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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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. 


01.06.17 - Bernadine Kennedy Kent Sworn In As State Representative


Bernadine Kennedy Kent (D-Columbus) was officially sworn in to the Ohio House of Representatives earlier this week as state representative for the 25th House District. Kennedy Kent, elected to her first House term in November, will serve the citizens in parts of northeast Columbus. 

“I am looking forward to advocating at the Statehouse for policies that will strengthen Ohio’s public education system and help prepare our young people and communities to not only succeed, but excel,” said Kennedy Kent. 


Bills Primary Sponsor

HB 137     

Bills Cosponsor

Resolutions Primary Sponsor

HR 41     

Resolutions Cosponsor

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