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May 1, 2019 at 11:26 am

Alumni News | Householder Honored at State Government Alumni Luncheon

(L to R) Celebrating the State Government Alumni Awards: Previous award winner and Ohio University alumnus Matt Evans, Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis, State Government Alumni Award Recipient Ohio House Speaker Rep. Larry Householder, State Rep.

(L to R) Celebrating the State Government Alumni Awards: Previous award winner and Ohio University alumnus Matt Evans, Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis, State Government Alumni Award Recipient Ohio House Speaker Rep. Larry Householder, State Rep.

More than 130 Ohio University alumni and friends gathered on April 10 at the Columbus Athletic Club for OHIO’s 36th Annual State Government Alumni Luncheon to recognize Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder ’82 for his outstanding contributions to public service with the 2019 Ohio University Outstanding State Government Alumni Award, says an Ohio University news release.

Householder earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the College of Arts & Sciences at OHIO.

The award recognizes significant professional achievement, outstanding public service in Ohio, and service contributions to the public affairs programs at Ohio University. It is presented annually at the alumni luncheon, which is hosted by OHIO President M. Duane Nellis on behalf of Ohio University’s George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and highlights alumni and friends of the University who are dedicated to Ohio public service.

Householder was first elected to the Ohio House in 1997, serving what was then the 78th District. Before leaving the Legislature in 2004 due to term limits, he was elected as speaker in 2001 and 2003 and named Best Legislator, Most Hard-Working Legislator, and Most Effective Legislator by Columbus Monthly Magazine. When Ohio’s legislative districts were redrawn in 2011, the 78th District became the 72nd District; Householder regained the seat in 2016 and was elected speaker in January 2019 after winning a second consecutive term.

Householder has worked to reform Ohio’s school funding formula, address addiction and mental health issues, improve workforce development, and address infrastructure needs. He will join past award winners on the Ohio University Leadership and Public Affairs Advisory Committee.

In his keynote address, Householder emphasized the importance of giving back to the state and the region and Ohio University’s impact.

“Ohio University means a lot to all of us, means a lot to the state of Ohio,” Householder said.

Read more at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

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