Rep. Cera offers Sponsor Testimony during Committee
Rep. Cera offers Sponsor Testimony during Committee
 Rep. Cera speaks on the House Floor
Rep. Cera speaks on the House Floor
 Rep. Cera (second from right) joins fellow members of the 131st General Assembly to take the oath of office
Rep. Cera (second from right) joins fellow members of the 131st General Assembly to take the oath of office
House Session
House Session
 House Session
House Session
 Rep. Cera signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
Rep. Cera signs the discharge petition in an effort to put Medicaid expansion on the House floor for a vote
House Session
House Session
 Reps. Szollosi, Mallory, Cera and Barborak
Reps. Szollosi, Mallory, Cera and Barborak
 House Session
House Session
 

State Representative Jack Cera, a native of Bellaire, Ohio (Belmont County) first served in the Ohio General Assembly from 1983-1996.  At that time, he represented Ohio House District 99, which encompassed Belmont, Monroe, Noble, and the northern part of Washington Counties.  He returned to the legislature in 2011 when he was appointed to serve as the State Representative of then House District 95.  With redistricting taking effect in 2012, he now represents Ohio House District 96, which includes all of Jefferson County, all of Monroe County, and portions of Belmont County.

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09.16.16 - Cera: Don't Be Discouraged By New State Grade Cards For Local Schools

 

State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today encouraged local education leaders and parents to avoid reading too much into new state report cards for local school districts. School districts across the state Thursday received report cards under a new testing system.

“Schools once again are forced to adjust to the ever-changing education policies that come out of Columbus,” said Cera. “Just as teachers, administrators, students and parents figure out the last round of standards, Columbus is putting a new system in place, and it is frustrating to say the least. But, we cannot be discouraged by a new state website with flawed letter grades. In many classrooms throughout our community, we know our kids and teachers are making progress, much of which can’t be measured by bureaucrats in Columbus or a test vendor in Washington.”

Over the past three years, the state has changed testing vendors and methods three times, leaving local districts with a constantly changing evaluation system for student achievement.

 

 
 

08.25.16 - Cera Issues Statement On First Meeting Of State Unemployment Compensation Review Panel

 

Following today’s first meeting of the state’s bicameral, bipartisan legislative panel tasked with fixing the insolvency of Ohio’s unemployment compensation system, one of two Democratic members of the eight-member panel, state Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) issued the following statement:

“I am hopeful today’s meeting marks the beginning of a thoughtful and balanced approach to shoring up our state’s ability to meet the needs of jobless Ohioans. I believe it is clear to many lawmakers, businesses and working people that the most recent one-sided partisan proposal, House Bill 394, is wrong for our state because it focused on extreme cuts to the lifeline we extend to vulnerable citizens and families in times of need. I look forward to working across the aisle to come to a fair solution that prioritizes the financial stability of Ohio’s economy and families.”

 
 

07.28.16 - Rep. Cera Encourages Ohio Families To Take Advantage Of Tax-free Shopping Next Weekend

 

State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today announced Ohio’s second-ever sales tax-free holiday scheduled for next weekend, August 5-7. The tax-free holiday runs Friday through Sunday and covers many back-to-school items, including clothing, school supplies and instructional materials.

“The recent tax shifts under Gov. Kasich may drive shoppers in border areas to purchase back-to-school items in a neighboring state,” said Cera, who co-sponsored the bill to create this year’s sale tax holiday. “The sales-tax holiday is an opportunity for Ohio parents and teachers to shop at local businesses and save money on important purchases before the start of the new school year.”    

 
 

07.25.16 - Cera Objects To Husted's No-bid, Half-million Dollar Contract For GOP Media Firm

 

Controlling board member state Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today objected to the state spending oversight panel’s approval of a $549,411 no-bid contract request from Ohio Secretary of State John Husted for Columbus-based Pierce Communications, Inc.’s work on an September 2016 “voter education effort.”

Pierce, a predominately GOP campaign-consulting firm, will use the funding for production costs and media-buys on television and radio for an undisclosed “voter education effort” leading up to the 2016 general election. The state contract with Pierce also maintains a strict confidentiality clause, prohibiting the company from releasing information about the public campaign without prior consent of the Ohio Secretary of State. 

 
 
 
Representative Jack Cera
District 96
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-3735
Fax      (614) 719-6995
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Leadership Position : Assistant Minority Whip
Hometown : Bellaire
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Expires December 2016 / Eligible to run for another term