Representative Bride Rose Sweeney - House District 14

07.07.20 - Rep. Sweeney Statement On State Mask Mandate For Cuyahoga County


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) issued a statement today following Gov. DeWine’s executive order to require facemasks in several Ohio counties, including Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery, and Trumbull. Each of the counties falls within Level 3 of the state’s new Public Health Advisory System, which was unveiled July 2. Level 3 indicates very high exposure and spread of coronavirus.


06.26.20 - Rep. Sweeney Urges House To Return To Session, Says Too Much Left Undone Amid Unprecedented Crises


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) this week joined Dem lawmakers to urge House Republican leaders to call the chamber back into session to address several critical issues facing the state, including health and the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, systemic racism and police brutality, questions surrounding the November election, and looming state budget shortfalls.


06.18.20 - Democrats Tell LaRose To Pay Return Postage For Voting Materials


State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose urging him to include return postage on absentee ballot application forms that will be mailed to all voters and on absentee ballots that are ultimately mailed to voters who request them. State law prohibits board of elections from making such an expenditure, but the secretary is not similarly barred. The federal CARES Act included funding to the states for unanticipated increased expenses due to COVID-19. The Controlling Board approved on Monday the state’s use of federal CARES Act funding for this year’s election. 


06.17.20 - Rep. Sweeney, Dem Lawmakers Urge Ohio Department Of Education To Distribute Federal CARES Act Funds To Low-income Students As Intended


COLUMBUS—Yesterday, State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) and fellow Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Ohio Department of Education Superintendent Paolo DeMaria urging that he follow the original intent of Congress when it passed the CARES Act to provide support and target relief to students who need it most. The request follows conflicting guidance from the U.S. Department of Education that states CARES Act funds should instead be distributed to all students regardless of their family’s income.


06.04.20 - Rep. Sweeney: GOP Election Bill Sets Stage For Confusion And Chaos In November


COLUMBUS—Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) issued a statement today as Republican lawmakers voted to fast-track legislationthat does little to prepare the state’s Boards of Elections to safely conduct a presidential election amid the worst global pandemic in more than a century.


06.02.20 - Dems Introduce Bill To Combat Republican Attack On Voting


COLUMBUS— State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) announced the introduction of House Bill 687, a bill to improve voting so Ohio can hold a safe and accessible presidential election this November as the global pandemic continues. The bill is a strong contrast with the GOP’s HB 680, introduced last week by Rep. Cindy Abrams, which would repeal voter access provisions like the hard-won last three days of early voting and the mailing of applications to all voters.



05.19.20 - HB 595 Transcript Withholding Ban Receives First Hearing In House Higher Education Committee


COLUMBUS- State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today announced that House Bill (HB) 595, her jointly sponsored legislation with Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) to require higher education institutions to release student transcripts regardless of student-owned institutional debt, received a first hearing in the Ohio House Higher Education Committee.


05.19.20 - Rep. Sweeney's HB 521 Receives First Hearing In House Higher Education Committee


COLUMBUS- State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today announced that House Bill (HB) 521, her legislation to require the Chancellor of Higher Education to create and distribute informational materials to public service organizations regarding federal student loan forgiveness programs, received a first hearing in the Ohio House Higher Education Committee.


05.15.20 - Rep. Sweeney, House Democrats Release Proposal For General Election


COLUMBUS— House Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron), House Minority Whip Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), and State Representatives Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) and Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) released their proposal for holding a safe and accessible presidential election this November as the global pandemic continues.



05.13.20 - Rep. Sweeney's Bill Allowing State University Trustees To Meet Virtually Passes Ohio House


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) announced today the passage of House Bill (HB) 404, sponsored by Sweeney and Rep. Susan Manchester (R-Waynesfield), to allow state university trustees to attend meetings virtually. 


05.12.20 - House Committee Unanimously Approves Bill Allowing State University Trustees To Meet Virtually


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) announced today that the Ohio House Higher Education Committee voted in favor of House Bill (HB) 404, sponsored by Sweeney and Rep. Susan Manchester (R-Waynesfield), to allow state university trustees to attend meetings virtually.


05.05.20 - Rep. Sweeney, Dems Blast Post-Election Rule Change On Counting Votes


COLUMBUS— State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose challenging his order telling county boards of elections that they must throw out many of the provisional ballots cast in the primary election. Secretary LaRose in a Monday night social media post said he opposed House Bill 197, the COVID-19 relief bill passed in March that also contained primary election cleanup provisions, and he accused the three Democrats of not reading the bill.


04.30.20 - Democrats Demand Provisional Ballots Cast On Tuesday Be Counted


State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose today demanding that provisional ballots cast on Tuesday, April 28 be counted. Mail delays and confusion around the primary changes left some Ohio voters without a vote-by-mail ballot and no choice but to vote a provisional ballot in person on Tuesday. The three members make up the House Democratic Caucus’ COVID-19 Elections Working Group.


04.16.20 - House Dems Welcome Input From Voting Rights Advocates


COLUMBUS— State Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown), and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) responded to a letter from over 60 advocacy groups containing election policy recommendations for best practices, particularly in emergency situations like the country is now facing. The three representatives make up the House Democratic Caucus’ Elections Working Group which has been monitoring election challenges and crafting policy proposals to ensure elections remain safe and accessible. The coalition’s letter focused on expanding mail voting and providing adequate in-person voting opportunities, two top priorities of the House Democratic Caucus and its Elections Working Group. 


03.25.20 - Rep. Sweeney, House Democrats Pass Sweeping Legislation To Address COVID-19 Crisis


COLUMBUS— State lawmakers returned to the Statehouse today to address the COVID-19 crisis and provide immediate relief to everyday Ohioans. State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) released a statement today following the unanimous passage of an omnibus bill (HB 197) that would prohibit utility shut-offs, waive state testing requirements, freeze EdChoice eligibility, extend voting in the primary election, postpone the state income tax filing deadline among several other measures.


03.23.20 - Rep. Sweeney, House Dems Outline Priorities As Assembly Returns To Consider Emergency Legislation Amid Coronavirus Outbreak


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today joined Democratic colleagues to outline several key priorities as lawmakers return to the Statehouse this week to take up emergency measures to address the public health and economic crises facing the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


03.13.20 - Rep. Sweeney Pushes Governor To Fund Emergency Benefits For Ohio Workers Affected By Coronavirus Outbreak


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today called on Gov. Mike DeWine to use his executive authority to release funds to create a temporary, emergency paid leave program for Ohio workers affected by the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Sweeney’s call follows two letters sent this week on behalf of the caucus pushing for benefits to ensure the economic security of Ohio families.



02.20.20 - Rep. Sweeney Introduces Bill To Protect Commonsense Building, Fire Codes


Responding to concerns from building and fire officials, Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today announced House Bill 517 to exempt building and fire codes from newly implemented rule reduction requirements, which prohibit the adoption of a new administrative rule without simultaneously removing two other rules. 


02.18.20 - State Reps. Cera And Sweeney Introduce Legislation To Grant Unemployment Benefits To Victims Of Domestic Violence


COLUMBUS — State Reps. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) announced today the introduction of House Bill (HB) 508, legislation to allow victims of domestic violence to access unemployment benefits when that individual leaves work as the result of past or ongoing abuse.


01.13.20 - Rep. Sweeney Introduces Automated Voter Registration Bill To Modernize Ohio Elections For A New Decade


COLUMBUS—State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today introduced legislation to create Automated Voter Registration in Ohio. The bill has the potential to add 1 million eligible Ohio voters to the rolls. Rep. Sweeney worked on the bill as part of a bipartisan working group including Secretary of State Frank LaRose, Senator Nathan Manning and Senator Vernon Sykes.


11.13.19 - Rep. Sweeney Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Eliminate Sales Tax On College Textbooks


State Reps. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) and Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) today introduced bipartisan legislation to exempt college textbooks from state sales tax.

“Making textbooks tax-exempt is one small step toward breaking down barriers to higher education,” said Rep. Sweeney. “Since colleges often require textbooks at skyrocketing prices to complete basic courses, it is incumbent upon state legislators to act to reduce the financial burden on Ohio students.”


11.05.19 - Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Establish Election Day As A State Holiday In Ohio


As Ohioans go to the polls today to cast their ballots, House Democratic Reps. Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) will be introducing legislation to make Election Day a paid state holiday for Ohio workers. 


10.17.19 - Rep. Sweeney Spotlights Democratic State Budget Provisions That Went Into Effect This Week


Ohio House Representative Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) issued a statement as a number of Democratic-backed policy provisions contained within the state’s two-year state budget went into effect Oct. 17. 


10.04.19 - House Dems Call For Reversal Of Voter Purge Before Voter Reg Deadline


Ohio House Democrats today sent a letter to Secretary of State Frank LaRose calling on him to reverse most of the voter purge that has occurred over the last past several weeks. Errors in the process have been continually revealed and the status of each person on the “last chance” list is still unknown. The deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 7. 


09.24.19 - Rep. Sweeney Recognizes National Voter Registration Day


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today released the following statement in celebration of National Voter Registration Day:


09.18.19 - Rep. Sweeney Reveals New Errors In Sec. LaRose's Ongoing Voter Purge


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today revealed that a faulty list compiled by the Secretary of State’s office has caused thousands of voters to be purged from the voter rolls. The problem was discovered through public records requests.


09.12.19 - Rep. Sweeney Finds Hundreds Purged In Error Over The Past Week


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today revealed new errors her office has discovered in the voter purging that’s taken place so far and commented on most Ohio counties missing the Secretary of State’s voter purge deadline.


09.09.19 - Rep. Sweeney Announces State Funds For Cleanup Of Abandoned Gas Station In Brook Park


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) announced today the release of $390,000 in state funding to clean up an abandoned gas station in Brook Park.


09.06.19 - Rep. Sweeney Applauds Decision To Keep Voters That House Democrats Sought To Protect On The Rolls


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) issued the following statement in response to the latest developments in the Ohio voter purge scheduled to take place today:

I am extremely pleased that voters who moved within their county who remain eligible to vote will stay on the rolls. The House Democratic Caucus called for this action and now it’s happening.

Over the last 48 hours, new evidence of errors in the Ohio voter purge list has surfaced making it impossible to know at this point how many still-eligible Ohioans will be affected by today’s purge. I’m cautiously optimistic that today’s hard-won improvements will keep thousands more eligible Ohioans on the rolls and I will continue monitoring this matter.


08.29.19 - Rep. Sweeney Applauds Voting Advocates Victory, Renews Call To Stop The Purge


State Representative Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) issued the following statement in response to the news that the Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute settled its legal challenge against Secretary of State Frank LaRose such that Ohioans’ ballots will be counted even if they are caught up in the voter purge. See the settlement agreement here and her statement below.


08.22.19 - Rep. Sweeney Announces Ohio Promise Town Hall


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today announced a town hall meetingon Thursday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Senior Center to discuss the state budget, bipartisan priorities and a number of recent Democratic-led wins for working people and families in the Cleveland area.

“The state budget is the single most important document that we produce as legislators. It spans thousands of pages and appropriates nearly seventy billion dollars each year over the biennium. My constituents deserve to know how the State of Ohio spends their money,” said Rep. Sweeney. “My first months in office gave me a unique opportunity to craft the state budget and prioritize issues that matter to House District 14. I look forward to sharing these efforts to restore our Ohio Promise with my constituents.”


08.19.19 - House Dems Urge Cancellation Of Voter Purge After Discovering More Eligible Voters On The Purge List


House Democratic lawmakers today sent a letter* to Secretary of State Frank LaRose alerting him to new problems with the purge list and urging him to cancel the upcoming voter purge. Thousands of Ohio registered voters are being targeted for removal from the rolls at the beginning of September, many of whom are still eligible to vote. Last Thursday, community groups working to help find people on the purge list also raised problems with the process and the tools provided by the Secretary and asked for more time to help people stay registered.


08.14.19 - Reps. Sweeney, Russo Introduce Extreme-Risk Protection Order Bill


State Reps. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) last week introduced new legislation, House Bill (HB) 316, that would allow family members, household members, or law enforcement officers to file for a court order temporarily preventing individuals considered to be an imminent danger to themselves or others from possessing firearms.

“In many instances of gun violence, there were clear warning signs the shooter posed a serious risk of injuring themselves or others with a firearm,” said Rep. Russo. “Extreme risk protection orders save lives by giving families and law enforcement time to quickly intervene before those warning signs escalate into tragedies, while also respecting Second amendment and due process rights.”


08.06.19 - Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney Issues Statement On Dayton Shooting, Says More Needs To Be Done To Keep Children And Families Safe


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement on the state legislature’s duty to work together to address senseless gun violence and keep all Ohioans safe and secure in the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio this past weekend:


08.01.19 - Sweeney Announces Upcoming Back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday Weekend


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today announced the upcoming back-to-school Ohio sales tax holiday that will take place starting on Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4. In 2018, state lawmakers passed legislation making this three-day, back-to-school sales tax holiday a recurring holiday each year.

“Back-to-school can be a financially stressful time for Ohioans and I applaud the efforts made by the legislature to try and mitigate that stress,” said Sweeney. “I encourage my constituents and all Ohioans to take advantage of this great opportunity for sales-tax free school supplies.”


07.29.19 - Rep. Sweeney Issues Letter As Sec. LaRose Prepares To Purge 235,000 Ohioans From Voter Rolls


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose urging him to reconsider and cancel the Sept. 6 voter purge which threatens the registration of some 235,610 Ohio voters—many of whom remain eligible to vote.

“For years, we’ve had Automated Voter Purging but not Automated Voter Registration,” wrote Sweeney. “I ask that you reconsider and cancel this voter purge so that my constituents – those who vote and those who don’t – are not struck from the rolls. Let’s get back on track with Automated Voter Registration and leave Automated Voter Purging in the past.”


07.22.19 - Rep. Sweeney Announces State Support For Dental Health Services In Parma Heights


State Rep. Bride Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today announced the release of $55,000 in state funds for Dental Health Services in Parma Heights to provide dental health care at two regional behavioral healthcare providers.

“I applaud the great work of Dental Health Services and am looking forward to this investment coming to my district,” Sweeney said Monday. “Every Ohioan deserves access to essential health care services that contribute to their well-being.”


07.17.19 - Rep. Sweeney: Budget Compromise A Step In The Right Direction To Restore Ohio Promise Of Better Lives, Brighter Futures


Ohio State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement in support of the finalized version of the state budget, House Bill (HB) 166. Today’s vote follows more than two weeks of Republican dysfunction and gridlock, which forced lawmakers to pass a short-term funding extension before finally compromising on a long-term deal late Tuesday.

“This isn’t the budget that Democrats wanted, but Ohioans cannot afford another interim budget. Compromise is an important part of keeping our promise to taxpayer and making government work for its people. One of the key components to my yes vote was the historic investment in higher education. Education is the great equalizer and we are expanding the opportunity to give Ohioans a better life, better job, and brighter future,” said Sweeney.


07.03.19 - Dems: Remove Budget Provision Moving 2020 Presidential Primary To St. Patrick's Day


House Democratic lawmakers from across Ohio today sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose seeking information from his office about the impact of moving the 2020 presidential primary from March 10 to March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. See the letter below.


06.27.19 - Sweeney's Bipartisan College Credit Transfer Bill Passes House


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today announced the House passage of her bipartisan House Bill (HB) 9, legislation to establish general education course requirements and streamline the transfer credit system at public universities in Ohio.


06.12.19 - Sweeney: Reps. Adam Miller, Bride Sweeney Introduce Legislation To Boost Domestic And International Flights In Ohio


State Reps. Adam C. Miller (D-Columbus) and Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) recently introduced legislation that would create a competitive $15 million grant program for Ohio airports to attract additional international and domestic direct flights in the state.



05.31.19 - Sweeney: Parma City School District Receives $12,000 Grant From Cox Communications


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today announced Cox Communications is awarding Parma City School District a $12,000 Cox Charities Community grant. Cox Charities, the company’s charitable giving initiative, supports afterschool and summer learning programs focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) learning. A special ceremony, attended by Superintendent Dr. Charles Smialek, Senator Nicki J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Rep. Sweeney, was held Friday at Cox’s corporate offices in Parma.


05.22.19 - Sweeney, Dems Unveil Commonsense Solutions To Keep Kids And Communities Safe


Ohio House Democratic lawmakers today announced a number of proposals, including safe storage, red-flag and background check laws, commonsense measures they say will better keep kids and communities safe. The package comes amid debate on House Bill (HB) 178, controversial legislation Democrats say is a solution in search of a problem.


05.08.19 - Rep. Sweeney, Ohio Redistricting Task Force Co-Chair Sykes Look To Next Steps For Fair Districts


House Democratic Leader and Legislative Taskforce on Redistricting Co-Chair Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) and State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today detailed next steps that the Task Force, co-chaired by Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), must take to “consider the recent Court decision and, more importantly, to take necessary steps to ensure Ohio is taking the lead on our own fair districts, regardless of the Court’s decision on matters pending before it and outcomes in other states or courts,” Sykes wrote in a letter* to Obhof.


04.24.19 - Rep. Sweeney Statement On Voter Registration Study Group


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement following a press conference announcing the creation of a bipartisan working group to study the potential for automated voter registration in Ohio. 


03.15.19 - Sweeney: Dems Improve State Transportation Budget, Support Its Passage


House Democratic lawmakers today voted in favor of House Bill (HB) 62, the state’s bipartisan, two-year budget that largely funds road and bridge improvements and public transportation throughout the state. 


12.03.18 - Sweeney Tapped To Serve On Ohio House Legislative Panels


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today was appointed to House committees on which she will serve to help shape and refine public policy during the remainder of the 132rd General Assembly.

“I am honored and eager to bring my perspective to issues that impact the quality of life in our state,” said Sweeney. “People want more opportunity and the chance to make a better life for themselves. I am hopeful my work will help bring us closer to making that a reality for all Ohioans.”


11.28.18 - Fast-tracked Restrictions On Ohio Democracy Would Silence Citizens' Voices, Tilt Balance Of Power To Corporate Special Interests


State Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) released the following statement today in response to new, fast-tracked legislation, House Joint Resolution 19, that would limit citizens’ access to Democracy in Ohio by placing new, arbitrary restrictions on the constitutional ballot initiative process in Ohio: 

“This dangerous new restriction on democracy would silence citizens’ voices and further tilt the balance of power to corporate, out of state special interests who have the power and money to change our constitution under this misguided plan."

“When politicians in Columbus fail to act or do their jobs, citizens should have the right to hold them accountable through reasonable access to the ballot. Instead, these new restrictions would take that power out of the hands of concerned citizens and sell it to the highest out-of-state bidders.”


11.14.18 - Bride Rose Sweeney Appointed To 14th Ohio House District, Sworn In As State Representative


Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland) today was officially appointed and sworn in to fill the vacancy as state representative to the 14th Ohio House District, a position she’ll hold in the 133rd General Assembly after winning her Nov. 6 election. Sweeney will be the first woman to represent the 14th District, and at age 26, the youngest.

“I am grateful to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and to the citizens who have put their trust in me to be the voice for our community at the Statehouse,” said Sweeney. “Taxpayers deserve strong, accountable leadership in Columbus that will fight for better jobs, increased access to healthcare and strong communities. I look forward to meeting that challenge head-on and doing the hard work that gives more people the tools they need for a better life.”