What about ?Cliff Rosenberger, the speaker?

Dave Ghose
Cliff Rosenberger

If you hold a top position in the General Assembly, your name should appear all over our survey: "most effective," "savviest" or "hardest-working" for instance. You should at least make a big impression, even if it's a negative one (see "All the President's Enemies," page 46). So what gives with Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberger? Why did the Clarksville Republican rise to the top in just one minor category, Best User of Social Media? The last two times Columbus Monthly produced "Rating the Legislators," respondents declared then speakers Jon Husted (2007) and Larry Householder (2003) as the best in the Statehouse.

Rosenberger, 35, is nice and well-liked. Since becoming speaker in 2015, he's ruled through consensus. A Republican lobbyist praises Rosenberger for effectively "traffic-copping" an increasingly unmanageable caucus. The lobbyist also gives Rosenberger props for empowering committee chairmen, allowing folks such as Rep. Ryan Smith to shine (see "The Diplomat and the Street Fighter," page 44). "As a young guy, I think he's developed into a really strong speaker," the lobbyist says.

Not everyone agrees. Another lobbyist says Rosenberger got off to a good start but lately has become "all about self-promotion"-too many photos with dignitaries, too many bill-signing ceremonies. "He's kind of a caricature of the office at times," says a longtime Republican operative. And his job isn't getting easier. Next year, Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and Sen. Bill Seitz will return to the House (both are term-limited out of the Senate). Those two influential lawmakers and their considerable egos will be joined by former Speaker Larry Householder, who seems intent on returning to power. An unruly caucus is about to get even more unpredictable for a traffic cop and consensus-builder like Rosenberger.