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
 
 
 
 

05.10.19 - Rep. Kennedy Kent Message To Constituents On HB 180

 

Dear Constituent,

I wanted to let you know that I have received the emails, phone calls and messages regarding my support of House Bill 180. I want those who have taken the time to write and call to know that I do hear you.

As you all know, I ran for this elected position with one of my primary reasons being the protection of Ohio’s children; including those who identify as LGBTQIA. When adding my name as a co-sponsor in support of House Bill 180, I did it with the thought of protecting children from being sexually exploited in bars.  However, it appears this legislation, if enacted, could have unintended effects on transgendered youth who use their performances in drag as expression and a way to explore and evolve their identity.

 
 

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. 

 
 
 
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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