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Republican Warren Davidson has officially been sworn into Congress following Tuesday’s special election held to fill former House Speaker John Boehner’s seat. Davidson, a former Army Ranger and businessman, emerged from a crowded GOP candidate field after the high profile March primary.  WYSO’s April Laissle sat down with the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Butler County reporter Keith BieryGolick  to talk about how the race played out.

Davidson will be up for re-election this fall. He’ll again face Democratic rival Corey Foister.

Voters choosing a Republican candidate for the 8th congressional district will have to select their candidate twice on March 15.

Secretary of State Jon Husted says one vote on March 15 is for the Special Election to fill Speaker John Boehner’s unexpired term, and the second is the Republican primary for the full two-year term beginning in January 2017.

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — The western Ohio House seat held for nearly 25 years by former Speaker John Boehner has drawn a packed field of candidates, with many running as maverick outsiders.

Republican voters will choose from 15 candidates running in unusual dual March 15 primary races. People of varied backgrounds are taking hard lines on national security, immigration, and the Washington establishment.

They include two state legislators, business owners, military veterans, a history teacher, a grain elevator worker and a retiree.

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Gov. John Kasich has set the dates for the special primary and election to find Congressman John Boehner’s replacement.


According to a news release, Secretary of State Jon Husted directed boards of elections for the counties in the 8th Congressional District to begin preparing.


The special primary for the seat will be held March 15 of the next year. It’ll be held in conjunction with the 2016 Presidential Primary Election. The special general election will be June 7.


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WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — A state lawmaker has joined the growing field for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Speaker John Boehner.


Fourth-term state Rep. Tim Derickson of Hanover Township says he'll bring "common-sense policies based on conservative principles" to Congress.


Other Republicans in the race so far include Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds, state Sen. Bill Beagle of Tipp City, and Troy teacher J.D. Winteregg. No Democrats have joined the race yet.

Ohio Senate

State Sen. Bill Beagle says he’s interested in taking over John Boehner’s congressional seat when the Speaker of the House steps down next month.


Beagle represents Ohio’s 5th senate district and though no dates for a special primary election have been announced, he says he will enter the race to represent Boehner’s 8th congressional district. Those two districts have some overlap.


Sen. Beagle says he has the economic track record to help get the job done.


House Speaker John Boehner To Resign

Sep 25, 2015
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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican representing the Springfield area and areas west of Dayton, will resign his position at the end of October.

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House Speaker John Boehner will have two guests from Springfield in the House gallery Tuesday night for President Obama's State of the Union address.

Clark State President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin will be one of Boehner's guests. She expects the president to address the critical role a community college plays in today's higher education landscape.

Public documents obtained by Ohio voter advocates show a key representative of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner was central in drawing the state's disputed congressional map.

Records released today by the Ohio Campaign for Accountable Redistricting show Tom Whatman, executive director of Team Boehner, participated in the process with legislative leaders, mapmaking consultants and the National Republican Congressional Committee. The correspondence includes a pledge by GOP Senate President Tom Niehaus  to deliver "a map that Speaker Boehner fully supports."

WASHINGTON, DC - Tea partiers rallying in Washington say House Speaker John Boehner should stay in his job - for now. Gathered across the street from the Capitol on Wednesday, members of the populist movement said they want the Ohio Rep. to rebuff any deals that don't include steep spending cuts, even if the August 2nd deadline passes and the U.S. begins a first-ever default.