How the General Assembly Elects a Speaker of the House

John Husted(Photo: WOSU)

John A. Husted – 99th Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives – answers the question: How does the General Assembly of Ohio elect a Speaker of the House?

The House of Representatives elects the Speaker of the House on the first day of every new session. Each party nominates a candidate. There is usually some degree of consensus within each party’s leadership as to who the favored candidate will be. Whoever receives a simple majority of the votes is elected.