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Speaker's Staff

Responsibilities of the Speaker of the House

   The Speaker of the House of Representatives serves as the presiding officer of this legislative body. He or she is elected by fellow Members of the House to serve as their leader at the beginning of each two year term. The Speaker has traditionally been a member of the Majority Party. He or she is third in line in the gubernatorial succession line.

   After the Speaker is elected, he or she, along with an advising committee, is responsible for appointing Committee Chairs and assigning Members of the House to their respective committees that they will serve in during their term. When the House is in session, the Speaker is in charge of upholding the rules of the House, calling bills up for discussion and/or a vote, recognizing Members who wish to speak on a bill either from the House Well or to ask a question from their seat, and bring order to the House.

   Like other members of the House, the Speaker is also elected by the citizens of his district to represent their interest during the annual forty day legislative session. The Speaker, however, does not vote on bills unless his vote is needed to break a tie in order for a bill to receive the constitutional vote required for passage.

   As the head of the House, he also oversees non-legislative matters pertaining to the House, such as staff and legislative offices.