Ohio State House Speaker Rep. Cliff Rosenberger, Clinton County Republican, to resign May 1 amid investigation of wrongdoing

April 12, 2018: Ohio State House of Representatives Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Clinton County Republican, announced on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, that he plans to resign from office on May 1, 2018, as Rosenberger is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding his lavish lifestyle. The FBI's interest in Rosenberger, 36, of Clarksville, ranges from his worldwide travel to his use of a donor's luxury condo, several people briefed on the investigation told The Cincinnati Enquirer. An Enquirer review on Monday, April 9, 2018, detailed his travel, ranging from Europe to Israel to Los Angeles to Boston. Often, his trips were paid for with other people's money, instead of out of his $100,798 salary. Rosenberger, a Clinton County native, often socialized with lobbyists on the trips. News of the FBI investigation broke Friday night, April 6, 2018. After the Enquirer's review of his travel and an Enquirer report on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, that detailed the scope of the FBI's investigation, Rosenberger told House Republicans that he would resign from office. Ohio State House Rep. and Speaker Pro Tempore Kirk Schuring Canton Republican, has been appointed as the Acting Speaker to succeed Rosenberger until the House appoints a new Speaker, likely shortly after Rosenberger officially resigns. That person would hold the position until the end of 2018. Rosenberger has been the Ohio State House Speaker since 2015. Rosenberger has said that all of his actions as the Speaker have been “ethical and lawful.” Rosenberger, 36, is the first Asian-American to become Ohio House Speaker, and he's believed to be the youngest ever to hold the job. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Rosenberger was previously a Political Coordinator during the administration of former President George W. Bush.

Attribution: The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Dayton Daily News

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