COLUMBUS (WCMH) -- Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger has resigned immediately, according to his office.
Rosenberger originally said he would step down May 1 amid talk of an FBI investigation into his activities.
Rosenberger, 36, a term-limited Republican from Clarksville, said that while he believes all of his actions as speaker have been "ethical and lawful," he understands the inquiry could take some time to resolve.
Rep. Kirk Schuring will now preside as Ohio's Speaker of the House.
Brad Miller, Rosenberger's press secretary/communications director, released the following statement:
Rep. Schuring’s top priority is to ensure a smooth transition and to finish off the first half of the session calendar with a focus on passing important, meaningful legislation to help the people of Ohio.
That process began with Rep. Schuring presiding over yesterday’s busy voting session.
After now having time to fully assess the responsibilities of the office of Speaker, address the operational aspects of the Ohio House, and resolve questions regarding who has the appropriate decision-making authority, Rep. Schuring felt it was in the best interest of the institution that Cliff Rosenberger resign effective immediately
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