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Hours after voting unanimously to remove Larry Household as spokesman Thursday, members of the Ohio House of Representatives elected state Representative Bob Cupp to replace him.
The homeowner was arrested last week in connection with a $ 60 million conspiracy that resulted in a 2019 nuclear power plant rescue bill that he helped approve, allegedly in exchange for payments. On Thursday, a grand federal jury charged the owner with conspiracy to commit sexual assault, a charge punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
WOSU member station reports that shortly after the particular indictment was announced, the pro tempore speaker convened the session to vote on elimination voting. The motion passed 90-0.
“There is a responsibility that holds the title and leadership role, and I congratulate members of the House for taking the allegations seriously and moving forward quickly on this issue,” said Ohio Republican Party President Jane Timken. in a statement. “Ohioians deserve a representation that has no greed or fallacy.”
The Republican-controlled House did not vote on whether to expel the owners from the legislature, WOSU reports, and will run unopposed to re-election in the fall.
Members of the chamber met again later to elect the new speaker. Cupp was the only candidate for the position after his opponent, timer Jim Butler, for a limited time, withdrew his name.
The final score was 55-38. Domestic minority leader Emilia Strong Sykes said in a statement that all members of the Democratic Caucus voted against Cupp.
Cupp, who represents Lima, is a former four-term senator and justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. He is currently serving his third term at the Ohio House.
Following Thursday’s vote, French Judge Judi, a Frenchman, was sworn in.
“It’s a great privilege to lead this chamber,” Cupp said in an address to the chamber, according to WOSU. “I’m sorry, in such difficult and trying times and unprecedented as this one, though, but I pledge to do so with honor and fairness and humility.”