Minority leader to step down in GOP-controlled Ohio House

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The head of Democratic lawmakers in the Republican-controlled Ohio House says he's stepping down as minority leader.

State Rep. Fred Strahorn, of Dayton, has served as the top Democrat in the House for the past four years. His announcement follows the election earlier this week of GOP Rep. Larry Householder as house speaker.

Strahorn had backed Householder's GOP opponent for the speakership, GOP Rep. Ryan Smith, of Gallia County.

Strahorn didn't address Householder's election in his Friday announcement. But he did mention Smith, thanking him for "his inclusiveness, leadership and shared commitment to making our state better."

Householder was elected House speaker Monday for the second time in his career. The Republican from Perry County received 52 votes to edge out Smith. A 50-vote majority was needed for election.