Ohio House Picks Jason Stephens as its New Speaker
The vote was a bipartisan one
On Tuesday, Ohio House lawmakers picked a Republican from rural southern Ohio as the GOP-led chamber's next leader, after support shifted away from another representative who’d won an informal vote weeks ago for that powerful role in state politics.
Rep. Jason Stephens, of Kitts Hill, was elected House speaker with more support from Democrats than from his own party. He beat out Rep. Derek Merrin, of Monclova, with 54 votes to Merrin's 43 on the opening day of the new two-year legislative session.
All 32 House Democrats voted for Stephens. They decided to vote in unison for a candidate they thought would best foster bipartisanship, House Minority Leader Allison Russo said.
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