Who is Larry Householder, arrested Speaker of the House in Ohio?

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Larry Householder is Ohio’s Speaker of the House, and was first elected to the state house in 1997. He was named Speaker of the House  in 2001 until term limits meant he could not run for re-election in 2004.

He returned to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2016, winning his original seat, though some of the boundaries had changed.

Householder is a Republican who represents all or parts of Perry, Coshocton and Licking Counties in central Ohio.

He is an alumnus of Ohio University.

Householder and his wife, Taundra, live on a farm on Perry County, where they raised 5 children, all boys.  They recently became grandparents.

Householder had previously been investigated by federal investigators in 2004, but that investigation was closed without any charges being filed.

Householder is 61 years old.

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