Coup and Joins Team Householder
When I was elected to the Ohio House in 2012 and took office in 2013, Bill Batchelder was Speaker. After he term limited out, Cliff Rosenberger became Speaker. I had supported a more conservative candidate but eventually developed a good working relationship with him. Ryan Smith, who was part of Team Rosenberger, became Speaker after Rosenberger’s resignation. Again, I supported a more conservative candidate but had a good working relationship with Speaker Smith.
By "luck of the draw," Larry Householder and I sat next to each other in the House chamber for the full two years of the 132nd General Assembly. (We're currently in the 133rd.) I wouldn't describe our relationship as "love at first sight." As a prior Speaker, he had a track record. Some of it was concerning but most of it was good. As we became acquainted with each other over those past two years, he eventually won me over.
My decision to join Team Householder wasn't about personalities and I certainly wasn't anti-Team Smith. I've always believed Ryan Smith to be a good and honorable man and I still do. For me, it was a matter of moving the House in a different direction and with more conservative leadership. I'm very pleased with what I've seen so far.
Hey Becker, everybody knows that you are "Mr. Right to Work in Ohio." How do you square that with your support of Householder?
Well, that is one of the reasons that our relationship wasn't "love at first sight." He and I discussed that issue multiple times. It came down to a number of considerations:
1. I appreciated his openness and honesty explaining his position on the topic.
2. He listened to and respected my position as well.
3. The alternative, Ryan Smith, also had strong union support and never attempted to advance Right to Work, Prevailing Wage reform, or anything else related to the topic.
4. During one of the debates, Governor DeWine boldly stated that he would veto any Right to Work legislation. (Governor Kasich never went that far.)
5. Due to the Janus decision, we now have nationwide public sector Right to Work.
6. I'm in my fourth term and it's time to "pass the torch" to anybody else who wants to take on the issue.
7. I'm concentrating my efforts on winnable issues such as eliminating the Ohio Marriage Penalty, Pro-Life legislation, and restoring Second Amendment rights and public safety.
There seems to be
a new era of bipartisanship in the Ohio House. What's up with that?
It's not uncommon in my circles that I hear the Democrats referred to as the enemy. I somewhat cringe when I hear that. Democrats are not the enemy. They are the opposition. We are all Americans but hold a number of incompatible world views.
I've always been a believer that there are a number of policy issues that Republicans and Democrats will never agree on. However, there is common ground on a number of areas that we can agree on. And on those issues, we should take the opportunity to work together.
Okay Becker, that's all fine and good, but how does the bipartisanship tie into the Householder coup?
It was an interesting dynamic that exactly 26 Republicans teamed up with 26 Democrats to pull off the coup. It's not like we all sat together in a room and plotted. It was Larry Householder who worked his magic behind the scenes. I didn't have any conversations with any of the Democrats.
The 26 Republicans had various motives for supporting Householder. The Caveman Caucus (Freedom Caucus at the federal level) was evenly split between Householder and Smith. As for the 26 Democrats, they saw an opportunity to get a "seat at the table." Historically, the minority party in Ohio has no influence over much of anything. Hence, we now have an era of bipartisanship for us to work together where we can. I support that.
Tell us, Becker: Based on your experiences with Speaker Householder over the past two months, what is your take on his management skills?
The man is brilliant! I'm very impressed. He masterfully pulled off the impossible by bringing together 26 Republicans and 26 Democrats to become Speaker. His leadership team picks, committee structure, and chairman picks were not random. He has a purpose and a plan behind everything. Most recently, he engineered a super majority bipartisan vote to pass HB 86 with an emergency clause. It is the correction bill for the drafting error in HB 228.
If you ever want to sit down with Speaker Householder to play a game of chess; plan on losing.
Controversial Pay Raise to Community Organizations
January 2019 - The Cincinnati Nature Center received my personal check for $154.69.
February 2019 - Ohio Concerns of Police Survivors (Ohio C.O.P.S.) got my on-line donation for $154.69.
March 2019 - I'll recalculate a new amount to account for my chairmanship increase.
Becker Bills in the Ohio House of Representatives
Janus v. AFSCME: Union Fees & the First Amendment (4 minutes)
Colonel Adam Miller on the House floor calls me out as Chairman of the Federalism Committee. The first minute is AWESOME! (3 minutes)
First Friday event at McCormick & Schmick's at noon.
Union Township GOP social at the Eastgate Grammas Pizza at 7 PM.
State of the State Address in the Ohio House chamber at noon.
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Scioto County GOP in New Boston.
Brown County Lincoln Day Dinner.
Scioto County Lincoln Day Dinner.
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