Leader Strahorn addresses the House during opening session of the 131st General Assembly
Leader Strahorn addresses the House during opening session of the 131st General Assembly
 Rep. Strahorn addresses members of the Beautillion Millitaire
Rep. Strahorn addresses members of the Beautillion Millitaire
 Rep. Strahorn speaks about the late House Minority Leader William Mallory as his sons look on
Rep. Strahorn speaks about the late House Minority Leader William Mallory as his sons look on
Rep. Strahorn w/ State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers
Rep. Strahorn w/ State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers
 From L to R: Reps. Winburn, Curtin, Strahorn
From L to R: Reps. Winburn, Curtin, Strahorn
 Rep. Strahorn talks with Rep. Driehaus on the House Floor
Rep. Strahorn talks with Rep. Driehaus on the House Floor
Rep. Strahorn (left) joins Rep. Reece and other lawmakers to speak out against HB 203, which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
Rep. Strahorn (left) joins Rep. Reece and other lawmakers to speak out against HB 203, which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
 Rep. Strahorn with Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward
Rep. Strahorn with Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward
 Rep. Strahorn presents a Resolution
Rep. Strahorn presents a Resolution
Rep. Strahorn presents a resolution to Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward
Rep. Strahorn presents a resolution to Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward
 Rep. Strahorn calls for an end to disenfranchising and dehumanizing voters
Rep. Strahorn calls for an end to disenfranchising and dehumanizing voters
 Rep. Strahorn Speaking on the State Budget
Rep. Strahorn Speaking on the State Budget
Rep. Strahorn signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
Rep. Strahorn signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
 Rep. Strahorn speaking at a Medicaid expansion press conference
Rep. Strahorn speaking at a Medicaid expansion press conference
 Rep. Strahorn presents sponsor testimony to the House Education Committee
Rep. Strahorn presents sponsor testimony to the House Education Committee
Rep. Strahorn addresses members of the Beautillion Millitaire
Rep. Strahorn addresses members of the Beautillion Millitaire
 Leaders Strahorn speaking at a news conference to push back against proposals to defund Planned Parenthood
Leaders Strahorn speaking at a news conference to push back against proposals to defund Planned Parenthood
 Leader Strahorn during opening ceremonies of the 131st General Assembly
Leader Strahorn during opening ceremonies of the 131st General Assembly
Reps. Strahorn and Derickson
Reps. Strahorn and Derickson
 Rep. Strahorn gives a speech during House Session
Rep. Strahorn gives a speech during House Session
 Rep. Strahorn presents a Resolution
Rep. Strahorn presents a Resolution
Rep. Strahorn discusses HB 5
Rep. Strahorn discusses HB 5
 Masonic Day at the Statehouse
Masonic Day at the Statehouse
 House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn with Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus, speaking at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn with Ohio House Democratic Women's Caucus, speaking at "Real Talk" public forum with Gloria Steinem
Rep. Strahorn attends the ReStore Grand Opening
Rep. Strahorn attends the ReStore Grand Opening
 Rep. Strahorn attends a Habitat for Humanity event
Rep. Strahorn attends a Habitat for Humanity event
 Reps. Strahorn and Winburn welcome a DLI fellow to the Statehouse
Reps. Strahorn and Winburn welcome a DLI fellow to the Statehouse
Rep. Strahorn presents a Resolution to Montgomery County Auditor of the Year Karl Keith
Rep. Strahorn presents a Resolution to Montgomery County Auditor of the Year Karl Keith
 Rep. Strahorn honors Montgomery County Auditor of the Year Karl Keith
Rep. Strahorn honors Montgomery County Auditor of the Year Karl Keith
 Rep. Strahorn speaks out against the Budget Bill that hurts thousands of middle class and working class Ohioans
Rep. Strahorn speaks out against the Budget Bill that hurts thousands of middle class and working class Ohioans
Reps. Strahorn and Winburn
Reps. Strahorn and Winburn
 Press Conference on the Contested Election of HD 98
Press Conference on the Contested Election of HD 98
 House Session
House Session
House Dems gather for a picture
House Dems gather for a picture
 Reps. Strahorn and Driehaus
Reps. Strahorn and Driehaus
 Rep. Strahorn at Blairwood Elementary
Rep. Strahorn at Blairwood Elementary
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
Ohio Legislative Black Caucus "Day of Action"
Rep. Strahorn attends the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus' "Day of Action"
Rep. Strahorn attends the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus' "Day of Action"
 Rep. Strahorn attends a Women's Rights event
Rep. Strahorn attends a Women's Rights event
 Reps. Celebrezze, Mallory, Strahorn and O'Brien
Reps. Celebrezze, Mallory, Strahorn and O'Brien
Reps. Strahorn and Winburn honor Montgomery County Auditor of the Year Karl Keith
Reps. Strahorn and Winburn honor Montgomery County Auditor of the Year Karl Keith
 Rep. Strahorn during House Session
Rep. Strahorn during House Session
 Press Conference on the Contested Election of HD 98
Press Conference on the Contested Election of HD 98
Rep. Strahorn speaks out against HB 203 which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
Rep. Strahorn speaks out against HB 203 which would bring "Stand Your Ground" to Ohio.
 Leader Strahorn sworn in as new Minority Leader in the 131st General Assembly
Leader Strahorn sworn in as new Minority Leader in the 131st General Assembly
 
 

House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn returned to the Ohio House in 2013, after serving as State Senator for the 5th district from 2009 to 2011 and Senior Political Advisor to the Ohio Democratic party from 2011 to 2013.

He previously served citizens of the greater Dayton area as state representative from 2001 to 2008, including two years as House Minority Whip, before term limits prevented him from seeking reelection.

 
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Minority Leader Fred Strahorn discusses the real State of Ohio with Democratic colleagues prior to the Governor's State of the State address

01.13.17 - Message From Minority Leader Strahorn: Celebrating MLK's Legacy, Today And Tomorrow

 

As Americans reflect today on the impact and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it’s important we remember one often understated piece of that historic legacy: the reverend’s resolute advocacy for economic justice.

Dr. King professed that economic opportunity is the foundation on which disenfranchised groups may achieve social and political empowerment. He understood that without a job or an income, a worker “has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness.”

 
 

12.27.16 - Strahorn Comments On Vetoes Of Energy Standards "goals," Government Shutdown Legislation

 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today expressed support for vetoes of several bills, including legislation to change the state’s energy efficiency standards to unenforceable “goals” through 2019. Critics say the bill, House Bill 554, would have harmed consumers and jeopardized thousands of manufacturing and development jobs in Ohio’s advanced energy industry. 

“In a state with a proud industrial history, we must embrace the growing advanced energy sector and the manufacturing-based jobs the industry can provide if we want to remain competitive in the 21st century,” said Strahorn. “Ohio’s bipartisan energy efficiency standards have already saved money for families across the state and created jobs for thousands of hardworking Ohioans. I believe extending the energy standards freeze under the guise of unenforceable “goals” would have set Ohio back, and I am pleased that the governor agrees.” 

 
 

12.21.16 - House Democratic Leader Reflects On 2016, Looks To Priorities And Challenges In New General Assembly

 

In what proved to be an unpredictable year for government and politics across the nation, Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) says his caucus found both challenges and successes in the Buckeye State. 

From helping to stop sweeping unemployment insurance cuts – at the beginning of 2016 and again at the end of legislative session in Dec. – to fighting back against GOP-led, eleventh-hour lawmaking that brought to the governor’s desk government shutdown legislation; sweeping intrusions on a woman’s sovereignty to make her own healthcare decisions; and a toppling of several self-government principles in Ohio, Democratic lawmakers have faced a busy, and at times contentious, legislative session in 2016. 

This year also saw members from both parties come together, something Strahorn believes was productive, to successfully take on issues like medical marijuana, charter-school reforms and infant mortality. That approach, the Leader says, was also helpful in tempering tax shifting proposals, attacks on working people and cuts to school funding. 

“It is easy for a party that controls every aspect of state government to get sidetracked with initiatives that are heavy on politics and light on good public policy, but by keeping communication open and standing up for fundamental American values when they are threatened, we have been effective in influencing legislation and having a credible voice in policy debates,” said Strahorn. 

 
 

12.13.16 - Strahorn Comments On Healthcare Access Decisions In Ohio

 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today applauded Gov. John Kasich’s veto of House Bill 493, legislation that would ban abortions in the state once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as five to six weeks. The House leader also commended today’s Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Decision against the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), effectively keeping the Women’s Med Center of Dayton open. 

“At a time when people feel uncertain about the future of their healthcare, Ohio should be doing everything it can to increase access to care, not limit it with roadblocks that have been found to be unconstitutional,” said Strahorn. “Despite today’s mostly positive news, too many women across our state still face barriers to care and politicians who want to intrude on healthcare decisions best left to women in consultation with their families, faith and physicians.” 

 
 
 
 

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Representative Fred Strahorn
District 39
77 S. High St
14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-1607
Fax      (614) 719-6967
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Leadership Position : Minority Leader
Hometown : Dayton
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Expires December 2016 / Eligible to run for another term