Ohio House speaker backs Gov. Kasich’s presidential bid

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The leader of the Ohio House is throwing his support behind fellow Republican Gov. John Kasich for president.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger is the latest high-profile Republican in Ohio to endorse the state’s governor. Most of the GOP statewide officeholders already have announced their support for Kasich’s White House bid.

Last week, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman endorsed the governor and so did the state’s Republican Party.

Rosenberger previously worked in the administration of President George W. Bush, whose brother Jeb is among Kasich’s rivals seeking the Republican nomination.

Rosenberger, of Clarksville, says in a statement that Kasich has demonstrated he will never back down from a challenge and is not intimidated by the call to lead.

Kasich’s campaign says Rosenberger will serve as an Ohio co-chair of the campaign.

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