Larry Householder

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Larry Householder
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 72nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Bill Hayes
In office
January 3, 1997 - December 31, 2004
Preceded by Mary Abel
Succeeded by Ron Hood
98th Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 2001 – December 31, 2004
Preceded by Jo Ann Davidson
Succeeded by Jon Husted
Personal details
Political party Republican
Residence Glenford, Ohio
Alma mater Ohio University (B.S.)

Larry Householder is the state representative for the 72nd District of the Ohio House of Representatives. He is a Republican. The district includes Coshocton and Perry counties, as well as about half of Licking County. Householder previously served the same district from 1997 to 2004, including as Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives from 2001 to 2004. Householder is widely expected to seek a return to the Speaker's chair in 2018 when current House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger is forced from the House due to term limits.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Householder was born and raised in Glenford, Ohio, where he worked on the family farm.[2] He then attended Ohio University, receiving a degree in political science.[3] He is married with five children.

Professionally, Householder ran a successful insurance agency and served as Perry County Commissioner before seeking higher office. In 1996, Householder ran for State Representative of Ohio’s 78th district, challenging incumbent democrat Mary Abel of Athens. [4]Householder defeated Abel with 55.03% of the vote. He would be elected three more times.[5]

In 1998, Householder was elected to serve as Assistant Majority Whip. [6]

In 2001, he was elected to serve as Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, the highest-post in the House.[7] He would serve as Speaker for two terms. During his tenure as Speaker, Householder led efforts for major legislative reform in Ohio, including introducing concealed carry, passing tort reform and defunding Planned Parenthood—making Ohio the first state to do so.[8] He was voted both “Most Effective Legislator” and “Hardest Working Legislator.” [9]

He would be term-limited in 2004. [10]Householder later served as a Perry County Auditor.[11]

Return to the Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

When incumbent state Representative Bill Hayes decided to run for Licking County Prosecutor in 2016, Householder decided to try and take his old seat back, renamed district 72 after redistricting.[12] Facing Coshocton councilmember Cliff N. Biggers, Coshocton being a county Householder never represented, Householder won the Republican nomination with almost 64% of the vote.

Householder defeated Democrat John Carlisle by a 72% to 28% margin to return to the House of Representatives for the first time in over twelve years.[13] A former Speaker, Householder will be a freshman legislator along with former President of the Ohio Senate Keith Faber.[14]


External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Hayes
Ohio House of Representatives, 72nd District