Pictured are Highland County commissioners Jeff Duncan, Shane Wilkin and Terry Britton, and clerk Mary Remsing. (HCP photo by Rory Ryan.)
Pictured are Highland County commissioners Jeff Duncan, Shane Wilkin and Terry Britton, and clerk Mary Remsing. (HCP photo by Rory Ryan.)
After prior reports to the contrary, Shane Wilkin remains a Highland County commissioner.

Wilkin, who defeated Beth Ellis in the May 8 Republican primary election, was expected to be sworn in as the 91st House District representative this week, filling the remainder of former State Rep. Cliff Rosenberger's term. Rosenberger resigned as House speaker last month amid a reported FBI investigation.

However, speaking at the May 16 county commissioners' meeting, Wilkin said everything is on hold with the Ohio House of Representatives.

The Republican majority in the House met for hours on Tuesday, May 15, but left without making a decision on a new speaker. A House session scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 was canceled.

Wilkin said 50 votes are needed for someone to be named speaker.

"They basically told me 'We'll see you in January,'" Wilkin said this week.

According to reports, House Finance Committee Chair Ryan Smith was the top vote-getter, but fell short of the required 50 votes.

“We’re real close to the 50, but we are not there yet," House Speaker Pro Tem Kirk Schuring told WOSU Radio. "We are close enough that we can get there. I just need to sit down with others and figure out what that pathway might be."

According to WOSU, Schuring said he wasn't surprised by the impasse. He said Rosenberger's resignation midway through the year opened up uncharted territory, and he could not say when Republicans would reconvene.

Several bills were scheduled for a House vote on May 16, including payday lending reform.

For more information on the House of Representatives, go to: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/publications/rules-of-the-house.