as Speaker passed 90-0, and the House then went into recess.

"There is a obligation that comes with holding this sort of a title and leadership goal, and I commend the Home members for getting current allegations very seriously and shifting immediately on this concern", Ohio Republican Get together Chairman Jane Timken said in a statement.

Householder is accused of funneling payments from a dark money group for personal gain and to further his political career, in exchange for securing the passage of HB6, a $1.1 billion energy overhaul.

Householder, his long-time adviser Jeffrey Longstreth, former Ohio Republican Party chairman Matt Borges and lobbyists Neil Clark and Juan Cespedes could each face up to 20 years in prison if they're convicted for their alleged work to pass the bailout and block attempts to overturn it, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Borges' involvement in the case "has been wildly overstated", said his attorney, Karl Schneider. "He was never part of any would-be enterprise and we expect when the facts play out this attempted over-reach to include him will fail".

Cupp said one of his first priorities will be a repeal of the nuclear bailout bill, which several lawmakers are drafting and Gov. Mike DeWine said he supports because he feels the process to create the law was tainted. "And hopefully people could set a good example that way", Cupp said.

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