Rep. Phil Plummer planning to run for Ohio House Speaker

COLUMBUS — Ohio Rep. Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) announced he is running for Ohio House Speaker as a reform candidate with a mission to clean-up problems created by the statehouse corruption scandal involving former representative Larry Householder.

“You would have to admit there was some funny business going on. Some people have pled guilty of this corruption. Businesses and organizations have pled guilty, so it happened. Now, we fix it,” Plummer told News Center 7′s Jim Otte. “I led the charge to get Speaker Larry Householder out of the speaker’s seat.”

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The House Speaker position is one of the most powerful jobs at the statehouse and it’s chosen by fellow members of the majority caucus.

Plummer said he’s anxious to make changes and prevent unethical behavior from happening again if he is selected for the job.

Plummer will launch his campaign for House Speaker this week and the election is more than a year away. The House Speaker is traditionally selected after the next election, which takes place in November 2022.

The last House Speaker from the Miami Valley was Jon Husted, who went on to become Ohio Secretary of State before being elected Lt. Governor.