But in April 2018, Rosenberger acknowledged to the Dayton Daily News that he had hired a criminal defense lawyer to handle an FBI inquiry.
Days later, Rosenberger resigned and a fight broke out over who would serve as speaker for the remainder of 2018.
After weeks of delays and then 11 rounds of voting, Smith won the job in the short-term. In January, however, Householder built a coalition of Republican and Democratic lawmakers to back him for speaker.
Smith’s resignation is effective Oct. 3.