- By Laura A. Bischoff Columbus Bureau
Federal authorities are trying to build a public corruption case against former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger and three payday lending industry representatives, according to a search warrant and subpoena obtained exclusively by this newspaper.
Here’s a look the life and career of Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and how this case developed:
April 23, 1981: Born to mother Son Ye and father Michael Rosenberger
Jan. 2, 2011: Begins first term in the Ohio House.
2012: Earns Wright State University bachelor’s degree.
March 2014: Begins renting a $660,000 luxury condo in downtown Columbus owned by GOP donor Ginni Ragan.
January 2015: Becomes Ohio House speaker.
January 2016: Orders an ethics inquiry into whether Wright State crossed legal boundaries when seeking state money.
March 25-April 1, 2016: Travels to China with his aide, Ben Webb, on a conference trip attended by a payday lending industry lobbyist.
April 2016: Northbank 503 LLC, controlled by Ragan, gives a $209,354 mortgage to former Rosenberger aide Hunter Wright for a condo in downtown Columbus.
April 29, 2017: Serves as commencement speaker at Wright State University.
Aug. 28-31, 2017: Travels to London for a GOPAC trip, attended by payday lending interests and other corporate leaders.
Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017: Travels to Normandy, France for a National Conference of State Legislatures leadership conference that was funded in part by payday lending interests.
April 6, 2018: Discloses to this newspaper that he hired a criminal defense attorney to deal with an FBI inquiry.
April 9, 2018: The Ohio House receives a federal subpoena for Rosenberger’s travel records.
April 10, 2018: Resigns as speaker and makes it effective April 12.
May 11, 2018: Removes personal items from his state offices.
May 15, 2018: Discloses he received more than $43,000 in free travel in 2017.
May 22, 2018: The Ohio House receives a federal search and seizure warrant.
May 23, 2018: FBI agents raid Rosenberger’s house and storage unit. The House turns over documents responding to the warrant.