Rep. Kent pictured with family after being sworn in the 132nd General Assembly
Rep. Kent pictured with family after being sworn in the 132nd General Assembly
 Rep. Kent addresses an audience during the 2017 OLBC Day of Action
Rep. Kent addresses an audience during the 2017 OLBC Day of Action
 Rep. Kent responds to community advocates at the 2017 Day of Action
Rep. Kent responds to community advocates at the 2017 Day of Action
 

Rep. Kent was born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana, a steel mill union city. Her parents, like many African Americans of the time, migrated from the South for better opportunities in the North. Her father could not read or write. Her mother went to the third grade, and yet, they bought a home and raised five children. All children graduated from high school and two went on to graduate from Central State University. Rep. Kent’s husband, whose own father was a Tuskegee Airman, served his country as a Green Beret in Vietnam. 

Hers is the living story of the American Dream. First her parents...

 
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05.25.17 - Rep. Kennedy Kent: Seventh Annual Women's Lobby Day Empowers Women To Engage State Lawmakers

 

State Rep. and Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo), State Rep. and Vice Chair Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) and members of the House Democratic Women’s Caucus today gathered with about 200 women representing nearly 30 counties from across the state to discuss and lobby for policy solutions to challenges Ohio women and families face. 

“We must highlight the importance of bringing more women to the table. When more of us get involved in our communities and help other women find their voices to advocate for what they believe in, we will not only create stronger neighborhoods, but we will help today’s children grow into tomorrow’s leaders,” said Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus). “I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reduce Ohio’s increased violence and poverty rates to ensure women receive equal justice, equal social status and equal economic benefits.”

 
 

05.23.17 - Rep. Kennedy Kent Announces ODE Summer Food Service Program For Ohio's Youth

 

State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) recently announced the Ohio Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program is underway to ensure children age eighteen and under receive free nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session.

Additionally, young adults ages nineteen through twenty-one that are currently enrolled in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) are also eligible to use the Summer Food Services Program. The program is free and there is no sign up required. 

 
 

02.10.17 - Rep. Kennedy Kent To Serve On Ohio House Legislative Panels

 

Last month, I was honored to be appointed to the following Ohio House Committees during the 132nd General Assembly:

  • Community and Family Advancement
  • Criminal Justice
  • Health
  • Government Accountability and Oversight

I look forward to working with my colleagues to aid our communities and families in accelerating their opportunities and advancing their education and careers. 

 

 
 

01.30.17 - Bernadine Kennedy Kent Issues Statement On Trump's "Muslim Ban"

 

State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) today issued a response to President Trump’s executive order banning inbound travel from certain Muslim-majority nations:  

“President Trump’s ban makes us all less safe by falsely portraying what we stand for as Americans. This anti-American act by design will nurture fear of differing ethnicities and religions here at home instead of seeking out terror where it exists abroad. 

 
 
 
Representative Bernadine Kennedy Kent
District 25
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-5343
Fax      (614) 719-3581
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Hometown : Columbus
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Expires December 2018 / Eligible to run for another term