State of the State will be in Columbus at the Statehouse, according to DeWine

Republican Mike DeWine is an old-school traditionalist who plans to bring the annual State-of-State Address to the Ohio Statehouse in 2022.

DeWine failed to deliver the speech in person at the Ohio General Assembly for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although DeWine did not deliver the speech, he was up against the Ohioans – online or on television – more than any Ohio governor in history.

Over a 15-month period, he held more than 165 press conferences that drew hundreds of thousands of viewers – far more than the number that typically listens to a State of State speech.

“I don’t think there is a governor who has more televised addresses to the people of Ohio than Mike DeWine,” said DeWine press secretary Dan Tierney.

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The first and only State of DeWine State Address took place on March 5, 2019, with then-Speaker Larry Householder welcoming the Governor to the Chamber. Householder won’t be there next time: he was kicked out of his legislative seat in June after pleading not guilty to a public corruption case.

Republican John Kasich’s first address in 2011 was met with loud protests from officials who opposed his plan to remove collective bargaining rights. After that, Kasich took his state-of-the-state speeches on the road, hosting elaborate events in Steubenville, Lima, Medina, Wilmington, Marietta, and Sandusky. He gave his last speech in his hometown of Westerville.

“We intend to bring the tradition of the State from the State to Columbus – to the Statehouse,” Tierney said.

No date has yet been set with Parliament.

Laura Bischoff is a reporter for the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau, which serves Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, Akron Beacon Journal, and 18 other affiliated news organizations across Ohio.

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