Ohio’s Republican Speaker of the House Arrested In $60M Bribery Case
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that as of July 21, Representative Larry Householder (R), Speaker of the House in Ohio’s state legislature, has been arrested in connection to a $60 million bribery case.
- A spokesperson for U.S. Attorney David DeVillers’s office announced that an Ohio official and some associates have been charged in a “public corruption racketeering conspiracy involving $60 million.”
- Devillers will discuss the case further in a press conference in Ohio at 2:30 PM.
- FBI spokesperson Todd Lindgren told the Dayton Daily News in the morning of July 21 that “The FBI is conducting law enforcement activity in the area” around Householder’s Glenford property.
- Although Devillers’s office did not provide official information about any arrestees’ identities, a source from the office confirmed to the Enquirer that the FBI arrested Householder.
- In addition to being Speaker of the House in Ohio’s legislature, Householder is “one of the biggest names in Ohio politics and has been a major player for years in the state's Republican Party.”
- He previously served as Speaker of the House from 2001 to 2004 before stepping down from the state legislature in accordance with Ohio term limits.
- The Enquirer’s source also averred that Grant Street Consultants founder Neil Clark, former Ohio Republican Party chair and consultant Matthew Borges, Oxley Group co-founder Juan Cespedes, and Householder adviser Jeffrey Longstreth have also been arrested in the same case.