Democrats thankful for new leadership team, service of former Leader Armond Budish, Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Szollosi
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Tonight, the Ohio House Democratic Caucus selected a new leadership team to replace outgoing former House Speaker and Democratic Leader Armond Budish and Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Szollosi.
Members of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus put together a team for success, placing their trust behind Rep. Tracy Maxwell Heard of Columbus to serve as House Democratic Leader, Rep. Debbie Phillips of Athens to serve as Assistant Leader, Rep. Michael Ashford of Toledo to serve as Democratic Whip, and Rep. Dan Ramos of Lorain to serve as Assistant Whip.
In response to these leadership changes, Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:
“The Democratic Caucus put together an accomplished, hard-working team representing many different regions of Ohio that has the experience needed to be successful. I’m confident that this team will continue to hold Governor John Kasich and Ohio House Republicans accountable for their repeated overreaching attacks against working families, women’s health, voting rights, and the middle-class.
“There’s not a doubt in my mind that newly selected Ohio House Democratic Leader Tracy Maxwell Heard will wake up every day and fight to make sure that all Ohioans, not just the Governor’s friends, will be represented in Columbus. And thankfully, the inclusion of Representatives Debbie Phillips, Michael Ashford, and Dan Ramos on leadership guarantees that Ohioans can call upon strong, diverse voices from all across the state to stand up to the most radical Republican schemes, like so-called right to work legislation.
“Former House Speaker and Democratic Leader Armond Bush is to be commended for his tremendous leadership in the Ohio House. Accomplishing a historic feat, Minority Leader Budish marshaled Democrats’ 2008 gains that resulted in the first ever non-redistricting year power transition in the Ohio House of Representatives. Former Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Szollosi was also well known for his thoughtful, steady guidance to Democrats throughout the Statehouse. Armond and Matt’s sound wisdom in caucus will certainly be missed.”