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Ohio House, Senate hold opening day ceremonies

Opening day for the new Ohio General Assembly Monday played out more like a ceremony than a typical House and Senate session. All the members --new and returning—were sworn-in.

The House held the official vote for its leadership teams which included new House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger—a Republican from Clarksville in Clinton County.

Rosenberger said legislatures in the past have worked on workforce development and creating employment for Ohioans—now he’d like to focus on what he calls “mobility.:

“To move themselves up and off poverty—to move themselves into good paying jobs and also to move themselves into an educational system that works for them,” Rosenberger said.

Fred Strahorn of Dayton was elected as leader of the House Democratic caucus, while the Ohio Senate voted to keep Republican Keith Faber as Senate President and Democrat Joe Schiavoni as Minority Leader.