Strahorn, D-Dayton, withdrew his own name from the speaker’s race and voted for Smith.
Strahorn said he didn’t want to act as a spoiler for either Republican and he didn’t see any cause for removing Smith from the speaker’s seat.
In his written statement, Strahorn called Smith a man of principled integrity.
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Strahorn, 53, has represented the area in the Legislature for 16 of the past 18 years and he is the only Democrat in the Miami Valley delegation. He has been minority leader since 2014.
The minority leader post carries a modest amount of power: name members to committees, negotiate deals with the GOP-majority, and help fundraise and elect more Democrats.
Strahorn received 80 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary for his seat last year and was unopposed in the general election. His district covers most of the city of Dayton and Jefferson Twp.
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