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Hours after voting unanimously to remove Larry Housewife as his speaker on Thursday, members of the Ohio State House elected Bob Coop as his replacement.
The household was arrested last week in connection with a $ 60 million racketeering conspiracy over a 2019 nuclear power plant buyout bill it helped pass, ostensibly in exchange for payments. On Thursday, a federal grand jury accused homeowners of conspiring to racketeer, a charge punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
A member of the WOSU station reported that shortly after the indictment was published, the speaker invited the Chamber to a session to vote. The movement was 90-0.
“There is responsibility for this title and leadership role, and I am grateful to the members of the House for taking the latest allegations seriously and moving forward quickly,” Ohio Republican President Jane Timken said in a statement. “Ohioians deserve representation that is not tainted by greed or deception.”
The Republican-controlled House has not voted to exclude households from the legislature, according to WOSU, and is running on a non-proposed re-election in the fall.
Later that day, members of the chamber met to elect a new speaker. Chapp was the only candidate for the post after his other opponent, a limited-time speaker, interim speaker Jim Butler, withdrew his name.
The final result was 55-38. The leader of the minority chambers, Emilia Strong Sykes, said in a statement that each member of the Democratic Parliament had voted against Kupp.
Kupp, who represents Lima, is a former four-year state and justice senator for the Ohio Supreme Court. He is currently serving his third term at the Ohio home.
After the vote on Thursday, he was sworn in by Ohio Supreme Court Judge Judy French.
“It is a great privilege to lead this chamber,” Coop said in a statement to the chamber, according to WOSU. “I’m sorry it’s in such difficult and difficult and unprecedented times as this, but I commit to doing it honestly and fairly and humbly.”