Last night, the 135th General Assembly of the Ohio House voted for State Representative Derek Merrin to be the next Speaker. View his biography here: Derek Merrin Biography
Representative Merrin received 36 votes, while Representative Stephens came in second with 31 votes.
Some additional information about Representative Merrin:
- During his recent re-elect, he focused his campaign on making our neighborhoods safe, supporting schools, and fighting inflation.
- Governor DeWine recently signed a bill of Representative Merrin’s into law around ballot language. transparency. Rep. Merrin has worked on this bill nearly the entire time he has been in the legislature. More on this can be found here: Merrin’s Ballot Language Transparency Bill Signed into Law
- He is one of the more conservative members in the House.
- His most recent statement on being elected speaker, as well as more information about the vote, can be found here: Derek Merrin set to become next speaker
Merrin is also a realtor, so he understands our business firsthand. With our lobbyist, Adam Hewit, we have a solid relationship with Speaker-elect Merrin.
Representative Merrin has chosen Representative Phil Plummer to be speaker pro-tempore. Representative Plummer’s biography can be found here: Phil Plummer Biography
Additional leadership members will include Representatives Wiggam, Manchester, Baldridge and Stewart.