Rep. Kent speaking on the House floor during session
Rep. Kent speaking on the House floor during session
 Rep. Kent on a panel answering question about nurse shortage during the 2018 Nurses Day at the Statehouse
Rep. Kent on a panel answering question about nurse shortage during the 2018 Nurses Day at the Statehouse
 2018 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Officers and Members
2018 Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Officers and Members
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 addresses an audience during the 2017 OLBC Day of Action
Rep. Kent addresses an audience during the 2017 OLBC Day of Action
 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 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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Representative Kent Serves In the Following Committees :

FederalismState and Local Government
 
 
 
 

12.20.18 - Representative Kennedy Kent Announces New Protections For Ohio's Children

 

“I am excited to have had Governor Kasich sign the bill that I, and others, have put so much into getting passed for the protection of our children. My motivation for introducing this bill was, in part, because of my own experience advocating on behalf of a Columbus family with five very young children between the ages of 8 months and 8 years of age. Police were frequently called to the children's home in response to domestic violence incidents. However, although officers probably had reasonable cause to suspect the children may be suffering or facing a threat of suffering abuse and/or neglect, they were not mandated to contact child protective services.

 
 

03.26.18 - Kennedy Kent Documents CPD Chief Alleged Wrongdoing, Calls On City Officials To Hold Jacobs Accountable

 

After a disturbing pattern of apparent retaliation, neglect and discrimination at the highest level of power within the Columbus Police Department (CPD), State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) is calling on Mayor Andrew Ginther and City Council members to hold Police Chief Kim Jacobs accountable for her blatant insubordination and dereliction of duty.

 
 

03.22.18 - Capital Investments Key To Growing Central Ohio Economy, Says Rep. Kennedy Kent

 

State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) today reported the passage of House Bill (HB) 529, the state’s $2.6 billion biennial capital budget. HB 529 includes $600 million for K-12 school buildings, $514 million for local infrastructure projects, $483 million for public colleges and universities, $234 million for public areas and $350 million for local infrastructure projects funded through the Public Works Commission. 

 
 

01.31.18 - Kennedy Kent, Fedor To Provide Testimony For Ohio Health Security Act

 

State Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) today provided sponsor testimony for House Bill (HB) 440, known as the Ohio Health Security Act, to establish a single-payer health care plan in Ohio. Medical, dental, mental health and vision services will be covered under the bill and payments to health care providers for all eligible services will be made from a single fund called the Ohio Health Care Fund. 

“Patients are dying because they can’t afford America’s costly health care. No one should have to worry about a necessary medical procedure bankrupting them,” said Kennedy Kent. “The Ohio Health Security Act will ensure all Ohioans are covered, and covered equally. The bottom line is the majority of our constituents want this type of plan to move forward.”

 
 
 
 

Bills Primary Sponsor

HB 28     

Bills Cosponsor

Resolutions Primary Sponsor

HR 45HR 92    

Resolutions Cosponsor

HCR 6     
 
 
 
 
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
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