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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11.06.17 - Rep. Kennedy Kent Issues Statement On Texas Mass Shooting

 

State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) today released a statement following yet another mass shooting in the United States, which saw some 26 people killed and dozens more wounded at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

 
 

11.02.17 - Kennedy Kent Issues Statement On Unanimous House Passage Of Her Bill To Protect Ohio Children

 

State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) today released a statement after her bill, House Bill (HB) 137, passed the Ohio House. HB 137 would join Ohio with every other state to mandate law enforcement officials to report child abuse and neglect.

“As lawmakers, our duty is to pass laws that put the health, safety and well-being of Ohioans first—and that begins with our children. I was shocked and saddened to learn that Ohio was the only remaining state not to have law enforcement listed as mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. Now, thanks to the tremendous support from my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, we are one step closer to adding another critical layer of protection for the most vulnerable in our society. I urge the Senate to move quickly and pass this common-sense legislation.”

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

 
 

10.24.17 - Reps. Fedor, Kennedy Kent Introduce Ohio Health Security Act

 

State Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) today introduced the Ohio Health Security Act, a bill to establish a single-payer health care plan in Ohio to universally cover medical, dental and vision services. Payments to health care providers for all eligible benefits will be made from a single public fund, called the Ohio Health Care Fund.

 
 

10.16.17 - Rep. Kent Statement On Deadly Bombing In Somalia

 

State Rep. Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) today released the following statement in the aftermath of bombings in Somalia where some 300 people have been reported dead and many more injured: 

 
 
 
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 : Eligible to run for another term