The House has been in the throes of a bitter internal battle over who will serve as speaker starting in 2019. Smith, a close ally of Rosenberger, has been running against former speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, a skilled politician who returned to the House in January 2017.
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Householder and Smith each backed candidates in Republican primary races held May 8 with Householder’s picks winning almost a dozen open seats. That bolsters Householder’s chances of lining up enough support to win back the speaker’s gavel.
The Perry County Republican served as speaker from 2001 to 2004. He had plans to run statewide but was hounded by allegations of political corruption. Charges were never filed after a two-year federal investigation.