Cliff Rosenberger

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Cliff Rosenberger
Cliff Rosenberger (City Club of Cleveland).jpg
102nd Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Preceded by William Batchelder
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 91st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by David Daniels
Personal details
Born (1981-04-23) April 23, 1981 (age 36)
Wilmington, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Wright State University

Cliff Rosenberger (born April 23, 1981) is a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving the 91st District since 2011. He is the current Speaker of the House. Rosenberger represents a large, southern Ohio district that includes Wilmington, Hillsboro and Waverly. He is a Republican.

Life and career[edit]

Following high school, Rosenberger enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served with the Air National Guard. During his service, he also worked in the White House. In his civilian work, he has been a political events coordinator for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, as well as a special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.[1]

Rosenberger resides in Clarksville, Ohio.

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

In 2010, Representative David T. Daniels was term limited and unable to run for another term in the Ohio House of Representatives. Rosenberger opted to replace him, and was elected in the 2010 general election with 59.46% of the vote.[2]

Rosenberger was sworn into his first term on January 3, 2011. Prior to being selected Speaker, he served on the committees of Economic and Small Business Development; Finance and Appropriations and its Higher Education Subcommittee (as Chair); Public Utilities; and Veterans Affairs. In 2012, Rosenberger was elected to a second term with 61.76% of the vote over Democrat Peter Pence.

As a member of the Ohio Controlling Board, Rosenberger opposed an item that would fund Medicaid expansion in the state. He was replaced on the board for the item to pass through, at the direction of Governor John Kasich.[3] He has also been critical of President Barack Obama's plan to offer free tuition for community college students for two years.[4]

Rosenberger was unopposed for a third term in 2014. For the 131st Ohio General Assembly, Rosenberger has been named Speaker of the House. He is believed to be the youngest person to ever hold that role.[5] Rosenberger will preside over the largest Republican majority in nearly fifty years. In his inaugural address, he stated that government should stay out of people’s lives, adding “We are not the creator of jobs, but only the means to help foster them.[6]


  1. ^ "From Wright State to House Speaker". Dayton Daily News. Dayton, Ohio. 2014-11-25. Retrieved 2014-11-26. 
  2. ^ Secretary of State, Ohio House of Representatives elections results
  3. ^ "Medicaid, taxes to dominate 2015 in Ohio". Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum. Bucyrus, Ohio. 2015-01-11. Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  4. ^ "Ohio House speaker criticizes Obama's plan for free community college". Cincinnati Business Courier. Cincinnati. 2015-01-11. Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  5. ^ "From Wright State to House Speaker". Dayton Daily News. Dayton, Ohio. 2014-11-25. Retrieved 2014-11-26. 
  6. ^ "Ohio General Assembly faces big questions". Columbus Dispatch. Columbus. 2015-01-11. Retrieved 2015-01-11.