Rep. Kelly speaks with Fraternal Order of the Police president, Jay McDonald
Rep. Kelly speaks with Fraternal Order of the Police president, Jay McDonald
 Rep. Kelly on her first session day of the 132nd General Assembly with former Rep. Driehaus
Rep. Kelly on her first session day of the 132nd General Assembly with former Rep. Driehaus
 
 

Born and raised in Norwood, Rep. Brigid Kelly learned early on the importance of a strong community. 

Brigid attended Saint Ursula Academy, earned an undergraduate degree from Xavier University, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati.  As a former city council member in Norwood and current representative for men and women at the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), Brigid wants to build on the experience she’s gained from both her professional and personal life to help improve the lives of everyday Ohioans. 

 

 
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05.10.17 - Kelly Helps Lead Bipartisan #MoveOver Bill To Make Roads, Citizens, Officers Safer

 

State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) today joined the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) of Ohio and state Rep. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) to announce bipartisan legislation to enhance officer safety on Ohio’s roadways by strengthening the state’s “Move Over” law. The legislation would increase the penalty when motorists’ failure to slow down and, if possible, change lanes away from law enforcement and roadside emergency vehicles results in the injury or death of an officer. 

“Just as the fearless men and women of Ohio’s police force keep us and our communities safe every day, we must do our part to ensure their safety in the line of duty,” said Kelly. “Strengthening Ohio’s ‘Move Over’ law is one way we can help ensure our officers make it home to their families each night, in addition to making us all safer on Ohio’s roads and highways.” 

 
 

05.02.17 - Kelly: Ohio House Pushes Unfinished, Unbalanced State Budget Off On Senate

 

Before new state economic indicators come out Thursday, the Ohio House today passed a version of the state’s two-year budget, House Bill (HB) 49, that remains hundreds of millions of dollars out of balance, if not more. The vote comes a little more than two weeks after Gov. Kasich and GOP legislative leaders announced they would need to cut close to $1 billion from the bill to maintain a stable, balanced budget. Still, the final version of House Bill 49 approved largely along party lines today fell over $400 million short of being a balanced budget bill by that standard. 

Democratic members argued that passing an unbalanced budget not only violated their constitutional oath, but was fiscally irresponsible and would jeopardize Ohio’s already weak economy. 

“The budget passed today reflects years of fiscal mismanagement under GOP leadership and falls short of the investments needed to turn our economy around,” said State Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati). “This budget is more of the same burden-shifting to the middle class and local communities. This budget does not provide for long-term solutions in education, healthcare and the workforce that will drive our economy and quality of living forward.

 
 

04.13.17 - OH House Dem Leaders Show Path To Ohio Recession Paved By GOP Economic Policies

 

As the Ohio House of Representatives enters the next stage in state budget deliberations, House Democratic leaders today warned that GOP economic policies are blowing a hole in the Ohio budget and threatening the economic stability of working families.

“The GOP strategy of pushing costs down to local communities and families has created a dangerous cycle of lower economic power for the middle class which in turn leads to further revenue shortfalls,” said Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati). “The way to end the pattern and increase the economic vitality of our state is by making it easier- not more difficult- for hardworking Ohioans to pay for essentials such as clothing and medical necessities. As an alternative to more tax cuts for the wealthiest in the state, I have introduced pieces of legislation to create a sales tax holiday for back to school items and to end the discriminatory sales tax on menstruation products. The budget should be looking at creative, innovative solutions to present a long-term investment in all Ohioans, not more of the same failed policies.”

 
 

03.08.17 - Dem Lawmakers Respond To Kasich's Baseless Allegations Of Education Externship Program Being "partisan Politics"

 

State Reps. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) and Kent Smith (D-Euclid) today issued the following statement responding to the governor’s assertion that legislation to require the state’s chief executive to complete an annual 40-hour externship in a public elementary or secondary school is motivated by “partisan politics”:

“We believe what is “more than disappointing” is the fact that under Governor Kasich’s leadership, Ohio has slashed critical funding for local communities and schools; has supported a for-profit charter school industry is failing to educate our children; and even allowed data-scrubbing to cover up charter school shortcomings to occur under this watch. 

 
 
 
 

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Representative Brigid Kelly
District 31
77 S. High St
10th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone (614) 466-5786
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Hometown : Cincinnati
Party : Democrat
Current Term : Expires December 2018 / Eligible to run for another term