It was announced Wednesday night that Rep. Armond Budish (D-Beachwood), current Speaker of the House, has been elected to lead House Democrats in the new session.

Mr. Budish will serve as minority leader, while Rep. Matthew Szollosi (D-Toledo) will serve as assistant minority leader. Rep. Tracy Heard (D-Columbus) will be minority whip, and Rep. Debbie Phillips (D-Athens) will be assistant minority whip.